Megadeth Ready to Launch ‘Gigantour 2008’

The third installment of GIGANTOUR--the acclaimed traveling heavy music festival launched in 2005 by MEGADETH frontman DAVE MUSTAINE--will kick off April 12 in Denver, CO with headliner MEGADETH, Scandinavian death metal band IN FLAMES, Finland’s CHILDREN OF BODOM, Arizona’s modern extreme JOB FOR A COWBOY and Oakland, CA heavy power trio HIGH ON FIRE all confirmed.  The 29-date trek will criss-cross North America before wrapping May 22 in Phoenix, AZ.

As GIGANTOUR 2008--with bands handpicked by MUSTAINE based on their ability to shred guitars and incite fans--draws closer, the groups are getting set to deliver some of their highest-profile U.S. shows to date. IN FLAMES bassist PETER IWERS says, “This is totally ‘the spirit of rock and roll’ and to be invited to be a part of this tour by no other than Dave Mustaine is quite an honor.” CHILDREN OF BODOM’s bassist HENKKA SEPPALA agrees: “We have all grown up with Megadeth, so it’s an honor to be on the same bill. We will definitely do our thing each and every night and enjoy the tour.” And JOB FOR A COWBOY’s guitarist RAVI BHADIRAJU says they’re excited to be on what Revolver magazine called “the mother of all shred-fests”: “Gigantour offers bands to the public that share a common hunger—musicianship. All of the bands that have previously been a part of, and that are on the 2008 Gigantour, are all bands that strive to create good music, which is why metal fans are going to come out. Honestly, if you like metal’s finest, Gigantour 2008 is THE concert to see.”
GIGANTOUR was launched in 2005 by MUSTAINE, who personally picks the bands for the tour, with a focus on musicianship, particularly guitar playing. “I put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment,” he said at the time. GIGANTOUR 2005 included Megadeth, Dream Theatre, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore and Anthrax, with second stage acts Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex, and was documented in the 2006 release of double CD and DVD sets from Image Entertainment. GIGANTOUR continued in 2006 with Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and The SmashUp. The 2006 tour was captured in the GIGANTOUR 2 CD and DVD (out April 22, 2008) and features over an hour of blistering performances by MEGADETH--who have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide in a career spanning 25 years--along with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, The Smashup and Into Eternity. In 2007, MUSTAINE took MEGADETH and GIGANTOUR to Australia with Static X, DevilDriver, Lacuna Coil and Bring Me The Horizon.

For this year’s festival, MEGADETH (singer/guitarist MUSTAINE, bassist JAMES LoMENZO, drummer SHAWN DROVER and new guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK), JOB FOR A COWBOY and EVILE did a week’s worth of dates in the U.K. to get warmed up for the North American shows.

In a live review of their 2/24/08 show in London, Kerrang! said, “…Mustaine is a star. His appeal lies in the fact that he boast the capacity to surprise, even to excite. Whereas metal bands normally run on reserves of power and precision, perhaps showmanship, Megadeth’s engine is fuelled by electricity.”

GIGANTOUR - Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For a Cowboy, High on Fire

Sat 4/12 Denver, CO The Fillmore
Sun 4/13 Albuquerque, NM Journal Pavilion
Tue 4/15 Dallas, TX Nokia Theatre
Wed 4/16 Corpus Christi, TX Concrete Street Pavilion
Thu 4/17 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre
Sat 4/19 Louisville, KY Louisville Gardens
Sun 4/20 Atlanta, GA Masquerade Music Park
Tue 4/22 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Thu 4/24 Worcester, MA Palladium
Sat 4/26 Baltimore, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Mon 4/28 Quebec City, QC Pavilion De La Jeunesse
Tue 4/29 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
Wed 4/30 Toronto, ON Arrow Hall
Thu 5/1 London, ON John Labatt Centre
Sat 5/3 Detroit, MI DTE Music Center
Sun 5/4 Cleveland, OH Time Warner Cable Amphitheater
Tue 5/6 Chicago, IL Aragon
Wed 5/7 Milwaukee, WI Eagles Ballroom
Fri 5/9 Minneapolis, MN Myth
Sat 5/10 Winnipeg, MB Convention Center
Sun 5/11 Saskatoon, SK Prairieland Exhibition Hall
Mon 5/12 Edmonton, AB Shaw Conference Center
Wed 5/14 Calgary, AB The Corral
Fri 5/16 Vancouver, BC Pacific Coliseum
Sat 5/17 Salem, OR Salem Armory
Mon 5/19 San Jose, CA Event Center @ San Jose State
Tue 5/20 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Wed 5/21 Los Angeles, CA Long Beach Arena
Thu 5/22 Phoenix, AZ Mesa Amphitheatre