Megadeth Forced To Cancel Tour

Fans of classic heavy metal got some bad news this week, as legendary Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that he’s battling cancer. The news couldn’t have come at a worse time for the band, who had big plans for a 35th-anniversary tour later this year, along with a special cruise, and a series of gigs that were dedicated to the 25th anniversary of their album ‘Youthanasia.’

Mustaine, 57 years old, took to the band’s official website and his personal social media accounts to share news of his diagnosis with devastated fans. Although the news has meant that almost all of the special events the band had lined up for later in the year have now been canceled, the iconic guitarist and vocalist is in an upbeat mood about his prognosis. He’s suffering from throat cancer – which has obvious implications for his ability to sing in future – but he assured fans that he’s already commenced treatment, and has a plan worked out with his doctors that offers a 90% survival rate. He closed his message by promising that Megadeth will be back playing live dates’ ASAP.’

Slowing down or taking breaks isn’t something that Megadeth or Mustaine do regularly. Although the band had a period of inactivity before reuniting in 2004, they’ve largely been on the road ever since their reformation, releasing new music on an almost annual basis at the same time as re-issuing special anniversary editions of their classic hits. Mustaine has been a big name in the thrash and metal world for even longer than his band has – he was in the original lineup of Metallica before being fired from the band after clashing with Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. Chief among Mustaine’s sins in Ulrich’s eyes was the charge of ‘trying to make Metallica sexy,’ although he’s never elaborated on what he meant by that comment. Mustaine has never forgiven Ulrich, who saw to it that Mustaine was essentially abandoned in an airport with all his gear at the end of a tour, although in the end, it was his ejection from Metallica which allowed him to forge his own musical legacy. Had he not been fired, the world of heavy metal may never have seen Megadeth at all – and a world without Megadeth doesn’t bear thinking about. Years later, Mustaine would go on to join Metallica on stage at Metallica’s own 30th-anniversary shows, although it’s generally believed that he and Ulrich still didn’t speak.

Prior to the announcement, Megadeth’s calendar for the year was full-on. A 35th-anniversary tour coincided with a special Halloween event, at which they planned to play their album ‘Youthanasia’ in full. All have now been canceled, although there are still two dates on the calendar. It would appear that – at least in some form – the band are still planning to play the ‘Rock in Rio’ event, and are also forging ahead with their ‘Megacruise,’ which is a heavy metal festival on board a luxury cruise liner.

While the idea of a band booking a cruise for their fans may seem strange, it’s been done before. Chris Jericho of the rock band ‘Fozzy’ successfully booked out a ‘rock and wrestling’ tour last year, which was so successful that it’s being repeated in 2019. Megadeth are no strangers to unconventional marketing ideas either – they’re one of only a handful of bands who have their own official Mobile Slots. The fictional band Spinal Tap were the first musical act to join the online casino world, although they’ve since been joined by Guns n Roses, Jimi Hendrix, Elvis Presley, Michael Jackson and many more. Whether it’s inside a casino game or out on the high seas, Mustaine and his gang have always been keen to find new ways to reach their audience.

It remains to be seen what part the band will be able to play at ‘Rock in Rio,’ but their participation in the cruise wasn’t expected to be extensive. Megadeth was scheduled to play a headline set, but there were numerous other acts booked for the cruise including a Megadeth tribute act. They’d also promised that auditions would be held for a fan to play with the band, so it’s even possible that the rest of the band will be able to play, accompanied by a fan standing in for Mustaine on vocals. Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Dragonforce, Overkill, Testament, and Queensryche have all been confirmed as performing, so fans who’ve already purchased tickets are unlikely to feel they’ve been short-changed. Many of the bands who feature on the cruise have already taken to social media to send Mustaine their best wishes.

To date, Megadeth has released fifteen studio albums, along with various special editions and live compilations. There had been rumors of the band returning to the studio later this year to put together their sixteenth album, with some of the work already being done. The new album didn’t have an official launch date, and it would now make sense to assume that it may be some time before they’re able to resume work on the project. Given Mustaine’s optimism regarding his condition, it’s to be hoped that his doctors caught the cancer at an early stage, and that it can be treated relatively easily, with as short a recovery time as possible.

Megadeth might be best known for ‘Countdown to Extinction,’ but despite the diagnosis, it seems Mustaine doesn’t feel like a clock has started ticking for him just yet. In his Instagram post, he mentioned that while he’s recovering, he’ll continue working on the new album in the studio with the rest of the band – he’ll be able to play guitar even if he temporarily isn’t able to lend his voice to the proceedings. We’re sure all music fans around the world will join us in wishing nothing but the very best for Mustaine, and we hope to see him tearing up a stage again in the very near future. Get well soon, Dave – we’re all looking forward to that new album!

CD Review: Megadeth “Warheads On Forheads”

“Warheads On Foreheads”

Megadeth

UMe

Tracks: 35

Our Score: 3 out of 5 Stars

MEGADETH celebrate their 35th Anniversary with the release of Warheads On Foreheads, a 35-track, career retrospective. The anthology spans the bands entire studio recording career, from their first album “Killing Is My Business…” to their 2017 GRAMMY® Award winning release “Dystopia”. The collection of songs is available as a 3-CD set, a 4-LP set and a digital edition via UMe Recordings. A limited edition, four-LP set pressed on silver colored vinyl will be available exclusively through the band’s online store.

