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–who wrapped up a tour of South America last night (12/1) in Costa Rica–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–got 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.

Of the nomination, founder DAVE MUSTAINE says, “In such uncertain times, it’s just an honor to be recognized by our peers, and anything above that is remarkable.” Check out the song’s video 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 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.

In other news, the group will again launch their acclaimed GIGANTOUR in 2012. The tour also features MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL, all personally picked by MUSTAINE. It will kick off January 26 in Camden, NJ. Before wrapping February 28 in Denver, CO, the tour will make stops all across the U.S. and Canada including a January 28 show in New York and February 24 in Los Angeles (full itinerary below). The new website is now up and running featuring the latest news and video for all performing artists as well as a look back to previous tours. Tickets are available via the website as are MEGADETH Ultimate VIP Packages. Packages include meet ‘n greet photo op with MEGADETH band members, priority access general admission ticket, pre-show refreshments, specially designed MEGADETH t-shirt, exclusive lithograph, laminate and more. Packages are limited.

GIGANTOUR 2012 Tour Dates:

Thu1/26Camden, NJSusquehanna Bank Center
Fri1/27Uncasville, CTMohegan Sun Arena
Sat1/28New York, NYTheater at Madison Square Garden
Sun1/29Lowell, MATsongas Arena
Wed2/1Glens Falls, NYGlens Falls Civic Center
Thu2/2Quebec City, QCColisee Pepsi Arena
Fri2/3Montreal, QCBell Centre
Sun2/5Kingston, ONK-Rock Centre
Tue2/7Oshawa, ONGeneral Motors Centre
Wed2/8Hamilton, ONCopps Coliseum
Thu2/9Auburn Hills, MIPalace of Auburn Hills
Fri2/10Chicago, ILAragon Ballroom
Sun2/12Milwaukee, WIEagles Ballroom
Tue2/14St. Paul, MNMyth
Thu2/16Saskatoon, SKPrairieland
Fri2/17Edmonton, ABShaw Conference Centre
Sat2/18Calgary, ABBig 4 Building
Mon2/20Abbotsford, BCAbbotsford Ent & Sports Centre
Tue2/21Kent, WAShoware Center
Thu2/23San Jose, CAEvents Center
Fri2/24Universal City, CAGibson Amphitheatre
Sat2/25Phoenix, AZComerica Theatre
Sun2/26Albuquerque, NMTingley Coliseum
Tue2/28Denver, COThe Fillmore Auditorium

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