MEGADETH is preparing to enter the studio to begin tracking its sixteenth album. The band revealed its recording plans over the weekend while thanking its fans and crew for a successful European tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH which ended on Saturday (February 22) in Sofia, Bulgaria. MEGADETH wrote: "We wanted to thank the bands we played with, our amazing hardworking crew who help us put on the best show possible night after night, the venues, security, & our die hard fans who traveled far and wide to see us play. It means the world to us! An extra special thank you to Cullen and Ellie at adidas for setting us up with these amazing jackets! Kept us warm in these beautiful frozen European cities. "We are heading home for a brief break, record album 16 and then preparing for our summer tour with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES. Get your tickets now, you don't want to miss what we have planned for you!" Last December, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke to Rolling Stone about the musical direction of the band's new material. He said "The Dogs Of Chernobyl" has a feel similar to 2016's "Dystopia" album, while he said "Faster Than Anything Else" and "Rattlehead, Part Two" — both of which only have working titles at this point — speak for themselves. According to Mustaine, David Ellefson has contributed a ballad at the frontman's urging that will feature the bassist's lead vocals for the first time. "I said to him, 'What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?'" Mustaine said. "He goes, 'Beth'. I said, 'Yeah, we should write a song like 'Beth', where it's a ballad and it’s just you singing it. I think you should write a song about what it's like being in MEGADETH with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You're upset. So why don't you write about it?'" He added: "I'm going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn't get on this record, I'm going to try to work on it on the next record. Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing." The early sessions for MEGADETH's 16th studio album took place in Franklin, Tennessee with co-producer Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on "Dystopia". Mustaine spent most of 2019 receiving treatment for throat cancer with which he was diagnosed last May. MEGADETH's next LP will be the first to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren (ex-SOILWORK), who joined the band almost four years ago. Guitarist Kiko Loureiro made his recording debut with MEGADETH on "Dystopia", whose title track was honored in the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 2017 Grammy Awards. MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD's 55-date tour will be split into two legs, the first of which kicks off June 12 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and wraps August 1 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run launches October 2 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and runs through November 13 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada. Mustaine and Ellefson are the two remaining original members of MEGADETH, which was formed in 1983, following Mustaine's dismissal from METALLICA. We wanted to thank the bands we played with, our amazing hardworking crew who help us put on the best show possible... Posted by Megadeth on Saturday, February 22, 2020
TOOL, has added an extensive spring tour for North America. The tour news arrives as the Los Angeles-based band wraps up a sold-out Australasian tour, with the final two shows of the trek, back-to-back performances at Auckland's Spark Arena, happening later this week. The Sydney Morning Herald described the live offering as "an immersive art-rock experience that forced you to feel a little of everything. It was an intricate collage of light, sound and imagery." The "Fear Inoculum" tour, which has seen the band performing in some cities for the first time in over a decade, has received widespread accolades with the Los Angeles Times calling it "impeccable," the Chicago Tribune describing the performances as a "twisting multimedia rollercoaster of a concert" and The Arizona Republic describing the shows as "a visually breathtaking night of dystopian art-rock spectacle." The newly announced dates are: April 16 - Miami, FL @ American Airlines Arena April 17 - Orlando, FL @ Amway Center April 19 - Tampa, FL @ Amalie Arena April 21 - Charlotte, NC @ Spectrum Center April 22 - Charlottesville, VA @ John Paul Jones Arena April 24 - Baltimore, MD @ Royal Farms Arena April 25 - Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum April 28 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre April 29 - Quebec City, QC @ Videotron Centre May 01 - Wilkes Barre, PA @ Mohegan Sun Arena May 02 - Buffalo, NY @ KeyBank Centre May 04 - Toledo, OH @ Huntington Center May 05 - Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena May 29 - Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome May 31 - Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena June 02 - Edmonton, AB @ Rogers Place June 04 - Winnipeg, MB @ Bell MTS Place June 06 - Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center June 07 - Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford Premier Center June 09 - Madison, WI @ Kohl Center June 10 - Moline, IL @ TaxSlayer Center June 12 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Festival June 13 - St. Louis, MO @ Enterprise Center June 16 - Wichita, KS @ INTRUST Bank Arena June 17 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Chesapeake Energy Center June 19 - Colorado Springs, CO @ Broadmoor World Arena June 22 - Sacramento, CA @ Golden 1 Center June 23 - San Francisco, CA @ Chase Center Tickets for the above dates are on sale this Friday, February 28 at 10 a.m. local time, with the exception of Sioux Falls and St. Louis which are on sale at 12 noon local time. A limited number of VIP packages are available exclusively to TOOL Army members via Toolband.com/vip-package this Wednesday, February 26 at 10 am local time. Blonde Redhead opens April 16 to May 5; The Acid Helps opens May 29 to June 23 (except Bonnaroo performance). On its current tour, TOOL has been playing two-and-a-half hour sets, with vocalist Maynard James Keenan spending the entirety avoiding the spotlight, singing mostly from the shadows, on a set of risers at the back of the stage. The setlist draws from all of TOOL's five albums, with 2019's "Fear Inoculum" and 2001's "Lateralus" getting around four songs each. TOOL's lineup continues to consist of Keenan, drummer Danny Carey, guitarist Adam Jones and bassist Justin Chancellor. The band is promoting "Fear Inocolum", which came out in August. TOOL was honored with a Grammy in the "Best Metal Performance" category in the pre-telecast ceremony at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards in late January at Staples Center in Los Angeles. TOOL was nominated for "7empest", a track from "Fear Inoculum". TOOL already had three previous Grammy Awards under its belt: "Best Metal Performance" in 1997 and 2001 for "Ænima" and "Schism", respectively, and "Best Recording Package" in 2006 for "10,000 Days".