Nov 262014
 

Megadeth-2014Well, that was sudden. While Megadeth was supposedly recording a new album in 2015 to coincide with a tour next year, the four-piece are now a two piece, as guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover left the band separately just hours apart. Drover, who was with Megadeth for the last decade, was the first to exit the band, releasing a statement stating he was pursuing his own music.

“After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”

Shortly after that, Broderick, who’s been with the band for seven years and three albums, announced his exit via a statement on his web site: Continue reading »

Sep 152014
 
tshf_megadetgTen years after the release of their 10th studio album “The System Has Failed”, thrash metal legends Megadeth have unveiled a previously unreleased music video for the song ‘Back In The Day’. The music video, produced in 2005, has never seen the light of day until now. The album was released on September 14, 2004, debuting at #18 on the Billboard Top 200. The video can be seen below..
On November 11, Capitol Records will be releasing the first five Megadeth albums on limited-edition heavyweight vinyl picture discs. The records will feature tracks remastered by frontman Dave Mustaine. Albums set for release are 1986′s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?“, 1988′s “So Far, So Good…So What!”, 1990′s “Rust In Peace”, 1992′s “Countdown To Extinction”, and 1994′s “Youthanasia”. Continue reading »
Jul 212014
 

Mustaine_2014Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed on the July 18-20 edition of Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show. A couple of excerpts are following below.

Full Metal Jackie: Dave, [Megadeth bassist] David Ellefson recently posted on Facebook that the two of you had started kicking around ideas for the next album. What makes the embryonic part of songwriting enjoyable for you?

Mustaine: Knowing that there’s going to be a finished product at some point. Making songs is always fun, but we didn’t have a lot of time between the last couple of records. We were recording while we were touring and we would come home and go right into the studio. And having the luxury now to be able to sit with songs for a little while and digest them, that’s really helpful. We had that kind of time when we did “Countdown To Extinction”, when we did “Rust In Peace”. When we did “Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying?”, we wrote that while we were on tour for 72 weeks. That was one of the longest tours of my life. And, of course, with “Killing Is My Business”, I had my whole life to write it. So a lot of the successors to those super-popular records kind of came out with not a lot of time to develop the songs. And I feel really confident about that right now. Continue reading »

Jun 182014
 

Megadeth-2014Megadeth is continuing work on material for the band’s next album, tentatively due in 2015. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson posted a couple of photos from the studio last Friday (June 13) and wrote in an accompanying message (see pictures below): “Dave [Mustaine] and I are in the studio this week in California working up some of the new riffs. We’re having fun, just throwing it down and keeping it chill. These are essentially writing demos at this point, so just grinding out the tunes like a metal band should.”

Megadeth will perform at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada on Friday, June 20 after recently canceling several dates following the death of Ellefson‘s brother, who passed away in May after battling cancer.

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover last month spent a week in the studio with Mustaine “tracking demo ‘ideas'” for the band’s next studio record. He said at the time: “[There are] some really heavy riffs going on here, and if I say it, you know it’s true.” Continue reading »

Jun 172014
 

david ellefsonMegadeth bassist David Ellefson‘s autobiography, “My Life With Deth”, which was originally made available last October via Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), will be issued as a paperback on July 8. The memoir chronicles the story of Ellefson‘s fall into addiction during the band’s early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band’s rise to fame over the past several decades. The book was written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper. World rights to “My Life With Deth” were sold to Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books by agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.

Since 1983, the celebrated metal band Megadeth has sold more than 20 million albums, received eleven Grammy nominations, and built a fan base of millions. Still going strong, they toured the world with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. Now, in “My Life With Deth”, Ellefson tells the whole behind-the-scenes story of the band and his personal journey from suffering to salvation. Continue reading »

May 292014
 

Mustaine_2014According to The Hollywood Reporter, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine will mark the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix‘s rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ with a version of his own that will appear in “America”, the new movie from Dinesh D’Souza, the creator of “2016: Obama’s America”.

“Jimi recorded his version at a different time in the history of our nation,” Mustaine said. “Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated, the nation was mired in war and chaos and that is reflected in his guitar.”

“America” is described as “a journey of discovery that will bring you face-to-face with the heroes who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others. You’ll be there as Columbus sets foot on American soil, as bullets whiz by Washington’s head, as Douglass demands that America live up to the promises of her Founding Fathers, and as Lincoln sacrifices thousands of lives, including his own, to right a great wrong of history.” Continue reading »

May 212014
 

Megadeth-2014Megadeth has canceled immediate tour plans [until June 20th] as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who passed away on May 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after battling cancer. A private family funeral service will be held. The band’s statement says:

‘Bassist David Ellefson Takes A Break to Spend Time With Family After Brother’s Death

Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2014) – Megadeth has canceled immediate tour plans as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who passed away on May 19, in Minneapolis, Minn. after battling cancer. A private family funeral service will be held.

The band sends their deepest condolences and prayers to David during this time and ask that the fans please do the same. Continue reading »

May 122014
 

Megadeth 2014A six-minute clip featuring footage from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and guitarist Chris Broderick‘s May 10 in-store meet-and-greet at Gama Music in Monterrey, Mexico can be seen below.

Megadeth will kick off their 2014 European Tour on June 6 in Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival. The trek goes through several countries. France, Denmark, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Russia, Hungary etc. The tour ends on Aug. 10 in the U.K. at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Dates & locations are listed below.

Megadeth latest album, 2013’s “Super Collider”, sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. “Th1rt3en” opened with 42,000 units back in November 2011 to enter the chart at No. 11. Continue reading »

May 082014
 

megadeth_2013A five-minute clip featuring footage from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and guitarist Chris Broderick‘s May 6 in-store meet-and-greet at Musical Cedar in Bogota, Colombia can be seen below.

Megadeth will kick off their 2014 European Tour on June 6 in Sweden at Sweden Rock Festival. The trek goes through several countries. France, Denmark, Austria, Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Russia, Hungary etc. The tour ends on Aug. 10 in the U.K. at Bloodstock Open Air Festival. Dates & locations are listed below.

Megadeth latest album, 2013’s “Super Collider”, sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart. “Th1rt3en” opened with 42,000 units back in November 2011 to enter the chart at No. 11. Continue reading »

Apr 252014
 

Mustaine_2014The San Diego Union-Tribune has posted new video footage of Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine‘s rehearsal with the San Diego Symphony prior to their performance on April 12. The special classical concert, billed as “Symphony Interrupted”, took place at the 2,200-capacity Copley Symphony Hall in San Diego, California. The event saw Mustaine perform Richard Wagner’s “Ride Of The Valkyries” with the orchestra, as well as solos of Vivaldi’s concertos from “The Four Seasons”, plus Bach’s classic “Air”.

Check out photos of the concert from Alex Matthews.

In a Facebook posting the day after the event, Mustaine wrote: “I sooo badly want to say thank you for being here at the first ‘Symphony Interrupted’.

“To all the fans that were not able to attend, don’t worry, there will be another ‘Symphony Interrupted’ and this being the first and all, we have already started to plan on how to make it even more enjoyable. Continue reading »

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