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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted his thoughts about performing at the Download Festival at Donington Park.
What a great day yesterday in England! After a trying stretch of making some shows in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland we limped into Download yesterday, tired and worn out.
Thank you for making our performance so enjoyable for us. When I saw everyone, especially those up front, I couldn't control the rush I felt.
It was also kewl backstage too, seeing Clint from the old Sevendust days, Josh from Buckcherry, and the great guitarist from Dragonforce, and the M.C.R. guys was just a great all around vibe.
I hope you enjoyed the webcast and I want to thank the organizers for Download for not only having us, but for making the webcast happen too.
At this rate, while this was one of the shortest set lengths I have played in the UK for sometime, I look forward to playing for you again in 2009
Megadeth performed on the first day of the festival under controversial headliners My Chemical Romance. Linkin Park and Iron Maiden also headlined the event with Slayer, Machine Head, Stone Sour and Suicidal Tendancies all performing aswell as many others.
Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover sent in an update for the fans:
"Europe, here we come! I am really looking forward to this tour of Europe, as we have not played in certain areas since 2005 (Ireland, Scotland, etc.) as well as the festival circuit. Needless to say, this is going to be a fun trip. If things go according to plan, I 'may' be debuting a new 'toy' onstage at a certain huge U.K. festival. At this point there is a 50/50 chance due to time issues, but if it does work out, you will love it! Keep your eyes peeled."
Megadeth's new CD, United Abominations, is in stores now, having debuted at #8 on last week's Billboard Charts, with such new tunes as "Washington is Next!," "Sleepwalker," and "Gears of War".
The metal legends have also been tapped as ManiaTV's "Artist of the Day" for this Thursday, May 31, so tune in for an exclusive interview airing at 10AM, 4PM, 9PM, and 2AM - all EST.
Video footage of HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH performing on May 12 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan have been posted online. You can check it out on YouTube.
Rhino has officially set August 28 as the release date for the HEAVEN AND HELL "Live from Radio City Music Hall" DVD and two-CD set. As the title implies, both the DVD and CD packages will include HEAVEN AND HELL's (the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice) performance on March 30, 2007 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Several full-length video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL performing on March 13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have been posted online at YouTube.com.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update covering their tour with Heaven and Hell and Megadeth to "Get Thrashed":
"I write to you from the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States of muthafuckin' America. We have been out with the HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH guys now for almost three weeks, and man, what can I say... it's pretty unbelievable. Huge dressing rooms, killer catering, every enormo-bottle of Grey Goose vodka the venue can muster up, huge stages, killer lights, killer monitors, killer sound... and, we're on tour with BLACK SABBATH and MEGADETH... life is fuckin' good man.
"It's crazy, we've been having a blast on this tour. Tony Iommi walks by, 'You enjoying the tour?'... Dio pops into the dressing room with expensive wine and talks sports... Vinny Appice gives you a few beers... Geezer cracks a joke at his assistant's expense... it's like being in some alternate universe.
"The HEAVEN AND HELL camp have been amazing, treating us really well, a lot of respect, lots of love from the crew. They've made us feel very welcome. Even when they're kinda mad at us for all of our drunken friends they still give us the benefit of the doubt. The other night after the Texas show, we had so many fuckin' people in our dressing room partying and raging that they literally had security form a line between our dressing room and theirs, because every time one of 'em would walk out of their dressing room, one of our dumbass friends would beeline toward them — zombie like — 'Rooooooooooonnnnnniie!... Bleargh!!' They're really cool about it though, their people said, 'Can you and all your drunk friends please just go to the green room and party?' We're like 'Uhh... okay.'
"You can't really blame our drunk-ass friends though, it's not often that you see Tony Iommi standing 20 feet away from you. I can totally relate, Christ, it took me a week and a half just to muster up the balls to say 'Hi.' I never get starstruck, I mean, I NEVER get starstruck, but man, I don't know what it is... I see Iommi and there's so many things I want to say, and then I think, 'Nooo... I don't want to say any of that!' I have to do it before the tour's over though, I'll kick myself for the rest of my life if I don't.
"And man... they sound un-fucking-believable too, 'Holy Diver'!!!! Dio's voice is unreal!!! The band sounds great, they've got a really loose feel to their songs, lots of jamming, extended parts; which I was surprised about, I assumed they'd be strict about staying true to the records but there's a lot of improv onstage, it's bad-ass to watch. More...
J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?
Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.
Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.
Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.
Decibel: Yeah, definitely.
Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?
Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?
Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?
Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.
Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.
Thirteen more bands have now been announced for the UK's Download Festival. The Download 2007 line-up is now as follows:
Friday 8 June
My Chemical Romance
From Autumn To Ashes
Job For A Cowboy
I Was A Cub Scout
This Et Al
Drive By Argument
Saturday 9 June
Megadeth will be meeting their fans and signing copies of their latest CD, United Abominations, on May 15th at the Spin Street Stage located in the Shops at Mohegan Sun Concourse. Event begins at 4:30 PM before the sold-out Heaven & Hell show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Please note that due to the short time frame of the event and the huge numbers of fans expected, the band will only be signing copies of their new CD.
For more details, contact Spin Street at 860-862-7664.
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Uncasville, CT 06382
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The official MEGADETH "United Abominations" e-card has been updated to include the studio version of "Washington is Next!" in the media player at the end of the card. Click here to view it now.
An e-card for MEGADETH's new album, "United Abominations", has been made available at this location. According to Roadrunner Records, the e-card features "all the extra-fun Internet shit you know and love, including IM icons, wallpapers, tour dates, and more."
MEGADETH's video for the new version of the song "A Tout Le Monde", now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", is available for viewing at Megadeth.com. A video clip of LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia — who makes a guest appearance in the song — talking about the video shoot for "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles, has been posted online at this location. More...
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed to UK’s Guitar And Bass magazine that it is crucial for him to make an impact with latest release ‘United Abominations.’
Mustaine revealed, "This is my last real shot at achieving anything significant. If I don't do it this time, there probably will never be a next time. I'm 45, I have a nerve disorder in my back called stenosis (an overgrowth of bone closing off the hole in the vertebrae where the nerve emerges to go to the arm) and it's making it harder for me to play. Prior to the damage to my arm, I was already starting to feel weird things happening [and] my arm was starting to go numb. But I've got two black belts in karate. I'm a tough guy," he winked. "I can handle it."
On top of this frightening prospect, the axe legend claimed that a catalyst for the album’s rekindled anger was a chat with a fellow thrash icon.
"Frank Bello [bass] from Anthrax sat me down one night after a show and said, 'Dave, I really like Megadeth, but we really need you to get pissed off again. Megadeth is important music and the best stuff you ever wrote was when you were pissed off.’
"The thing is, as I said to Frank, I'm not an angry person anymore! But then I figured that there was a lot of things in the world to be angry about as well that had to be spoken out against. In my personal life, I stopped fighting and started to seek reconciliation where I could."
‘United Abominations’ is out on May 15 via Roadrunner Records.
Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE will film a video for the song "The Edge of the Razor" on April 15 in Stockholm. The track features a guest solo from Bruce Kulick (KISS), and comes off the group's comeback album, "Emotional Coma," which is scheduled for release on June 15 through AFM Records. You can check out the cover artwork at lionsshare.org.
According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Kulick, Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN). The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).
As previously reported, here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing: More...
After four successful albums and several tours with bands like MANOWAR, DIO, MOTÖRHEAD, SAXON, U.D.O., ICED EARTH and NEVERMORE, Swedish heavy metal masters LION'S SHARE are back with their long-awaited comeback masterpiece, "Emotional Coma", due out on June 15 in Europe through AFM Records. The band features guitar player and founding member Lars Chriss, along with vocalist Patrik Johansson (ASTRAL DOORS, WUTHERING HEIGHTS), bass player Sampo Axelsson (GLENN HUGHES) and well-known session drummer Richard Evensand (CHIMAIRA, SOILWORK, THERION).
Commented Chriss: "We are extremely proud and honored to be a part of such a great label as AFM Records. AFM is home to many great bands and we couldn't be more excited to be a part of that roster. It feels great to work with a label staff that understands our music and goals. We are looking forward to a long and successful cooperation."
According to a press release, "Emotional Coma" is "the heaviest and most powerful LION'S SHARE record to date" and it features guest appearances by Bruce Kulick (KISS), Glen Drover (MEGADETH) and Mats Levén (THERION, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN).
Commented Markus Wosgien, A&R of AFM Records: "The new record is heavy metal at its finest. It shows the band from another side, less progressive, more straight and metal. If you are into the old gods like SAXON, JUDAS PRIEST or ACCEPT — you will love this unique and high-class record, which is a new beginning in the history of this amazing band."
