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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...
It's called Gigantour, and it's the brainchild of MEGADETH frontman/guitarist Dave Mustaine.
Set to launch in late July, Gigantour is a six-week festival trek co-headlined by MEGADETH and DREAM THEATER, who'll be accompanied by other main-stage acts FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE. Artists for the second stage will be announced in the coming weeks.
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 Mustaine on the road.
Gigantour — whose moniker was inspired by the classic 1960s cartoon "Gigantor" — will criss-cross North America, with stops in amphitheatres and arenas in cities including Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, Montreal, Washington, Philadelphia, Boston, Denver and Minneapolis, among others. The tour is implementing the "fan-friendly" ticket price of approximately $35 each. Mustaine notes: "I think people may want an affordable alternative to the choices out there — along the lines of a pure music festival — like Monsters of Rock or Clash of the Titans."
Mustaine handpicked the bands for Gigantour, with a focus on musicianship. "There are few very successful tours out each summer and in order to be significant, I knew the first Gigantour had to make an impact with top bands like DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN and NEVERMORE." Mustaine wanted to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment."
Mustaine comments on the other bands he's chosen for the Gigantour main stage. "I think that the variety of playing styles and the credibility of the different players is really exciting. I'm looking forward to spending time with DREAM THEATER — including my friend Mike Portnoy — while on the road. I think DREAM THEATER is unbelievably talented. I can't wait to see what their set list is going to be for this festival."
Mike Portnoy from DREAM THEATER comments on the band's perspective on the tour: "I think we probably bring some diversity to the bill, because we're kind of like chameleons — we can fit into a lot of different situations. We've done shows in the past with IRON MAIDEN, SLAYER and PANTERA, and then we've also done shows with ELTON JOHN, YES and DEEP PURPLE. I think our fan base is very diverse like that too." Portnoy sees Gigantour as a "kind of a meeting of musicians and metal-heads." He adds: "I've been listening to MEGADETH since day one and always admired them and Dave as an artist — he constantly stuck to his guns and stuck by the music he believes in. MEGADETH are one of the pioneers of the genre." Gigantour marks the first U.S. leg of DREAM THEATER dates in support of their forthcoming release "Octavarium", due out June 7 on Atlantic Records.
Mustaine first toured with FEAR FACTORY in 1994. "I think FEAR FACTORY and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN are really going to add something different to the tour and bring some new people in." He continues, "The frontman of NEVERMORE [Warrel Dane] used to be in a band called SANCTUARY and I produced their first record."
Mustaine is excited to hit the road and has a positive outlook for Gigantour. "I look forward to watching this develop over the years and seeing how we can turn this into something that's going to stand the test of time. And if this works, and it really works, maybe we'll take it elsewhere."
Stay tuned for tour dates, venues and information about the second-stage bands to be announced soon.
The following are the latest sales figures for MEGADETH's back catalog, as reported by Nielsen SoundScan:
"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" (1985) (out of print): 197,386
"Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!" (2002 re-release): 46,874
"Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?": 600,095
"So Far...So Good...So What!": 382,246
"Rust In Peace": 767,451
"Countdown to Extinction": 2,250,865
"Hidden Treasures" (out of print): 286,031
"Cryptic Writings": 781,412
"Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years" (out of print): 199,802
"The World Needs A Hero": 216,771
"Behind the Music" (DVD): 11,800
"Rude Awakening": 71,704
"Rude Awakening" (DVD): 52,405
"Still, Alive...And Well?": 24,873
"The System Has Failed": 149,807
MD.45 (Dave Mustaine side-project) - "The Craving": 35,594
***Note: The above figures do not include sales prior to the start of the SoundScan era (May 25, 1991)
Dave Mustaine from Megadeth had this to say about the band's Greatest Hits album:
I wanted to clear up recurring questions about the Greatest Hits record.
1) It is supposed to come out this summer, in June, they say.
2) It will have 17 songs on it.
3) There will be a special edition of it with bonuses.
4) The songs are based on being EMI Publishing songs NOT Capitol or Sanctuary songs. This Greatest Hits record is being made by EMI; not Capitol.
5) The songs are songs YOU voted for.
6) 'Kill the King' and 'Dread and the Fugitive Mind' were on 'Capitol Punishment' and since 'Capitol Punishment' is out of print. I (with a capital frigging 'I') wanted 'Kill the King' on there. That was MY vote! 'Dread' may appear on a Sanctuary record, but it belongs to Capitol too.
7) 'Mechanix' is not 'The Four Horsemen'; 'The Four Horsemen' is 'Mechanix'. Get over it. Buy a calendar, learn to count, have a coke and a smile, and ST*U
8) 'Kick the Chair' was not possible for business reasons that you just don’t need to know. Saying, 'this is no good because 'Kick the Chair' is not on it,' is quite revealing of one's ignorance.
9) Since this is finished, we are now focusing on the DVD.
