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 »

Apr 062016
 

davemustaine2016promo_638_b86Megadeth lead singer and guitarist Dave Mustaine visited the School Of Rock‘s Frisco, Texas location on February 19. Mustaine gave musical guidance to School Of Rock students, working personally with the future rock stars to help advance their musical skills. Additionally, he joined students from School Of Rock Fort Worth on stage to perform a few Megadeth tracks, both classic and new, for the rest of the school, contest winners from the Dallas-Fort Worth community, and the students’ families.

An official video recap of Mustaine‘s visit can be seen below. Continue reading »

Apr 042016
 

David-Ellefson_2016Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will visit Terra State Community College in Fremont, Ohio on April 15 at 6:30 p.m. for a book-signing event.

Part of the college’s April celebration of jazz and American music, this event is free and open to the public and will be held in the Recital Hall in the Bordner Arts and Health Technologies Center.

Ellefson is the author of several books, including “My Life With Deth” and “Making Music Your Business…A Guide For Young Musicians”. “My Life With Deth” will be available for purchase the night of the signing.

Asked what advice he would give to young, aspiring musicians, Ellefson told the KBAD 94.5 radio station in Sioux Falls, South Dakota: Continue reading »