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France's Fury Fest is in danger of being cancelled after the festival's organizers failed to provide "any guarantees concerning the security of the public and other people present," according to a local media report. In addition, there weren't any guarantees about hygienic conditions for campers and the festival is said to be not fully insured. Maurice Nakache, the organizer of the Fury Fest, announced that the missing paperwork will be delivered to the appropriate authorities by Friday (June 10).
Fury Fest is scheduled to take place June 24-26 in Le Mans, France. Acts confirmed to appear at the festival include MEGADETH, ANTHRAX, KREATOR, SLAYER and MOTÖRHEAD.
Launch Radio Networks reports: Dave Mustaine will keep MEGADETH alive for this summer's Gigantour and a couple of archival projects, but the band's future is up in the air after that. Mustaine originally planned MEGADETH's 2004 album, "The System Has Failed", as a solo outing, but used the band name for contractual reasons. Now, he told Launch, he has to decide what to do next. "I still was convinced that this was gonna be the last MEGADETH record," he said. "But, you know, after going out and touring and having these new, wonderful people I'm playing with and this whole new administration that I'm part of, it's just given me a huge, very uncomfortable question mark. Do I go out on top — because MEGADETH certainly is at the top of its form right now — or do I throw the dice again?"
Mustaine says he'll make a decision after Gigantour, a traveling festival that kicks off July 21 in Fresno, California. It also features DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, and others.
MEGADETH will release "Greatest Hits: Back To The Start" on June 28 as both a CD and a CD/DVD set. A separate DVD, "Arsenal of Megadeth", will be released in the fall.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the Gigantour.com web site:
"A few days ago, while considering what to do for the first week or so of shows until THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN joins Gigantour, and what my options were at the time when my fantastic 'co-headliners' DREAM THEATER were going to have to depart, I mentioned that I may move someone to Stage 1 from Stage 2. Well, I am no longer considering that.
"You see, I had contemplated having six acts on each stage, but at that length of time and with that amount of talent, each band would have had their set-time cut down, and I would just be having bands on for the sake of having bands on.
"I am not a 'second-guesser' kind of guy, and I am going to stick with five acts per stage, and keep the set times as long as I can with respect to each band and their accomplishments so far.
"Of course, there is sure to be some instances where one act is bigger than another in a different city as opposed to their position on the bill, but the 'goings on' behind the scenes on a touring festival like this is quite laborious and once things are in a groove, it is much easier AND better for the crew working in the trenches everyday to keep it in the groove. You must know that the bands make it 'rock', but the crews make it "roll."
"So, here are the set times for Stage 1:
MEGADETH - Co-headline (90 mins)
DREAM THEATER - Co-headline (90 mins) confirmed through 6/21-9/3/2005
FEAR FACTORY - Special Guests (45 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 8/2-9/11/2005
NEVERMORE - Guests (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
LIFE OF AGONY (40 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
SYMPHONY X (30 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
DRY KILL LOGIC (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
[last act to be confirmed this week] (20 mins) 6/21-9/11/2005
BOBAFLEX (20 mins) confirmed 6/21-9/11/2005
"Once DREAM THEATER has to leave, I have my short list for the next act to finish out the last week of Gigantour 1 in North America; ANTHRAX, TESTAMENT, and OVERKILL are just to name a few. In fact, I left things with Scott Ian and we both agreed, that it would be a perfect time and position for ANTHRAX, as I am sure it would.
"So, for now, I am pretty much done with all of the selecting talent, excluding the announcement of the "new school who does old school" metal band coming up this week. The holiday took precedence over the tour business and I was unable to wrap this up before the weekend, but it will get finished this week.
"I want to wish a great Memorial Day Weekend to the friends here who celebrate it, and to all of my awesomes guests on the roster for Gigantour 1."
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"You have spoken, and being a band of the people, by the people, blah, blah, blah. . . it is my privilege to welcome LIFE OF AGONY to Stage 2 of Gigantour.
"Some of you may remember when [MEGADETH] toured with LOA back when Whitfield Crane was subbing for the estranged original singer, but they have reformed, have a new disc coming, and I have a friendship with the boys, and I think will be great to have them around.
