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Formed: 1983
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Below is our complete Megadeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Megadeth Premieres Music Video "Conquer Or Die!"

Megadeth premieres a new music video for the instrumental song "Conquer Or Die!", taken from the band's latest album "Dystopia", out in stores via Universal Music.

Check out now "Conquer Or Die!" below.

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Megadeth To Tour With Body Count

Dave Mustaine, frontman of American thrash metal legends Megadeth, has revealed in an interview with Metal Hammer magazine that his band will be teaming up with Body Count, the group fronted by iconic rapper Ice-T for a world tour in 2017. The package will also include three other bands and no dates have been announced as of yet, but they will be taking the tour to Asia, with at least one show in Malaysia expected after the country lifted the band on Megadeth performing there. An excerpt from the interview reads as follows:

"We're talking about a very large tour next summer with five bands on it with us. It's going to be more of a guest appearance than a direct support kind of thing.

"We've been looking at a lot of interesting acts, but for me I don't always try and pick out the flavour of the month – I have loyalty to my friends. I always thoughts that Body Count, while if not for everybody, I thought it was great.

"It's not your normal metal band, it's cool to see somebody crossing over from the hip-hop world into the metal world. I think it's great to be open-minded about different people from different backgrounds."

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Butcher Babies Hitting The Road With Megadeth

Butcher Babies will be hitting the road with Megadeth this fall as part of the "Dystopia" tour in North America. Also joining will be Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, and Metal Church.

The month long tour starts in Casper, WY on September 20 and concludes on October 16 in Camden, NJ. In addition to the tour, both Butcher Babies and Megadeth will be performing at this year's "Ozzfest Meets Knotfest" event, which takes place on September 24 & 25 in San Bernardino, CA

Speak about her enthusiasm for the upcoming tour, Butcher Babies vocalist Heidi Shepherd states, "We're incredibly honored to join forces with some of our idols, legendary musicians and bands! Megadeth is a staple in metal music and we can't think of a better way to round out our 2016 touring schedule than with these metal gods. Who didn't grow up with a Megadeth poster glued to your wall with dreams of dreams of sharing the stage with them. Bucket list... Check!" More...

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Megadeth Premieres New Live Drum-Cam Video

Megadeth premieres a new drum-cam video for "The Threat Is Real", taken from the band's latest album "Dystopia", out in stores via Universal Music Enterprises. The clip showcases the band's new drummer Dirk Verbeuren performing the song live at Oosterpoort in Groningen, The Netherlands on June 14th, 2016.

Check out now "The Threat Is Real" below.


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Megadeth Premieres New Music Video

Megadeth today premieres a new music video for "Post American World", taken from the band's latest album "Dystopia".

This video will very likely be Chris Adler’s (Lamb Of God) final appearance in a Megadeth video, with ex-Soilwork’s Dirk Verbeuren having taken over drumming duties.

Check out "Post American World" below.

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Amon Amarth Announces Tour With Megadeth

This September and October, Swedish metal group Amon Amarth will return to the U.S. as direct support to Megadeth.

The tour, which runs from September 20th through October 16th, will also include Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok.

Comments Amon Amarth of the upcoming trek: "We are proud to be supporting the legendary and mighty Megadeth on their US tour in September! Sharpen your blades and bring out your drinking horns, because this will be a brutal show that no true metalhead should miss. Raise your horns!"

During the journey, Amon Amarth ill also join the likes of Slipknot, Slayer, Anthrax, and more on Sunday, September 25th as part of the annual Knotfest. See all confirmed dates below. More...

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Headline News

Megadeth Announces New Permanent Drummer

Megadeth has now officially recruited Ex-Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren as a permanent new member of the band. Verbeuren has also exited Soilwork for this opportunity. States the band in the following press release:

"Megadeth are happy to announce the addition of Dirk Verbeuren as the band’s new drummer. Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, has been performing with the band for months, his first show was Rock on the Range festival in May, to a crowd of 40,000 concertgoers.

"Most recently, Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler had performed all the drums on the band’s latest album, Dystopia, and had toured with Megadeth when not otherwise busy with his band."

Said bandleader Dave Mustaine: “Chris Adler‘s contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris‘ playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk.”

New drummer Verbeuren had this to say: “Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth – and for your encouragement and support.” More...

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Megadeth Teases "Post American World" Video

Megadeth has posted a short teaser clip for the band's upcoming music video for "Post American World", which you can check out below. In other news, dates for the band’s upcoming tour with Amon Amarth, Metal Church and Havok plus Megadeth's new permanent drummer will soon be announced, now that Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler is officially out of the band.


