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DAVE MUSTAINE of iconic multi-platinum metal group MEGADETH has launched his critically acclaimed touring festival GIGANTOUR to a roaring and acclaimed start in the northeast U.S.  Sharing the stage every night with the headlining MEGADETH are MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL on the trek which kicked off January 26 in Camden, NJ at the Susquehanna Bank Center and has already been highlighted by a sold out January 28 show at New York City’s Theater at Madison Square Garden.  GIGANTOUR is set to hit Los Angeles’ Gibson Amphitheatre Friday, February 24 and wraps Saturday, March 3 in Austin, TXSee tour dates and press quotes later in this press release.

In other MEGADETH news, they have received their tenth Grammy nomination for their latest effort. The group–singer/guitarist DAVE MUSTAINE, drummer SHAWN DROVER, guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK and bassist DAVID ELLEFSON–earned a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their new single “Public Enemy #1” off their latest album Th1rt3en (Roadrunner Records).  The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category is, eerily, category #13.

Check out the video for “Public Enemy #1” below.  “Public Enemy #1” actually marks 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.

The band’s 13th album, the appropriately titled Th1rt3en, was released November 1 and debuted #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.

GIGANTOUR 2012 Tour Dates:

Thu 1/26 Camden,NJ SusquehannaBankCenter
Fri 1/27 Uncasville,CT Mohegan Sun Arena
Sat 1/28 New York,NY Theater atMadisonSquareGarden
Sun 1/29 Lowell,MA Tsongas Arena
Wed 2/1 Glens Falls,NY Glens FallsCivic Center
Thu 2/2 Quebec City,QC Colisee Pepsi Arena
Fri 2/3 Montreal,QC BellCentre
Sun 2/5 Kingston,ON K-Rock Centre
Tue 2/7 Oshawa,ON General Motors Centre
Wed 2/8 Hamilton,ON Copps Coliseum
Thu 2/9 Auburn Hills,MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Fri 2/10 Chicago,IL AragonBallroom
Sun 2/12 Milwaukee,WI Eagles Ballroom
Tue 2/14 St. Paul,MN Myth
Thu 2/16 Saskatoon,SK Prairieland
Fri 2/17 Edmonton,AB Shaw Conference Centre
Sat 2/18 Calgary,AB Big 4 Building
Mon 2/20 Abbotsford, BC Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
Tue 2/21 Kent, WA Showare Center
Thu 2/23 San Jose, CA Events Center
Fri 2/24 Universal City, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
Sat 2/25 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
Sun 2/26 Albuquerque, NM Tingley Coliseum
Tue 2/28 Denver, CO The Fillmore Auditorium
Thu 3/1 Dallas, TX The Palladium
Fri 3/2 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theater
Sat 3/3 Austin, TX ACL Live at The Moody Theater

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