Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Announce Second Leg Of “The Metal Tour Of The Year”

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have announced the second leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year.” The new dates will take place in spring 2022.

Tour Dates:

04/09 Las Vegas, NV – Michelob Ultra Arena
04/10 Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
04/12 Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
04/14 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
04/15 Lafayette, LA – Lafayette Cajundome
04/16 Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
04/19 Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
04/21 Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
04/22 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
04/24 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
04/26 Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
04/27 Cedar Rapids, IA – Alliant Energy PowerHouse
04/29 Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
04/30 Tulsa, OK – BOK Center (no Trivium)
05/03 North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
05/04 Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
05/06 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
05/07 Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
05/09 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
05/10 Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
05/12 Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
05/13 Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
05/15 Allentown, PA – PPL Center

Members of each band commented:

Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine:

“‘The Metal Tour of The Year‘ is exactly what it sounds like – a night of some of the best heavy metal bands in the world – live and loud. Anyone who came to a show last year knows what I mean, only this one’s going be even better. Do not miss out.”

Lamb Of God‘s Randy Blythe:

“It was great to get out on the road for an incredible tour last summer with Megadeth, Trivium and Hatebreed so we figured we’d do it again! We look forward to hitting new cities with Megadeth, Trivium and In Flames, who we’re happy to have over for leg 2!”

Trivium‘s Matt Heafy:

“‘The Metal Tour Of The Year‘ was one of the strongest, most incredible Metal tours in ages – it’s namesake nothing but accurate. How do you follow that up? By doing it again – even bigger, even better, and have it play everywhere it didn’t on the first leg. MTOTYII – let’s do this.”

In Flames‘s Anders Fridén:

“We are excited to finally be able to join our dear friends in Megadeth, Lamb of God, and Trivium on this year’s, ‘Metal Tour of The Year‘! We can’t wait to be back on the road in America and to reunite with you all. Don’t miss this tour it’s a juggernaut.”

This tour will be part of Live Nation’s Live Stubs initiative, so fans that attend will be able to get NFT ticket stubs.

Lamb Of God Played A Role In Helping A Leukemia Patient Find A Stem Cell And Plasma Donor

Here’s a feel-good story for you. A Lamb Of God fan named Todd Seaman recently helped out a 65-year-old leukemia patient by making a stem cell and plasma donation. The heroic deed came about after Seaman registered for the Be The Match bone marrow registry upon hearing the band’s 2016 song “The Duke.”

Frontman Randy Blythe commented:

“In 2016 @lambofgod released a song “The Duke” I wrote in honor of Wayne Ford, a fan who died of leukemia. With the release we had an awareness campaign for @bethematch, a free bone marrow registry that matches donors with blood cancer patients. 5 years ago, a lamb of god fan from the great state of Arkansas named Todd Seaman (@tseams) registered w/ @bethematch after hearing “The Duke”. 9 months ago he received an email saying he had matched with a 65 year old male leukemia patient here in VA.

2 days ago, Todd & his Dad Scott flew into DC, & I drove up to meet them. We went into the city & I showed them the sights- we walked 11 miles, from the Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial to the White House, then had a nice dinner. There was a great & peaceful holiday feeling in the air. Yesterday morning, we got up at 6 am & I drove them to a clinic. Todd wore his best Big Lebowski socks, got hooked up to a machine for 4 hours, & donated one bag of healthy stem cells & one bag of plasma.

As you read this, the leukemia patient is receiving Todd’s donation. RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND, that man is receiving the best Christmas present ever- a 2nd chance at life.

To say that I am honored to have been a small part of this is a massive understatement. Yesterday Todd said “Dude- lamb of god saved someone’s life today”- I said “No, YOU saved someone’s life today. Lamb of god just helped you a little.”

Thank you Todd, for letting us know that what we do matters. These were two of the greatest days of my life.

There is much sadness in the world right now. Many people feel powerless to make things better. But you are not- YOU HAVE AGENCY & the ability to help people. One way to do this is to register with @bethematch— it’s painless & it’s free. You can do this RIGHT THIS VERY SECOND- you might even save someone’s life.

I watched it happen yesterday with my own two eyes.”

