Megadeth’s Farewell Speech Leaves Fans Emotional

At the end of Megadeth’s European tour Dave Mustaine posted a farewell message for their European fans on the bands Twitter page and thanked them, their killer crew and the venues for everything. The band also gave some information about what they will do in the future.

“We wanted to thank the bands we played with, our amazing hardworking crew who help us put on the best show possible night after night, the venues, security, & our die hard fans who traveled far and wide to see us play,” they said. “It means the world to us! An extra special thank you to Cullen and Ellie at Adidas for setting us up with these amazing jackets! Kept us warm in these beautiful frozen European cities.”

They continued: “We are heading home for a brief break, record album 16 and then preparing for our summer tour with Lamb of GodTrivium and In Flames. Get your tickets now, you don’t want to miss what we have planned for you!”

The closest Megadeth concert will take place on February 26 at Darien Lake Performing Arts Center in New York City.

MEGADETH + LAMB OF GOD: First Rumored Date For 2020 MAYHEM FESTIVAL Has Been Leaked

The first date for this year’s Mayhem Festival — which is rumored to be headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD — has been leaked: July 10 in Tinley Park, Illinois. The information was revealed by Chicago metal DJ/promoter Nick Fury in a social media post earlier today.

The complete list of shows, as well as the details of the rest of the package, is expected to be made available next week.

LAMB OF GOD previously took part in the 2010 edition of Mayhem, while MEGADETH was involved in the 2011 installment of the touring festival.

As of right now, there has been no official confirmation about any of the acts that will take part in the 2020 edition of Mayhem, which recently announced its return following a five-year absence.

Mayhem was founded in 2008 by Vans Warped Tour‘s Kevin Lyman and his partner John Reese. Over the years, such groups as SLIPKNOTSLAYERMOTIONLESS IN WHITEASKING ALEXANDRIA and UNDEROATH have taken part in the event.

Following the SLAYER-headlined 2015 edition of MayhemReese declared that the festival was coming to a close, in light of poor attendance and less-than-kind words from SLAYER guitarist Kerry King.

Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival 2015 comes to an end,” Reese wrote in a social media post back in August 2015. “All I know is we have all tried our damned hardest to make Mayhem a home for artists, a platform for bands to increase their fan base and a place where people feel welcomed.”

A few weeks earlier, Lyman criticized the metal scene for the lower-than-usual attendance at the 2015 edition of the traveling event. The tour was smaller that year, with fewer bands overall and fewer “headline-worthy” acts at the top.

In addition to SLAYER, the lineup featured KING DIAMOND as headliners, with HELLYEAHTHE DEVIL WEARS PRADA and WHITECHAPEL among the support acts.

“The bands at the top all demand a certain level of fee to be on a tour,” Lyman told the Detroit Free Press back in July 2015. “Unlike punk rock, metal never knows how to take a step back to move the whole scene forward…What happened was metal chased girls away because what happened was metal aged. Metal got gray, bald and fat.”

King later told the Houston Press that the problem with that summer’s event lay not so much with the metal bands themselves but with the way the festival was booked.

“I didn’t take what [Lyman] said personally,” Kerry said. “He just definitely had a mike put in front of him and said some shit that’s detrimental to this tour and any tours he has in the future — not just Mayhem, but whatever else he promotes. Because, to me, he committed business suicide.

“At the end of the day, what I think happened to Mayhem was that they waited too late in the game to get the talent they needed to pull it off correctly,” Kerrycontinued. “Because what happens is, people get booked up so early these days that it seems like all the bands that could have made this more of a success are playing in Europe now instead of being on a U.S. festival. It just made the talent pool less than it could be.” 

Dave Mustaine Photo Revealed After Cancer Treatment

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has diagnosed with throat cancer in June 2019. According to recent reports, Dave’s treatment process finished after 5 months of endeavor.

Dave Mustaine’s son Justis has posted a new photo of Dave Mustaine after the cancer treatment via Justis’ official Instagram account. Justis captioned:

“Papa with little metal Yeti 🤘how is it that we can love pets so much…”

A fan named Ralmei said:

“You should walk my dogs and we will talk lol”

Justis responded:

“come on over Sensei 😎”

Another fan anmed Feltian said:

“Get well soon Dave. We ♥️ you!”

Check out the photo below.

Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Dave Mustaine took to his bands facebook page earlier today to announce that he’s currently being treated for throat cancer. Heres what he had to say.

I’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before. I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.

Unfortunately, this requires that we cancel most shows this year. The 2019 Megacruise will happen, and the band will be a part of it in some form. All up to date information will be at as we get it. Megadeth will be back on the road ASAP.

Meanwhile, Kiko, David, Dirk and I are in the studio, working on the follow up to Dystopia – which I can’t wait for everyone to hear.

