Martin Popoff here, with what is, at 152,180 words, the fattest, heaviest, most harrowing rock biog I’ve ever done. Indeed, it’s a monster, and it’s called…
Sweating Bullets: The Deth And Rebirth Of Megadeth
Guys, back cover text below, but just a few opening words. This was going to be two separate books, but at the last minute, I just rolled a fattie.
Basically, it’s the story in detail of ever accursed Megadeth opus, featuring a ton of fresh interview footage, my usual track-by-track analysis, talk of all the tours, the hirings, the firings, the chemicals, but mostly the metal.
It’s 340 pages and more text than usual (but still lot of pictures), in my usual style, namely live shots mixed with all manner of memorabilia.
It’s a tiny bit more expensive because of increased layout and printing and costs, more postage at this weight, plus the months and months of writing that almost killed me. I actually started this thing almost two years ago and it’s got stuff from 32 of my own interviews plus the usual smattering of archival. It’s an epic, and I’m sure even the most dedicated Mega-fan will learn a bunch of stuff. Seriously, it’s the material of two standard books for sorta $4 more than one. And as the back sez:
My Darkest Hour…
Megadeth’s run of thrash classics from the mid ‘80s and up through the ‘90s continue to be celebrated in the metal community long after Dave Mustaine’s band mates have been discarded to the sands of time—save one, Dave “Jr.” Ellefson.
Along the way, there’s Mustaine’s pathology with his ex-friends in Metallica but also a helluva lot of killer metal, as the band works its way up through Peace Sells and So Far, through to the pair of superlative American metal classics, namely Rust In Peace and Countdown To Extinction.
Later came Cryptic Writings and Risk, which threatened to kill the band dead. And yet… the reconstitution of Megadeth after their demoralizing decline and then deflating dispersal at the destructive hand of its leader Dave Mustaine is a story not told ‘til now. But it is a tale worth telling for many reasons, perhaps starting with: a) its instructiveness on how to rebuild and maintain a career in metal and b) the revelations of so much good music to be discovered by metal fans the world over. Quite simply, the recent half of the Megadeth story, spanning the records The World Needs A Hero through Super Collider, includes some of the best and heaviest Megadeth music ever committed to shiny silver, with this author’s personal favourites arriving all over the Endgame album of 2009 and the Thirteen album of 2013.
Come celebrate Mustaine’s vision, track-by-track, as Martin applies his tried and tested methodology to a head-crunching canon of work that is truly as strong at the recent end of the spectrum as it is with the classics you all know and love.
Prices for Sweating Bullets including shipping:
US orders: $39.00 US funds
Int’l orders (all books go air): $48.00 Cdn. funds
Canadian orders: $42.00 Cdn. funds
PayPal happily accepted. Ask me if you’d like a PayPal invoice (please indicate what country you are in), or just do yer usual and direct funds to firstname.lastname@example.org
Sweet postage savings to be had for multiple orders (or two of pretty much anything—long story, ask me!) for overseas, or for US and Canada, any three or even four books at once.
Or mail payment (personal check in US funds, cash, or INTERNATIONAL money order), to:
P.O. Box 65208, 358 Danforth Ave.
Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4K 2Z2
Email me at email@example.com with any further questions, and see www.martinpopoff.com for descriptions, cover art and ordering info for my other available 30 or so books (and no, the Megadeth won’t be there for another week or so, BUT YES, THEY ARE IN MY OFFICE READY TO SHIP).
Drum-cam footage of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza laying down the drums to the song “Enter Through The Sun” can be seen below.
“Enter Through The Sun” marks the second collaboration to a previous “Ghost Resurrection” between Menza and Widek (Maciej Dawidek) can also be seen below.The footage was shot this past Monday, Febuary 3 at the Soultone Cymbals Studios in Los Angeles, California.
“Enter Through The Sun” will feature SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond and THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard.
Menza: “It feels good be jamming across the internet with such talented and rad players, Mike LePond is first rate I’m huge fan of SYMPHONY X and THREAT SIGNAL, Jon Howard has an amazing voice and vocal range. it’s to bad that Widek (Maciej Dawidek) don’t live here in the sates as he would be my first choice as the guitarist.”
“Enter Through The Sun” is expected to be released and available free in the weeks to come.
