with special guests Trivium & In Flames
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983 with its roots in thrash metal, a genre that its founder, singer/songwriter and guitarist Dave Mustaine helped pioneer. The band has since released 14 studio albums.
Mustaine’s musical roots began early on listening to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and took form in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal when he co-founded Metallica. Megadeth emerged in 1985 at the forefront of the thrash/speed metal scene with their seminal debut KILLING IS MY BUSINESS…AND BUSINESS IS GOOD (recently recognized by VH1 as the “Greatest Thrash Metal Debut Album of All Time”), and continued on a blistering path of albums and tours throughout the decade. The nickname “world’s state-of-the-art speed metal band” and the critic-coined “intellectual thrash metal” were often used to describe Megadeth’s sound, referring to Mustaine’s niche for angry, witty, intelligent lyrics about topics like politics, drugs and war, fused with aggressive, intricate guitar structures and a jazz-influenced rhythm section.
With a string of five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums Megadeth became one of the biggest bands of the mid-‘80s and ‘90s, boasting such arena anthems as PEACE SELLS…BUT WHO’S BUYING? (The opening bassline was used as the theme for MTV News for years afterward), “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, “Symphony of Destruction” and “Sweating Bullets”, along with the top singles in 1997/98 off CRYPTIC WRITINGS, “Trust” (No. 1 radio track), “Almost Honest”, “Use the Man” and “A Secret Place”. In all, the band has scored five Top 10 albums and two Top 5 releases.
The 90’s saw a change in Megadeth’s sound with the polished and commercial multi-platinum release COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION, which skyrocketed them into multi-platinum success and MTV stardom. The incorporation of this new sound would be a trademark of every release to come, and would eventually earn them numerous accolades including a 2017 GRAMMY® Award for Best Metal Performance for the title track of their 15th studio album Dystopia, 11 additional GRAMMY® nominations, a SILVER CLIO for their DYSTOPIA campaign, 7 platinum certifications, and selling more than 38 million albums worldwide.
After a brief hiatus early in the 2000s, Mustaine triumphantly returned with a comeback album, a heavy metal festival called Gigantour and a new display of prodigious musicians to back him. The band’s legacy continued with 2009s critically acclaimed ENDGAME, debuting at #9 on the Billboard charts and 2010s multi-platinum THE BIG FOUR: LIVE FROM SOFIA, BULGARIA featuring the “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal—Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax.
Megadeth’s 13th studio album, TH1RT3EN was released in November, 2011 debuting at #1 on The Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and #11 on the Billboard 200. The band’s 14th studio album, SUPER COLLIDER was released in June, 2013 debuting at #6 on The Billboard 200, and was the first release on Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through Universal Music Enterprises.
The band’s latest album, 2016’s DYSTOPIA, debuted at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and drew international acclaim from critics and fans. It was featured in several Best Albums lists from leading music magazines, including Rolling Stone’s “20 Best Metal Albums of 2016” (No. 6); Revolver’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016” (No. 2); and Loudwire’s “20 Best Albums of 2016” (No. 12) and “Best Metal Songs of 2016” (No. 2) for the title track, “Dystopia”. The album’s blistering title track also earned Megadeth the year’s GRAMMY® Award for Best Metal Performance.
In 2018, the band celebrated its 35th Anniversary with a deluxe re-issue of their revolutionary debut album, releasing KILLING IS MY BUSINESS…AND BUSINESS IS GOOD: THE FINAL KILL. The remixed and remastered version reveals unheard parts and performances throughout the record, bonus live tracks, demos, and new album cover artwork.