Following the success of Gigantour 2013 and sold-out shows with IRON MAIDEN and BLACK SABBATH, MEGADETH has confirmed the “Super Collider” tour. The cross-country trek kicks off in St. Paul, Minnesota on November 23 and makes stops in Detroit, Boston and Charlotte, along with other markets. Support on the tour will come from FEAR FACTORY and NONPOINT.
MEGADETH has partnered with On The List Presents to offer a variety of VIP packages, including meet-and-greets and exclusive MEGADETH guitar packages. More information is available at Megadeth.com.
The dates are as follows:
Nov. 23 – St. Paul, MN – Myth Live
Nov. 24 – Madison, WI – Orpheum Theatre
Nov. 26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Orbit Room
Nov. 27 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore
Nov. 29 – Montclair, NJ – The Wellmont Theatre
Nov. 30 – Bethlehem, PA – Sands Bethlehem Event Center
Dec. 01 – Boston, MA – House of Blues Boston
Dec. 03 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
Dec. 04 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring
Dec. 05 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte
Dec. 07 – N. Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues Myrtle Beach
Dec. 08 – Saint Petersburg, FL – Jannus Live
Dec. 09 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues Orlando
Dec. 12 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
Dec. 14 – Socorro, TX – Socorro Entertainment Center
MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Super Collider”, has sold 67,000 copies in the United States since its June 4 release. The CD arrived in stores via MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine‘s new label, Tradecraft, distributed by Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). It marks MEGADETH‘s first release since the band’s split with Roadrunner Records.
In a recent interview with Metal Insider, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson stated about the band’s decision to release the new album via the group’s own label, “The whole imprint idea is that we pretty much just put our logo on our own record [laughs], but we use the muscle of Universal Music Group around the world to push it out and to use all of their marketing and distribution, which is what you want.
“Anyone can start a label, but if you’re just selling them out of your post office box, you’re gonna sell about two copies versus having it distributed around the world. So major-label distribution obviously makes all the difference in the world. And we noticed that when we went from ‘Killing Is My Business’ to the ‘Peace Sells’ record years ago.”
Regarding the songwriting process for “Super Collider”, Ellefson said: “We worked with [producer] Johnny K on the last record, so we already had the getting-to-know-each-other experience on that record; that was kind of the first date and this was more digging into the songs on the record and had a good idea of what we were going into when we started it. And, really, the songs were laid out in October and we did the ‘Countdown To Extinction’ 20th-anniversary tour, and by the time we were ready to start tracking at the end of December, we had a good road map of where we wanted to go and there were a lot of tunes that were already on the deck and ready.”
He added: “We’re a band now that is always on tour, so we always try to find little windows to make records in between. [laughs] So yeah, we were already laying out the record during the last world tour. And we knew once we were rolling off the road that we were going to go in and start tracking. January gave us the opportunity to write about six more tunes, which also included bringing in the cover song of [THIN LIZZY‘s] ‘Cold Sweat’.”