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Metal icons are delivering volcanic performances and earning rave reviews on their co-headlining tour with Rob Zombie, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together. The trek kicked off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and will include two high-profile rock festival appearances including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma, where the tour wraps on Saturday, May 26. A list of confirmed dates is below. For additional information on purchasing tickets, visit

Prior to the show, the New York Times proclaimed that “the speed pioneers have the decibels to fill the grandiose PNC” and the New York Daily News said, “At last year’s faceoff with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, the band led by Dave Mustaine offered a set that did both their sub-genre and legacy proud (5/10/12).”

In a review of the first show, Tris McCall of the Newark, NJ Star-Ledger said, “While most of the band’s peers have either slowed down, broken up or switched to a more profitable style, presses on, hard and fast as ever. Mustaine is a study in perseverance–and professionalism, too: He recently had to re-learn how to play guitar after suffering nerve damage in his arm. That trauma has left no mark on him–his solos, sometimes taken in harmony with sideman Chris Broderick, are as dextrous, and rapid-fire, as ever (5/13/12).” added, “The musicians ripped and shredded their way through riffs and solos with machine-like precision, yet somehow projecting an earnest passion through the notes that speaks to the raw emotion of Mustaine’s songwriting (5/13/12).”

After their tour with ROB ZOMBIE wraps at Rocklahoma, MEGADETH–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, bassist DAVID ELLEFSON, drummer SHAWN DROVER and guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK–will head to Europe for shows in Germany, Poland, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Italy, Czech Republic, England, Luxembourg, Netherlands, France, Romania, Turkey, Switzerland, Greece, Belgium, Russia, Lithuania, Estonia and Finland, then in September will head to South America for concerts in Chile, Argentina and Mexico.

A newly released video for the group’s next single “Whose Life (Is It Anyway?)” can be seen now; check it out here.  The video is a heavy metal tour de force, depicting youth angst turned violent, resulting in an apocalyptic finale.

The current tour comes on the heels of MEGADETH’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival GIGANTOUR, created and curated by frontman DAVE MUSTAINE.  Rave reviews poured in for the festival, which also featured MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”

2011 marked the release of MEGADETH’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. MEGADETH also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was, eerily, category #13.

Check out MEGADETH in the following cities:

5/22La Crosse, WILa Crosse Center
5/24Sioux City, IATyson Center
5/25Wichita, KSHartman Arena
5/26Pryor, OKRocklahoma
5/31Dessau, GermanyMetalfest @ Airfield
6/1Jaworzno, PolandMetalfest @ Zalew Sosina
6/2Mining, AustriaMetalfest @ Castle Mamling
6/3Ljubljana, SloveniaKino Siska
6/5Zadar, CroatiaMetalfest @ Zadar Beach
6/6Milan, ItalyMetalfest @ Alcatraz Club
6/7St. Goarshausen, GermanyMetalfest @ Loreley
6/8Plzen, Czech RepublicMetalfest @ Amphitheater Lochotin
6/10Leicestershire, EnglandDownload Festival
6/12London, EnglandElectric Ballroom
6/13Luxembourg, LuxembourgDen Atelier
6/14Heerlen, NetherlandsParkstad Limburg Theater
6/15Clisson, FranceHellfest
6/17Bucharest, RomaniaOst Fest @ Romexpo
6/19Istanbul, TurkeyHi-Voltage Festival
6/20Athens, GreeceIera Oldos
6/22Lausanne, SwitzerlandLes Docks
6/23Dessel, BelgiumGraspop Metal Meeting @ Festival Dessel
6/25Moscow, RussiaStadium Live
6/27Vilinius, LithuaniaTeatro Arena
6/28Tallinn, EstoniaRock Café
6/29Helsinki, FinlandTuska Festival @ Sulvilhati
9/7Santiago, ChileTeatro Caupolican
9/14Buenos Aires, ArgentinaEstadio Cubierto Malvinas
9/16Cordoba, ArgentinaOrfeo
9/19 Mexico City, MexicoPepsi Center WTC
9/21Guadalajara, MexicoArena VFG



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