Tweets frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine:



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Chris Adler's Time With Megadeth Comes To An End

In a new interview with MachineMusic, Dave Mustaine has revealed that Chris Adler is no longer with the band.

Adler (Lamb Of God) joined on last year to work on the "Dystopia" album and his replacement has not yet been announced. Check out an excerpt from the interview below, in which Mustaine explains Adler's departure and takes a few shots at MetalSucks and Blabbermouth.

MachineMusic: The band has its fair share of staff reshuffles along the way, a long-running band so it’s natural for that to happen, have you found that your attitude toward that, toward welcoming new people in, the consideration you take into who you want to join the band, has that changed over the years? With Chris and Kiko in the band, do you have other things in mind as to what you’re looking for? Personal chemistry, musical chemistry?

If you’re in the presence of greatness, it’s shameful not to allow that to be great. But let me back up though: Chris Adler is not in Megadeth, he’s in Lamb of God. He was a session guy, he was what you could call work for hire. And he has nothing to do with us anymore, and he is with his band. I am very grateful for his contributions, I’m grateful for him introducing us to Dirk. We still haven't announced who our new drummer is going to be, it won’t be Chris Adler, because he’s in Lamb of God.

As far as having new guys in the band, as you grow up you have a choice either to learn from your mistakes or you’re destined to repeat them. And a lot of the things that I do, because of the nature of who I am, every move that I make is chronicled. There are a couple of websites in particular that would go under if it wasn’t for me, because they survive off of posting every breath I take.

MachineMusic: I have a feeling I know which two you’re talking about. More...

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David Ellefson Releases Kenya Thrash Blend

Ellefson Coffee Co. has officially unleashed a second blend called Kenya Thrash. Packaged in a distinctive red metallic bag, Kenya Thrash is a bold high-octane blend of 90% Kenya-Kichwa Arabica Beans, and 10% India Robusta, roasted with a kick.

An earthy and savory blend, with distinct notes of Grapefruit and Black Pepper, Kenya Thrash is a guaranteed wake up call to body and taste buds.

Kenya Thrash is the follow-up to previous blend Roast In Peace. David Ellefson comments: “My love for coffee has accompanied me around the world for my entire musical career. Just like the spirit of a culture or the melody of a song, the enjoyment of coffee brings people together and creates harmony among us.

"The beans in this bag are traceable to their global origin and exemplify the spirit and culture of the people who grew them. It is my aim to bring this roast to our tables and awake our taste buds, fire up our rock n roll spirits and continue the global fellowship of music, art and coffee. May you, Roast in Peace!" More...

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Get With The Metal: Graspop & Hellfest Live Stream

The annual Graspop Festival (from Belgium) and Hellfest (from France) are in full stream this week and throughout the weekend. Both have live streams available.

As for Graspop, you can check out two channels of live metal at this location.

Among the many acts to check out: Arcturus, Heaven Shall Burn, Moonspell, Dark Funeral,
God Dethroned, Dropkick Murphys, Steak, Sacred Reich and much more.

As for Hellfest, there is a page with multiple live streams for each day and stage, which can be accessed over here.

Among the many acts to check out:

Today (06/17/2016) (all times in CET):

18h35 Inquisition
19h30 Sacred Reich
20h30 Korpiklaani
21h35 Overkill
22h40 Aura Noir
23h45 Testament
00h45 Abbath More...

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Video Recap Of Megadeth's Carolina Rebellion Show

Pro-shot filmed video footage of Megadeth's performance at this year's edition of the Carolina Rebellion festival, which was held May 6-8 at Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC, can be seen below.

The band played its first show with Soilwork drummer Dirk Verbeuren on May 20 at the Rock On The Range festival in Columbus, OH. Megadeth recruited Verbeuren to play drums for the band while Chris Adler is busy touring with Lamb Of God.

The setlist of this video recap: More...

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Headline News

Nick Menza Passes Away

Reports are coming in that former Megadeth member Nick Menza passed away on May 21st during a set with Ohm that took place in California.

Blabbermouth reported this morning: "Nick collapsed during the third song of OHM:'s set. Earliest reports indicate he suffered a massive heart attack and was pronounced dead upon arrival at hospital. No other details are being released at this time."

Since then, Ohm has posted this brief message online via Facebook: "RIP Nick Menza. In the brief time I knew you, it was a pleasure. We will miss you 'Machine.'"

Nick was primarily active with Megadeth during the '89 - '98 era. Ohm also recently posted a video of Nick's drumming, which can be seen below. More...

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Ozzfest And Knotfest Combining

Remember that new collaboration teased via Twitter between Ozzy and Slipknot back when it looked like Ozzy had gone missing? Turns out Ozzfest and Knotfest are going to combine together.

