Metal titans Megadeth are bringing their critically acclaimed Gigantour festival back in 2012! Founded in 2005, the multi-artist bill makes its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008; Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine personally picked with metal heavyweights Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil to join them on the tour, which will be stopping in Lowell on Sunday, January 29 at Tsongas Arena.
Megadeth recently released their thirteenth album ~ appropriately titled Th1rt3en ~ via Roadrunner Records on November 1, debuting at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album’s first single, the volcanic “Public Enemy No. 1” was just nominated for a Grammy for “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance,” the band’s tenth overall nomination. Of the nomination, Mustaine says, “In such uncertain times, it’s just an honor to be recognized by our peers, and anything above that is remarkable.” “Public Enemy No. 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.
In a three-out-of-four star CD review, USA Today’s Brian Mansfield wrote, “The material stretches from tunes that sound like snarly, early Alice Cooper to politically minded thrash, a wide-ranging approach that should give all the group’s fans something they like…(11/1/11)” while Billboard’s Gary Graff called the record “…a ripping, muscular exercise in hard-hitting rage ‘n roll…Th1rt3en shows they’re not ready to rust in peace quite yet (11/5/11).” Dan Epstein of Revolver raved, “…from the opening blast of ‘Sudden Death,’ there’s no mistaking the innate Megadeth-ness of it all…the two Daves are now once again churning up acres of scorched earth together the way they used to do in the band’s prime. But the album also marks drummer Shawn Drover’s third recorded outing with the group, and guitarist Chris Broderick’s second, which may be why Th1rt3en swings and swaggers like no Megadeth album in recent memory…Megadeth’s best and most vital album of the 21st century…(Nov/Dec 2011).”
Megadeth ~ singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, guitarist Chris Broderick and bassist David Ellefson ~ have sold over 25 million albums globally throughout the course of their career and have enjoyed five consecutive Platinum and multi-Platinum certifications, as well as seven Gold certifications during their career in America alone. The legendary and influential group celebrated the release of Th1rt3en with a performance on ABC-TV’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” on the eve of its release, which also happened to be Halloween. Mustaine also recently stopped by VH1 Classic’s studios to chat with “That Metal Show” for their episode that aired on Saturday, December 3.
For more information, check out the following sites:
And make sure to catch Gigantour live on January 29 at Lowell’s Tsongas arena!! Tickets available here: