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Well, I am back at home, have decompressed from the plane, celebrated my official birthday (thank you all for the wishes, gifts, cards, and emails), and am getting over a helluva bout with tour sickness. I don't know if it is something I got at the last show, or I was just sick all along and finally putting the Big Redheaded Machine into park has allowed it all to catch up with me.
"Anyway, as you know, MEGADETH put out 'The System Has Failed' in September of 2004 and after touring the world, excluding the last four remaining dates south of the equator it has been a tremendous success. Sure there were hard times with putting a band together, taking the painful barbs thrown by people who didn't think (or want) me to go on, dealing with guests that I could not spend the time I had wanted to be with them or that they had wanted to be with me and the ensuing problems that followed that, and lastly the constant sickness that followed the tour.
"Add to that the legal matters, like leaving Sanctuary, trying to get the Greatest Hits together, trying to get the DVD together containing all the old videos and threats from people not to be included or wrangling with other licensers to get permission to use the footage, and you see how this was a feat for me or anyone to pull off.
"But I did, and it would never have happened without your love and support, and undying encouragement. I will never forget this last year. Seeing all of you around the globe was a delight for me, but even more so to see my band meeting you all and how loved you made them feel.
"So, this thing called Gigantour was born at the last minute, and because of my relationship with bands that went out with me and MEGADETH, I feel we had a great time. In retrospect, there were a few things I would do differently, but not much. It was a sad day when we lost THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, and when the time came to say, 'So long' to DREAM THEATER and SYMPHONY X, and we were all disappointed with the DRY KILL LOGIC bus breaking down and not having them finish out the tour, but I believe they know how much I loved them and was grateful for all of their time we shared until we said goodbye.
"The last shows with ANTHRAX and the remaining Gigantour 2005 bands; FEAR FACTORY, NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, and BOBAFLEX came and went too fast. I have only the best things to say about these fine bands and wish them all tremendous amounts of success in the years to come. I also believe that if Gigantour continues on for as many years as I hoped that we will see them again. If not, I hope to grace a stage with them somewhere else in time again soon.
"Lastly, to you, the fans that came out to see the 'Blackmail The Universe' tour or Gigantour . . . what can I say other than you made my dream come true. I love you and am indebted to your faith in me, in the other bands that you may have been fans of and came out for, and importantly most just for supporting our scene. As I write this letter to you all we are already starting the necessary work to make Gigantour 2006 competitive with the inaugural run, and I hope to make even more friends out on the 'Killing Road' with people like yourselves, and the bands that stood by me. Check back in every once in a while to see when I announce the next Gigantour, the next year's talent, and when and where you can see us again.
"I usually close concerts with, 'You've been great, we've been MEGADETH, goodnight!' but that just doesn't seem right today. I think that you've been more than great and we've all been MEGADETH! Time will crawl for me until I can see your faces again and deliver the goods to my North American friends.
"I love you my Droogies and She Wolves!
"Come on, Gigantour 2!"
Dry Kill Logic has been on the road for the last seven months. In Cliff's Rigano's own words, "There's no rest for the wicked." The bad are currently on the east coast, heading up towards Canada, where they will finish the last few weeks of the Gigantour. In early September, DKL will launch the New Level of Aggression II tour, a fall headlining tour presented by Vestal (watches), where they'll be taking out their good friends in Five Bolt Main and Alston. Dry Kill Logic are also plannging a possible European and British tour in late November and early December and possible Australian dates with Megadeth.
DKL recently put online for sale a poster pack which includes all past and present posters, a Dry Kill Logic sticker and a Jager guitar pic all rolled up and shipped to you in a tube. Also find online, for sale, the album: The Dead and Dreaming, hoodies and t-shirts designed by their own Jason Bozzi.
The upcoming Dry Kill Logic Tour Dates are as follows: More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Aaron Yoxheimer of The Morning Call about Gigantour, the six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Several excerpts from the chat follow:
On the need for another traveling metal festival, which arrives in Reading, PA today:
"I wouldn't compare this to those other festivals [such as Ozzfest, Sounds of the Underground]. I'd compare it to something a little more old-fashioned and not based so much on being sponsored by alcohol companies and a lot of things that these other festivals have associated with them.
"I'm not taking a dig at those other festivals, 'but if you go back to things like Monsters of Rock, the California Jam, or Clash of the Titans, they were real festivals, not a flea market with bands playing in between. Ticket prices are low [$20-$40 on average], and the bands are playing for nominal fees, so it's truly about the love of music.
"It would be great if we had Clear Channel or some huge corporate sponsor dumping millions of bucks into this, so we could make the tickets be even more affordable and maybe get more popular bands, but I wanted to do things in an honorable way, without compromising the fans' or my own integrity."
