Rescheduled Dates Announced For Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Tour

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have announced the rescheduled dates for their North American tour. The trek will now take place in summer 2021.

Tour Dates:

07/09 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/10 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
07/11 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/13 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
07/14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
07/16 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/18 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/20 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/21 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/23 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performance Arts Center
07/24 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/26 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/28 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/30 Laval, QC – Place Bell
07/31 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
08/03 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
08/04 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
08/06 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/07 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08/08 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/10 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/11 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08/12 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/14 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/18 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
08/22 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/07 Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Truth Amphitheatre
09/08 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center

The following statement was issued:

“We are excited to share the new 2021 dates for the ‘Metal Tour of the Year‘. All tickets will be honored for the new rescheduled dates. If you are a ticket holder and cannot make the new show, you will receive an email directly allowing you to request a refund. For more details, please visit livenation.com/refund

We can’t wait to get back on stage and get this tour kicked off.

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium & In Flames“

Megadeth Recording 18 Songs For New Album

Earlier today (June 12), Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames took part in a special “Metal Tour Of The Year” streaming event. During the stream, which was hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, Dave Mustaine offered an update on the new Megadeth album. According to him, the band are recording 18 songs for the effort.

Mustaine said the following:

“Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration. The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.

“So we got in the studio and we started working and it got to where we were writing all the original parts, and we had 15 of ’em. And then we got to the end, and I said, ‘Shoot, we didn’t think about the cover songs, man.’ We had a couple of songs we wanted to do for this record. ‘Damn, we forgot. What are we gonna do? Do you wanna still talk about it?’ ‘Yeah, we wanna talk about it.’ So we ended up doing 18 songs altogether, and then we had another song that we forgot was part of one of the other songs, so we had 19. [We] ditched one of the cover songs, so now we’ve got an 18-song album that we’re gonna be bringing.”

He continued after being asked about the musical direction:

“I think this is probably in the top four records as far as towards the tip of the spear with our career and everything that we’re doing. It’s up there with ‘Countdown [To Extinction]’, ‘Rust In Peace’ and probably ‘Peace Sells’. The other one I would say is ‘Dystopia’. So that would round up my top five.

“Honestly, it’s kind of lame when guys have new records and they go, ‘Oh, this is my favorite one,’ ’cause, [let’s] face it, we all do that. When we have a new record come out, ‘This is my favorite one ever.’ I mean, this is a good record, but I don’t have any words to it yet, so…”

He also added the following about the lyrical inspiration:

“There’s a lot of stuff to sing about, isn’t there? But I think I’m gonna kind of keep it to myself right now and try and focus on finishing the guitar parts. This is the first time in a really long time that we’ve had a record that the guitar playing and the bass playing was so hard that we had to stop in between parts. Ask Ellefson — he’s the best ambassador — what he’s doing with his [bass] guitar parts, because he’s playing the same thing I’m doing. And we do some really cool stuff. Like, there’s one part in one song that he played parts that are like ‘Five Magics’. And there’s another part where it was full-on ‘Take No Prisoners’ — just shredding on bass guitar. So you’ll have to see for yourself. The guitar playing could totally suck, but I don’t think it will.”

[via Blabbermouth]

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

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames will be taking part in a streaming event on June 12. The event will start at 2pm PDT / 5pm EDT on metaltouroftheyear.com and it will feature Megadeth’s 2016 show at St Vitus in Brooklyn, Lamb Of God’s 2020 show at the House Of Vans in Chicago, Trivium’s 2019 set at DreamHack Dallas, and In Flames’ 2019 set at Borgholm Brinner. Fans will also be able to check out new interviews with each band and purchase limited edition merch. A portion of the proceeds will go towards Live Nation’s Crew Nation.

David Ellefson Says Recording Sessions For New Megadeth Album Are “Officially Underway”

During a recent interview with The Metal Circus, David Ellefson confirmed that recording sessions for the new Megadeth album are “officially underway.” The bassist said that him and drummer Dirk Verbeuren started working on their parts for the effort “this last week.”

Ellefson said the following:

“Recording happens in various stages. First, the basic tracks, which, for us, is bass and drums. And then the rhythm guitars, and then starting to put some vocals down and solos and all the embellishments of extra guitars and whatever layers of melody and stuff. The main thing, the first thing we wanted to get done was drums and bass, so me and Dirk were working on that this last week.”

He continued:

“So, look, it’s underway. I think that’s the good news now — the album is officially underway. We’ve been writing it since late 2017 — our last show was in Buenos Aires, Argentina back in November of 2017. And then the intention from there was just to get started composing. But it’s on its way — the ship is sailing, which is great.”

He also added the following when asked if fans can expect to hear the traditional Megadeth sound on the new record:

“There’s a saying, you have your whole life to write your first record, and then you have about a year to write your second one. And once you put the first one out, the die is cast — now there is sort of a sound that people expect when they hear the next record. And if album two is too much of a departure, people go, ‘Eh, this is kind of weird. I like the first one better.’ And I think with MEGADETH, this is album sixteen, so we have a lot of experience doing this. We’ve been able to expand and try a lot of different things.”

“Look, there’s been some missteps — of course — but you have to also, in our opinion, be bold and be adventurous and try some new things. If you just do what you always did, it’s, like, why put out another album? Everybody can just go buy the previous one. You’re dealing with the creative. Yeah, there’s business and there’s marketing and all this stuff. But [it’s called the] music business. We’re dealing with music; the business always comes after the music. So I think for us, what we find is that when we’re in a room and we’re playing something, and if we’re all going, ‘Yeah, that’s freaking awesome,’ if we like it, chances are you’re all gonna like it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

David Ellefson Heading To Nashville To Begin Recording Sessions For New Megadeth Album

During an appearance on “The Rock N Ragni Show,” Megadeth’s David Ellefson revealed that he will be going to Nashville, TN this week to begin recording his parts for the new Megadeth album. The bassist said the following:

“I’m actually just now working on some Megadeth songs to go and record. I’m gonna be going to Nashville later this week to get started recording the Megadeth album.”

