‘David Ellefson’ Talks About ‘Countdown To Extinction’ 20th-Anniversary Celebration [Video]


Megadeth will perform its 1992 album, Countdown To Extinction, in its entirety on September 7 at Teatro Caupolican in Santiago, Chile.

Speaking to the Artisan NewsEllefson stated about the LP, “‘Countdown’ was really one of my favorite records of the whole Megadeth catalog… for a number of reasons. Musically, I think it brought together the best of thrash, the melodic part, writing big, hooky riffs. And that record really launched us into the mainstream, which opened up a lot of other opportunites and things for us to do. But more importantly, I think, than all of that, is it was a really cool time when the four of us were really, probably, our most connected together as a band.”

Megadeth‘s fifth LP, Countdown To Extinction was released on July 14, 1992 through Capitol Records. The band’s best-selling full-length CD to date, it was certified double-platinum by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for U.S. shipments in excess of two million copies. The album also produced the band’s most successful hit singles, Symphony Of DestructionSweating BulletsSkin O’ My Teeth and Foreclosure Of A Dream.

As previously reported, Megadeth and Rob Zombie recently announced a co-headlining tour. The trek, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together, kicks off Friday, May 11th in Holmdel, NJ and encompasses high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. Dates and locations are listed below.

Megadeth was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band’s tenth Grammy nomination was for its new single, Public Enemy No. 1, off Megadeth’s latest album, Th1rt3en, which came out on November 1, 2011. Read our recently posted review here.

Public Enemy No. 1 actually marked the second Grammy nomination for music from Th1rt3en, as the song Sudden Death was first unveiled in the 2010 video game Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock and received a Best Metal Performance nod.


May 03, 2012 Hard Rock Live, Biloxi, MS
May 04, 2012 Beale Street Music Festival @ Tom Lee Park, Memphis, TN
May 05, 2012 Crawfish Boil @ Schaeffer Eye Center, Birmingham, AL
May 06, 2012 Hard Rock Live, Orlando, FL
May 08, 2012 Tennessee Theater, Knoxville, TN
May 09, 2012 The National, Richmond, VA
May 11, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
May 12, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
May 13, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
May 15, 2012 Murat Theatre at Old National Centre, Indianapolis, IN
May 16, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
May 18, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ The Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
May 19, 2012 Pointfest 30 @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Maryland Heights, MO
May 20, 2012 Rock On The Range @ Columbus Crew Stadium, Columbus, OH
May 22, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI
May 24, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ Tyson Center, Sioux City, IA
May 25, 2012 Megadeth/Rob Zombie @ Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
May 26, 2012 Rocklahoma @ Fever Music Festival Grounds, Pryor, OK


May 31, 2012 Metalfest @ Airfield, Dessau, Germany
Jun 01, 2012 Metalfest @ Zalew Sosina, Jaworzno, Poland
Jun 02, 2012 Metalfest @ Castle Mamling, Mining, Austria
Jun 03, 2012 Kino Siska, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jun 05, 2012 Metalfest @ Zadar Beach, Zadar, Croatia
Jun 06, 2012 Metalfest @ Brianteo Stadium, Monza, Italy
Jun 07, 2012 Metalfest @ Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
Jun 08, 2012 Metalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin, Plzen, Czech Republic
Jun 10, 2012 Download Festival @ Donington Park, Castle Donington, Leicestershire, England
Jun 13, 2012 Den Atelier, Luxembourg, Luxembourg
Jun 14, 2012 Parkstad Limburg Theater, Heerlen, Netherlands
Jun 15, 2012 Hellfest, Clisson, France
Jun 17, 2012 Ost Fest @ Romexpo, Bucharest, Romania
Jun 19, 2012 Hi-Voltage Festival @ Kucukciftlik Park, Istanbul, Turkey
Jun 20, 2012 Iera Odos, Athens, Greece
Jun 22, 2012 Les Docks, Lausanne, Switzerland SOLD OUT
Jun 23, 2012 Graspop Metal Meeting @ Festivalpark Dessel, Dessel, Belgium
Jun 25, 2012 Stadium Live, Moscow, Russia
Jun 27, 2012 Teatro Arena, Vilnius, Lithuania
Jun 28, 2012 Rock Cafe, Tallinn, Estonia
Jun 29, 2012 Tuska Festival @ Suvilahti, Helsinki, Finland
Sep 07, 2012 Teatro Caupolican, Santiago, Chile

For an updated Megadeth’s 2012 tour schedule click here.

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‘David Ellefson’ :‘Dave Mustaine’ And I Study Scripture Together [Feb. 2012]
Megadeth – Th1rt3en [CD review]
 ‘Megadeth’ & ‘Rob Zombie’ Announce Co-Headlining Tour [Feb. 2012]
‘David Ellefson’ ‘There Are A Lot Of Artists Who Are Very Open About Their Faith’ [March 2012]
‘Megadeth’ Bassist’s ‘Unsung’ Book Now Available [March 2012]
‘David Ellefson’ Discusses ‘Unsung’ Book In New Interview [March 2012]
New Video Interview With ‘David Ellefson’ [March 2012]
‘Chris Broderick’ Talks To WatchMojo About Gigantour, Big 4 Shows [March 2012]
‘David Ellefson’ Launches ‘Ellefson Concert Series’ Rock And Roll Accessories Line [April 2012]

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