The news was announced today in an event at Los Angeles today where Sharon and Ozzy appeared together with the members of Slipknot (check out footage below).

This new combined festival is set for Saturday, September 24 (Ozzfest) and Sunday, September 25 (Knotfest) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, California. Tickets will go on sale May 20th. Confirmed bands include: More...

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Megadeth Premieres New 360° Music Video

Megadeth premieres a new 360° music video for "Poisonous Shadows", shot in VR to allow fans a unique visual experience with new material from their latest album "Dystopia".

Check out now "Poisonous Shadows" below.

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Just For Fun

Dave Mustaine Blames Obama For Batman Reception

This was obviously an April Fool's gag. For the full list of our 2016 jokes, head here.

Megadeth frontman and noted conspiracy theorist, Dave Mustaine has once again taken to the internet to give his ever concise and insightful political opinion. This time however, the veteran thrasher turns to the world of movies and the recent blockbuster, "Batman V Superman."

The movie has been on the receiving end of some very harsh reviews from critics and many moviegoers, save for fans of DC Comics, who seem convinced that Marvel paid off all film reviewers because it's "just a fun superhero movie," whilst simultaneously criticizing the public for not liking it because it was "too intelligent and philosophical" for them. Mustaine however, is as usual, convinced he's got the true answer.

"There's been much made of the reaction to visionary genius Zack Snyder's latest movie, with many placing the blame on Marvel and Disney. While I don't think they're completely innocent, we the American people must wake up and realise that our own so called President, Barack Obama is behind it! It may seem a strenuous claim but look closer at his name and you'll notice that there's no D there. No D = No D.C! Obama is trying to destroy the American icon that is Superman by trying to get everyone to hate the character's movie, just as he hates America! Mark my words, it won't be long until critics are bashing the Statue of Liberty, bald eagles and Wal-Mart too!"

Alex Jones, Ted Nugent, Donald Trump and Kid Rock could not be reached for comment, but did all like his post on Facebook.

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Rocklohama 2016 Adds More Bands

Onsite festival experience details and additional bands have been announced for the 10th year of Rocklahoma, set to be held May 27, 28 & 29 this year at the "Catch the Fever" Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK, just outside Tulsa.

Escape The Fate, Shaman’s Harvest, RavenEye and many more join Rocklahoma’s lineup of the best current rock artists and classic bands, which includes Scorpions, Disturbed, Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Megadeth, Chevelle, 3 Doors Down, SIXX:A.M., Collective Soul, Sebastian Bach, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features music on three stages each day, as well as premium onsite camping amenities and VIP packages. In addition, the Rocklahoma campground stage hosts performances during the Thursday night campground party and in the afternoon and late night hours on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Full info on the lineup and vendors, as well as ticket details, can be found here. Registration for the Miss Rocklahoma competition is also underway now through April 20. Voting on the Top 10 finalists begins April 25 and five finalists will compete on stage at Rocklahoma for the chance to be named Miss Rocklahoma 2016. More...

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Suicidal Tendencies Tap Ex-Slayer Drummer Lombardo

Suicidal Tendencies has announced that former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo will be playing drums during the band's upcoming tour with Megadeth, Children Of Bodom and Havok.

States the band: "SxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave Lombardo will be playing drums for Suicidal on the upcoming Megadeth tour! You know what that means....it's gonna be CYCO and BRUTAL!!!"

Pictured...Dave Lombardo and Mike Muir. Photo by Pep WilliamsSxTx is beyond excited to announce the legendary Dave...

Posted by SUICIDAL TENDENCIES - OFFICIAL on Saturday, February 20, 2016

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Megadeth's "Dystopia" Plugged By Bill O'Reilly

We knew it wouldn't be long before Dave Mustaine was back in the news over Phil Anselmo. This time it's not for saying anything particularly outrageous, but rather for getting a mention on "The O’Reilly Factor" (although for some, that's not much different - but look on the bright side, at least it's not Alex Jones this time).

Turns out in a massive string of tweets Dave had going with fans over the last few days, he mentioned buying all of O'Reilly's books and then asked Bill to buy Megadeth's new album "Dystopia."

Somehow this actually got back to O'Reilly, who then gave a shoutout on his show, commenting "I'm an R&B guy, not really into hard rock, but I'll keep an open mind on these things."

Both the tweet that started it all and the segment on TV can be seen below. More...

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Megadeth Premieres New Song "Dystopia"

Following the premieres of "Fatal Illusion" and "The Threat Is Real" (over at the Megadeth official website), Megadeth has launched the title track from the band's upcoming album "Dystopia", which arrives January 22, 2016 and follows the 2013 full-length release "Super Collider".

Check out now "Dystopia" below.

The new album's track listing is as follows: More...

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