I’m so thankful for my whole team – family, doctors, band members, trainers, and more.

I’ll keep everyone posted.

See you soon,

Dave Mustaine

We are all pulling for you at Vinyl Lair and wish you a speedy recovery!

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

Written By Braddon S. Williams

Megadeth: Rust In Peace

Rust In Peace (1990) was the first Megadeth album to feature Marty Friedman on guitar and Nick Menza on drums.

Of all the many lineups this veteran thrash metal band has produced over the course of their career, I feel that the Friedman/Menza years were the best.

Rust In Peace kicks off with one of the greatest thrash metal songs of all time, the magnificent Holy Wars…The Punishment Due.

Dave Mustaine has always written provocative lyrics to go with his punishingly complex guitar riffs, and Holy Wars is a perfect marriage.

Mustaine claimed that Marty played with a lot of love, while he (Dave) played with a lot of hate.

It is a great guitar team no matter how you categorize it.

The dynamic duo really heat things up in an epic battle in Hangar 18, shredding up a storm in this science fiction thriller. Other ripping songs include Five Magics, Tornado Of Souls, Lucretia, Take No Prisoners, and Rust In Peace…Polaris. Throughout this relentless collection of metal holocaust anthems, Dave Mustaine unleashes his cynical, snarling, sneering voice to breathe life into his always thought provoking words.

Megadeth supported Judas Priest on their Painkiller tour and were sandwiched between Testament and Priest. I was fortunate to see that tour and at the time it was probably the heaviest lineup I had seen yet.

Needless to say, I had found my favorite type of concert to attend. A whole lot of metal has followed in their wake.

Influences And Recollections of a Musical Mind

One of the best things Metallica ever did was the firing of Dave Mustaine, because his rage gave birth to Megadeth, so thank you Metallica. I was hooked on Megadeth from the moment I heard the intro to Peace Sells…that little bass hook that David Ellefson plays at the start of the song became iconic as the background music for MTV News back in the day. Of course the video and the song itself totally rip, with the sneering, venomous anger spilling from Mustaine’s lead vocals, and the crushing precision of his guitar, coupled with Chris Poland’s frenzied leads. Megadeth were equally as fast as their comrades in Slayer and Anthrax, but delivered nearly surgical precision of their thrash attack in addition to their socially aware lyrics, which had more in common with punk and hardcore than most of their contemporaries. Some of my prime cuts on this landmark album were Wake Up Dead, Devil’s Island, and My Last Words, but the title song will forever hold first place for me, because it was my point of entry into the Megadeth universe.

Written By Braddon S. Williams

On This Day in History

On this date in history, 12/1/1990, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Testament descended on Market Square Arena in Indianapolis and delivered a historical ass-kicking display of Metal at its best! At the time of this show, I believe this was probably the heaviest concert I had seen to date. Testament came out first and set the tone early. Chuck Billy roared his vocals like a man possessed and Alex Skolnick blazed on the guitar like Steve Vai at his most pissed off. Speaking of pissed off, the ever volatile Dave Mustaine led his Megadeth mates through a punishingly precise set that featured a crushing version of Holy Wars and some astounding guitar wizardry from Marty Friedman. I remember wondering if the headliner would be able to top these 2 thrash juggernauts when it was their time to take the stage. Judas Priest was not to be outdone, though. They were touring in support of Painkiller, possibly the thrash-iest album they ever made. Scott Travis’s drumming on that song was like a locomotive running you down at full double kick overdrive! The twin lead guitar insanity of Glen Tipton and K.K. Downing was a joy to behold, and Rob Halford proved over and over why he possesses one of the greatest voices in the history of heavy music. Looking back, it was a fantastic blend of classic metal and the pulverizing onslaught of thrash at its finest. The sheer level of musicianship at this concert was jaw dropping, and the competitive energy coalesced into a seminar on how to do metal the right way.

Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Day in History

On this date in history, 8/7/2011, the Mayhem Festival arrived at Deer Creek in Noblesville just in time to make all of us metal fanatics happy…or at least argumentative concerning the lineup, which included Disturbed, Godsmack, Megadeth, Machine Head, Hatebreed, The Athiarchists, Unearth, Suicide Silence, Kingdom Of Sorrow, All Shall Perish, Red Fang, Straight Line Stitch, and The Surface. Every year I attended one of these all day metal festivals I would always try to discover a band I hadn’t previously heard before, and Red Fang was that band on this date.
They were phenomenal, kind of a mixture of Clutch and Mastodon, but very individual and original sounding at the same time. Highly recommended, in other words…check ’em out. Straight Line Stitch were great, too. I have a soft spot for bands with female vocalists, and the woman who sings for Straight Line Stitch can truly sing in addition to sounding like a wounded animal being tortured by hot pokers.
All Shall Perish brought the brutality, as did Suicide Silence. This was the last time I saw Mitch Lucker perform before his untimely death, and the next time that Suicide Silence returned, their new singer came from All Shall Perish, so this show was the beginning of a circle.
Kingdom Of Sorrow combined Jamey Jasta of Hatebreed with Kirk Windstein of Crowbar and Down (at that time) for a monstrous side project.
Bad weather temporarily halted their set, but it passed quickly enough that they were able to return and finish what they started.
We (being crazy metalheads) didn’t even seek shelter! Unearth played a blazing set that paved the way for Machine Head over on the main stage. Machine Head were my favorite band of the entire day. Rob Flynn and his army were simply magnificent, playing with a precision and rage that the iconic Megadeth had trouble following.
Dave Mustaine has always run a tight ship with Megadeth, and they rose to the challenge, showing why they are firmly in the Big 4 of thrash metal.
Godsmack shifted gears somewhat, ushering in the more “radio friendly” format of metal that would continue through their set and into the headliners, Disturbed. My friend and I stuck around long enough to watch the film that lead into Disturbed’s performance and then we left.
Mutually agreed that we don’t like that band. I acknowledge their success and understand they have legions of fans. I hope those fans enjoyed the show, but it isn’t my band and never will be. Overall, I had a fantastic time as always. I discovered a band, rocked to some longtime favorites, and truly had a great day with a really cool person.
Written By Braddon S. Williams aka The Concert Critic

On This Day in History

On this date in history, 7/16/1998, I began my 18 year streak of all day metal festivals with my very first Ozzfest, at the fun and fabulous Deer Creek. I would be at every Ozzfest for the next 10 years until that festival stopped traveling, followed by all 8 of the Mayhem tours.

Ozzfest ’98 featured Ozzy Osbourne, Tool, Megadeth, Limp Bizkit, Soulfly, Sevendust, Coal Chamber, Incubus, Motörhead, Snot, Melvins, Monster Voodoo Machine, Life Of Agony, Ultraspank, Kilgore, and System Of A Down.

I was a rookie and I made a huge rookie mistake. I neglected to watch any of the second stage bands on this day, foolishly squandering my first shot at System Of A Down, Melvins, and the legendary Motörhead! I did, however, witness all the bands on the main stage and most of those performances ranged from pretty good to absolutely earth shaking (during Tool’s set, quite literally!).

Incubus started the festivities with a solid set. Brandon Boyd’s vocals were quite excellent and I enjoyed their time on stage.

Coal Chamber were next, kind of Marilyn Manson-light, but Dez Fafara hadn’t gained the power he would later weild so effectively with DevilDriver. Still, a formidable performance by an underrated band.

Sevendust were next, and I thought they were fantastic. Lajon Witherspoon’s vocals were particularly amazing and the band’s sound and energy stood out in a lineup of very solid bands.

Soulfly, the band that Max Cavalera put together following his departure from Sepultura, were probably the heaviest band of the day, and also brought their distinctive blend of Brazilian percussion to mix with their brutal grooves.

Limp Bizkit began their show by emerging from an enormous toilet bowl. Considering that their career eventually was flushed down that proverbial toilet, this was quite poetic and prophetic. The haters can say what they want to say, but back then Fred Durst and Wes Borland had concocted a sound and a stage show that got the crowds bouncing and producing an insane amount of energy. Megadeth brought their meticulous, surgically deadly riffing and Dave Mustaine’s patented sneering vocals along with about an hour of classic Mega-Dave songs in a fierce set that brought the crowd to the brink of the sonic devastation that awaited us.

I had heard the stories about how the crowd had started a “sod war” during Pantera’s headlining set the year before, and had witnessed a similar act of lawn massacre during a Ministry performance in 1992, but nothing prepared me for what was about to happen during Tool’s show stealing set.

As soon as Maynard James Keenan took the stage clad in an evangelist’s suit, accompanied by the hypnotic maelstrom of Tool’s sound, the carnage was instantaneous.

The lawn never had a chance, and the air was literally thick with flying chunks of earth, sod, grass, drink cups and various other items of debris. It was glorious, terrifying, hilarious, and unstoppable. Tool was so intense, it was as if they were so in the zone that they were oblivious to the World War III scenario unfolding up on the lawn.

As all good things must eventually end, Tool finally concluded their portion of the show and the spell was broken.

Ozzy proceeded with a killer set played by a stellar band (Ozzy always has the cream of the crop in his band, though) featuring Joe Holmes on lead guitar. Ozzy’s set was preceded by a wickedly funny filmed segment that put the exhausted crowd in a jolly mood (by metal crowd standards) and the Prince Of Darkness delivered a powerful concert closer that guaranteed I would continue this activity for 18 years running. Still ready to begin a new streak. The time is right for a brand new accomplishment!

Written By Braddon S. Williams AKA The Concert Critic

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