VH1 Classic’s centerpiece in original programming, “That Metal Show,” is the true destination for all things hard rock & heavy metal. This Saturday’s episode marks the television debut of Altitudes & Attitude, a new side project for Anthrax bassist, Frank Bello, and Megadeth bassist, David Ellefson. Frank and Dave sit down with hosts Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson, and Jim Florentine to discuss the new project as well as give updates on “their day jobs”, Anthrax and Megadeth. Episode 3 features the mobile dual-neck guitar virtuoso Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal of Guns N’ Roses as the musical guest, Lzzy Hale from Halestorm joins us from her recording studio on the Metal Modem, and the hosts pick the Top 5 Anthrax songs of all-time in the TMS Top 5. The TMS Book Club segment features a vivid excerpt from Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, and the fan-favorite, Stump the Trunk, has one lucky fan stump Eddie to win an actual David Ellefson Hartke bass cabinet from the 2011 Big 4 tour with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax. “That Metal Show” Episode 3 premieres this Saturday, February 1st at 11:00PM ET/PT.
“That Metal Show” brings the biggest names in hard rock and heavy metal, and this upcoming episodes will include original Kiss members Peter Criss and Ace Frehley, Alter Bridge’s Myles Kennedy and Mark Tremonti, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe and Chris Adler, and guitar heroes Mick Mars of Mötley Crüe, Ted Nugent, and the incomparable Joe Satriani. Filmmaker Morgan Spurlock, comedian Jim Breuer, and pop musician Matt Nathanson will also join the show over the next few weeks.
Season 13 of “That Metal Show” continues the trend of having the best musicians in hard rock and metal perform each week, and this season features a mix of guitar and drumming masters. Playing guitar this season will be Yngwie Malmsteen, Gary Hoey, Chris Caffery, Lita Ford, and Tom Keifer of Cinderella. Pounding the skins will be Charred Walls of the Damned drummer Richard Christy, and the thrash metal drumming master from Anthrax, Charlie Benante.
Season 13 consists of 12 brand new episodes making it the longest season in the show’s history. Fans can catch the complete Season 12 and brand new exclusive bonus clips at ThatMetalShow.VH1.com and on the new VH1 app. New episodes of Season 13 will launch on the web and on the app every Sunday morning following the show’s Saturday on-air premiere.
“That Metal Show” premiered on VH1 Classic back in November 2008 and since has become the only place for all things hard rock & heavy metal on cable television. The show has been visited by some of the biggest names in rock including members of Black Sabbath, Aerosmith, Van Halen, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Anthrax, Kiss, Pearl Jam, Queensrÿche, and Heart.
“That Metal Show” is a production of VH1 Classic. Lee Rolontz, Jeff Baumgardner, and Keshia Williams serve as executive producers for VH1.
VH1 Classic brings you the best metal, rock, soul and pop from the ’70s, ’80s and ’90s. The channel features the gods of rock – from Black Sabbath, Metallica and Iron Maiden to Stone Temple Pilots, Pearl Jam and Dire Straits – in marquee concerts and music specials, and of course, tons of classic music videos. Recent big events include National Metal Day (11.11) and Metal Evolution, an 11-part documentary series on the history of heavy metal. When it comes down to it – all music should go to 11.
MEGADETH have left Roadrunner Records. A message from band leader Dave Mustaine, via Twitter, states:
“Today marks the end of an era with Roadrunner. Hopefully we can finish strong with a Grammy.”
Megadeth IRON MAIDEN, HALESTORM, ANTHRAX, LAMB OF GOD and MARILYN MANSON have been recognized for the 55th Annual Grammy Awards, which will be held in Los Angeles, CA on Sunday, February 10th at the Staples Center. They have been nominated for Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance:
Iron Maiden – ‘Blood Brothers’ (En Vivo!)
