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Formed: 1983
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Latest Megadeth News

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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Montebello Rockfest Announces 2017 Edition

The team behind Montebello Rockfest is thrilled to unveil the complete line-up for the 12th edition to be held June 22nd -25th, 2017 in Montebello, QC. Rockfest’s St-Jean opening night will take place on June 22nd, with main programming June 23rd - 24th, and camping June 22nd - 25th.

Rockfest celebrates its 12th anniversary with a lineup that features 125 rock, metal, punk rock, hardcore, and hip-hop acts. Most of them will be making their first appearance at the festival. For complete details, go to this location.

Previously announced headliner Rammstein from Germany will be presenting a brand new show at Rockfest. Other headliners include California’s Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop. Also on the lineup are Alexisonfire, Megadeth, The Offspring, Bullet For My Valentine, AFI, Meshuggah, August Burs Red, All That Remains, Tesseract, Ensiferum, and many more. More...

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Grammys Update On Mic Fail & House Band Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield's mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

"Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done"

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets" being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for "Best Metal Performance".

Tweets Mustaine: More...

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Megadeth Wins "Best Metal Performance" Grammy

Megadeth took home the Grammy tonight for the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination marked Megadeth's twelfth over the years. Megadeth was nominated for "Dystopia", the title track for the band's 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets."

Says mainman Dave Mustaine in his acceptance speech: More...

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Body Count Album To Feature Mustaine And Blythe

In response to a fan question on Ice-T's Twitter profile, Body Count has now revealed that Max Cavalera, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, and Lamb Of God's Randy Blythe will all appear on new album "Bloodlust" coming via Century Media Records.

An official music video for first single "No Lives Matter" is coming on February 17th, with a previously posted teaser clip available right here.

Ice-T states: "With our last album 'Manslaughter,' we tested the waters and got a great response from the fans and critics. Now it’s time to go kill it and make a more aggressive album and keep the Body Count style intact." More...

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David Ellefson Performs With Jill Janus

Soundcheck Live is a weekly live music night that brings together the industry's top musicians alongside emerging talent to create a vibrant social experience driven by the artists.

Video from a recent Soundcheck Live event has come online featuring David Ellefson performing Iron Maiden track "The Number Of The Beast" alongside Nita Strauss, Glen Sobel, Tony Macalpine, and Jill Janus (starts at around the 10:40 mark in the video below).

The performance took place at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, California during the 42nd weekly Soundcheck Live.

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Chicago Open Air 2017 Announced

The second annual Chicago Open Air will bring together an all-star lineup on July 14th - 16th at Toyota Park in Bridgeview, IL just outside Chicago.

The three day music, craft beer, and food festival will feature over 40 performances, including Ozzy Osbourne, KISS, and Korn, along with Rob Zombie, Slayer, Godsmack, Stone Sour, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Seether, Meshuggah, Anthrax, Clutch, Body Count, and many more.

Tickets for Chicago Open Air 2017 go on sale Friday, January 20tj at Noon CT right here. In addition to three days of nonstop rock, Chicago Open Air’s celebration of everything loud will also include local and regional cuisine, the Headbangers Bier Hall highlighting top brews from the region, other entertainment and fan experiences, and will be hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin. More...

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Megadeth To Headline Bloodstock 2017

Bloodstock Festival is excited to kick off the new year by announcing Megadeth as the 2017 edition's Sunday night headliner.

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine comments: “We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely metal, British festivals!

"Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer. See ya at Catton Park in August!" More...

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David Ellefson Opening Coffee Shop / Label Store

Ellefson Coffee Co., the boutique coffee brand of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, will open its first brick and mortar shop next week in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN.

In addition to serving a variety of custom blends of Ellefson Coffee Co. brands, including Roast In Peace, She Wolf, Kenya Thrash, and Urban Legend, the shop will serve as a retail outlet for Ellefson Coffee products and memorabilia as well as music from EMP Label Group.

The store will also serve as a “Museum of Deth” featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection. After teaming up with local Jackson Coffee shop Coffee Choices and owner Susan Reiter for the Urban Legend blend, David’s ECC (and EMP) partner Thom Hazaert suggested taking the partnership farther.

“One day Susan and I had a conversation about the idea of sort of re-branding Coffee Choices into something more aligned with the ECC brand, and us coming in as partners,” says Hazaert. “I pitched the idea to David, we had already discussed the idea of opening a brick and mortar outlet maybe in Phoenix, and we all loved the idea, being David’s hometown, and Susan’s amazing history in Jackson, and her experience running Coffee Choices.” More...

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David Ellefson To Play London Bass Guitar Show

Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group President David Ellefson will perform on the Main Stage at The London Bass Guitar Show 2017 on Sunday, March 5th. Tickets are on sale now; early bird tickets end December 22.

Furthermore the London Bass Guitar Show organizers issued: "David’s aggressive plectrum style of bass playing has been at the foundation of Megadeth’s vast catalogue of metal classics from the beginning, including 'Symphony of Destruction,' 'Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying,' 'Hangar 18,' and 'Holy Wars' to name just a few.

"David and the band recently enjoyed a Billboard hit with their 15th studio album 'Dystopia,' which landed in the #3 spot on the Top 200 album chart. Far from their first major accomplishment, Megadeth has been awarded numerous gold and platinum awards, 13 Grammy nominations and has sold over 30 million albums worldwide during the span of their 33-year career." More...

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Dave Mustaine Reviews New Metallica Album

The folks over at Metal Hammer / Team Rock managed to talk Dave Mustaine into reviewing the new Metallica record "Hardwired... To Self Destruct," and this going to be a major shocker to anyone who has read any articles about Dave Mustaine in the last decade or so: it's completely diplomatic.

There's no ranting about conspiracy theories. No absurd name calling. No outlandish proclamations. It's positively cordial! I dunno what new regimen you are on Dave (or what substances you are off...) but keep it up!

The only thing fans may be disappointed in is that it's a very generalized review, and doesn't really dive into any one particular song or segment. Excerpts from the review follow: More...

Read the full article at Teamrock.com.

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2017 Grammy Nominees Revealed

It's Grammy Award nomination time again, which is always an odd experience for metal fans. There's only one actual metal category - Best Metal Performance - and no category for actual metal albums to win.

Best Rock Album occasionally has heavy metal releases, but usually only of the most well known bands that aren't representative of the best metal had to offer in any given year.

In a move that literally left the audience scratching their heads, earlier this year Ghost took home the Best Metal Performance for the 2016 Grammy Awards.

Today the nominees are announced for the upcoming 59th annual 2017 Grammy Awards. These songs are now in the running for Best Metal Performance:

- "Shock Me" by Baroness
- "Silvera" by Gojira
- "Rotting In Vain" by Korn
- "Dystopia" by Megadeth
- "The Price Is Wrong" by Periphery

Alright, it's prediction time: who do you think is going to win the 2017 Grammy Best Metal Performance?

Gojira's "Magma" album also managed to land in the Best Rock Album category alongside the likes of Blink-192, Weezer, and Panic! At The Disco.

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David Ellefson Posts Live Stream

On November 21st, Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group president David Ellefson hosted a special live stream event from his official Facebook page.

During the fan chat, he talking about the label, Ellefson Coffee Co. and more! If you missed it, you can catch the whole video below or at Ellefson's Facebook profile here. More...

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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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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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