As depressing as it seems for anyone born in the 1990s, it is an unavoidable fact that the decade is rapidly becoming 20 years old. As well as meaning that you’ll soon have to put aside your Pokémon obsession and become a functioning member of society, this revelation is also causing numerous albums that many still think of as MTV hits to be two decades old.
Megadeth‘s Countdown to Extinction is one such album, having been released in the summer of 1992 as what many believe to be an answer to Metallica‘s self-titled release the previous year, both bands toning down their thrash metal for a mainstream audience that was becoming more and more about hard rock, pop punk and grunge. The album went on to become a huge success, the single ‘Symphony of Destruction’ going up their with ‘Peace Sells’ and ‘Holy Wars’ to become one of the band’s most well-known songs – and one that you likely hear inspiring a few terrible Dave Mustaine impressions in your local rock-ish club.
In response to the album’s anniversary, the band are planning a special reissue due November 6th, as well as a North American tour, playing the record in full. The reissue will include live recordings of the band’s performance at San Fransisco’s Cow Palace, 1992, as well a new booklet, a poster and four collectable cards. It’s a tempting package, but you’ll have to tell us if it’s any better than the upcoming Iron Maiden vinyl reissues in the coming months.
This is the first Megadeth news we’ve heard in a while that doesn’t involve Mustaine making a fool of himself to the press – declaring Obama’s intent to stage public shootings and whatnot – so it’s probably best that the band get another tour out before the singer’s mental health disappears once and for all. The dates for the shows are as follows:
11/9 — Providence, R.I. — Lupo’s at the Strand
11/10 — Huntington, N.Y. — Paramount Theatre
11/11 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium
11/13 — Wallingford, Ct. — Oakdale Theatre
11/14 — Sayreville, N.J. — Starland Ballroom
11/16 — Atlantic City, N.J. — House of Blues
11/17 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
11/19 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater
11/20 — Columbus, Ohio — LC Pavilion
11/24 — Myrtle Beach, S.C. — House of Blues
11/25 — Charlotte, N.C. — Fillmore
11/26 — Atlanta, Ga. — Tabernacle
11/28 — Kansas City, Mo. — Midland Theatre
12/1 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Great Salt Air
12/2 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory
12/4 — Reno, Nev. — Grand Sierra Theatre
12/6 — Las Vegas, Nev. — House of Blues
12/7 — Pomona, Calif. — Fox Theatre
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