Halestorm – ‘Love Bites (So Do I)’ (The Strange Case Of…)
Anthrax – ‘I’m Alive’ (Worship Music)
Megadeth – ‘Whose Life (Is It Anyways?)’ (TH1RT3EN)
Lamb Of God- ‘Ghost Walking’ (Resolution)
Marilyn Manson – ‘No Reflection’ (Born Villain)
Nominations for the 55th annual Grammy Awards were announced on December 5th by The Recording Academy and reflected an eclectic mix of the best and brightest in music over the past year, as determined by the voting members of The Academy. For the fifth year, nominations for the annual Grammy Awards were announced on primetime television as part of “The Grammy Nominations Concert Live! — Countdown To Music’s Biggest Night”, a one-hour CBS entertainment special broadcast live for the first time ever at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The 55th annual Grammy Awards will be held on “Grammy Sunday,” Sunday, February 10, 2013, (8:00-11:30 p.m., live ET/delayed PT) at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
“The Grammy Awards process once again has produced a diverse and impressive list of nominations across multiple genres,” said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. “This year’s nominees truly represent an exceptional and vibrant creative community that exemplifies some of the highest levels of artistry and excellence in their respective fields. Combined with the fifth year of our primetime nominations special, we’re off to an exciting start on the road to Music’s Biggest Night, the 55th annual Grammy Awards, on February 10.”
This year’s Grammy Awards process registered more than 17,000 submissions over a 12-month eligibility period, October 1, 2011 to September 30, 2012. Grammy ballots for the final round of voting will be mailed on Wednesday, December 19 to the voting members of The Recording Academy. They are due back to the accounting firm of Deloitte by Wednesday, January 16, when they will be tabulated and the results kept secret until the 55th Grammy broadcast.
The 55th annual Grammy Awards are produced by AEG Ehrlich Ventures for The Recording Academy. Ken Ehrlich is executive producer and Louis J. Horvitz is director.
Megadeth filmed their December 7th Countdown To Extinction 20th Anniversary performance in Pomona, CA at the Fox Theatre. Bassist David Ellefson gives us the low-down behind-the-scenes below:
‘Public Enemy No. 1′
‘Skin o’ My Teeth’
‘Symphony of Destruction’
‘Architecture of Aggression’
‘Foreclosure of a Dream’
‘This Was My Life’
‘Countdown to Extinction’
‘High Speed Dirt’
‘Ashes in Your Mouth’
Members of TESTAMENT and BROKEN HOPE have slammed MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine for implying during a concert that Barack Obama was somehow responsible for recent mass shootings in Colorado and Wisconsin.
While performing with MEGADETH on August 7 in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he’s staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.”
He continued: “I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”
“I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense,” TESTAMENT frontman Chuck Billy, whose band has toured with MEGADETH many times before, told New York’s Daily News.
“There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth.”
“I’d like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them,” said BROKEN HOPE guitarist Jeremy Wagner. “In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.
“I’m one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut,” added Wagner.
“I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value,” former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. “I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don’t sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string.”
During yesterday’s appearance on InfoWars.com, a web site run by radio host and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Mustaine attempted to put his words in context and answer some questions. When asked what he really meant about what he said on stage, Mustaine explained, “To clarify things, no one can deny that there were criminal rogues in the administration. CBS News got the memos, Congress has the information and basically, Larry Pratt, the head of Gun Owners of America, who is a highly respected person, said that if they would stage ‘Fast And Furious,’ they’d be capable of staging anything. He continued, “And it was all done to blame the Second Amendment. We’d be fools not to look at this. Our U.S. border patrol agents were killed. And like I said, I was just quoting Larry Pratt. That’s it bottom line.”
Mustaine also admitted that he could have chosen different words to express himself. He told Jones, “In the heat of the moment, when you’re onstage and you’re talking, sometimes you’re not as eloquent as you’d like to be. But like I said, I was just quoting what Larry said.” He added, “We really need to investigate this and we need to have the Attorney General release the documents and find out who’s responsible for this. People died and the democratic process says, ‘Let’s investigate this. Let’s find out what’s going on here.'”
Mustaine wrapped up the interview by saying, “I’m a patriot. I’ve always been controversial. I’m a political songwriter. And this wasn’t done to hurt any of my fellow countrymen. I think that it’s something that we really, really need to look into.
“I love our country and I respect it, my whole thing with this is that I think we should just look into it. I just think that we deserve to know the truth — that’s it.”
MÖTLEY CRÜE’s Nikki Sixx has posted the following statement on Facebook regarding MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine’s rant at the band’s August 7th performance at Fort Canning Park in Singapore saying that US President Barack Obama “staged” the Aurora Massacre and the Sikh temple attack in suburban Milwaukee:
“Dave Mustaine is (a) fucking asshole. I can’t even imagine how deep this cuts the victims families of these shootings.
He owes every family an apology as well as our great country..