New Song With Vocals From Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Featured In Latest Trailer For “Metal: Hellsinger” Video Game

A new trailer has been shared for the upcoming video game “Metal: Hellsinger.” The clip includes a new song featuring Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe. As previously reported, the rhythm shooter will also feature vocal contributions from Trivium‘s Matt Heafy, Arch Enemy‘s Alissa White-Gluz, Dark Tranquillity‘s Mikael Stanne, Soilwork‘s Björn “Speed” Strid, Jinjer‘s Tatiana Shmailyuk, and Black Crown Initiate’s James Dorton. The game was developed by The Outsiders and it will be released in 2022 on various platforms.

Watch Randy Blythe Perform Lamb Of God, Bad Brains, Corrosion Of Conformity, Etc. Songs With Aspiring Musicians

On December 3, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe took part in a special workshop for students at the School Of Rock Doylestown. You can see fan-filmed footage of the frontman performing Lamb Of God‘s “Laid To Rest,” “Walk With Me In Hell,“ and “Omerta” and covers of Corrosion Of Conformity‘s “Hungry Child,“ Bad Brains‘ “Big Take Over,” and The Stooges‘ “Down On The Street“ with the aspiring musicians below.

Blythe said the following about the workshop:

“It was an absolute pleasure to work with the kids at the School Of Rock Doylestown. The students were all well-rehearsed, super polite, and – most importantly – present while we were practicing for the evening’s performance. In this modern era of incessant technological distraction, to be around teenage kids who were 100 per cent focused on expressing themselves in a creative manner and communicating with each other in the special way that only band members do made me so very happy.

The students practiced very hard under the tutelage of competent instructors, because the songs we played were not easy. Once we hit the stage, they performed well. I had so much fun! I would recommend School Of Rock Doylestown to any parents with kids who want to make music. Playing music with other people is about effective communication and focusing on a common goal. I’ve always said the world would be a much better place if everyone could be in a band just once in their lives, and that is exactly what the School Of Rock Doylestown provides!”

[via The PRP]

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Shares “Practical Info” For Concert Safety Following Recent “Astroworld” Tragedy

Prior to Lamb Of God’s November 13 set at the Welcome To Rockville festival in Daytona Beach, FL, Randy Blythe took to Instagram to share some “practical info” on concert safety. You can read that below. The frontman’s comments were a response to the recent tragedy at Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” festival in Houston, TX, which resulted in 10 deaths

Blythe said the following:

“Tonight my band @lambofgod will play in front of thousands of people at the @welcometorockville festival in Florida. In light of the deaths at the Astroworld Fest in Houston, I’m posting some practical info. I will not retroactively armchair quarterback the whole Astroworld thing- suffice it to say, A LOT of shit went wrong in many ways.

However, I BELIEVE THE BUCK ULTIMATELY STOPS WITH THE PERSON HOLDING THE MIC- anyone who knows my story knows that I have very sad, personal experience with not stopping an out of control show- it’s something I will carry with me to my grave. Being a spokesperson for safer shows is both my responsibility as a good man & the fulfillment of a face-to-face promise I made to the family of a dead fan. SO TO THAT END:

#1) From personal experience, I can say that from the performer’s perspective onstage at a huge festival, it can be VERY DIFFICULT to tell if something has gone wrong in the audience- the noise of the music, the roar of the crowd, the lights in your face, the thousands of people moving all at once- it makes it very hard to ascertain if there is a problem or if people are just having a good time.

If someone is hurt, screaming “STOP THE SHOW!” at the band onstage doesn’t really work, because unless the entire audience is chanting that, it’s just gonna blend into all the noise.

Waving your hands frantically in the air doesn’t really help either— it just looks like more movement in a sea of movement.

What DOES help the audience let a performer know that something has gone wrong in the crowd?

A SIGNAL. Here are 2 signals I’ve personally seen from the stage that have let me know that someone was injured in the crowd. We then COMPLETELY STOPPED the show until that person could be removed:

A) arms held in an “x” above your head (picture 1). This is a fairly universal signal that means STOP.

B) the “time-out” signal (picture 2- fingertips of one hand speared into the palm of the other)

When I’ve seen several people doing these signals in a crowd together, it looks DIFFERENT than everyone else, & I’ve known something was wrong.

#2) if someone falls, pick them up. That is how WE do it in OUR COMMUNITY.

Nuff said.”