"I really like this band and I hope you do too.
"Tomorrow I should be confirming my 'new school band that does old school metal,' and this is prolly going to be the last band on the tour if we don't move a Stage 2 band to Stage 1."
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, SYMPHONY X and BOBAFLEX.
LIFE OF AGONY will be releasing their new album, "Broken Valley", on June 14 via Epic Records.
More dates have been added to Megadeth's "Gigantour", which 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 so far. 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 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
Sep 2 Montreal, QU - Bell Centre
Sep 3 Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"It is my privilege to introduce to you the next confirmed act to the mighty Gigantour festival! Playing in the fourth spot on second stage… Drum roll please.... BOBAFLEX!
"These guys are cool. Hope you think so too. Check 'em out."
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 and SYMPHONY X.
Based out of West Virginia, BOBAFLEX recently signed a multi-album deal with TVT Records. The band will release their sophomore full-length effort, entitled "Bright Red Violent Sex", this summer. The follow-up to "Primitive Epic" (Eclipse Records) is expected to include the track "The Guardian", which the band apparently wrote in in honor of Columbus police officer James D. Niggemeyer (Niggemeyer is widely credited for saving lives on Dec. 8, 2004 when he entered the Alrosa Villa club without backup and killed a crazed gunman responsible for blowing away four people, including former PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott).
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"Yesterday [May 17] was the first official roundtable interview and photoshoot for Gigantour and it consisted of myself, John Petrucci from DREAM THEATER, and Jeff Loomis from NEVERMORE.
"It was great to see, meet, or re-introduce myself to these two guitar monsters. I feel that the interview went great and I got a chance to break the ice with the two guys, ask how their other bandmates were doing, give them a first-hand account of what I hope to achieve this summer, and ask them to help me learn some more guitar licks.
"I think they were surprised that I asked, but these are two great guitarists, and I have never felt comfortable asking anyone for pointers; pretty lame if you think about the players that I have been graced with.
"I also was listening to more bands to take a look at for Gigantour and the second stage. I will have an update on hopefully one more band that I am confirming soon, and I have withdrawn the offer to CHILDREN OF BODOM, due to their having conflicts with schedules evidently. They said they have some dates that interfere with doing this, and cannot join Gigantour. I understand and wish them the very best.
"While at Guitar World headquarters I also did a video guitar lesson for the song 'Symphony of Destruction'. I was a lil nervous because this was only the second time that I have done this, but I am getting over it. J
"After that I went over to VH1 to do an interview for VH1 radio. That was a fun interview because there were a lot of other questions outside of Gigantour and MEGADETH.
"We have also made some additions of concert dates for the West Coast and South West, some of which are in the beginning of the tour, and some at the end. We will announce these as soon as possible.
"Lastly, we are adding to the preliminary music loop on the home page of Gigantour.com tomorrow to include the first stage bands and should be able to make this very kewl, as well as continuing to gather pictures from the other artists.
"Feel free to notify the Gigantour.com webmaster if you may have any photos to help us out of your favorite band(s). Please let him know BEFORE you send him anything."
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message I nthe "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"Well, the weekend is upon us and it is a fabulous sunny day here in San Diego County. I am meeting with director Michael Sarna, who you remember did the 'Of Mice and Men' video, today to BBQ and go over a special project for Gigantour.
"We are discussing the making of a DVD of the entire event for your collection which will include everything from behind the 'metal curtain' of my office, working on the last details of the tour, to pre-production, to rehearsals and the bands all meeting up in Fresno, California, to taking the mighty festival on the road to you.
"It will hopefully feature songs, sound-checks, and other casual stuff that I know as a fan and friend of the bands of Gigantour, I will want to see. I hope you will too.
"There will be loads of stuff still updated and added to the Gigantour site in the days to come, and daily news updates regarding all the bands, so go there and check often!
"I will be announcing the next band for the second stage next week, as well as more confirmed tour dates.
"Lastly, Tuesday I will meet up with John Petrucci [DREAM THEATER] and Jeff Loomis [NEVERMORE] (who I am told once auditioned for MEGADETH, but I thought he was too young and said so?!?!), two amazing guitarist for a photo shoot in NYC. I am looking forward to meeting up with guys for numerous reasons, some of which are to hang out with great talent, but also to thank them for their contribution to this tour, and to this music genre that we all belong to. I also hope to get some tips from them too.
"I will try not to load myself with my favorite pizza in the world, yep, you all know, Ray's Pizza of NYC. And maybe I can meet Annie and some more Droogs again there if time permits. So if all my hard work at the gym has paid off, I should be able to afford to have two bites and a lick of a plain slice.
"I can't wait to see you all on the adventure, and thank you in person."
"I love you all and GOG!"
Numerous dates have now been revealed for the "Gigantour", which features Megadeth, Dream Theater, Fear Factory, the Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore on the Main Stage, and Dry Kill Logic and Symphony X on the Second Stage so far. Here's the current schedule:
Jul. 21 Fresno, CA - Selland Arena
Jul. 22 Las Vegas, NV - Thomas And Mack Arena
Jul. 23 Sacramento, CA - The Cove @ Cal Expo
Jul. 24 Concord, CA - Chronical Pavillion
Jul. 30 Tucson, AZ - Casino Anselmo
Aug. 02 Dallas, TX - Nokia Live
Aug. 04 Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amp.
Aug. 06 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live
Aug. 07 West Palm Beach, FL - Sound Advice Amp.
Aug. 10 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Amphitheatre
Aug. 12 Chicago, IL - Tweeter Center
Aug. 19 Portland, ME - Civic Center
Aug. 20 Manchester, NH - Verizon Wireless Amp.
Aug. 23 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheater
Aug. 24 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 26 Boston, MA - Bank of American Pavilion
More dates are expected to be announced in the coming days.
Fear Factory are to release their new album entitled, "Transgression", and have set an August 23. The album will be produced by Toby Wright (Metallica, Alice In Chains, Korn). Also, Billy Gold from Faith No More will be contributing bass to two songs on the album entitled, "Echo of My Scream" and "Super Nova". Other tracks are as follows:
New Promise (co-written with Mark Morton of Lamb of God)
540,000 Degrees Fahrenheit
Contagion (which original¹s version was recorded for Rainbow 6)
Fear Factory released the following about the album:
"It's really cool to be writing a new record. We are all feeling very positive
and it's moving quickly since we have overcome some major obstacles. Now we can
work on a fucking great album. 2005 is the year of Transgression for FEAR
Fans will get to hear some of the new FEAR FACTORY tracks this summer on Dave
Mustaine's GIGANTOUR. Christian Olde Wolbers, who will be slaying fans on the
GIGANTOUR tour this summer with his new JACKSON signature series guitars and
Krankenstein amps, states, "We're really excited about doing a big summer tour -
we haven't done that since we headlined the side stage of the Ozzfest tour in
98. I'm happy to convert the older and young metal fans of the GIGANTOUR. Once
again Dave has put together a slamming summer tour!"
DRY KILL LOGIC have been confirmed as the first band on the second stage of this summer's Gigantour, a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER. Other main-stage acts include FEAR FACTORY, DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Additional artists for the second stage will be announced during the coming weeks. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
Aug. 24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Gigantour follows MEGADETH's sold-out 2004 "Blackmail The Universe" tour in support of 2004's "The System Has Failed" — MEGADETH's tenth studio album — which debuted on the charts at #18 and was critically hailed as a brilliant return to form. Bandmates Glen Drover (guitar), James MacDonough (bass) and Shawn Drover (drums) will once again join mainman Dave Mustaine on the road.
CKY guitarist/vocalist Deron Miller has slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine for threatening to cancel any shows where "full-on Satanic" bands are also scheduled to appear. In a statement sent to BLABBERMOUTH.NET, Miller wrote, "reading that ROTTING CHRIST has to cancel shows because of Dave Mustaine's recent and absurdly sudden Christianity is one of the most obviously ridiculous dramatic newslines in music. This from the guy that wrote 'Wake Up Dead'.
