MEGADETH receives platinum and gold records after Los Angeles concert
Thrash metal pioneers and metal icons MEGADETH were presented with plaques to commemorate the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certification for platinum sales of 1992’s “Symphony Of Destruction” and the gold status of 1986’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” and 1990’s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. The presentation was held Wednesday night (August 24) after they performed to a packed house at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California as the support act for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH.
MEGADETH kicked off its summer/fall 2022 U.S. tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on August 19 at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington. The trek, which features additional support from THE HU and FIRE FROM THE GODS, will conclude on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MEGADETH kicked off its summer/fall 2022 U.S. tour as the support act for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH on August 19 at RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater in Ridgefield, Washington. The trek, which features additional support from THE HU and FIRE FROM THE GODS, will conclude on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
MEGADETH’s setlist for the Irvine concert was as follows:
- Hangar 18
02. Dread And The Fugitive Mind
03. We’ll Be Back
04. Sweating Bullets
07. Symphony Of Destruction
08. Peace Sells
- Holy Wars… The Punishment Due
Just a day or two prior to the Irvine show, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke to Milwaukee’s 102.9 The Hog radio station about why he and his bandmates had yet to perform any of the songs from their upcoming album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”, live, despite the fact that they have already released three of them as singles. He said: “We are adding two songs to our set; we are adding ‘Night Stalkers’ and ‘We’ll Be Back’. Hopefully we’ll be able to add ‘Soldier On!’ by then too. But a lot of that is dictated by the radio support and the listeners’ tastes. When certain songs our fans like to hear, we’ll add them into the setlist if we can. If there’s a song that we’re playing in the setlist and people aren’t responding to it, well, obviously we’re gonna do the opposite and take it out of the setlist. This is all part of the showbiz part. A lot of people don’t care about that; they just wanna rock.”
Megadeth have recently released a new single titled “Soldier On!”. The song comes from the band’s upcoming album “The Sick… the Dying… and the Dead!”, which is due for release on September 2.
Watch “Soldier On!” below.
“Soldier On!” is the 3rd single to be shared from the group’s new studio effort, following the acclaimed “We’ll Be Back” and the divisive “Night Stalkers”, the latter featuring the rapper Ice-T.
“The Sick… the Dying… and the Dead!” will be available on CD, vinyl, and cassette, as well as on all the usual streaming platforms. There’ll be a limited deluxe edition of 2xLP featuring a bonus seven-inch with the unreleased B-Side of “The Conjuring (Live)”.
The album features former Death and Sadus and current Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio. DiGiorgio is widely renowned as a pioneer on the fretless bass in heavy metal music, having played with TESTAMENT, DEATH and SADUS, among others. Within his genre, Steve is respected for his playing skills, versatility and incredible technique. He has more than 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009’s “Endgame”. He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with Ellefson, who was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest departure.
LoMenzo played his first show with MEGADETH in nearly 12 years in August 2021 in Austin, Texas.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH’s sixteenth LP in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee. A short time later, he raved about his performance on the record, telling the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio program “Wired In The Empire” that his musical chemistry with MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren was comparable to the interplay between Geddy Lee and Neil Peart on classic RUSH albums. “I feel like on the new MEGADETH record, me and Dirk have those same moments,” he said. “It’s MEGADETH — it’s not RUSH, obviously — but in the field of what we do, there were these moments that I was just going, ‘Oh, my God.’ This is me as a kid going, ‘This is my Geddy/Neil moment right here.'”
In July 2021, Mustaine announced during an episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show” that Ellefson’s bass tracks would not be used on the new MEGADETH LP.