Dave Mustaine: Megadeth Didn’t Play ‘Holy Wars’ in Beijing to ‘Respect Their Laws’
Rumors began swirling around that the Chinese authorities had censored Megadeth's setlist after band's abbreviated set in Beijing, China earlier this week on Oct. 6. In addition to the set being cut short, the band also tore through a few songs purely as instrumentals, including "Skin o' My Teeth," "Dawn Patrol," "Poison Was the Cure," and a cover of Thin Lizzy's "Cold Sweat." Notably missing was the controversial song "Holy Wars... the Punishment Due" that is the crux of every Megadeth set along with another fan favorite, 'Angry Again'
The band's show in Shanghai featured a full set, including vocals on the songs that were restricted to instrumentals for the Beijing gig. However, "Holy Wars" was still stricken from the set.
Megadeth's Beijing set also made some waves this week as the band performed without their new drummer, Lamb of God's Chris Adler. Filling in for Adler was Tony Laureano, the band's drum tech since 2011. The mercenary skinsman has performed with a host of bands, including Dimmu Borgir, Nile, Angelcorpse, All That Remains, and many more.
As the thrash masters continue to tear up the road, they will surely be out even more in 2016 as they are slated to drop their 15th studio album, Dystopia on Jan. 22 of next year. The album is the first to feature new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and the aforementioned Chris Adler.
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