Dave Mustaine Confirms James LoMenzo Will Continue Playing Bass For Megadeth On Second Leg Of “The Metal Tour Of The Year”

James LoMenzo will continue to perform with Megadeth on the second leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year.” Frontman Dave Mustaine confirmed the news while wishing the bassist a happy birthday on social media:

“Happy birthday James. With ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’ starting again soon, we’ll celebrate your birthday with the fans! Wishing you all the best, brother. @bassmonsterr”

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.

Dave Mustaine Teases New Megadeth Song “Life In Hell”

In a recent Cameo video, Dave Mustaine shared a tease of a new Megadeth song titled “Life In Hell.” You can check that out below. The full track will appear on the band’s upcoming album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead.”

Megadeth Finish Mastering New Album

Megadeth have finished mastering their new album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead.” That effort is expected to be released in spring 2022. Frontman Dave Mustaine shared the following update in a recent Cameo video:

“We’re super close to having ‘The Sick, The Dying And The Dead’ out. We’ve been mixing and mastering it, and the mastering was done yesterday. So now it’s off to the label, and pretty soon it’s gonna be in your very talented hands.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth Launch Their Own Cryptocurrency

Megadeth have launched their own cryptocurrency called $MEGA. More information regarding that can be found HERE. The band commented:

“$MEGA is the official cryptocurrency of Megadeth and our community. By buying, holding, and transacting with $MEGA, fans will gain access to exclusives and premium benefits. Cyber Army members that also hold $MEGA will unlock additional exclusives, access, and offers.”

Megadeth Planning To Release New Album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead” In Spring 2022

Megadeth have confirmed that they are planning to release their new album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead,” in spring 2022. Frontman Dave Mustaine also told American Songwriter that the title track will focus on past diseases like the Black Plague, rather than just focusing on the current COVID-19 pandemic:

“The song itself was a historical journey of how the plague started and where it went, starting with rats on ships carrying the disease, coming ashore in Sicily. ‘Ring Around the Rosie’ was the ring on your cheek, the [rash] that would show on your cheeks from the plague.”

Megadeth To Release “A Night In Buenos Aires” Live Album/Film

Megadeth will be releasing a new live album/film titled “A Night In Buenos Aires” on November 26. The effort will feature the band’s October 9, 2005 show at Obras Sanitarias Outdoors in Buenos Aires, Argentina and it can be pre-ordered on Blu-ray, CD, vinyl, and digitally. Footage of “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” from the set is available below:

“A Night In Buenos Aires” Track Listing:

01. “Blackmail The Universe”
02. “Set The World Afire”
03. “Skin Of My Teeth”
04. “Wake Up Dead”
05. “In My Darkest Hour”
06. “Die Dead Enough”
07. “She-Wolf”
08. “Reckoning Day”
09. “À Toute Le Monde”
10. “Angry Again”
11. “Hangar 18”
12. “Return To Hangar”
13. “I’ll Be There”
14. “Tornado Of Souls”
15. “Trust”
16. “Something That I’m Not”
17. “Kick The Chair”
18. “Coming Home (To Argentina)”
19. “Symphony Of Destruction”
20. “Peace Sells”
21. “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”
22. “Symphony Of Destruction” (Alternate Version)

David Ellefson On His Departure From Megadeth: “I’m Not Bitter About It”

During a recent appearance on SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk,” David Ellefson discussed his departure from Megadeth. As previously reported, the bassist was fired from the band due to a sex video scandal involving him masturbating with a young woman online.

Ellefson said the following about coming forward about the leaked footage and being fired from Megadeth:

“I ran toward the bullets and dealt with it right away. The night [the messages and video were leaked online], a couple of people said, ‘Hey, don’t say anything.’ In particular, the MEGADETH camp didn’t want me to say anything. But my legal [advisers] said, ‘Hey, I think you should say something. I think some people have done some really shitty things here and made some false allegations about you, and you have every right to defend yourself.’ And I did. Ultimately, that led to my dismissal from MEGADETH. But I have every right, as anyone does, to defend yourself, especially when somebody is making false allegations about you like that. So I dealt with it that night, and quite honestly, that was it — it was over, and it was really kind of done. But then, as the MEGADETH camp in particular jumped in and had addressed it — and not that they shouldn’t, but they did. That pretty quickly led to them making the decision to part ways with me and to move away from it. We had originally talked about doing a joint statement of sorts, and, of course, that was not what happened. So I was disappointed in probably the way it went down. Ironically, things are fine between [me and MEGADETH]. We parted ways, and they took their road. And there’s not ill will between us, believe it or not. And I think any fights and those things, that was 20 years go — lawsuits and all that crap. Look, they moved forward [with ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’]. I wished them well in my [original] statement to them, and I mean it. It’s a group I helped form almost 40 years coming up here for the band. And the songs that are on the radio that I see come up are songs that I had a participation in, and we built a big legacy. I still consider them family, and my DNA is all over that. I don’t think you build something of that size together and then suddenly you’re just out and that’s it.”

He continued when asked if he was aware of any tension between him and frontman Dave Mustaine, who said they had a “strained relationship“:

“I did not. I think one of the things — and this probably started 20 years ago, when MEGADETH was disbanded in 2002 and then put back together in 2004, it was very clear in 2004 that it was gonna be reframed around Dave unilaterally, one hundred percent being the boss and running the show. Gone were the days of the partnership, the ’90s, where it was me, Nick [Menza], Marty [Friedman], Dave — kind of ‘the four horsemen ride again’ kind of mentality… That day was done; it was not gonna be that anymore. And that’s where we fell apart in 2004 and I wasn’t with the group through those years. Coming back to it in 2010, now we’re a few years older, [with] a little more maturity in the situation, realizing that we’re better together, that even though it’s not, on paper, a partnership, there’s a kind of visual partnership — the optics of it are kind of, like, ‘Yeah, this looks better as MEGADETH with me and Dave together. We’re one of those bands that, although Dave is the quarterback and the quarterback still plays, the overall feeling and likability and I think everything about it just feels better when it’s Dave and Dave together, because we’ve been together from the beginning for so many years. And I think that worked really well for the last decade. At the same time, Dave and I are grown men, and we have opinions. It’s not the thing where it’s just Dave and three side guys when it’s me and the band. And apparently, they didn’t want that anymore — they wanted it to not be that. And I can’t speak for them, ’cause I don’t know. I’m not trying to put words in anybody’s mouth about that. But it just seemed like ‘there’s just too much history here, and let’s just part ways now and let MEGADETH move forward on a new day with kind of a new marching order.’ So rather than fight it, which is what happened 20 years ago, ’cause we were dissolving a partnership at that point, we’re not dissolving a partnership [this time]. It’s, like, ‘Hey, we don’t want you here. There’s the door. Don’t come to work on Monday.’ So, it’s, like, ‘Okay. Fine.’ And that’s just how I viewed it, and that’s how I view it today. I don’t have any sour grapes over it, and I’m not bitter about it.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Announces Signing And Beer-Tasting Event In Nashville

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has announced a special in-store signing and beer tasting at Frugal MacDoogal in Nashville, Tennessee. The event will be held on October 9 and it will be free to the public.

The following information was provided on the Megadeth Beer Instagram account:

“Attention all beer lovers: this one’s for you! Join us on Saturday, October 9th, for a special in-store signing and tasting in Nashville, Tennessee with our very own Dave Mustaine! This event will be open to the public, free of charge, and will feature SAISON 13 and À TOUT LE MONDE made by the world class craft brewery, Unibroue.

The first 100 people to reserve their case will get to enjoy a beer with Dave, and receive front of the line entry! Link in bio to reserve now!

Attendees must be 21 and older and show proper I.D. to participate in the beer tasting, and for purchase of alcohol. Attendees may bring (1) item of their choice for Dave Mustaine to sign (items could face refusal if they go against branding guidelines). For those who don’t bring a personal item, merch and posters will also be available for Dave to sign. Attendees will also have the chance to participate in special giveaways throughout the event.

Location details below:

Date: Saturday, October 9th
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Frugal MacDoogal Wine & Liquor Warehouse
701 Division St
Nashville, TN 37203

Mask required unless negative COVID test or proof of vaccination.”

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.”