This news comes after frontman Dave Mustaine was recently tracking vocals for the effort.

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Postpone Summer Leg Of North American Tour

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have postponed the summer leg of their North American tour. A decision regarding the fall leg has yet to be made.

The following statement was issued:

“The summer leg of the metal tour of the year with Megadeth and Lamb Of God, plus special guests Trivium and In Flames, is being rescheduled to 2021. As soon as the new dates are finalized we’ll share the updated schedule. And all tickets will be honored accordingly. If you are a ticket holder and would prefer a refund, please visit LiveNation.com/refund for information on how and when you can claim your refund.

We do not have an update on the fall leg of the tour, but will share any further updates and information as we receive it.

We look forward to returning to the stage.

Thank you, Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium & In Flames”

For now, the following dates remain:

10/02 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
10/06 Birmingham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
10/07 New Orleans, LA – UNO Lakefront Arena
10/09 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Arena
10/11 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
10/14 Springfield, MO – JQH Arena
10/16 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
10/21 Columbus, OH – Schottenstein Center
10/23 Huntington, WV – Mountain Health Arena
10/24 Bethlehem, PA – The Wind Creek Event Center
10/27 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron
10/28 Laval, QC – Place Bell
10/30 St. Paul, MN – Armory
10/31 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
11/02 Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
11/03 Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
11/05 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
11/07 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center
11/10 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
11/11 Nampa, ID – Ford Idaho Center Arena
11/13 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

Dave Mustaine Tracking Vocals For New Megadeth Album

It looks like Megadeth are continuing to work on their new album in quarantine. The band shared the below photo of Dave Mustaine tracking vocals for the effort:

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Laying down some vocals today! #Megadeth16

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Megadeth Share Footage From 2017 Wacken Open Air Performance

Earlier today (April 30), Megadeth streamed their set from the 2017 Wacken Open Air festival on YouTube. You can check that out below. In other news, the band have also released some new merch on their webstore with a portion of proceeds going towards their road crew.

David Ellefson On Megadeth’s New Album Progress: “It’s Written, And It’s Ready To Be Recorded”

During a recent interview with The Metal Voice, David Ellefson offered an update on the new Megadeth album. The bassist said the record has been written and is now “ready to be recorded.” However, the band’s studio plans were derailed by the coronavirus pandemic.

Ellefson said the following about the new record:

“We’ve been working on it, and it’s written, and it’s ready to be recorded. In fact, we were gonna start recording it toward the end of March. But, of course, all of this happened. We ended up having to cancel out of the Hell & Heaven Fest in Mexico City, which I think was March 15th. And right after that, we were gonna go to Nashville and get started cutting tracks, but with everything shutting down like this, we obviously have to put health matters for us… And it isn’t just the four of us — you go in the studio, and now you’ve got a whole staff of people in studios and carting services and all kinds of other services that go along with making records. Everybody’s locked down right now. So once the lockdown lifts and it’s safe to go back to — I hate to say ‘normal life,’ but it’s safe to basically engage in that again, we will absolutely be ready to rock.”

He also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“I think it’s a great record. It’s very heavy. There’s a lot of really fast thrashing stuff. And a lot of it is that the vibe is — it feels very cohesive between the four of us. We worked on a lot of it together, the four of us. Everybody works at home, and we’d throw some ideas into a folder and we’d kind of start working on that. But we spent a lot of time last summer — before we had to shut down for Dave’s [Mustaine, guitar/vocals] throat cancer treatments — we spent a couple of months together working on it. And that was great, because that adds a whole different angle, a different skew, if you will, to the flavor of the record. That’s how we used to make all the early albums — we’d all live together in Los Angeles and we’d rehearse five, six days a week and then we’d be in the studio together working on it. And over the years, people live in different locations, and, of course, we have a lot of availability of digital technology, so we can kind of send things around to keep collaborating even in downtime like this. But I think there’s a real feeling on this record that we want this to be a band record. We don’t want this to be something where we just come in and sort of plug into the computer and record our parts and go home. And the recording process is what it is, but I think for the writing and this pre-production phase that we’ve been in, we have really put the time in as a band, and I think it’s gonna really show on the album.”

Ellefson continued after being asked which previous Megadeth album the new material is closest to:

“I think every MEGADETH [album] now is a culmination of all of the records. ‘Cause you can’t help but not be influenced a little bit by your own past. I mean, we’ve got everything from that real raw, thrashy stuff from ‘Killing Is My Business’ and ‘Peace Sells’; we’ve got the more refined moments of ‘Youthanasia’ and ‘Cryptic Writings’; so there’s all that stuff together. So I think the album’s gonna have a little bit of everything, and I think that’s good news for a MEGADETH fan, because not everybody is a thrasher, and the thrashers don’t just wanna hear ballads. [Laughs] I think when it’s done — and it’s a little early to say, ’cause it’s not finished recording yet — but I think when it’s done, just from the material we have right now, I think everybody’s gonna be really happy with it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth To Donate Portion Of Proceeds From New Shirts To COVID-19 Relief Efforts

Megadeth have launched pre-orders for two new pieces of merch including a “Countdown To Extinction” long sleeve shirt and a Vic Rattlehead “Ripped Through” t-shirt. Both items will come with a free mask and a portion of the proceeds will go towards directrelief.org to help out with COVID-19 relief efforts.

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