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MEGADETH announces 'They Only Come Out At Night' global livestream from Budokan in Tokyo


MEGADETH will perform an exclusive, one-off global livestream, “They Only Come Out At Night”, from the legendary Budokan in Tokyo, Japan.

“They Only Come Out At Night” will be streamed worldwide and fully live on Monday, February 27 at 6 p.m. Tokyo time (JST).

Before the livestream commences, fans will be treated to an exclusive behind-the-scenes video capturing the band’s trip through Japan, leading into their first-ever live performance at the Budokan where they will be performing classic tracks, as well as songs from their current album, “The Sick, The Dying…And The Dead!” The show will then be re-broadcast three times, so fans around the world can watch at a time suitable for them. Thereafter, the whole performance will be available to watch “on demand” for another 48 hours, as follows:

  • Live Show: 6 p.m. JST / 9 a.m. GMT / 4 a.m. EST / 1 a.m. PST
    • Rebroadcast #1: 7 p.m. GMT / 8 p.m. CET
    • Rebroadcast #2: 8 p.m. EST
    • Rebroadcast #3: 8 p.m. PST
    • On demand opens: Monday, February 27 11:30 p.m. PST / 2:30 a.m. EST* / 7:30 a.m. GMT* (*Tuesday, February 28)
    • On demand closes: Wednesday, March 1 at 11:30 p.m. PST / 2:30 a.m. EST* / 7:30 a.m. GMT* (*Thursday, March 2).

Ticketholders will get access to the livestream, all re-broadcasts, and to on-demand replays. Fans can buy tickets via Dreamstage and watch all broadcasts and on-demand replays from anywhere around the world, except Japan.

For fans in Japan, “They Only Come Out at Night” is only accessible via Wowow.

Exclusive livestream merchandise is available to pre-order with tickets, during the livestream, and during the on-demand period. Orders will begin shipping approximately four weeks after the show.

According to the MEGADETH fan page Megadeth Of Destruction, former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman strongly insinuated that he will join the band on stage during the Dave Mustaine-fronted outfit’s concert at Budokan.

While appearing on the Japanese radio program “Next Guitar Hero Is…” on InterFM897, the 60-year-old Friedman — who has been living and recording music in Japan since 2003 — said: “I can’t give details. But we’ll play together … I believe it will be a magical night.”

If Friedman‘s performance with MEGADETH materializes, it will be his first appearance with the band since he exited the group in 2000.

Mustaine has seemingly been on good terms with Friedman in recent years, with the MEGADETH leader stating in a Cameo video (see below) that he had spoken with Marty as recently as this past New Year’s Eve.

MEGADETH recently announced a string of Europea summer  2023 dates, starting in Poland o, July 23rd. 

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