"Dave, I love MEGADETH, but JOIN REALITY. METALLICA was more succesful...so what?! Get over it. And now all of a sudden Christ is your savior... How weak. Take some credit for your own accomplishments.
"Remember in the '80s when the parents of your fans insisted that YOU were Satanic? You have turned into them. Stop creating drama. Your music is suffering and the fans have noticed. You've given ROTTING CHRIST the 'HOOK IN MOUTH'!!!!!!! Don't ruin your legacy for the longtime supporters."
Megadeth has announced tour dates in Greece for June 17th and 18th in Athens and Thessaloniki, but the band has threatened to cancel these dates due to Rotting Christ being on the bill. A member of the Megadeth forum's, nicknamed "April 3rd" posted:
April3rd: "Well, Megadeth will be playing Greece this summer. Both Athens and Thessaloniki. Although it is not yet on the Killing Road the company that organizes the concert announced that the support act for the gig in Athens will be the Greek black metal band Rotting Christ. We all know Dave's beliefs and his opinion about black metal. Rotting Christ, as you can easily understand, don't actually go to church every Sunday, instead they had taken part in the 'Fuck Christ Tour' along with Mayhem and other Satanic bands a few years ago. Hey, Dave, do you mind them opening for you?"
Dave Mustaine: "Well, if they are on it, I certainly don't want to kick them off. We will just have to pass and play Greece another time or place. I have informed my management and they know what I feel."
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following Gigantour update in the "Forums" sections of the band's official web site:
OK, now here is some dirt on the first and second stage: I wanted to have the first stage be powerful and the second stage be a glimpse into the future bands that are either influenced, fans, or friends of mine and Megadeth. I did say that I had 'this band' or 'that band' in my sights, but I have seriously narrowed down the list.
I am still interested in Dry Kill Logic, Overkill, Dead New Day, Re:Ignition, Life Of Agony, Children Of Bodom, The Agony Scene, Diecast, Symphony X, Otep, and believe it or not, Anthrax and Testament. There are a lot more bands still trying to get onboard, but I think I will just have to make a list for next year.
My dilemma is this; the West Coast run will not have The Dillinger Escape Plan on for the first several shows. I am still deciding to either fill that slot or just go on as a four band show for the main stage. I would love to have Anthrax or Overkill on the main stage with us all, but I don't want to offend Anthrax by offering them that slot unless they really want to take it, and I don't know if Overkill are available yet.
After that, there will be more shows at the end of the tour where Dream Theater will have finished and I need to fill that slot (If I do) at that time.
This tour will run from mid-July to mid-September and will also include Texas, Georgia, and Florida this time, as well as another stint across Canada at the end of the tour.
We have been made offers to go to Mexico City and Monterey, Mexico on the Gigantour run; and Santiago, Chile; and Sao Paolo, Brazil in October on our own. I will not go down to South America without playing Argentina or Columbia too, so don't worry. We just have to work out the details.
Please stay tuned so that I can give you more of the official news real soon.
Meanwhile, the first two dates have been announced for Gigantour. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
08/23 - Wantagh, NY @ Tommy Hilfiger At Jones Beach Theater
08/24 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
HindustanTimes.com is reporting that MEGADETH, STEVE VAI and BILLY SHEEHAN are among the musicians that are scheduled to perform in India before the end of the year. "The artists have confirmed their tours around the end of the year and Delhi will certainly be part of the plan for some of these stars. Plans are also underway for rock god Eric Clapton's show early next year," says Cyrus Gorimar, proprietor of Opium, the event management firm that is organizing the concerts.
Joe Satriani is scheduled to play in Mumbai, Kolkata and Bangalore on May 13, 15 and 17 respectively. He’ll be accompanied by acknowledged musicians like Jeff Campetelli on drums, Matt Bissonette on bass and Galen Henson on rhythm guitar.
"We are all very excited, as this is our first time in India. So be there," Satriani told HT City.
