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PiercingMetal Talks To Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine (12/7/2015)

Logo - Megadeth

Megadeth are one of the forefathers of the Thrash Metal movement and on the eve of their announcing their latest touring adventures in support of the forthcoming “Dystopia” album, I had the pleasure of speaking to the bands founder, the great Dave Mustaine. Together we discussed the state of Heavy Metal in this day and age, the selection of new Megadeth members and what fans should expect from the new album and tour. As we didn’t have a whole lot of time to chat, I kept the line of inquiry very quick and to the general point. Here’s our entire discussion.

PiercingMetal: Let me start by saying congratulations on Megadeth surpassing the thirty-year mark. How does it feel to be in command of such a band for that long a time?

Dave Mustaine: I think that anything that you do successfully for a long period of time you have to look at it and ask yourself why is this successful and I think part of that is because we’ve always had one common goal with this band and that was to be true to ourselves and I think that this translates to the fan base. If you believe in what you do, then that starts to lay the foundation for the relationship with your fans that has integrity.

PiercingMetal: Would you think that Metal is in a better place or a worse place today?

Dave Mustaine: It depends because there are so many different genres of Heavy Metal. If you’re saying do I think that Thrash or Speed Metal or Heavy Metal in general is in a better place then it depends because there is a lot of new types of Metal out there. You have Grindcore and all kinds of Black Metal, White Metal, Death Metal just so many other different types but its opened up a lot of doors for different people that are more genre specific that play one very limited type of music and do it really well. I’ve always liked to be able to push the boundaries of what I could do and Megadeth has a lot of influences that are unique to what most Metal bands would do. We have Jazz and Classical influences which I think really helps give us that advantage over a lot of bands that don’t have those influences.
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Guitarist Marty Friedman Unveils “Inferno” Tour 2015

Guitar slingers of many different genre preferences are going to be ecstatic at the news about Marty Friedman’s long hoped for and honestly quite overdue visit to the USA for touring purposes. Most Metalheads know full well how the blistering guitarist has been living in Japan for many years now and is quite the Rock idol over on that continent but it’s rare that he gets to come back and thrill us with his technical virtuosity. Below you can indulge in the poster and the official press copy and then we can banter a little further. Dig in.

Tour - Marty Friedman - 2015

The Press Release:
Iconic guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN is ecstatic to announce his first tour of North America since 2003 — a 21-date headlining run that will kick off Sept. 9. The trek marks the latest leg of FRIEDMAN’s ongoing world tour in support of “Inferno,” his Billboard-charting, critically acclaimed solo album that so far has seen him complete a record-breaking tour across South America; perform extensively in Europe with acts such as Gus G. (Firewind, Ozzy Osbourne), Arch Enemy and Kreator; and play multiple high-profile gigs in his current home country of Japan, including a set at the country’s largest heavy metal festival, Loud Park.
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CANCELLED: Michael Angelo Batio @ Blackthorn 51

The Michael Angelo Batio show has been cancelled. Refunds are available at point of purchase.

blackthorn 51 venue logo

Breaking News: Night Ranger’s Joel Hoekstra Joins Whitesnake!!!

Okay, so “breaking” is not the proper word since the news hit my frequency last night while I was covering the NYC appearance of Biohazard and could not hammer out a post for you right away. I felt that it was also best to wait a little while and do some confirmation because in these days of Internet hoaxes and fake news you just never know, so after a quick note to the man himself I can safely say that “yes Metal Legions, guitarist Joel Hoekstra has indeed joined the legendary Whitesnake”.

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Appearing Tonight: Zakk Wylde @ The Apple Store in SOHO

OMG can you believe it!!!! The day is finally here and the one and only Zakk Wylde is making a special appearance at the Apple Store in SOHO NYC. That’s the one down Prince Street a couple of blocks off Broadway (R and N train station on the corner, and D is close as well). Last Summer, PiercingMetal had the fortunate opportunity to attend a special Press Conference that Zakk had held to promote the “Unblackened” CD/DVD; You can check that out HERE in case you somehow missed it when it was originally posted.

Poster - Zakk Wylde at Apple Store - 2014

Having seen this event space before, I can tell you that space will be limited for the grand happening so I suggest arriving early and getting a good spot on the line. Zakk is a lot of fun to listen to when he tells his tales and considering that this one on one discussion and Q&A with the fans also comes with a special acoustic performance, well, you are going to hate yourself in the morning if you miss this one. That’s why I wanted to send out another reminder.

Official Website: www.zakkwylde.com

Sadly its too far in advance to give you an ordering code for the new album so you will have to make due with the last few offerings from The Berzerker.