MEGADETH have announced plans to perform their classic album
'Countdown To Extinction' in it's entirety on September 7th at
Teatro Cauplolican in Satiago, Chile, to celebrate it's 20th
iGuitar Magazine favourite Dave Ellefson was speaking to
the Artisan News about the LP, "'Countdown' was really one of my
favorite records of the whole MEGADETH catalog... for a number of
reasons. Musically, I think it brought together the best of thrash,
the melodic part, writing big, hooky riffs. And that record really launched us
into the mainstream, which opened up a lot of other opportunites
and things for us to do. But more importantly, I think, than all of
that, is it was a really cool time when the four of us were really,
probably, our most connected together as a band."
MEGADETH's fifth LP, "Countdown To Extinction" was released on
July 14, 1992 through Capitol Records. The band's best-selling
full-length CD to date, it was certified double-platinum by the
RIAA (Recording Industry Association Of America) for U.S. shipments
in excess of two million copies. The album also produced the band's
most successful hit singles, "Symphony Of Destruction", "Sweating
Bullets", "Skin O' My Teeth" and "Foreclosure Of A Dream".
Gigantour - the critically acclaimed package festival founded in
2005 by MEGADETH - made its highly anticipated return for the first
time since 2008. The multi-artist bill kicked off on January 26 in
Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3 in Austin.
MEGADETH was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy
Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los
Angeles. The band's tenth Grammy nomination was for its new single,
"Public Enemy No. 1", off MEGADETH's latest album, "TH1RT3EN",
which came out on November 1, 2011.
"Public Enemy No. 1" actually marked the second Grammy
nomination for music from "TH1RT3EN", as the song "Sudden Death"
was first unveiled in the 2010 video game "Guitar Hero: Warriors of
Rock" and received a "Best Metal Performance" nod.
Watch the Artisan News video and Dave Ellefson's exclusive chat
with iGuitar from Issue 5 about his early days and how he became
involved with the bass guitar and Megadeth.
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