Sep 262016
 

megadeth_dystopia_4bcMegadeth‘s official video for the instrumental song ‘Conquer Or Die!’ can be seen below. The track, which is taken from the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, showcases the classical-style acoustic guitar playing of the band’s Brazilian lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro. “He plays so many different instruments, too!” Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine told Revolver magazine. “I walked into Kiko‘s hotel room in Japan, and there’s a silver flute on his bed. And [David] Ellefson [Megadeth bassist] goes, ‘That was him? I thought I heard some dude shredding on the flute last night!'”

Mustaine told Music Radar earlier in the year that Loureiro‘s lead playing complements his instinctual and animalistic style in much the same way as Chris Poland and Marty Friedman did through the ’80s and ’90s.

“I think that Kiko has a lot of what Chris Poland and Marty Friedman were capable of doing,” said Mustaine, before noting that he often vocally authored Poland and Friedman‘s solos. Continue reading »

Jul 162016
 

dirk_verbeuren_7b4Megadeth have officially announced that Dirk Verbeuren from Soilwork is their new full-time drummer.

Dirk initially entered the ‘Deth fold as a temporary replacement for Chris Adler, who had since left the band to fully focus on Lamb of God.

Dave Mustaine noted: “Chris Adler’s contributions are sure to be felt for years to come. Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris’s playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk.”

Adler, who described Dirk as one of the “top three drummers in the world,” stated: “It has been an honor and a pleasure to join my favorite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top. I had an amazing time with everyone involved, from the writing, arranging and recording, to the touring and friendships built along the way. Continue reading »

Jul 022016
 

megadeth_nov_2015_6edMegadeth has canceled all of its previously scheduled meet-and-greets on the European leg of the “Dystopia” tour, effective June 29.

In a video message posted on Periscope earlier today (Saturday, July 2), Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine explained why the band decided to scrap the special fan packages. “We were doing meet-and-greets with [a] company, and they did not send a representative over here to Europe with us, and we’re supposed to be doing this right,” he said. “And since the meet-and-greets are not up to par, that I believe you deserve, and I believe that it should be done really, really cool, like we used to do it, they’ve been canceled. We told them several days ago that we canceled them.”

He continued: “It just goes to show you… I’m in Israel right now, and people are saying, ‘Where are you? Where’s the meet-and-greet?’ Evidently they never told anybody. So I’m sorry that these guys did not inform you. I’m hoping that this is not true, but we’re gonna get to the bottom of it. And until this is done right and done the way that I believe that you deserve, which is the most kick-ass fucking time you can possibly ever have, then you know what? I’m just gonna have to… just wait until I can hang out with you guys in person.” Continue reading »

Apr 212016
 

KikoLoureiro-DaveMustaineMegadeth‘s Dave Mustaine and Kiko Loureiro recently stopped by the Guitar World studio to play through the band’s new song ‘Fatal Illusion’. Check out the footage below.

In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie, Mustaine spoke about his relationship with Loureiro, best known for his work with Angra. He said: “Well, I think when you get around somebody that’s great, you have a few choices. You can either roll up into a ball and just die, or you can see what you can learn, or you can say, ‘You know what? I’m as good as you are.’ And I’m good at what I do, Kiko‘s good at what he does.”

He continued: “It was super exciting to be in [Kiko‘s] presence and to learn a lot of the stuff that he does. I showed him some stuff, he showed me some stuff. But I’ve gotta tell you, probably the most rewarding feeling out of all this is having a partner again. Because for a long time, it hasn’t really felt like there was a partnership.” Continue reading »

Mar 182016
 

davemustaine2016promo_638_b86Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he hopes to complete a book that will convey the story behind every Megadeth song, according to NorthJersey.com. His 2011 biography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir,” made The New York Times bestseller list.

“It’s mostly done,” Mustaine said of his next book. “The problem is I’m so busy right now I can’t pay attention to it, which is not a bad problem to have.”

Read more of NorthJersey.com’s interview with Mustaine here. Continue reading »