Lamb Of God And DevilDriver Singers Invest In Charity-Minded Cryptocurrency

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe and DevilDriver’s Dez Fafara have invested in a new charity-minded cryptocurrency called Chakra Coin. You can learn more about that HERE.

Here’s an official press release:

Metal singers Dez Fafara and D. Randall Blythe abide by the maxim to “put your money where your mouth is” with Chakra Coin, a new cryptocurrency designed to foster community and invest in charitable causes.

Longtime friends, both frontmen earned gold records with their respective bands and share unwavering commitments to artistic integrity, with a progressive outlook and attitude about the world around them. While it is a deflationary token allowing for passive income generation, the core Chakra Coin team pledge to donate a portion of profits to various causes and hope to encourage the whole community to do the same.

“I’m a believer in Chakra Coin,” explains Fafara, best-known as the frontman for DevilDriver and Coal Chamber and a co-founder of The Oracle Management, representing extreme music titans like Cradle Of Filth and Jinjer. “We started this venture to create a community of giving back and paying it forward. I will donate partial proceeds to multiple charity organizations. I hope that everyone who participates in Chakra Coin will do the same, creating a better world and a more cohesive existence for everyone involved.”

Chakra Coin is a decentralized, deflationary meme token. It is similar to Shiba Inu, Safemoon, and other cryptocurrencies that took the global financial ecosystem by storm after early adopters of these tokens saw their value skyrocket in a relatively short time span. Chakra Coin combines profitable yield generating DeFi and safe store-of-value, a gas-free cryptocurrency free from friction and borders. Its stated disruptive aim is to help usher in a fairer economic standard of living. Chakra Coin is also a fully community-owned token.

“The potential of blockchain technology, including DeFi and cryptocurrencies, to create a more equitable system of wealth distribution is extremely intriguing to me,” offers Blythe. “It is my hope that being involved on the ground floor with a cryptocurrency community that holds a charitable component as one of its core tenants will be one small step towards creating a fairer, more altruistic economic system for everyone.”

His band, Lamb Of God, earned five Grammy nominations across eight studio albums. Lamb Of God toured with Metallica, Slayer and Slipknot as they ascended to the top-tier of modern metal bands; they recently wrapped a U.S. tour co-headlining with Megadeth. Blythe is also an accomplished photographer and bestselling author. In addition to sharing stages together, Blythe and Fafara are partners in the SunCult surf wear brand.

Both are quick to point out that they are not financial advisors, and they encourage their friends, peers, and fans to conduct their own consultations with qualified advisors about Chakra Coin, or any investments. At this time cryptocurrencies are still highly volatile, and no one should invest money they can’t afford to lose into any sort of asset, cryptocurrency or otherwise.

“Dogecoin, Shiba Inu, Safemoon, and all of the stuff happening with cryptocurrencies is immensely exciting,” adds Fafara. “My hope is that Chakra Coin will encourage others to share the wealth with the less fortunate.”

Lamb Of God & Kreator Reschedule European/UK Tour For Fall 2022, Thy Art Is Murder & Gatecreeper To Open

Lamb Of God and Kreator have officially rescheduled their “State Of Unrest” European/UK tour. The trek, which will also feature Thy Art Is Murder and Gatecreeper, is now set to take place in fall 2022.

2022 Tour Dates:

11/18 Copenhagen, DEN – Forum Black Box
11/19 Stockholm, SWE – Fryshuset Arenan
11/21 Oulu, FIN – Teatria
11/22 Helsinki, FIN – Ice Hall Black Box
11/24 Warsaw, POL – Stodola
11/26 Munich, GER – Zenith
11/27 Berlin, GER – Columbiahalle
11/29 Tilburg, NET – 013
11/30 Brussels, BEL – Ancienne Belgique
12/02 Ludwigsburg, GER – MHP Arena
12/03 Essen, GER – Grugahalle
12/04 Saarbrucken, GER – Saarlandhalle
12/06 Madrid, SPA – Riviera
12/07 Barcelona, SPA – Razzmatazz
12/09 Wiesbaden, GER – Schlachthof
12/10 Hamburg, GER – Edel Optics Arena
12/11 Leipzig, GER – Haus Auensee
12/13 London, UK – O2 Academy Brixton
12/14 Glasgow, UK – O2 Academy Glasgow
12/15 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy Birmingham
12/16 Bristol, UK – O2 Academy Bristol
12/18 Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy
12/20 Paris, FRA – L’Olympia
12/21 Dubendorf, SWI – Samsung Hall

