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Megadeth Announce New Guitarist

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The following press release has been announced:

MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine has big news for metal fans: Gigantour is back, and Megadeth has a new guitarist. The third installment of Gigantour - the acclaimed traveling heavy music festival launched in 2005 by Mustaine--will kick off April 12 in Denver, CO with headliner Megadeth, Scandinavian death metal band IN FLAMES, Finland's CHILDREN OF BODOM, Arizona's modern extreme JOB FOR A COWBOY and Oakland, CA heavy power trio HIGH ON FIRE all confirmed. The 29-date trek will criss-cross North America and wraps May 22 in Phoenix , AZ.

Mustaine sums up the philosophy behind v, hailed by Revolver magazine as "the mother of all shred-fests" : "If the bands and the fans are treated well, then the entertained and the entertainers go home happy - it's a win-win situation." Since its inception in 2005, Gigantour has galvanized bands that emphasize true musicianship and virtuosity, offering them a new opportunity to showcase their talents. "I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands," he says, laughing. "All of the people that really love this kind of music know that they can count on these bands to deliver the goods this year."

In other Megadeth news, the group has officially welcomed new guitarist Chris Broderick (Nevermore, Jag Panzer) to the band after parting ways with Glen Drover - which was hinted at back in November. "I've noticed [on the Internet] that people are pissed with me over the way things were handled with Glen quitting the group," says Mustaine, "but they're gonna be pissed even more when they hear how fierce we are with Chris! Megadeth is playing at a new level." Broderick will make his live debut with Megadeth February 4 in Finland, where the group--guitarist/singer Mustaine, guitarist Broderick, drummer Shawn Drover and James Lomenzo on bass - is kicking off a long string of international dates which wrap March 14 in Bangalore, India. The full itinerary, including Gigantour UK dates, is below.

Gigantour features bands hand-picked by Mustaine with a sharp eye on true musicianship and a heavy focus on top-notch guitarists. The first incarnation in 2005 included DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX, while the 2006 trek included LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, INTO ETERNITY, SANCTITY and THE SMASHUP. The trek always offers a strong connection between fans and musicians.

VIP ticket packages are available--via www.gigantour.com, www.megadeth.com and www.ticketmaster.com, and -- whereby fans can take a personal photo with Megadeth at an exclusive meet and greet session and receive an official tour laminate, guitar picks, etc.

Here are the latest Megadeth tour dates:

February (Megadeth headlining dates)
4 - Helsinki, Finland - Old Ice Hall
6 - Stockholm, Sweden - Arena
7 - Oslo, Norway - Sentrum Scene
8 - Copenhagen, Denmark - KB Halle
10 - Berlin, Germany - Columbiahalle
11 - Dortmund, Germany - Westfallenhalle
13 - Luxembourg City, Luxembourg - Den Atelier
14 - Amsterdam, Holland - Paradiso
15 - Antwerp, Belgium - Hof Ter Lo

February (Gigantour UK with Megadeth, Job For a Cowboy, Evile)
17 - Norwich, UK - UEA
18 - Nottingham, UK - Rock City
19 - Glasgow, Scotland - Academy
20 - Newcastle, UK - Academy
22 - Birmingham, UK - Academy
23 - Manchester, UK - Academy
24 - London, UK - Brixton Academy

February (Megadeth headlining dates)
26 - Paris, France - Elysee Montmartre
28 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
29 - Madrid, Spain - Macumba

March (Megadeth headlining dates)
1 - Bilbao, Spain - Santana 27
3 - Zurich, Switzerland - Rohstofflager
4 - Milan, Italy - Alcatraz
5 - Pordenone, Italy - Palasport
7 - Zlin, Czech Republic - Zimni Stadion (Metalmania 2008)
8 - Katowice, Poland - Spodek (Metalmania 2008)
10 - Munich, Germany - Zenith
11 - Frankfurt, Germany - Hugenottenhalle
14 - Bangalore, India - Rock In India Festival

April (Gigantour with Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For a Cowboy, High on Fire
12 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
13 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion
15 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
16 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Pavilion
17 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
19 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Gardens
20 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle
22 - New York, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom
24 - Worcester, MA - Palladium
26 - Baltimore, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
28 - Quebec City, QC - Pavilion De La Jeunesse
29 - Montreal, QC Bell Centre
30 - Toronto, ON Arrow Hall

1 - London, ON - John Labatt Centre
3 - Detroit, MI - DTE Music Center
4 - Cleveland, OH - Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
6 - Chicago, IL - Aragon
7 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
9 - Minneapolis, MN - Myth
10 - Winnipeg, MB - Convention Center
11 - Saskatoon, SK - Prairieland Exhibition Hall
12 - Edmonton, AB - Shaw Conference Center
14 - Calgary, AB - The Corral
16 - Vancouver, BC - Pacific Coliseum
17 - Salem, OR - Salem Armory
19 - San Jose, CA - Event Center @ San Jose State
20 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena
21 - Los Angeles, CA - Long Beach Arena
22 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre

Source: BW&BK

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