Here is the "Emotional Coma" track listing:
01. Cult of Denial
02. The Arsonist
03. Emotional Coma (feat. Glen Drover)
04. Clones of Fate
05. The Edge of the Razor (feat. Bruce Kulick)
06. Toxication Rave
08. Bloodstained Soil
10. Hatred's My Fuel
11. Sorcerers (ANGEL WITCH cover)
12. Ring of Stupidity (bonus track for Japan and digipak)
MEGADETH has announced several U.K./Ireland dates surrounding the band's Download Festival appearance in early June. The group's European schedule is now shaping up as follows:
June 01 - Nürnberg, Germany @ Rock Im Park
June 02 - Roeselare, Belgium @ Schwung Festival
June 03 - Nürburgring, Germany @ Rock Am Ring
June 05 - Copenhagen, Denmark @ Vega
June 07 - Tampere, Finland @ Sauna Open Air
June 08 - Derbyshire, UK @ Download Festival
June 10 - Dublin, Ireland @ Ambassador Theatre
June 12 - Glasgow, Scotland @ Barrowland Ballroom
June 13 - Bristol, UK @ Academy
June 14 - Folkestone, UK @ Leas Cliff Hall
June 16 - London, UK @ Astoria
June 17 - Biddinghuizen, Holland @ Fields Of Rock Festival
June 19 - Hamburg, Germany @ Markthalle
June 20 - Karlsruhe, Germany @ Festhalle Durlach
June 22 - Zaragoza, Spain @ Monsters Of Rock
June 24 - Clisson, France @ Hellfest
June 26 - Rijssen, Holland @ Lucky & Co
June 27 - Zurich, Switzerland @ Volkhaus
June 28 - Vienna, Austria @ Arena
June 30 - Milan, Italy @ Gods Of Metal All
A full-length version of Megadeth's updated version of "A Tout Le Monde", which they have re-titled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) and also features vocals by Lacuna Coil's Christina Scabbia, is now available online. You can stream it here (Windows Media required).
Lacuna Coil vocalist and one of the hottest singers around made a guest appearance with Megadeth.
A video has been uploaded to LACUNA COIL's MySpace profile in which singer Cristina Scabbia talks about the video shoot for MEGADETH's new version of the song "A Tout Le Monde", now retitled "A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free)", which took place March 8-9 in Los Angeles.
"A Tout Le Monde", which originally appeared on the 1994 CD "Youthanasia", has created controversy because the song was cited in an online post by Dawson College killer Kimveer Gill as one of his favorites before his Montreal shooting spree last September. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine contends that he wanted to give the song a second shot at success, as the original video for it had been banned by MTV, and most radio stations followed suit.
Commented Cristina: "[Dave Mustaine] actually asked me to be part of this duet, and I was really surprised about it because 'A Tout Le Monde' is a song that I've always loved. It was a big surprise for me to get this invitation ? I was really honored to be part of it. And seriously, when I heard the final result, I was awesomely surprised 'cause I think that the two voices are fitting incredibly. I think that the version of 'A Tout le Monde' 2007 has a stronger attitude. If the original version was for the mellow mood, this one is way more rock, way more powerful. I totally love it. I was surprised myself, and I think that a lot of people will be pleasantly surprised.
"I tracked the entire song because we weren't really sure what we had to do, so we just wanted to be totally sure, so we recorded all the parts that Dave sung with some improvisation with it, double vocals. We basically made anything possible, so they could pick up whatever they wanted to."
Rock Am Ring has added 37 new names to its line up. Here are the rock/metal ones:
As I Lay Dying, Bloodsimple, Breed 77, Chimaira, Disco Ensemble, Enter Shikari, Funeral For A Friend, Ghosts, Gogol Bordello, The Higher, Hinder, Killswitch Engage, Lamb Of God, Machine Head, McQueen, Megadeth, Papa Roach, Silverstein, The Sounds, Type O Negative and The Used.
Rock Am Ring will take place on June 1st, 2nd, and 3rd of this year.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to KNAC.COM's Gnarly Charlie about the inspiration for the band's new song "Sleepwalker" from the upcoming CD, "United Abominations". "I was kind of getting bored with people taking snipes at me over the Internet," Mustaine explained. "I just thought it was really cowardly. It wasn't anybody famous; it was just constant stuff, especially one particular news site, in general. And I just thought, 'You know what? It would be really funny if I could go to sleep and just do astral planing and do a little ass-whooping and then wake up and not be held accountable for anything.' (laughs) You know it's kind of sad, because there are disorders where people do, like the Ambien sleepwalk. For me, a lot of it too, was some of the crime stuff that they do, you know, like the old mob movies, 'The Godfather' and stuff like that… I love '24', and I just watched this one thing where I went through every single season because I didn't even discover the series until last year and I watched the first four years all in a row, almost nonstop, with time to sleep and stuff a little food in my face. But, there was one scene where they were up on Mulholland and I just flashed back about these photographers that would say, 'Yeah, you're a model. Hey, here's my card. Let's go take pictures out in the woods.' Duh! You remember that one? He took her out in the woods and he killed her. It's so commonplace — we can identify with these tragedies and stuff like that, but when you think about how gullible a person is and the wickedness that some people have in their hearts when they take advantage of these people, it's like…first off, how could somebody be that naïve, and second off, where are the good guys that protect people from assholes like this?"
