… is Megadeth’s latest album, showcasing Dave Mustaine’s well-placed contempt for the United Nations:
In a mere five minutes and thirty-seven seconds United Abominations’ title track encapsulates a litany of complaints against this “blot on the face of humanity,” as Mustaine sneeringly calls it, from its practical indifference to ethnic cleansing and state-sponsored terrorism to the “mire of hypocrisy, bribes, kickbacks and corruption” it mucks around in. “The U.N. is where our so-called allies undermine us, and we pay 22 percent of the tab to host our enemies here at home,” Mustaine intones during what is almost certainly the only song this year to name check Kofi Annan’s son Kojo (“Held hostage by Oil-For-Food/Yet their own plates are full off the fat of their lands/There’s no blood on their hands, right Kojo?”) thunders along.
“I’m sure the United Nations does some good stuff,” Mustaine retorts. “I mean, they’ve got one of the most beautiful women in the world pushing rice in Darfur. But that’s the irony of it all. They’ll send those C130s over there full of supplies, drop it off and…the rebels get it. Deliver it all the way if you’re going to deliver it. What good is it if it goes to the bad people? Then there are these allegations of women and children being raped by peacekeepers in Africa — the first time that happens it’s a crime, the second time it is a travesty.”
It’s the lack of outrage that has Mustaine outraged. “Why doesn’t Michael Moore do an expose on the UN?” he asked, adding, “When I see Syria on the Security Council [in 2002-2003], am I supposed to feel secure? It’s mad….They just rely on UNICEF, this one good thing they’re doing, to cover up all the stuff that they’re not doing, to put them beyond dissent. I’m not impressed. How long are they going to sit by and watch Hezbollah fire Katyusha rockets into Israel from Lebanon? That’s a question I’d like answered.”
Last night Rush opened their Snakes & Arrows Tour at the HiFi Buys Amphitheatre in Atlanta. Here’s a run-down of the show, as reported by fans in attendance:
Video Intro (features all three band members and Alex and Neil waking up in bed together)
The Main Monkey Business
The Larger Bowl (Bob & Doug video intro)
Between The Wheels
Video Intro (features Alex)
Workin’ Them Angels
Armor And Sword
The Way The Wind Blows
The Spirit Of Radio
Tom Sawyer (South Park video intro)
One Little Victory
A Passage to Bangkok
Video outro (features Geddy)
Wow. That’s a killer setlist. Nine of thirteen songs from the latest album (they rarely do more than 4), and a couple oldies, dusted off first the time in decades: Circumstances and Entre Nous.
Today, the long-awaited new Rush album – Snakes & Arrows – finally hit the shelves, and boy is it a masterpiece.
1. Far Cry
2. Armor And Sword
3. Workin’ Them Angels
4. The Larger Bowl
6. The Main Monkey Business
7. The Way The Wind Blows
10. Bravest Face
11. Good News First
12. Malignant Narcissism
13. We Hold On
This material is going to positively rock, in concert. Can’t wait for the Montreal show, September 15th, 2007.