For fans who are just sweating bullets waiting for a chance to see Megadeth perform, now is your chance! The band’s 2014 Killing Road World Tour is currently underway and has been going strong since April 18 with their performance at Pearl Concert Theater in Las Vegas. This follows a unique performance by Mustaine and the San Diego Symphony on April 12, where he demonstrated his classically influenced technique performing pieces written by famous composers including Wagner, Bach, Vivaldi and Dvorak. The band’s most recent US tour date was this past Friday, July 18 in Hammond, Indiana and now they’re touring in Europe, but don’t fret! They will return to the US on September 22nd to play a concert on the high seas for an event cleverly titled, “Motorhead’s Motorboat.” Megadeth will be performing on a Carnival cruise ship set sail from Miami, Florida to Cozumel, Mexico alongside Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, comedian Jim Breuer and many other notable acts. Mustaine states, “There never has and never will be another cruise like Motorboat cruise. Come on a thrashing voyage with Motorhead, Megadeth, Anthrax, Zakk Wylde and all Lemmy’s friends. This is the coolest way to ever see a metal concert.”
Meanwhile, the band manages to always stay busy with Mustaine at the helm. Just last year in 2013, Megadeth released their fourteenth studio album, “Super Collider,” and hosted their famously acclaimed tour, Gigantour which has been drawing huge crowds since 2005. As they lead the metal assault on this year’s Killing Road Tour, they continue their well-earned reputation as one of the most hard-working bands today. As one may expect, the always ambitious Mustaine already has plans in the works for 2015. Though the band will be taking a break next year from rigorous touring, they plan to use this time to work on their new album beginning August 2014, according to an interview with Full Metal Jackie on her radio show. Megadeth is armed and ready with a ton of new material for the new album likely to be released next year in 2015. “I already have 68 riffs ready for the next record and for me it usually takes a lot of riffs to get where – it’s like making Sake,” Mustaine explains. “You have to go to the center of that grain of rice for the best stuff.”
Like fine wine, they may have been around since 1983, but they remain a force to be reckoned with. Looking back as they reinforce themselves as the most legendary thrash metal band in history, the future is bright as ever for Megadeth.
We are stoked to have Dave Mustaine on board with us as a Cleartone artist. On tour, Dave plays his signature Cleartone Heavy Series strings gauge 10-52, which you can pick up at your local music retailer. Keep shredding Dave!
Below is a recent performance of a classic Megadeth song, “Youthanasia.”