Thursday, June 29, 2017

Megadeth plan studio return

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine says the band are planning to hit the studio later this year to begin working on new music.

Currently playing dates on a North American tour, Mustaine spoke with KATT Rock 100.5 FM in Oklahoma City, OK ahead of the group’s July 8 show at The Zoo Amphitheater.

“We have stuff planned for next year and then, believe it or not, we have something that we were approached on for 2019,” explains the rocker. “That’s the farthest ever in my life I’ve been asked to do a show in advance, so we’re excited about that – and in-between that time period, we plan on going back in the studio.

“We’re probably going to go back in and start throwing some ideas around at the end of the year – we’re thinking about November and December.”

The project would mark the recording debut of drummer Dirk Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, who joined the lineup last fall after the departure of Chris Adler.

“Dystopia” debuted at No.3 on the US Billboard 200 upon its release, delivering Megadeth’s highest-charting US album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction”, which debuted and peaked at No. 2.

Earlier this year, the group won their first-ever Grammy Award in the Best Metal Performance category for the title track to “Dystopia.”

Megadeth’s summer trek wraps up with a July 15 appearance at Wisconsin’s Rock Fest, after which they’ll head to Europe for a month of dates; the group will then join the Scorpions for fall North American shows starting in mid-September.

2017 North American tour

Jun 29 - Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Jun 30 - Columbus, OH @ Express Live
Jul 02 - Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
Jul 03 - Cleveland, OH @ Jacob’s Pavilion at Nautica
Jul 05 - Windsor, ON @ Colosseum at Caesar's Windsor (with Meshuggah)
Jul 07 - Saint Charles, MO @ Family Arena
Jul 08 - Oklahma City, OK @ The Zoo Amphitheater
Jul 09 - Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center
Jul 11 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
Jul 13 - Oshkosh, WI @ Rock USA *
Jul 14 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Open Air *
Jul 15 - Cadott, WI @ Rock Fest*

* festival dates

See also:

Megadeth announce North American tour
Scorpions announce North American tour with Megadeth
Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine responds to Grammy Awards gaffe
VIDEO: Megadeth win first Grammy Award
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