Monday, September 15, 2014

Megadeth to issue first five albums on picture disc

Megadeth will issue their first five platinum-selling albums on limited edition picture disc vinyl for the first time in the U.S. on November 11.

Titles include 1986's "Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?", 1988's "So Far, So Good…So What!" and 1990's "Rust In Peace", as well as 1992's "Countdown To Extinction" and 1994's "Youthanasia", both making their debut on picture disc.

Each album is pressed on heavyweight vinyl and will feature the remastered mixes by Dave Mustaine with the original album track listings.

When Megadeth signed to Capitol Records they were already well established in the underground metal scene. A blistering 3-song demo, which led to their debut independent studio album, "Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!", and a string of now legendary west coast live shows cemented their reputation.

Megadeth have created metal masterpieces for nearly three decades, selling more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning 11 Grammy nominations and scoring five consecutive platinum albums including 1992's two-million-selling "Countdown To Extinction".

The band continued to break new ground and earn new accolades with their 2013 release, "Super Collider", reaching No. 6 on The Billboard 200 and No. 3 on the Top Hard Rock Albums and Top Rock Albums charts.

Megadeth made headlines recently when they were forced to cancel their appearance on Motorhead’s upcoming cruise, Motorboat, due to health issues facing frontman Dave Mustaine.

"Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor's strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next 8 weeks,” posted the group. “With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon!"

In Megadeth’s place, a group of metal legends will perform under the banner Metal Allegiance. The lineup will include singers Philip Anselmo (Down, ex-Pantera), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), and Chuck Billy (Testament), guitarists Chris Broderick (Megadeth), Jon Donais (Anthrax, Shadows Fall), Scott Ian (Anthrax), Mark Zavon (Kill Devil Hill), bassists Frank Bello (Anthrax), Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill, ex-Pantera) and David Ellefson (Megadeth), and drummers Charlie Benante (Anthrax) and Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, ex-Dream Theater), who will put their spin on a scorching set of heavy metal's most influential and recognizable songs.

Motorhead’s Motorboat will sail September 22-26 on the Carnival Cruise Lines Ecstasy from Miami to Key West and Cozumel, Mexico.

Joining the iconic rockers on what is being billed as “The Loudest Boat in The World” will be Anthrax, Zakk Wylde, Jim Breuer, Danko Jones, Fireball Ministry, Wilson and more.

See also:

Megadeth cancel Motorhead cruise appearance due to health issue
VIDEO: Watch Megadeth’s complete show at Bloodstock Open Air Festival
VIDEO: Megadeth perform surprise acoustic set in Istanbul
Megadeth bassist’s memoir coming to paperback