"United Abominations" is released on May 15, with the following tracklisting:
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
10. You're Dead
11. Burnt Ice
MEGADETH's new official biography contains several quotes from the band's mainman, Dave Mustaine, about the musical direction of MEGADETH's upcoming album, "United Abonimations", and Mustaine's lyrical approach on the new CD. Read on:
On MEGADETH's new CD, "United Abominations", being "a career landmark album":
"It's kind of a defibrillator for the metal community. Somebody's got to step up to the plate, play solos again, and play heavy rhythms that are actually recorded live in the studio - because it ain't the same six seconds pasted 300 times. Somebody had to do it again."
"It's really invigorating to go back to playing thrash and speed metal. I started playing this type of music because I loved the way it made me feel. When I started the turnaround with 'The World Needs a Hero' and 'The System Has Failed', it was obvious this was going to be where the buck stops."
On the recording sessions for "United Abominations":
"We were in the studio and Glen [Drover, guitar] had put his rhythms down on 'Sleepwalker'. And Andy [Sneap, producer/mixer] said to me, 'You know you don't really need to put your rhythm down there,' And I said, 'Oh yeah I do. My rhythm style is totally different from anybody's.' And as soon as I started playing, he goes, 'That's right! It's an old-school digging in, innit?' And I said, 'Yeah Andy. That's it.'"
On the new album's lyrical approach:
"If you have the goods musically, you can say whatever you want, and [on this album] I basically said it. I said how I feel about the United Nations. I said how I feel about the New World Order. I said how I feel about the ignorance and apathy of our fathers right now that are leading our country who are just letting everything be taken away from us."
"It's OK to practice freedom of speech, assembly, the press, religion, except when it comes to making you unpopular. When you take a stand for what's right you often become unpopular. I'm not a really popular guy. I may be semi-famous but I'm really more infamous than famous."
"I know there are some people who are prejudiced against this type of music. But I'm ready to get out there and see what the response is going to be like from the public.
"I can say that I have absolutely made my best MEGADETH record, ever."
Dream Theater confirmed today that they'll be playing UK's Download 2007. Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy can't wait: "Fuck yeah! It's about time!!! I am absolutely stoked for Dream Theater to finally play Download... In a career already filled with so many personal achievements and dreams having been realized, somehow an invitation to play Download or Donington has always eluded us thus far... After all our hard work for the past 21 years and having made so many fans and friends in the U.K., it's nice to finally get the invitation! This gig will come within the first month of a world tour that will last well into 2008 for us, but I can already predict this will be one of the highlights of the year for us..."
Other confirmed acts include Devil Driver, DragonForce, Evanescence, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Lamb of God, Korn, Linkin Park, Machine Head, Marilyn Manson, Machine Head, Megadeth, Motley Crue, Shadows Fall, and Slayer.
Visit the Download 2007 web site for more details.
Hayder Kadhim, a student who was shot three times by gunman Kimveer Gill at Dawson College in Montreal, Quebec, Canada last September, is outraged that MEGADETH is set to release a new version of a song that inspired the gunman.
Frontman Dave Mustaine spoke to Cassandra Szklarski of the Canadian Press and commented about the track long misinterpreted as pro-suicide when in fact it was written about the sudden death of his mother.
"The song doesn't belong to the killer. The song belongs to the people of Montreal, if anything it belongs to me and it was my gift to them. It was never meant to be misinterpreted like that."
The gunman, Kimveer Gill singled out "A Tout le Monde" as one of his favourites in hate-filled online posts that immediately preceded his rampage Sept. 13, when he shot dead student Anastasia De Sousa and injured 20 others. He killed himself after being wounded in a shootout with police.
"For the simple fact that Kimveer Gill was listening to (the song) and he injured students like me and also killed Anastasia, who was a friend of mine, this artist should put this song on the side out of respect to the victims," Kadhim said. "That song triggered Kimveer Gill's actions."
Kadhim, a hip-hop artist, still has fragments of a bullet in his head and another bullet remains lodged in his neck.
If MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine is thinking of capitalizing on the shootings, "I think that's disrespectful to us. I believe respect comes before money," Kadhim said.
Rose Slanic, general manager of Roadrunner Records Canada, which is releasing the MEGADETH album, said the song was recorded prior to the Dawson shooting and is not disrespectful toward the victims.
"From our standpoint," she said "we don't affiliate ourselves with negative things. There's no negative message in the song."