Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed by Full Metal Jackie and offered some more details on the band’s upcoming Megacruise. During the chat, he also revealed the group are putting together a metal and beer festival called Kegadeth as well.
Mustaine said the following about the Megacruise:
“…We have thought about when we do festivals, how do you bring the audience in to have fun? Well, we don’t really want anybody up onstage, but we would love to be able to have something backstage. You know, something where you can have people associate with the band, maybe play some songs, get some direct information from us, some feedback on their playing and stuff. And, we thought, you know, what would be a great way to do that? Well, a cruise would be a great way and we’re doing the first ever West Coast cruise on next year with Norwegian [Cruise Line].
We’re going to have… it’s going to start in Long Beach and we’re gonna cruise out to Catalina and then go down to Mexico and turn around, head back up to San Diego and I think we’re going to stop in San Diego. We may return up to Long Beach, but I think San Diego’s gonna be where the cruise is gonna end for us.
We’ve got a lot of really great bands that we’ve planned. One I’m super excited about is Armored Saint. I’ve always been a fan of Armored Saint. I like the Sandoval brothers and love Joey [Vera] so, I think it’s going to be fun and that’s what we wanted. We wanted something that you know, people would stop thinking about, how do we have the most successful this and how do we make the most money that. Well, how about you treat the fans with dignity and respect and you give them their money’s worth, you know?”
He also added the following about the band’s other plans:
“So, If I went chronologically down the list of everything that’s going on right now, we’re working on wrapping up the music, I’m working on a new band that Thrashville manages called Down to Ride. We’re working on their music and they’re still trying to decide if that’s the name they’re going to use or not and we are working on the Megacruise, we’re working on Kegadeth, which is a metal music and craft beer festival that we created based around the new beer.
Then next year we hope to have a record out. This October 27th we’ll be headlining Jakarta – were taking the holidays off and we’ll be working on the new record next year. We start around March, I’m going to be doing a very special experience where I’m going to be going out for a month and playing some concerts.
So after Kegadeth we have something also next year, of course, we have the experience starting in March – and after that we do a month worth of Kegadeth and then we’ve got some dates in the Summer, and then in the Fall again we’re going to do a camping plan with the Kegadeth festival and then more Kegadeth dates.
Then obviously a Megadeth tour to support record number 16. And I use my social media stuff to help explain what’s going on with us and we’re really super excited about this next year with everything that is going on with the new record. I gotta tell you, Jackie, I feel so confident about the band – the lineup – the way the guys are playing. I’ve known Junior [aka bassist Dave Ellefson] forever and he is playing better than he ever has.
Then listening to Kiko — Kiko is remarkable. His music playing is so emotional. I’m excited, I can’t wait and I hope that you come into the studio and visit us. It’d be great to have maybe some way to bring listeners in to listen to some recordings live.”