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the band's official message forum:
On Thursday I went up to LA to meet with my management for some important decisions about this summer.
First up was a friendly visit to ESP Guitars and Allen Steelgrave. We talked about the summer in both tours of Euro/UK and the US Gigantour, and how much fun we had doing meet and greets at music stores and that we would like to do some again while out on the road. I also suggested that Glen and I do some guitar clinics, although I have no idea what a clinic is. ESP is also considering being one of the sponsors for Gigantour and we have a really kewl idea that we are working on and will reveal soon.
Next was a meeting with Kevin Flaherty and Stacey Freeman of EMI about the Greatest Hits record "Back to the Start" and the DVD for the bonus package. I am satisfied with the package and have given my approval on everything involved and we are now headed for an official summer release. There are some really rad surprises on this, like I mentioned before, and I hope you like them! More...
Lead shredder and singer Dave Mustaine of Megadeth is considering several new additions for an upcoming North American tour; including Diecast, Dry Kill Logic, Otep, Overkill, Pain of Salvation, Taproot, and Symphony X.
Megadeth's "Gigantour" is set to begin in late July with Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Dillinger Escape Plan will join the tour late, according to Mustaine's forum announcement, and the slot is as-of-yet still open. "There are still many more bands to review, and now I am waiting for their music to be sent."
The band also reports a possible Australia visit. Mustaine said, "It may not be with any of the current line-up of other bands, but at least we are starting the preliminary footwork."
A website for the tour -- named after a 1960's cartoon "Gigantor" -- will be launched next month. This six-week trek will likely be the band's final tour under the Megadeth name.
The thrash metal band were founded in 1983 by former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Canadian madman Devin Townsend (Strapping Young Lad) has booked off half of August and all of September to record the new Devin Townsend Band album. It is tentatively called "Sychestra" (changed from from the previously announced "Human"). The Devin Townsend Band DVD will likely be released as a bonus disc with the album and not independently. Like in 2003, Devin thinks that the two records will artistically complement as well as contradict one another.
In related news, Strapping Young Ladbassist Byron Stroud will be back with Fear Factory for the Gigantour in the USA, featuring Megadeth, Dream Theater, The Dillinger Escape Plan and Nevermore. Meanwhile, Will Campagna has returned as Strapping Young Lad's keyboard player and will be joining them on the upcoming Sounds of the Underground tour beginning in late June. This tour is different in that it starts in the morning and the bands are separated into three tiers, rotating order within each tier for each performance. SYL are in Tier 2 and are scheduled to play somewhere between 3 and 6 p.m. each date. Somewhere between Tier 2 and 3, there will be a special "half-time show" performance by GWAR.
Century Media report that NEVERMORE recently completed the recording process for their new album, This Godless Endeavor, at Backstage Studios in England with legendary producer Andy Sneap (ARCH ENEMY, OPETH). The new offering is currently set for a summer release. This will mark the group’s first recording with guitarist Steve Smyth (ex-TESTAMENT).
Nevermore will embark on massive six-week summer festival tour, dubbed the Gigantour, alongside MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN in late July.
Warrel Dane (vocals) further describes his thoughts on the new album and upcoming tour: “We have completed the recording process for This Godless Endeavor and Andy Sneap will finish mixing and mastering the record this week. It was a great experience working with Sneap again and he has really outdone himself on this record. We are also really psyched up for Gigantour. It's great to part of a tour that is focused on musicianship instead of current trends. This summer is going to be great.”
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the group's official web site:
"I thought I would start to inform you of what you can expect from the Gigantour Festival this summer.
"First off the set times on the main stage will be approximately 90 minutes for MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER each, 45 minutes for FEAR FACTORY, and 30 minutes each for DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE.
"We are hoping to have a second stage of talent and as of now there is a list of fourty bands that want to be part of this wonderful summer excursion. Each one of those bands would play approximately 20 minutes, excluding the headlining band for the second stage, which would be around 30 minutes.
"We are going to play in many cities that we may have missed last trek, and so far the dates total 32, but that may grow depending on the demand from you, the fans, and from the promoters who believe. More...