Metal musicians congratulate Anthrax on their 20th anniversary:
Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: "Anthrax is a band that I have always respected, that has always mattered and was very important to the American metal scene. As part of the 'big four' they were responsible for an enormous amount of the credit for helping establish American metal bands as serious contenders in the world of metal."
Metallica's Kirk Hammett: "Anthrax's music matters. In the pantheon of modern metal, ANTHRAX are certainly a cornerstone, and if one listens, one can hear their influence on any number of up and coming bands of the new generation."
Deftones' Abe Cunningham: "Anthrax plays a huge role in Stef and me meeting and starting to jam together; we met through a mutual friend who gave me my first copy of 'Among the Living'. Deftones started in 1988, but before that it was just the two of us in his mom's hot ass garage with the dryer on and the washing machine overflowing trying to make it through 'Indians' and 'Caught In A Mosh'. I would like to thank you guys for the inspiration, your precision, your tones, your dedication and for having the nut sacks to try shit that no one would. Happy 20th Anniversary!!! All the best."
Judas Priest's Rob Halford: "Everyone in Judas Priest congratulates our good friends from Anthrax for passing their 20th-year metal milestone. We have always been fans of the band and had the pleasure to do many shows together. Anthrax are true pioneers with their unique style, sound and heavy brand of metal. They have always and will continue to inspire and influence those around them within the metal world." More...
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine posted the following message in the forum of the band's official web site: "I am sad to say that I have cut my right hand open and won't be able to tour for a few months. Just kidding! Actually, I was putting air in my tires yesterday and the air hose had a piece of sheet metal sticking out of it, and I really have slashed my right hand little finger. It bled all the way to the airport, while I was running interference for John Leeder on his chopper, and was taking Z to the airport. I have stealth radar on my Merc and when we caravan with friends I usually go out in front so we can book it at 80ish mph."
"Anyway, here is the dish . . . when I went to see my agent Keith Sarkisian at William Morris Agency on Thursday, I had three things to talk about: the last and upcoming tour, my acting career, and my kids. I will start in reverse. More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has shot down rumors that the band might have secured a slot on the main stage at this year's Ozzfest alongside BLACK SABBATH, IRON MAIDEN and the "Among the Living" lineup of ANTHRAX.
The band, who completed a U.S. headlining tour last December, are expected to top a package of several "name" acts this summer. More information will be made available soon. More...
More acts have been confirmed for Download Festival takes place from 10th, 11th & 12th June, at Donington Park, Leicestershire.
All of these new bands are to play the Snickers Stage, with In Flames and Lamb of God playing on the Saturday, and with Motorhead, Mastodon, Chimaira, and Bullet For My Valentine all playing on the Sunday.
They join the bands previously confirmed: Feeder, Garbage, Dinosaur Jr, Megadeth, Biffy Clyro, JJ72, Billy Idol, The Used, My Chemical Romance (all Friday), Black Sabbath, Velvet Revolver, HIM (all Saturday - an Ozzfest day), and System of a Down, Slipknot, and Slayer.
Three-day tickets are on sale now, priced at £105, with camping costing an extra £22.50 (and with parking thrown in). Those not camping will (if required) need to buy an extra ticket to park their car, costing £5 if bought at the same time as festival tickets, or costing £10 on the day.
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Megadeth are out with the video to their new single 'Of Mice & Men'. You can watch it online at Yahoo! Music.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted this message on the band's official website:
Well, the UK/European tour ends tonight and what a great tour it has been. I have met so many of you and been able to put names to faces (with your help) and I certainly enjoyed myself. Nice meeting our System Lord, Pedro.
As you may know, we are going to be back this summer in June to play some more UK/Euro festivals, but those are few and far between. In the meantime, we are going to Japan and Australia, and have been approached to play Indonesia again, as well as Iceland for a first time. We are still deciding what we want versus what we need to do.
I am thrilled at the turn out of oldschool fans, and I want to make mention of all the new faces that were brought along by you faithful Droogs. Thank you for bringing them to see us for the first time.
When the tour returns to the United States and Canada you will see we have gotten much closer on stage because of all the time we've spent together. I feel since this is one of the best tours the boys have been on, or so they say, that this big ole Grist Mill Wheel has ground us down, and refined us to be considerably tighter from our last meeting.
We have added a ton of songs that, depending on my voice (or lack thereof), we can move around. Songs like, "Killing Road," "Reckoning Day," "Train of Consequences," to name a few are some of the songs we switched out from the first leg to where we are now.
Glen wanted to see if anyone was into us adding "My Last Words" to the set for Japan and thereafter?!?!
Lastly, I hope yer all well and have considered my last post. It was a bit heavy, I confess, but it needed to be said. Some of you disagreed and thought it was an attack on the previous guys playing, which it was not. And frankly my beloved Droogies, I have been wrong in the past; I know I will be again, if I wasn't this time.
