The second coming of MEGADETH's acclaimed traveling metal festival Gigantour arrives on both DVD and CD April 22 via Image Entertainment — just ten days after Gigantour's latest incarnation begins its North American invasion April 12 in Denver. Conceived in 2005 by MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine, Gigantour — proclaimed "the mother of all shred fests" by Revolver magazine — resurrects metal's focus on stellar musicianship.
The "Gigantour 2" DVD and CD follow Image Entertainment's fall 2006 release of the debut "Gigantour" CD and DVD which featured unforgettable performances by MEGADETH, DREAM THEATER, FEAR FACTORY, ANTHRAX (CD only), NEVERMORE, LIFE OF AGONY, SYMPHONY X, DRY KILL LOGIC and BOBAFLEX.
"Gigantour 2" features over an hour of blistering performances by iconic and influential heavy metal pioneers MEGADETH — who have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide in a career now spanning 25 years — along with LAMB OF GOD, OPETH, ARCH ENEMY, OVERKILL, THE SMASHUP, and INTO ETERNITY. Recorded in DTS 5.1 surround sound, the DVD version also features a behind-the-scenes look at the 2006 tour, while both the DVD and CD offer a hidden bonus track — MEGADETH's ever-relevant "Peace Sells".
The release of the "Gigantour 2" DVD and CD coincides with this year's Earth Day — perfect, really, since Mustaine has said, with a laugh, about Gigantour's mission of emphasizing true musicianship and virtuosity: "I think that in a small way, we are cleaning up the environment of crappy bands."
Meanwhile, in February MEGADETH heads to Europe — where recently announced new guitarist Chris Broderick (NEVERMORE, JAG PANZER) will make his debut with the band alongside Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, and bassist James Lomenzo — before returning for this year's Gigantour.
The 29-date North American trek kicks off April 12 at The Fillmore in Denver and criss-crosses the U.S. and Canada until its May 22 finale at the Mesa Amphitheatre in Phoenix. Joining MEGADETH on this year's tour are Swedish 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.
The DVD and CD track listings are below.
01. THE SMASHUP - Effigy
02. SANCTITY - Beneath the Machine
03. INTO ETERNITY - Severe Emotional Distress
04. OVERKILL - Necroshine
05. OVERKILL - Rotten to the Core
06. ARCH ENEMY - We Will Rise
07. ARCH ENEMY - Nemesis
08. OPETH - The Leper Affinity
09. LAMB OF GOD - Vigil
10. LAMB OF GOD - Now You've Got Something to Die For
11. MEGADETH - Take No Prisoners
12. MEGADETH - The Scorpion
13. MEGADETH - Washington is Next!
01. THE SMASH UP - Rachel's Day
02. SANCTITY - Zeppo
03. INTO ETERNITY - Timeless Winter
04. OVERKILL - Thanks for Nothing
05. OVERKILL - Long Time Dying
06. ARCH ENEMY - Nemesis
07. ARCH ENEMY - We Will Rise
08. OPETH - Window Pane
09. LAMB OF GOD - Vigil
10. LAMB OF GOD - Red Neck
11. LAMB OF GOD - Something To Die For
12. MEGADETH - Take No Prisoners
13. MEGADETH - The Scorpion
14. MEGADETH - Washington Is Next!