Hey Dave if you think America is turning into ‘Nazi America’ as you are quoted saying.. Then move the fuck out…”
Move over Batman – there’s a new symbol dominating the night sky as Hellfest’s mighty H calls brothers to arms for a weekend, that quite frankly, would strike fear into the heart of many a-charging army. As one of the official t-shirt’s states: Keep repeating – it’s only music… it’s only music… it’s only music… Read the rest of this entry »
The Tuska Open Air Festival is definitely a real metal festival institution amongst all other metal festivals in Europe. This current area, Sivulahti, almost located in the heart of Helsinki, only a few kilometers away from the downtown, is a new home for Tuska for the second time. Suvilahti is more like an industrial environment with the burning and hot asphalt underfoot. When raining, at least the area won’t turn to one hell of a big mud fest.
Another thing forcing Tuska to make a change was the date. Originally the festival was supposed to be at the beginning of July, but another big more international based festival took over the date and Tuska was postponed until three weeks later. Well at least some people got pissed off at the changed date. Obviously a few band negotiations needed to start all over. Hopefully Tuska will return back to the original date.
The line-up looked once again – amazing. Megadeth and Ministry and of course the Swedish war trad metallers were headliners, but Lamb Of God had to pull out of Tuska because of the arrest of the frontman in Republic Czechia and was replaced by Finntroll and Animals As Leaders had to cancel as the band managed to miss the flight. Of course a few cult metal bands like Saint Vitus, A.R.G. could be witnessed. The festival was an utter success although the event wasn’t sold out. All in all 26,000 people visited Tuska during three days.
Metal-Rules.com was present to check out a lot of bands and enjoy the sun and rain.
Review and pics by Arto Lehtinen and Petri Da Costa
Road veterans Megadeth have been very busy lately. Riding the Big 4 wave, master shredder Dave Mustaine and the boys put out new album TH1RT3EN in November 2011 and revived the Gigantour festival with Motorhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil for a North American Tour. Now following a short break, they are back on the road again with Rob Zombie and Lacuna Coil. As a huge Megadeth fan, I feel very fortunate they do so many tours, we have seen them 9 times in the last 2 and a half years! Read the rest of this entry »
For the first time since the early 90s, Rob Zombie and Megadeth will co-headline a U.S. tour that starts May 11. Dates are below.
11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
12 Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
18 The Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
19 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO
20 Rock On The Range, Columbus, OH
22 La Crosse Center, La Crosse, WI
24 Tyson Center, Sioux City, IA
25 Hartman Arena, Wichita, KS
26 Rocklahoma, Pryor, OK
Rob Zombie’s “Golden Tickets” Now Available Zombie to Begin Recording New Album “Lords of Salem” in Post-Production
The wait is over, Zombie lovers! Rob Zombie has announced that he and his band of maniacs – John 5, Piggy D and Ginger Fish – will enter the studio on June 1 to begin recording the next chapter in the Zombie musical legacy. This new, as yet untitled CD is set for a late 2012 release.
“It has been way, and I mean way too long without any new music. I am dying to get back to it,” said Zombie. “I have not felt this much excitement within the band since recording the first Hellbilly Deluxe record almost 15 years ago. We have been working on tons of songs for quite some time and I can safely say this will definitely be our best record yet.”
L-R: Piggy D, Rob Zombie, John 5, Ginger Fish
Before Lord Zombie and his band begin recording, they will hit the highway on a co-headline tour with metal legends Megadeth, marking the first time the two bands have toured together since the early 90s.
“This tour should be a blast,” said Zombie. “I haven’t shared a bill with Megadeth since way back in the early days of White Zombie, so this trek is long overdue.”
Two new dates have been added to the U.S. trek – May 13 at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, and May 19 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in St. Louis, MO. The tour, which kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ, will encompass high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including Rock On The Range (May 20) that Zombie will co-headline with Incubus, and Rocklahoma (May 26) that Zombie will headline. Zombie will bring his full, explosive stage show out in full force on these dates, and audiences will get what they expect – a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest. Zombie will close all shows on the Megadeth dates.
For these Zombie/Megadeth dates, Rob Zombie has teamed up with The One and Only to make available special VIP Golden Tickets. Two packages have been created to help insure that fans have an unforgettable experience at the show.