On ticket sale figures posted on the Internet, which show that the tour has barely filled venues to half-capacity in most markets:
"We were looking in the beginning to play to 3,000 to 5,000 people a marketplace, but unfortunately some of the buildings able to hold those numbers weren't there. … There was nothing else available except for much larger places. So it's really easy to say that this thing isn't selling when you walk into a large venue and see a really small amount of people in proportion to its size.
"But we know that's not the case. We know that this is doing better than we expected. In fact, I just received word from our agency that they believe in this and we're already talking about next year.
"I've been pretty aware of what I do business-wise and I think every right decision I make makes it easier for young musicians that come after me. So I have a duty do the right thing, not only to myself and to my family, but to my successors as well. I have had [negative] experiences [on] other tours, but there was never anything that occurred that made me hate the people I was touring or working with. Even the MÖTLEY CRÜE tour [the 2000 Maximum Rock tour] — which I really loathed — I don't hate the members, I just hated the tour."
On his detractors:
''It's easy to talk badly about someone when you don't know them. A lot of people think I'm unapproachable, but all you have to do is go to our web site and see how much interaction I have with our fans. And believe it or not, when I'm out in public and not on stage with a guitar and a microphone, I'm really pretty shy. I really have a hard time taking compliments because of that. Another thing is that sometimes when people ask me for something I say no because it's just not something I do."
On a recent visit to Pittsburgh, where a woman asked him to sign her breasts. When he declined, she cursed at him:
"I'm there thinking, 'First off, I'm married, and second of all, even if you were hot, it wouldn't happen. You've obviously got no mirrors in your house if you think you can just walk up to somebody and say, 'Sign my [breasts]."
Dream Theater has announced on their website that the Montreal, Canada Gigantour concert at the Bell Centre on September 2nd will be filmed and recorded for an upcoming Gigantour DVD and Gigantour CD.
The Gigantour summer festival trek — featuring co-headliners MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER alongside with a host of support acts — kicked off July 21 in Fresno, California. The following Nielsen SoundScan sales figures (as of August 3, 2005) for the bands participating in the tour have been rounded to the nearest thousand:
"Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" - 52,000 (+23,650 since July 13)
"The System Has Failed" - 162,000 (+1,739 since July 13)
"Countdown to Extinction" - 2,263,000 (+1,431 since July 13)
"Octavarium" - 56,000 (+8,160 since July 13)
"Train of Thought" - 125,000 (+803 since July 13)
"Images & Words" - 604,000 (+594 since July 13)
"Archetype" - 128,000 (+942 since July 13)
"Obsolete" - 459,000 (+921 since July 13)
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN:
"Miss Machine" - 68,000 (+822 since July 13)
"Calculating Infinity" - 69,000 (+345 since July 13)
"This Godless Endeavor" - 5,000 (NEW!)
"Enemies of Reality" - 24,000 (+555 since July 13)
"Dead Heart In A Dead World" - 30,000 (+174 since July 13)
LIFE OF AGONY:
"Broken Valley" - 19,000 (+3,720 since July 13)
"River Runs Red" - 158,000 (+153 since July 13)
"The Odyssey" - 24,000 (+578 since July 13)
"V: The New Mythology Suite" - 19,000 (+152 since July 13)
DRY KILL LOGIC:
"Dead and Dreaming" - 24,000 (+570 since July 13)
"The Darker Side of Nonsense" - 60,000 (+131 since July 13)
BOBAFLEX - "Primitive Epic" - 4,000 (+48 since July 13)
NOTE: MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and NEVERMORE played 10 Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC, and BOBAFLEX played eight Gigantour shows between July 21 and August 2. LIFE OF AGONY played seven shows between July 21 and August 2. THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN has yet to make a Gigantour appearance.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message on the forum section of the band's official web site: "Well, the first stage of this tour is behind us and thank God for that. As with all tours I have ever been on over the past 20 years, all tours have bugs in the beginning. Fortunately we have top notch professional people out here from every band and we are now in smooth waters."
"My dream for Gigantour is alive and all of the bands are having a great time. But I don't know who is having a better time — you, the fans, or us, band guys. The backstage environment is one of the best I have ever been in, and I will tell you that we are all, and I mean every band, playing better every night. The DVD is going to be awesome!!!
"Thank you for supporting this dream, thank you for staying metal!
"Tomorrow night [August 2] in Dallas I am supposed to play a song with Dream Theater on behalf of Darryl [sic]. I am keeping my fingers crossed that I have fun since I have never jammed with another band like this. Wish me luck!"
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine, with his Gigantour up and running, says he doesn't want the festival to be compared with established tours such as Ozzfest and the Warped Tour.
Dave Mustaine told Launch Radio Networks he knows comparisons are inevitable, but he isn't encouraging them. "There are some other festivals that are out in similar nature," he said. "You know, Ozzfest has some bands from our genre and some of the subcultures and subgenres and stuff, but you know, my intention was never to be disrespectful to Ozzy or to Sharon (Osbourne) or to try to say 'Hey, Gigantour's better,' because, you know frankly, they're my friends. I would like to keep it that way."