Regardless, I want to take this time to thank you all for being a part of this site when I am up, when I am down, and when I am getting a lil bit crazy My hectic life is starting to wind down and I will talk more about it next week when I get home to keep you as close to my heart as I've always tried to keep you.
Thanks for loving me, warts and all. I guess I could just be another fake musician that posts exactly what you wanna hear, but then that would mean I am not Dave Mustaine anymore. And I know I don't want that.
PS - I didn't skip Chuck, I just plain forgot him . . . my bad."
ContactMusic.com is reporting that MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine was horrified when former SEX PISTOLS guitarist Steve Jones demanded sexual favours in return for his performance on the band's cover of "Anarchy In the U.K.".
Jones originally demanded $100 and some "suction" (slang term for fellatio) to play at the recording session for 1988 album "So Far, So Good... So What!"
But Mustaine decided to pay him more money so he could arrange his own pleasures.
He says, "I think the best part about that song was the fact that we did have an original, living, breathing, Sex Pistol come in and play on it. He came in and he wanted $100 and some 'suction' and I said, 'Dude, it's gonna cost you more than $100 to get 'suction' out of us!'
"So we gave him a phone book and $1,000 and told him to get it himself."
Megadeth are the latest band to be linked to an appearance at the Download Festival, which happens from June 10-12 at Donington. The band have officially confirmed that they will be playing at one UK festival this Summer.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted this update on the band's official website:
"Droogies! I am so sorry I have taken so long to get back to you since my last post but I have been busy keeping an eye on things out here, meeting all of the lovely fans, friends, beautiful she-wolves, and anyone else who will stop long enough for me to tell them my life story.
The beginning of the tour was exciting and most fun, but after, we ran into consecutive complaints from some of our beloved fans about the way that security was treating them, and that they were not getting back to see us. We found out that a previous tour manager had made a statement that kinda got convoluted regarding which passes meant what and this led to some people not getting to where they were supposed to go, which left some of you upset, and me very, very embarassed.
I wish to extend my deepest and sincerest apologies for this mix up. We will make it up when we come back to Europe this summer for the festivals that we are hoping to confirm shortly. And as most of you know, we more than made up for it with Inferno by inviting her down to the next show to take care of her. That is it; we take care of our own.
Also, to the person who claimed it took two hours for us to come out after the Glasgow show to the meet and greet, you will never be welcome to another backstage meeting with me or the band. You know you are a liar and a disgrace to all of the people who where there, and to all of the people everywhere, that know and loves us. And the reason we looked tired, you wet side of a scab, is because we stayed up all night crossing the ocean, then went golfing. You seem to be the only one bitching, and what does that make you? Ha, ha you *****!
How many bands even take the time to do this anymore? I rest my case.
Due to the enormity of the growth in the She-wolf clan, I have decided to add that song back into our set-list. We are going to play the studio version until we learn the live version. And Simon from Diamond Head's crew asked if i would play No More Mr. Nice Guy for him. I said yes, but only at sound check. So if you are near the venue when we play it put yer ear against the wall.
I have had such a great time on this tour, everything is selling out, I am getting to spend time with one of my guitar heroes, and meeting so many of you that I hope it never stops. Unfortunately I know it will.
Until then, I wanted to tell you what we are planning in the imediate future:
We confirmed the Japan dates as you know, and there are tentatively three dates in Oz. After that would be the summer of festivals in the UK, Europe, and our own thing we are trying to put together for one last big run in North America. At the end of summer, there is a possibility we will be making our Swan Song festival run down to South America for two weeks.
At that point I am going to have to seriously consider what my plans are. I can tell you this, I love being onstage with the three men that I am playing with right now, they are some of the funnest, most humble, and talented people I have ever played with. I am sure all will agree that Vinnie Colaiuta was the pinnacle, but these guys are the complete package. And anything that has ever been put in front of them, they have risen mightily to the occasion.
We have actually started playing the music I wrote for my next record, and it is starting to sound like we have our own new music now. In otherwords, Megadeth or whatever I call my solo-next venture, it will be with these three young stars. Unless they have too much fun and explode. . . or sue me
That's it for now. Sorry again for the delay."
Blabbermouth is reporting that "informed sources" (read: still unconfirmed) tell them that BLACK SABBATH and IRON MAIDEN will headline the 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest. In addition, ANTHRAX's "Among the Living" lineup — featuring vocalist Joey Belladonna, guitarist Dan Spitz and bassist Frank Bello — is said to have secured a slot on the main stage at the festival, which is expected to kick off in mid-July.
According to unconfirmed reports, the Ozzfest 2005 shows will start later than the previous 9:00 a.m. kick-off time and will include more non-rotating slots on the second stage.
Prior to headlining the 2005 edition of Ozzfest, BLACK SABBATH will embark on a short European tour, which will include an appearance at the U.K.'s Download festival (where they will headline the "Ozzfest" day on June 11).
No further mention was made of Megadeth who are also highly rumored to play the main stage this year.