Package One includes a GA ticket, priority early entry to help guarantee a great spot for the show, a customized Zombie Bag, limited edition poster, an exclusive-to-the-tour T-shirt, a commemorative VIP laminate, and Golden Ticket Rep Concierge Service. Package Two includes everything in Package One, PLUS a meet’n’greet with Rob Zombie, a high-quality photograph with Rob, and a Rob Zombie autograph. For more information on the Rob Zombie One and Only VIP Golden Tickets – OR – if you’ve already purchased a ticket for the show and would like to upgrade to one of these VIP packages – log onto robzombie.com.
Zombie’s latest film, “The Lords of Salem,” is currently in the final stages of post-production and promises to be Zombie’s most insane film yet. “I am enjoying taking my time finishing this film. I hate rushing things at this stage of the process, so it is a luxury to take it slow and really fine-tune every part of the production,” stated Zombie. No release date is set yet for the film.
Confirmed dates for the Rob Zombie/Megadeth U.S. tour are as follows:
11 PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel, NJ
12 Toyota Pavilion, Scranton, PA
13 Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD NEW!
16 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA
18 The Deltaplex, Grand Rapids, MI
19 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre, St. Louis, MO NEW!
Gigantour, the traveling heavy metal festival created by frontman Dave Mustaine of Megadeth, stopped in Calgary Alta., on February 18, 2012 for the third time since the festival’s inception in 2005. This year’s festival also featured England’s metal legends Motorhead, who probably played a large part in selling out the venue. Italy’s Lacuna Coil and Denmark’s Volbeat rounded out the bill and added a bit of diversity. Unfortunately the tour hit one of the worst large venues in Calgary for sound. The Big Four building is a concrete box with large pillars breaking up the sound and view. Surprisingly though, the overall sound for the evening was fairly decent. One great idea someone had was to have the line-up for doors inside the building. Underneath the hall where the bands played, a corral was set up (how fitting for a city known as Cowtown) for fans to line up (get herded) and stay warm.
MEGADETH are excited to re-launch, for the first time since 2008, their critically acclaimed package festival, Gigantour. The multi-artist bill – with metal heavyweights MOTÖRHEAD, VOLBEAT and LACUNA COIL, all personally picked by Dave Mustaine – will kick off in early 2012 with dates tentatively set for late January through early March. Gigantour was founded by Mustaine in 2005 and was last in North America in May 2008.
The first Gigantour 2012 dates announced are:
26 – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden, NJ
27 – Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT
28 – Theater at Madison Square Garden – New York, NY
29 – Tsongas Arena – Lowell, MA
1 – Glens Falls Civic Center – Glens Falls, NY
2 – Colisee Pepsi – Quebec City, QC
3 – Bell Centre – Montreal, QC
5 – K-Rock Centre – Kingston, ON
7 – General Motors Centre – Oshawa, ON
8 – Copps Coliseum – Hamilton, ON
9 – Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI
10 – Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
12 – Eagles Ballroom – Milwaukee, WI
14 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
16 – Prairieland – Saskatoon, SK
17 – Shaw Conference Centre – Edmonton, AB
18 – Big 4 Building – Calgary, AB
20 – Abbotsford Ent & Sports Centre – Abbotsford, BC
21 – Showare Center – Kent, WA
23 – Event Center at San Jose State University – San Jose, CA
24 – Gibson Amphitheatre – Universal City, CA
25 – Comerica Theatre – Phoenix, AZ
26 – Tingley Coliseum – Albuquerque, NM
28 – The Fillmore Auditorium – Denver, CO
Tickets for the Quebec City and Montreal dates go on sale Saturday, November 5th at 12 noon, available at:
Bell Centre Box Office
By phone: (514) 790-2525 or 1 877 668-8269
Order online: evenko.ca
Ticket prices: $63 / $68 / $73 (taxes and service fees included)
For other ticket information visit Ticketmaster. More dates to be announced soon.
Gigantour is a chance to, as Mustaine says, tour with like-minded artists “that play heavy music in a high-energy environment,” with a fan-friendly ticket price. He founded the tour in 2005 and invited such artists as ANTHRAX, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, STATIC-X, and IN FLAMES to join Megadeth. For Lacuna Coil, Gigantour 2012 marks a return to the tour, as they performed on the 2007 Australian tour; the Italian heavy metal group’s singer Cristina Scabbia also appeared on Megadeth’ 2007 re-recording of their song, ‘A Tout Le Monde’.