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)

Hatebreed To Replace In Flames On Megadeth, Lamb Of God, & Trivium Tour

In Flames have dropped off their upcoming tour with Megadeth, Lamb Of God, and Trivium. Hatebreed will now be taking their place. In Flames commented:

“In light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we had to make the difficult decision to not join the Metal Tour of The Year. We were looking forward to playing for you all and this was an unbelievably hard choice to make. Thank you for understanding and your support as we all get through this unprecedented time. We have a lot of things in the works for 2022 – more on that shortly. Stay safe & we’ll see you on the road again soon!“

Tour Dates:

08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/09 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
09/11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival
09/12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
09/15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/18 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
09/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/20 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
09/22 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
09/25 Indianola, IA – Knotfest Iowa (no Hatebreed)
09/26 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
09/28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
09/30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
10/01 Laval, QC – Place Bell
10/02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe Preparing To Write Second Book

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe is getting ready to write his second book. The frontman says he has submitted a proposal for the effort and that it has already been accepted by the publishers.

Blythe said the following:

“It’s been six years since my 1st book, Dark Days, came out. I’ve been kinda busy but I can’t screw around any longer- it’s finally time to write a new one. The proposal is done, the publishers accepted it, & the contract is hammered out & in the mail.

Shit- that means I actually have to write this thing! All I’ll say is: A) it’s another non-fiction book, & B) I just spent over two weeks utterly consumed by writing the freaking introduction. 2,296 words in 15 days- that not a lot, but I want it to be RIGHT. Plus, I’m just stretching the old muscles, getting back in shape for the brutal long haul that lies ahead. The sustained creative heavy lifting required to write a book makes writing the lyrics for an album look like preschool finger painting. Plus, if what you’re doing is turning out shitty, you can’t just blame the rest of your band. (sorry dudes 😂😂😂)

Most books on writing of are bullshit, collections of pointless “exercises” from people who haven’t sold any other books of their own (I should know, I’ve bought most of them.) No book on earth is gonna turn you into a good writer. There is no magic pill. Just like playing music, shooting photos, or pursuing any other creative endeavor- the ONLY way to find out if you’re any good is to DO IT. You gotta write, & the hardest part of writing is sitting your ass down to do it, & then repeating that process day after day after day. There IS a book that can help you start to do that though- “The War of Art” by @steven_pressfield. This book (& his other books) got me through writing my last book, & it will get me through this one, goddammit. As my friend the writer Brian Pulido said when he gave me a copy “It’s like a fireman’s hatchet when you’re stuck in a house burning down around you.” I can’t even remember how many times I’ve already read this book. I’m reading it again now.

If you want to try to be a writer (or pursue any sort of art) but you’re too intimidated to start, BUY THIS BOOK. I can’t recommend it highly enough. Read it. Do what it says. Then sit your ass down in the chair and write- you’ll find out eventually if you’re any good.

Cheers to all the writers out there- I’m rooting for y’all!”

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have postponed their North American tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to run from August 20 to October 2.

Tour Dates:

08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/09 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
09/11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival
09/12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
09/15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/18 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
09/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/20 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
09/22 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
09/26 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
09/28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
09/30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
10/01 Laval, QC – Place Bell
10/02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

Members of each band commented:

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine:

“Can you hear that sound of armies on the march – of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do NOT want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe:

“It’s been far too long since we got together to do our thing— by ‘we’ I mean bands, road crew, bus drivers, truck drivers, local venue staff, vendors, audience, parking lot attendants, the freaking janitors- the whole damn enchilada. ALL OF US. TOGETHER. Everyone has been waiting, but the time has come to put the puzzle back together— I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to hit the road with Lamb Of God. See y’all in a few months with Megadeth, Trivium, & In Flames. Over a year with no live music? These shows are gonna be INSANE…”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy:

“The Metal Tour of the year couldn’t be stopped by anything. It is still happening, and we can’t wait to bring back shows with this monumental tour. We’re ready. Are you?”

In Flames’ Anders Fridén:

“I can’t really describe how good it feels to be really talking about going on tour, let alone The Metal Tour of the Year. This setup is long overdue and we can’t wait to finally make it happen.”

Lamb Of God Team Up With Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler For Quarantine Cover Of Bad Brains’ “I Against I”

Lamb Of God have teamed up with Fever 333’s Jason Aalon Butler for a quarantine cover of Bad Brains‘ “I Against I.“ You can check that out below:

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe commented:

“The idea to cover ‘I Against I‘ goes back at least 20 years to a camping trip the band was on. Mark & I were sitting in the back of our buddy’s Jeep ripping through the mountains, Bad Brains was cranking on the stereo, & I was singing along to that particular song. Mark looked over at me & said ‘We should cover that tune’ So we thought about it for a couple of decades and finally got around to doing it for the ‘Burn The Priest Legion: XX‘ record (hey, sometimes we move a little slow…)

As we all know, this pandemic has sucked for live music, but the quarantine jams bands have been doing have been pretty fun, especially when you bring in guests. I saw Fever 333 for the first time at the Sonic Temple fest— I had never listened to them, but I was blown away by their live show. I remember thinking ‘Man, these dudes are WILD- their energy reminds me of the punk shows I saw in the 80’s’ and I’ve been friends with those dudes from that day. I even texted Darryl from Bad Brains that afternoon to tell him to check them out. It was only natural to ask Jason to join us & bring that energy to this song by the almighty Bad Brains, my favorite band of all time.”

Butler added:

“It is truly an honor to be a part of this one as I have the utmost respect for Randy and the boys since becoming homies after having my mind blown when I looked over at the side of the stage at Sonic Temple Fest and saw him watching us play. It’s been a pleasure getting to know him and an honor to rock L.O.G. celebrating one of the most important punk rock/musical acts of all time Bad Brains. From legends to legends to the student. All love.”

Lamb Of God Premiere “Resurrection Man” Live Video

Lamb Of God have shared footage of “Resurrection Man” from their new live album/film “Live In Richmond, VA.” That effort was recorded during the band’s September 18, 2020 livestream concert at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA and it was officially released on March 26 alongside a new deluxe edition of their 2020 self-titled album. Guitarist Mark Morton said the following:

“‘Resurrection Man’ has been a fun song to watch the fan reaction to and a fun one to play live for the first time. We wrote the music for that song quickly and spontaneously in pretty much an afternoon in our jam room. Willie freestyled the opening riff and we built from there. Sometimes it’s cool to just let stuff flow without overthinking things to death. I feel like ‘Resurrection Man’ is a great example of that.”

Lamb Of God Premiere “Hyperthermic/Accelerate” Lyric Video

Lamb Of God have premiered a lyric video for their song “Hyperthermic/Accelerate.” This track is featured on the new deluxe edition of the band’s 2020 self-titled album, which was released today (March 26) alongside a new live album/film, titled “Live In Richmond, VA,” which was recorded during the band’s September 18, 2020 livestream concert at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA.

Lamb Of God Premiere Live Quarantine Video For “Routes” Featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy

Lamb Of God have premiered a live quarantine video for “Routes” featuring Testament’s Chuck Billy. This track is from the band’s 2020 self-titled album. A deluxe edition of that effort will be released on March 26 alongside a new live album/film, titled “Live In Richmond, VA,” which was recorded during the band’s September 18, 2020 livestream concert at The Broadberry in Richmond, VA. Billy said the following about the new video:

“It’s always an honor to be asked to perform with Lamb Of God, especially on this song. It has such a deep meaning for me personally with my native American heritage. I’m happy Randy included me to get the message out about what is going on with Native Americans in the USA.”