UPDATE: Megadeth Australian Tour Turmoil

MegadethDespite earlier (as in, a couple of hours ago) reports that Megadeth had pulled out of the Soundwave festival, Dave Mustaine now seems to be open to remaining on the bill Dave has just posted on Facebook: “All I asked for was an apology for blaming me for something I didn’t do. I am still willing to play, but the promoter would rather not apologize and prefers to say I asked him to lie, which I didn’t. Am I the only one that sees how easy it is to fix this? The AJ Maddah that I know is a wise and caring man, and I don’t know what has happened to my old friend. My bags are packed Aussie fans.” Below is the earlier report: Read More …

INTERVIEW: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

Screen Shot 2013-11-27 at 2.23.00 pmIt’s safe to say that metal as we know it simply wouldn’t be the same without Megadeth. The other ‘big four of trash’ bands contributed certain elements to the form – Anthrax brought the humour, Slayer brought the evil and Metallica brought the gruff manliness. But Megadeth contributed intelligence, social awareness and instrumental virtuosity in a consistent and incredibly assured way. Megadeth’s lineups have changed throughout the years but the one constant is Dave Mustaine. In many ways he is Megadeth – he’s the band’s songwriting anchor, and his rhythm guitar style defines the whole band’s approach. Megadeth are returning to Australia for Soundwave 2014, and their performance is sure to be a highlight of the festival. How could it not, with classics such as “Holy Wars …The Punishment Due,” “Hangar 18” and “Symphony Of Destruction” to draw from, as well as material from latest album Super Collider, which sees the band returning to the more melodic vein previously explored in albums like Youthanasia and Cryptic WritingsRead More …

Metal Masters 5 To Stream Live

image003The latest in the Metal Masters clinic series has been announced, with a huge line-up of legends from some of the biggest names in thrash and prog metal. And although it occurs during NAMM Week (and NAMM is industry-only which presents certain challenges), Metal Masters is open to everyone. It’s at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California, in Downtown Disney and right near the Anaheim Convention Centre where NAMM is held. So if you’re heading there for NAMM anyway, this seems like a great way to kick off the week. And if you’re not NAMMing but you’re in California, go go go go go! And if you’re not gonna be there, it’ll be streamed online! Here’s the press release.  Read More …

VIDEO: Megadeth ‘Countdown To Extinction’ Live

Countdown LiveThe mighty Megadeth have just released Countdown To Extinction: Live on Blu-Ray, DVD and CD, chronicling last year’s tour comemmorating that classic album’s 20th anniversary. Countdown was a huge album for me, since it was the first Megadeth album that I was able to anticipate the release of; I became a fan after the release of Rust In Peace. And some of the songs from Countdown are still huge for me. “Symphony Of Destruction,” of course, because who hasn’t sweated over that solo? But especially “Architecture Of Aggression.” I’m not sure what it is about that song that hooked me so much but it’s always been one of my favourites. I always loved the title track too, with that cool guitar/bass interplay. Here’s a clip of them performing it from the DVD/Blu-Ray: Read More …

Dave Mustaine Switches To Cleartone Monster Strings

Dave MustaineBurbank, California – Heavy metal legend Dave Mustaine has switched to Cleartone Monster strings; and the California-based guitar string manufacturer will release a signature set of .010-to-.052 gauge strings that pay tribute to the Megadeth founder and front man. According to Mustaine, “The first time I played Cleartone Strings, I noticed a ton more volume. They were bright, felt solid and durable, but really loud.” That’s because all Cleartone strings, including the heavy metal-centric Monster series, employ VolumeBOOST™. According to an independent sound lab, VolumeBOOST gives Cleartone strings up to 36% more loudness compared to uncoated strings. Read More …

Looks like Dean has some cool new stuff coming out…

Got the Dean mail-out yesterday with info about their NAMM webcast and 35th anniversary celebrations. The graphic at the top of the email looked cool enough – bitchen two-headed eagle thing, NAMM dates, booth number… but then I looked in the bottom left corner, two axes tucked away behind another:

Good lord. It’s a Dean VMNT Dave Mustaine signature with a Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying? graphic, and a version (with a different headstock) of one of Dimebag Darrell’s lesser-known but cooler Dean MLs! In fact, this was the guitar Dime was using in one of the first pics I ever saw of him, in a Randall ad back in the day when Dime went by the name Diamond Darrell publicly instead of Dimebag Darrell. You can see Dime using this axe in this video for “Primal Concrete Sledge,” and that’s what this Dean model is named: the Dime ‘Concrete Sledge’ ML. The original was actually a Washburn neck on a Dean body.

Keep an eye on Dean’s website and I Heart Guitar at NAMM time!

Original Metallica line-up members return for one night only!

Photo from @josemangin‘s Twitter:

Woo! So I hoped it’d happen but I didn’t dare dream. Metallica reunited with original bass player Ron McGovney, lead guitarist Dave Mustaine and – whoa! – even original guitarist Lloyd Grant at the last of their 30th anniversary shows at the Fillmore in San Francisco! This is an even bigger deal than the Big 4 shows!

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