In addition to Megadeth, Gigantour's line-up includes Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Life Of Agony, Nevermore, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X and Bobaflex.
The Asssociated Press has issued the following report:
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has sued the band's former bass player, David Ellefson, for allegedly using the name of the group without permission in an advertisement for musical equipment.
The suit filed Monday (July 25) in Superior Court by Mustaine claims he and Ellefson entered into a settlement agreement in February that restricts the guitarist's use of the band name.
"Ellefson shall not use, or authorize anyone else to use, the work or mark 'MEGADETH" to advertise, market or promote any person, band, company, organization, product or services without MEGADETH's prior express written permission," according to the lawsuit.
Mustaine said an ad in this month's issue of Bass Player features Ellefson holding a pedal tuner for bass guitars and includes the names of several bands he is involved with — including MEGADETH.
Mustaine is seeking unspecified compensatory, punitive and exemplary damages.
MEGADETH was founded in 1983 and released a greatest hits album, "Back to the Start" last month. Ellefson appeared on albums from 1985 to 2002 until he got into a disagreement with Mustaine and refused to rejoin the band last year.
Toronto's WARMACHINE have parted ways with bassist Andrea Zanini, guitarist Mike Miolla and recently recruited drummer Michael Amaral. "Unfortunately, [Michael] can no longer afford to play drums for us, but is focusing his time on his band, ENDORPHINS," vocalist/guitarist Joe Di Taranto writes on the group's web site. "I wish him all the luck in the world and intend to continue our friendship for many years to come. Former STAGES guitarist John Salerno has stepped in on guitar and we are currently looking for a new drummer and bassist. I'm looking forward to injecting some much-needed new blood into the band and am excited about what the future has in store."
WARMACHINE recently signed a one-album deal with Nightmare Records. "We're looking at a September release date in Central America for [our debut album] 'The Beginning of the End'," stated Taranto. "Canada should follow shortly after. Deals for Europe and Japan are still in the works as well."
"The Beginning of the End" features a guest appearance on three tracks ("Betrayed", "Empty" and "Taunted Souls") by former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), have completed work on their debut album, "Lethal Agenda", due later this summer in Japan and Europe, with other markets to follow. The complete track listing for the CD is as follows:
01. Lethal Agenda
03. Already Dead
04. Doesn't Matter
05. Hate Machine
07. Beating the Man
08. Built to Last
10. The Art of War
Audio samples from the album can be found at TempleOfBrutality.com.
TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, whose music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA, recently shot a video for the album's title cut, "Lethal Agenda", with director Fabio Jafet, who has previously produced/directed the "Waking Up Dead" documentary starring former SAIGON KICK/SKID ROW drummer Phil Varone.
The set lists from all the bands on "Gigantour," minus THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN since they have not joined the tour yet, from the first date of the tour (July 21st) in Fresno, CA at the Selland Arena have been released.
Blackmail The Universe
Set The World Afire
Skin Of My Teeth
In My Darkest Hour
Wake Up Dead
A Tout Le Monde
Die Dead Enough
Tornado Of Souls
Kick The Chair
Symphony Of Destruction
The Root of All Evil
Under a Glass Moon
The Glass Prison
This Dying Soul
Just Let Me Breathe
As I Am
Pull Me Under/Metropolis
Acres of Skin
Fault of the Flesh
Enemies of Reality
LIFE OF AGONY:
Day He Died
Love to Let U
Sea of Lies
DRY KILL LOGIC:
With Deepest Regret
Snap Your Fingers Snap Your Neck
6 Feet Under
Bright Red Violent Sex
Got you Trapped
Better Than Me
Turn the Heat Up
Abrasive Rock recently conducted an interview with UNEARTH frontman Trevor Phipps. An excerpt from the chat follows:
Abrasive Rock: With all the reunion shows going on right now is there one that really excites you?
Trevor Phipps: "I'd love to see TESTAMENT. I guess they're back together with Alex Skolnick, and the all original live up. I did just have the honor to see ANTHRAX play in London at the Download Festival. We played the same day as them about 3 weeks ago. That was killer. It was a favorite of mine back when I was a kid, so that was really cool to see, but I think the two main bands ANTHRAX and TESTAMENT.
Abrasive Rock: Is there one that you think is a complete joke?
Trevor Phipps: "MEGADETH, I would say, because it's just him. There's no Dave Ellefson, there's nobody. It's just Dave Mustaine. It's kinda ridiculous. Nick Menza's not there, it's just Dave Mustaine. It's a joke. It's not really MEGADETH. I think it's a total horseshit joke."
Read the entire interview at AbrasiveRock.com.
