Screaming Butterfly Entertainment Announce New Documentary On Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment have announced a new documentary focusing on late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. The film is titled “This Was My Life” and more details regarding release plans will be revealed soon.

Here’s a description of the documentary:

“‘This Was My Life’: The official Nick Menza documentary film is an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. From his childhood all the way through to the end of his life including a true blow-by-blow account of the repeated failed attempts of the classic Rust In Peace Lineup.

This Was My Life: Will also feature rare and never before seen photos and video footage from Nick’s personal archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Nick Menza himself from 1988 through 1991 – Featuring exclusive content showcasing Nick working at the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow band members, as well as other well-known bands of the era that Nick toured with.”

Menza’s longtime personal manger Robert Bolger also commented:

“I am very excited to be working with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment on Nick’s official documentary. There’s a lot of published misinformation out there about Nick that isn’t true and I am very happy to bring the truth forth. Nick loved his fans and always said without the fans none this would be possible. I really think Nick’s fans will enjoy this journey through his life.”

Executive producer Holly Mollohan from Screaming Butterfly Entertainment added:

“As both a filmmaker, and fellow metalhead who deeply values the metal community, I am honored and excited to go on this journey alongside all of you.”

Dave Mustaine On New Megadeth Album: It’s “Probably One Of The Most Ferocious Records We’ve Done Since ‘Rust In Peace'”

During a recent interview on “The Five Count” radio show, Dave Mustaine talked a bit about the new Megadeth album. According to him, the effort is “probably one of the most ferocious records [they’ve] done since ‘Rust In Peace'”

Mustaine said the following when asked about his health following his battle with throat cancer:

“I’m a little tired, but I think that comes with the territory. When we started this record, I was sick and I didn’t know it. But I’d been going through a lot of stuff. And then, during the course of the [making of] the record, we did a brief tour where I went out and did the Jimi Hendrix Experience, and that’s when we found out I had cancer. And I did my treatment, beat it, got it behind me. There were a couple of other places that they found the cancer, and they cut it out. So I’m fine right now. I’m back to training and back to playing. And we’ve got, I think, probably one of the most ferocious records we’ve done since ‘Rust In Peace’. David Ellefson, he’s a pretty good barometer of things, and when he did his bass parts, he [went], ‘Man, my arm is killing me. I can’t believe this.'”

He also added:

“We set out to do this last record because we’re all kind of getting a little older and we’re set in our ways and our families and stuff. One guy [Dirk Verbeuren] lives in California, another guy [Mustaine] lives in Tennessee, another guy [Ellefson] lives in Arizona, and Kiko [Loureiro] lives in fucking Finland. I mean, not ‘fucking Finland,’ but in Finland. Excuse me for the language there. I’m a little bit bothered about having to fly my guitar player from Finland. Anyway, so we figured when we got together, what are we gonna do? ‘We’ve got one record left that we owe the record label. And let’s just go in there and write.’ So we wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote and wrote. And then I got the all-clear from the doctors, and today, I’m actually going over to start getting vocals down, because I’m getting ready to start singing.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Announces Virtual Book Tour

As previously reported, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine will be releasing a new book on the making of the band’s 1990 album “Rust In Peace” on September 8. Now, the frontman has announced that he will be celebrating the release with a virtual book tour. The following was said about that:

“Join Dave Mustaine for a RUST IN PEACE VIRTUAL BOOK TOUR starting Wednesday, September 9. Dave will be discussing his new autobiography and the iconic album, as well as taking your questions. Get tickets now before they’re gone!”

Dirk Verbeuren On New Megadeth Album: “It’s Heavy”

During a recent appearance on “Todd Nief’s Show,” Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren offered an update on the band’s new album. According to him, the effort will have “a lot of heavy stuff.”

Verbeuren said the following:

“We had to push things back a little bit, but at the end of May, both David Ellefson [bass] and myself went to Nashville to go in the studio there with Dave [Mustaine], and we recorded drum and bass tracks for the record, which we’d been working on about a year and a half or so prior — we started, with Dave, working on song ideas and riffs. So the foundation for the album is done. Dave Mustaine is currently recording all the guitars — all the rhythm guitars. Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar], at some point — he’s in Europe at the moment — is gonna come over and work with him on all the stuff. So it’s in progress.

We recorded, actually, a lot of songs, and I’m pretty sure not all of them are gonna be on the album. But the overall direction of the record is definitely — it’s gonna be a thrash album, it’s gonna be a metal album. It’s heavy — there’s a lot of heavy stuff. So I’m very excited about it.

Old MEGADETH is kind of what I grew up with — and that’s not to discredit anything they did in their career, but that’s the stuff that touches me the most — so I wanted to bring that energy. And I was able to, because Dave being the frontman he is, let me try stuff, let me do stuff — he was actually encouraging me to go crazy in some parts and stuff. And I think that was a very exhilarating time to be able to do that. It was pretty surreal, actually, to be in the studio with those guys.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth Jigsaw Puzzles To Be Released In October

Zee Productions have announced that they will be releasing new 500-piece jigsaw puzzles based on the artwork for Megadeth’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?,” “Rust In Peace,” and “Countdown To Extinction.” They will be available on October 9 and pre-orders can be found HERE.

Dave Mustaine’s Upcoming Book On Megadeth’s “Rust In Peace” Will Include A Foreword Written By Slash (Guns N’ Roses)

As previously reported, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine will be releasing a new book on the making of the band’s 1990 album “Rust In Peace” on September 8 via Hachette Books. Now, it has been revealed that the book has since been re-titled “Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece” and that it will include a foreword by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash.

Here’s a description of the book:

“Released in 1990, at an incredible time of flux and creativity in the rock world, Rust in Peace still stands as one the greatest metal albums ever made. In his new book, Mustaine reveals the process of establishing Megadeth’s lineup and hiring the band and supporting cast.

He details the pains of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune that caused the band to finally break-up. He also takes a hard look at the music landscape of the late eighties-early nineties.

Little did Mustaine know that the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to the oncoming pain and torment that would surround it. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies the band was told by the industry – and the lies they told each other – were just beginning, and much like rust in real life, these factors would ultimately eat away at the band’s bond until only the music survived.

Rust In Peace is a true story of groundbreaking anti-pop that was moving toward the mainstream (or the mainstream that was moving toward the band), at a time of great cultural change, power, ego, drugs, and other vices that went hand-in-hand with Rock N’ Roll. It is about perseverance, of scraping off the rust off that builds over time on everything: ourselves, our relationships, pop culture, art, and music.”

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

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]