Two of the biggest bands in heavy metal – Megadeth and LAMB OF GOD – will be joining forces on a co-headline tour across North America this year, presented by SiriusXM. And to add to the firepower of this already formidable tour, Trivium and In Flames are joining, making this THE must-see heavy music package of the year. Tickets will go on general sale Friday, February 14 from livenation.comMegadeth, fueled by Dave Mustaine’s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will embark on their first North American tour since 2017. Speaking on the epic announcement, Megadeth’s leader and frontman, Dave Mustaine says, “Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever and coming to a town near you with Lamb of God, Trivium and In Flames. If you want high octane metal madness this is the tour for you.”LAMB OF GOD released their first new music in five years last week with the single “Checkmate.” The track is the first to be released from the band’s self-titled eighth studio album, due out May 8, which is one of the most anticipated and important metal records of the year. Commenting on their upcoming co-headline run, Mark Morton, lead guitarist of LAMB OF GOD, adds, “The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! LAMB OF GOD has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year.” Trivium’s Matt Heafy adds, “We are happy to be a part of the biggest real metal tour of the year. This tour is the main event and represents heavy metal and the culture that goes with it.“ With In Flames singer, Anders Fridén stating, “We were honored to be asked to join this package. We were actually supposed to take this summer off, but of course we couldn’t say no. After playing shows with all of these guys for years, 2020 is going to feel like a kick ass reunion. See you on the road, Jesterheads!” Produced by Live Nation, this epic 55-city tour will stretch across summer and fall, kicking off June 12 in Bristow, VA, and hit every region of the U.S. before wrapping November 13in Reno, NV. Multiple Canadian shows are scheduled as well. See full itinerary below. Tickets and VIP packages for all four artists go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 14 at 10 a.m. local time at LiveNation.com. Citi is the official presale credit card of the tour. As such, Citi cardmembers will have access to purchase presale tickets & VIP packages beginning Tuesday, February 11 at 10 a.m. local time until Thursday, February 13 at 10 p.m. local time through Citi Entertainment®. For complete presale details visit www.citientertainment.com.
Megadeth and LAMB OF GOD NORTH AMERICAN tour dates:Summer 2020:6/12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live6/13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion6/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater6/16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater6/17 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater6/18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion6/20 – Holmdel, MA @ PNC Bank Arts Center6/21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion6/23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Heath Amphitheater at Lakeview6/24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Lake Amphitheater6/28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park*6/29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage7/1 – Detroit, NI @ DTE Energy Music Theater7/2 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre7/3 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center7/5 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Music Center7/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion7/8 – Cleveland, OH @Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica7/10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago, IL7/11 – Sgt. Louis, MO @ Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis, MO*7/12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium7/14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP*7/16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater7/17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion7/18 – Irving, TX @The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory+7/20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater7/21- Phoenix, AZ @ Isleta Amphitheater7/23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre7/25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre7/26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center7/29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre7/30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre8/1 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion Fall 2020:10/2 – West Palm Beach, CA @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre10/6 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre10/7 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena10/9 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena10/11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center10/14 – Springfield, MO @ JOH Arena10/16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center10/21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center10/23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Heath Arena10/24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center10/27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron10/28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell10/30 – St, Paul, MN @ Armory10/3 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center*11/2 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena11/3 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center11/5 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center11/7 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center11/10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena11/11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena11/13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center *on sale starts 11 a.m. local time+on sale starts 12 noon local time
It was over 30 years ago that Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth, in the process pioneering the sound that would become known the world over as thrash metal. And from the very beginning, the band proved to be the most lethal and audacious unit on the heavy music scene, pushing thrash to the limits of musical ferocity and instrumental virtuosity on early efforts like their 1985 debut, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and 1986’s seminal Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?. Megadeth have taken their place as one of metal’s most influential and respected acts—not to mention among its most successful. They have gone on to sell more than 38 million albums worldwide, earning numerous accolades including a 2017 GRAMMY® Award for “Best Metal Performance” for the title track “Dystopia,” 12 GRAMMY® nominations, and scoring five consecutive platinum albums. With sheer determination and a relentless recording and touring schedule, MEGADETH worked their way up from headlining clubs to headlining arenas, festival and stadiums, cementing a legacy that continues to grow and spread throughout the world. Megadeth are slated to release their 16th studio album later this year.
LAMB OF GOD propelled heavy metal into the new millennium two decades ago with the prophetically titled New American Gospel. They followed with 2003’s As the Palaces Burn, which made the Rolling Stone list of the Top 100 Greatest Metal Albums of All Time. Ashes of the Wake, released in 2004, was the first LAMB OF GOD album to be certified gold by the RIAA, as was 2006’s Sacrament, which also made a Top 10 Billboard 200 chart debut. In 2009, LAMB OF GOD released Wrath, their first with Wilbur at producer, and earned the number one album spot on Billboard’s Hard Rock, Rock, and Tastemaker charts, with a number two position on the Billboard 200. Those number one positions were repeated with 2012’s Resolution, which swung effortlessly between thrash, traditional metal, sludgy doom, with flashes of crust punk swagger and bravado. LAMB OF GOD’s last album, VII: Sturm und Drang (2015) made its debut on the Billboard 200 at number three and finished number 2 in the world charts, reaching Top 5 in five countries and six addition Top 15 positions. In 2020, LAMB OF GOD is re-energized and unrelenting, ready to lay claim to the metal throne. Tickets for this gargantuan tour package are bound to fly out when they go on sale on Friday, February 14. Grab yours before they’re all gone.