An incognito Dave Mustaine of Megadeth secretly slipped 2 young fans guitar picks at Resch Center concert by sitting behind them

Kendra Meinert
Green Bay Press-Gazette
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine performs at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee, in 2021.

ASHWAUBENON - Sometimes metal works in mysterious ways.

Just ask the two young boys who went home from the Megadeth and Lamb of God concert Friday night at the Resch Center with a couple of guitar picks in their pockets.

The concert souvenirs weren't just tossed to them from the stage. Too predictable. They were handed to them on the down-low by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine, who slipped in the row behind them in the Resch bowl seats with seemingly nobody noticing.

Mustaine, 60, pulled off the secret Santa gig wearing a black sweatshirt with the hood up early in the night before many of the seats for The Metal Tour of the Year were filled. In a video posted on his Instagram, he sits down in a mostly empty row behind the boys and slyly offers them each picks.

The woman sitting next to them casually glances in that direction but appears to not realize the full scope of what is happening. Either that, or she's just really, really chill. A man on the other side of them can be seen giving a thumbs up to Mustaine, who puts his finger to his lips in a "shhh, our little secret" gesture to the boys, gives a small wave and then leaves.

"Metal is alive and well," he captioned the video, which features the band's classic "Peace Sells."

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It was the pioneering thrash metal band's first visit to the Resch Center. The double bill with Lamb of God was originally scheduled for Halloween 2020 but postponed until August 2021 by the pandemic. The date was ultimately canceled and a new one announced in January.

Lamb of God performed at the Resch without frontman Randy Blythe, who tested positive for COVID-19 the previous weekend. Joe Badolato of Fit for an Autopsy stepped in on lead vocal duties.

Whether Lamb of God would be able to perform at all in Green Bay came into question the day before the show. Mark Hunter of Chimaira filled in for Blythe on Tuesday in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but when he fell ill on Thursday — "NOT Covid," according to a Lamb of God social media post — the band canceled that evening's show in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and said it was "working hard to make the show happen" the next night in Green Bay.

In an Instagram post over the weekend, Lamb of God thanked Badolato for stepping in on Friday night and announced Blythe was to return for Sunday's stop in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The tour did not have a date scheduled for Saturday.

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