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, & Trivium Postpone Upcoming Canadian Shows To 2022

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium and Hatebreed have postponed the Canadian dates on their “Metal Tour Of The Year.” The following shows have been impacted:

09/30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
10/01 Laval, QC – Place Bell
10/02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

The dates will be rescheduled for 2022, but Hatebreed will no longer be performing. Megadeth commented:

“The final three shows of the Metal Tour of the Year in Toronto, Laval and Quebec City will unfortunately be postponed to Spring 2022 due to restrictions in the Quebec province and international logistical issues. Please hold onto your tickets as they will be valid for the new dates as soon as they are announced.”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Urges Fans To Get Vaccinated And Wear Masks

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed officially kicked off “The Metal Tour Of The Year” in Austin, Texas earlier tonight (August 20) and prior to the concert, Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe shared a message for fans planning to attend the shows. The frontman urges everyone to get vaccinated and to mask up to help keep others safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blythe said the following:

“Tonight’s the 1st night of our tour with @Megadeth, @Triviumband, & @Hatebreedofficial. Tour after tour is cancelling/rescheduling because someone tested positive for COVID, w/some folks I personally know getting VERY sick. Therefore, we are going to try our best to maintain #thebubble so we can get through this motherfucker (that means a strict NO GUESTS BACKSTAGE policy- ZERO exceptions, so don’t bother asking me.) We will be wearing masks backstage, not hanging out on other band’s buses, etc. Welcome to the #NOFUNTOUR2021.

These are weird times, but as Hunter S. Thompson said: ‘When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.’

BTW, we don’t get sick days out here, so spare me the ‘it’s just a bad flu’ crap. ‘A bad flu’ doesn’t work for a singer, ok? I’m a healthy dude w/a strong immune system- in 25+ years I have cancelled precisely ONE show due to illness (food poisoning in Vegas- shitting & puking violently at the same time), & I don’t want to start now.

On that note, if you are coming out to a show, if I were you, I would A) be vaccinated, & B) wear a fucking mask. These are outdoor shows, & while science tells us that outdoor transmission is much less likely, I would still go with better safe than sorry. If you think vaccines & masks are nonsense, I have ZERO interest in arguing with you. Good luck to you, & I mean that 100%- I wish illness on NO ONE.

Before I got sober, I cheerfully did: heroin, cocaine, crystal meth, Oxycontin, Xanax, Percocet, Vicodin, LSD, ecstasy, barbiturates, PCP, mushrooms, weed, opium, morphine, fentanyl, a bunch of other weird shit I had zero idea of what it was, & of course- UNGODLY amounts of alcohol.

Needless to say, I am not scared of a vaccine.

If you are on the fence, wondering ‘Hmmm… should I bring a mask to the show?’ my advice is… YES. Will it be hot & uncomfortable? Probably. Is it doable? Definitely. If my old ass can fly screaming across the stage for over an hour with giant blasts of fire going off all around me, you can wear a mask for a few hours to help protect yourself & others.

PSA over. Have fun & stay safe, y’all.”

Lamb Of God To Digitally Release 15th Anniversary Edition Of “Sacrament”

Lamb Of God will be digitally releasing a 15th anniversary edition of “Sacrament” on August 20 (vinyl out next year). The effort will include the original album, as well as live tracks that were recorded during the band’s February 2020 show at the House Of Vans in Chicago, IL. Furthermore, the group will also be sharing their “Making Of Sacrament” documentary on YouTube on August 20 as well.

“Sacrament” (15th anniversary edition):

01. “Walk With Me In Hell”
02. “Again We Rise”
03. “Redneck”
04. “Pathetic”
05. “Foot To The Throat”
06. “Descending”
07. “Blacken The Cursed Sun”
08. “Forgotten (Lost Angels)”
09. “Requiem”
10. “More Time To Kill”
11. “Beating On Death’s Door”
12. “Walk With Me in Hell” (live from House Of Vans Chicago)
13. “Redneck” (live from House Of Vans Chicago)
14. “Descending” (live from House Of Vans Chicago)