For those of you looking for a career spanning collection of songs from one of the Big 4 of trash look no further than the recently released “Warheads On Foreheads” collection from the one and only Megadeth. The three CD, four LP set includes all the songs Megadeth fans have come to love over the past thirty five years. Chronologically arranged Disc 1 includes songs such as “Mechanix”, “Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good” and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. Disc Two includes tracks like the shred-tastic “Hangar 18” and from the bands 1992 release “Countdown to Extinction” the songs “Symphony of Destruction” and “Sweating Bullets”. Disc 3 covers the bands recordings from 1997 “Cryptic Writings” up to 2016’s “Dystopia”. Here listeners can find tracks like “Trust”, “Head Crusher” and my person favorite “Public Enemy No. 1”.
 
Production and Packaging is top notch as the 3-CD set comes packaged in a multi fold case complete with linear notes booklet. Sonically the collection features a universal mix across each of the three discs making for a great listening experience be it in the car, on your home stereo or through headphones. The piece I found lacking in this collection is there really is nothing new for longtime fans of the band. Aside from some new artwork that is it. In a career compilation such as this I would have thought including an unreleased performance video or behind the scenes footage would be a no brainer givings collectors a reason to buy the release but sadly that is not the case. If you have never bought a Megadeth album before then “Warheads on Foreheads” is the perfect pickup to get your feet wet however, unless you’re a collection completist I would skip this as it contains no new or unreleased material.  
 

3-CD TRACK LISTING

DISC 1
1. Rattlehead
2. Mechanix
3. Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!
4. The Conjuring
5. Wake Up Dead
6. Devils Island
7. Good Mourning / Black Friday
8. Set The World Afire
9. In My Darkest Hour
10. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
 
DISC 2
1. Hangar 18
2. Tornado Of Souls
3. Rust In Peace…Polaris
4. Five Magics
5. Take No Prisoners
6. Skin O’ My Teeth
7. Angry Again
8. Symphony Of Destruction
9. Sweating Bullets
10. A Tout Le Monde
11. Train Of Consequences
12. Reckoning Day
 
DISC 3
1. Trust
2. She-Wolf
3. Wanderlust
4. Dread and the Fugitive Mind
5. Blackmail The Universe
6. Washington Is Next!
7. Head Crusher
8. Public Enemy No. 1
9. Kingmaker
10. The Threat Is Real
11. Poisonous Shadows
12. Death From Within
13. Dystopia

Concert Review “Rob Zombie & Megadeth” Scranton, PA

“Rob Zombie & Megadeth”
Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Lacuna Coil
Date: Saturday, May 12th 2012
Venue: Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain

Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars

On Saturday May 12th Rob Zombie and Megadeth came to the Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. The co-headlining tour featured Rob Zombie, Megadeth and Lacuna Coil. It was a great night for music as the weather was perfect and the secluded hill top setting at the Toyota Pavilion made for a great concert experience.

The Italian rock/metal band Lacuna Coil started the show off and though the venue was still filling up at this point the fans that got there early were treated to a solid performance. Front woman Cristina Scabbia commanded the crowd’s attention which helped take the bands performance to the next level. Megadeth would take the stage next and were relentless in their approach. The band sounded fantastic blasting out song after song. The set was a mixture of newer songs such as “Never Dead” and “Public Enemy No. 1” as well as Megadeth classics “Sweating Bullets” and “Peace Sells”. Dave Mustain interacted off and on with the crowd and he and the rest of the band seemed very appreciate of the crowds applause and reactions. Horror Rock icon Rob Zombie would close out the night backed by his band consisting of John 5, Piggy D and newly acquired drummer Ginger Fish formerly of Marilyn Manson. The band played what could be considered as a greatest hits set, minus a few of the hits to the estimated 4,500 fans in attendance. Though the band sounded decent, I think it’s time for Rob to go back to the drawing board and design a new show. Fans saw an almost exact copy of the 2010 Halloween Hootenanny/Gruesome Twosome show and a similar set list. The brief 12 song set featured staple tracks such “Superbeast” and “Living Dead Girl”. The most notable event of the night came in the way of Zombie’s encore which started off with a pieced together trailer for his new film “Lords of Salem”.

Co-headlining tours are becoming more and more of a staple due to the ever changing economy. This has been both a blessing and a curse. Yes fans get to see several great acts for the price of one ticket however, in the essence of time bands are cutting their sets shorter and shorter. This tour is a perfect example of that. 12 songs by the tour “headliner” is just sad in my opinion. I only hope that if these co-headliner tours continue bands remember that it’s about the quality of the performance not the quantity of the bands on the bill.

Megadeth Set List:
1.) Never Dead
2.) Hangar 18
3.) Head Crusher
4.) In My Darkest Hour
5.) Trust
6.) She-Wolf
7.) Sweating Bullets
8.) A Tout Le Monde
9.) Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)
10.) Public Enemy No. 1
11.) Symphony of Destruction
12.) Peace Sells
13.) Holy Wars…The Punishment Due

Rob Zombie Set List:
1.) Jesus Frankenstein
2.) Superbeast
3.) Scum of the Earth
4.) Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Koovy)
5.) Living Dead Girl
6.) More Human Than Human
7.) Demonoid Phenomenon
8.) Sick-Bubble Gum
9.) Mars Needs Women
10.) Pussy Liquor
11.) Thunder Kiss ‘65
12.) Dragula

 

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