There will be no second stage at either the San Antonio show, or the newly announced Cincinnati show. So that makes four venues - San Diego, San Antonio, Cincinnati, and Boston - where there will be no second stage.
An August 16th Cincinnati show has been added to Megadeth's upcoming Gigantour, which features Megadeth, Dream Theater (July 21 to September 3), Anthrax (September 6 to 11), Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the main stage, and Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex on the Second Stage. However, there will be no second stage bands at the newly-announced Cincinnati show, nor at the San Antonio, San Diego or Boston shows. Also, second stage bands will be dropped after the Toronto date on September 3rd.
Tour dates so far: More...
MEGADETH founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has officially parted ways with Sanctuary Records. The legendary, multi-platinum group released three albums on Sanctuary, including 2004's critically acclaimed "The System Has Failed", which debuted at No. 18 on The Billboard 200 chart.
The latest MEGADETH release, "Greatest Hits: Back to the Start" (Capitol), entered the Billboard chart at No. 65 and has sold 28,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. On the concert front, MEGADETH are performing this summer on the inaugural Gigantour package tour with DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY and others. The six-week festival trek has a fan-friendly ticket price of approximately $35 each.
Anthrax has been added to Megadeth's Gigantour and will be performing on the following dates in place of Dream Theatre:
Sept. 06 Edmonton, AB Shaw Convention Center
Sept. 07 Calgary, AB Stampede Corral
Sept. 09 Vancouver, BC PNE Coliseum
Sept. 10 Seattle, WA White River Amphitheater
Sept. 11 Portland, OR Clark County Amphitheater
A San Antonio date for August 1st has been added to Megadeth's upcoming Gigantour.
Gigantour features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the main stage, and Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex on the Second Stage. Upcoming tour dates
Jul 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas and Mack
Jul 23 Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Amphitheatre
Jul 24 Los Angeles, CA - Verizon Wireless
Jul 26 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ CalExpo
Jul 28 San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre
Jul 29 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Jul 30 Albuquerque, NM - Journal Amphitheatre
Aug 1 San Antonio, TX - Lone Star Pavilion
Aug 2 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug 3 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
Aug 5 Atlanta, GA - Gwinett
Aug 6 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug 7 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amphitheater
Aug 8 Tampa, FL - St. Pete's Times Forum
Aug 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theater
Aug 11 Ft. Wayne, IN - Coliseum Expo
Aug 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug 13 Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom Complex
Aug 14 Cleveland, OH - Tower City Amphitheatre
Aug 17 Pittsburgh, PA - Chevrolet Amphitheatre
Aug 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Aug 21 Poughkeepsie, NY - Mid-Hudson Civic
Aug 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach
Aug 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Banks Art Center
Aug 26 Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
Aug 27 Reading, PA - Soverign Center
Aug 28 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Aug 30 Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes Amphitheatre
Sept 2 Montreal, QU - Bell Centre
Sept 3 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
Sept 10 Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheatre (no second stage bands)
Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine, has posted the following message on the band's official forum to explain why the concert in Israel was cut short:
What happened from my point of view, and I was center stage, was we started playing Blackmail The Universe and after that song was about half way through, the barricade broke and kids fell on top of each other. Security tried to get them stood back up, the barricade got stood back up, they brought in logs and more barricades to reinforce it. And the police said it wasn't good enough.
After the 4th song I got a note to "please stop", and Shawn had already counted into the 5th song. So we played 5 songs and at the end of the 5th song it was implied that "we have to fix the barricade for your safety".
They determined, the police who had approved the barricade before the show, after the barricade got broken that they were cancelling the show, "please leave now".
None of the blame needs to be assigned to anyone. Other than just the fans being great fans and being excited as hell, and the barricade not being able to handle the pressure.
You are wonderful fans and I hope to see you all again.
Progressive metallers SYMPHONY X have issued the following update via their official web site:
"Hate to be the bearer of bad tidings, but there are two items that need to be made public, which we have just been informed of (or we'd have announced it much sooner).
"Number one: Toronto will be the last date of the Gigantour that SYMPHONY X will be playing; they will not appear at the Seattle date, or any others that may be scheduled after September 3.
"Number two: We've just been informed that there will not be any second stage bands appearing at the San Diego or Boston dates, due to either space or curfew issues. Therefore, SYMPHONY X won't be appearing at those dates either.
"Our apologies to those who'll be affected by these items; we have no control over these issues, and have done our best to inform you as soon as we got the info ourselves."
Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Also scheduled to appear on the second stage are DRY KILL LOGIC, BOBAFLEX and LIFE OF AGONY.
There will not be any Gigantour second stage bands - Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X, Bobaflex - appearing at the San Diego or Boston dates, due to space and/or curfew issues.
In other related news, Toronto will be the last date of the Gigantour that Symphony X will be playing. They will not appear at the Seattle date, or any others that may be scheduled after September 3.