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Gigantour was a sporadically organised traveling heavy metal music festival organized by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. The tour was founded in 2005 with dates across North America (see also Gigantour 2005), and the 2006 and 2007 line-ups also traveled to Australia. The bands appearing at the festival were chosen by Mustaine.The tour is set as an alternative to tours such as Ozzfest. The name "Gigantour" was inspired by the classic 1960s anime Gigantor . The most recent Gigantour took place in 2013.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
A music festival is a community event oriented towards live performances of singing and instrument playing that is often presented with a theme such as musical genre, nationality, or locality of musicians, or holiday.
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California. Guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson formed the band in 1983 shortly after Mustaine's dismissal from Metallica. Along with Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer, Megadeth is one of the "big four" of American thrash metal, responsible for its development and popularization. Their music features complex arrangements and fast rhythm sections, and lyrical themes of death, war, politics, and religion.
The lineup of the inaugural Gigantour was composed of bands that Dave Mustaine particularly enjoyed touring with in the past. Mustaine invited Dream Theater, Nevermore and Overkill. The subsequent editions of Gigantour also featured Mustaine's personal choices, such as Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Fear Factory.
Dream Theater is an American progressive metal band formed in 1985 under the name Majesty by John Petrucci, John Myung and Mike Portnoy while they attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, Massachusetts. They subsequently dropped out of their studies to concentrate further on the band that would ultimately become Dream Theater. Though a number of lineup changes followed, the three original members remained together until September 8, 2010, when Portnoy left the band. Mike Mangini was announced as the new permanent drummer on April 29, 2011.
Nevermore was an American heavy metal band from Seattle, Washington, United States. Formed in 1991, they are known to incorporate elements from various styles such as progressive metal, power metal, modern hard rock, classic heavy metal, and thrash metal. The band has been inactive since 2011, due to personal issues between the band members. In April 2015, lead singer Warrel Dane confirmed that Nevermore had not disbanded, and there was a possibility for them to continue in the next two years with another album. Dane's death in December 2017 ended hopes of a reunion.
Overkill is an American thrash metal band, formed in 1980 in New Jersey. They have gone through many line-up changes, leaving bassist D. D. Verni and lead vocalist Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth as the only constant members. In addition to Verni and Ellsworth, Overkill's current lineup includes Dave Linsk on lead guitar, Derek Tailer on rhythm guitar and Jason Bittner on drums. Along with Nuclear Assault and Anthrax, whose one-time lead guitarist Dan Spitz was also an early member of Overkill, the band is one of the most successful East Coast thrash metal bands, and they are often called "the Motörhead of thrash metal". The band has a notable mascot named "Chaly", a skeletal bat with a skull-like face, horns, bony wings and green eyes, who has appeared on most of their album covers.
A live album culled from Gigantour festival shows in Montreal (September 2, 2005) and Vancouver (September 9, 2005) was released on CD on August 22, 2006, and on DVD on September 5, 2006. The album has performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Life of Agony, Nevermore, Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex.
DVD is a digital optical disc storage format invented and developed in 1995. The medium can store any kind of digital data and is widely used for software and other computer files as well as video programs watched using DVD players. DVDs offer higher storage capacity than compact discs while having the same dimensions.
Life of Agony is an American alternative metal band from Brooklyn, New York that was formed in 1989 by singer Mina Caputo, bassist Alan Robert and guitarist Joey Z. To date the band has released five studio albums.
Dry Kill Logic is an American metal band from Westchester County, New York. Formed in 1995 under the name Hinge, they have released three albums.
Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy
Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp
|September 6, 2006||Nampa||United States||Idaho Center|
|September 8, 2006||Oakland||Oracle Arena|
|September 9, 2006||San Diego||Cox Arena|
|September 10, 2006||San Bernardindo||Hyundai Pavilion|
|September 12, 2006||Las Vegas||House of Blues|
|September 13, 2006||Phoenix||Dodge Theatre|
|September 15, 2006||West Valley City||E Center|
|September 16, 2006||Greenwood Village||Coors Amphitheatre|
|September 17, 2006||Albuquerque||Journal Pavilion|
|September 19, 2006||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre|
|September 21, 2006||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|September 22, 2006||Chicago||Congress Theater|
|September 23, 2006||Columbus||Nationwide Arena|
|September 24, 2006||Clarkston||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|September 25, 2006||Toronto||Canada||Molson Amphitheatre|
|September 27, 2006||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|September 28, 2006||Uniondale||United States||Nassau Coliseum|
|September 29, 2006||Boston||Bank of America Pavilion|
|September 30, 2006||Holmdel Township||PNC Bank Arts Center|
|October 1, 2006||Atlantic City||House of Blues|
|October 3, 2006||Portsmouth||NTelos Wireless Pavilion|
|October 4, 2006||Charleston||The Plex|
|October 6, 2006||Tampa||St. Pete Times Forum|
|October 7, 2006||Sunrise||BankAtlantic Center|
|October 8, 2006||Orlando||Hard Rock Live|
At the September 23 show in Columbus, Ohio, Angela Gossow joined Megadeth onstage during the second half of "Peace Sells". Earlier in the show, during Overkill's final song, two members of Lamb of God joined them onstage.[ citation needed ].
Columbus is the state capital and the most populous city in the U.S. State of Ohio. With a population of 892,533 as of 2018 estimates, it is the 14th-most populous city in the United States and one of the fastest growing large cities in the nation. This makes Columbus the third-most populous state capital in the US and the second-most populous city in the Midwest. It is the core city of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses ten counties. With a population of 2,078,725, it is Ohio's second-largest metropolitan area.
Angela Nathalie Gossow is a German vocalist, best known as the former lead vocalist for the Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy. Her other previous bands include Asmodina and Mistress.
"Peace Sells" is a song by the American thrash metal band Megadeth from the 1986 album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, written by Dave Mustaine. It has since been a constant at Megadeth concerts. According to Dave Ellefson, it became quickly apparent when playing the song live prior to recording the album that "Peace Sells" would be a hit. In 2006, VH1 ranked "Peace Sells" at number 11 on their list of the "40 Greatest Metal Songs" of all time. The song is also known for the distinctive bass intro played by Ellefson.
At the September 25 show in Toronto, Angela Gossow, Randy Blythe, and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth joined Megadeth on stage and sang the final part of "Peace Sells" with him.
Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the most populous city in Canada, with a population of 2,731,571 in 2016. Current to 2016, the Toronto census metropolitan area (CMA), of which the majority is within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), held a population of 5,928,040, making it Canada's most populous CMA. The city is the anchor of the Golden Horseshoe, an urban agglomeration of 9,245,438 people surrounding the western end of Lake Ontario. Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture, and is recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world.
David Randall "Randy" Blythe is an American singer, best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of American heavy metal band Lamb of God. He has also performed guest vocals for Cannabis Corpse, Overkill, Gojira, Eyehategod, Bad Brains and in 2018, his voice appears in the Soulfly song "Dead Behind the Eyes", and he is also the lead singer of side-project band Halo of Locusts. As a teenager, he listened to bands of the hardcore punk scene such as the Sex Pistols, Bad Brains and Black Flag. He is often referred to as "Uncle Randy" in the metal community.
At the September 9 show in San Diego, September 13th show in Phoenix, Arizona, September 24 in Clarkston, Michigan, and September 29 show in Boston there was no second stage. The bands that performed were, in order of appearance, Overkill, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Lamb of God, and Megadeth.
Phoenix is the capital and most populous city of Arizona, with 1,660,272 people. It is also the fifth most populous city in the United States, and the only state capital with a population of more than one million residents.
The City of the Village of Clarkston, or Clarkston, is a small city located in Oakland County, Michigan. It is completely surrounded by Independence Township. The city is approximately one half square mile in size. Its population in 2010 was 882.
Boston is the capital and most populous city of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the United States. The city proper covers 48 square miles (124 km2) with an estimated population of 694,583 in 2018, making it also the most populous city in New England. Boston is the seat of Suffolk County as well, although the county government was disbanded on July 1, 1999. The city is the economic and cultural anchor of a substantially larger metropolitan area known as Greater Boston, a metropolitan statistical area (MSA) home to a census-estimated 4.8 million people in 2016 and ranking as the tenth-largest such area in the country. As a combined statistical area (CSA), this wider commuting region is home to some 8.2 million people, making it the sixth most populous in the United States.
Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater joined Overkill on stage for their song "Elimination".
While playing in the September 25 show in Toronto, Canada towards the beginning of Megadeth's set, Dave Mustaine underwent technical problems relating to his guitar, resulting in him throwing his guitar across the stage and walking off. The then band finished the song without Mustaine, and then followed him offstage. After fifteen minutes of chanting from the crowd, Megadeth finally returned to the stage, and with a brief apology from Dave, continued playing through their set.
While Lamb of God was on stage performing, someone spilled beer all over the soundboard, which did not interfere with Lamb of God's set. However, Megadeth received some technical problems during their second set. Dave Mustaine got angry and threatened to "beat the hell out of whoever did it" and asked the crowd to bring the culprit to him. Dave then walked off stage for roughly 20 minutes until the problem was fixed. This can be seen in the special features of the Gigantour 2 DVD.
Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban
|October 21, 2006||Brisbane||Australia||Riverstage|
|October 22, 2006||Sydney||Hordern Pavilion|
|October 24, 2006||Melbourne||Festival Hall|
Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon
|November 10, 2007||Perth||Australia||Metro City|
|November 12, 2007||Adelaide||Thebarton Theatre|
|November 13, 2007||Melbourne||Festival Hall|
|November 15, 2007||Sydney||Luna Park Big Top|
|November 16, 2007|
|November 18, 2007||Brisbane||Riverstage|
Megadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile
|February 17, 2008||Norwich||England||UEA|
|November 18, 2008||Nottingham||Nottingham Rock City|
|November 19, 2008||Glasgow||Scotland||Carling Academy Glasgow|
|November 20, 2008||Newcastle||England||Carling Academy Newcastle|
|November 22, 2008||Birmingham||Carling Academy Birmingham|
|November 23, 2008||Manchester||Manchester Academy|
|November 24, 2008||London||Brixton Academy|
Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire.
Dave Mustaine wanted a shorter lineup so each band had a good chance to put on a show.
|April 12, 2008||Denver||United States||The Fillmore|
|April 13, 2008||Albuquerque||Journal Pavilion|
|April 15, 2008||Grand Prairie||Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|April 16, 2008||Corpus Christi||Concrete Street Pavilion|
|April 17, 2008||Houston||Verizon Wireless Theater|
|April 19, 2008||Louisville||Louisville Gardens|
|April 20, 2008||Atlanta||Masquerade Music Park|
|April 22, 2008||New York City||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|April 23, 2008|
|April 25, 2008||Worcester||Worcester Palladium|
|April 26, 2008||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|April 28, 2008||Quebec City||Canada||Pavilion De La Jeunesse|
|April 29, 2008||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|April 30, 2008||Toronto||Arrow Hall|
|May 1, 2008||London||John Labatt Centre|
|May 3, 2008||Clarkston||United States||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|May 4, 2008||Cleveland||Time Warner Cable Amphitheater|
|May 6, 2008||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom|
|May 7, 2008||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|May 9, 2008||Minneapolis||Myth|
|May 10, 2008||Winnipeg||Canada||Winnipeg Convention Centre|
|May 11, 2008||Saskatoon||Prairieland Exhibition Hall|
|May 12, 2008||Edmonton||Shaw Conference Centre|
|May 14, 2008||Calgary||The Corral|
|May 16, 2008||Vancouver||Pacific Coliseum|
|May 17, 2008||Salem||United States||Salem Armory|
|May 19, 2008||San Jose||Event Center @ San Jose State|
|May 20, 2008||San Diego||Cox Arena|
|May 21, 2008||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|May 22, 2008||Mesa||Mesa Amphitheatre|
Megadeth confirmed, on September 27, 2011, that Motörhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil would be included in the next Gigantour that was set for early 2012.
Megadeth announced, on November 2, 2011, Gigantour 2012 tour dates .
|January 26, 2012||Camden||United States||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|January 27, 2012||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|January 28, 2012||New York City||Theater at Madison Square Garden|
|January 29, 2012||Lowell||Tsongas Arena|
|February 1, 2012||Glens Falls||Glens Falls Civic Center|
|February 2, 2012||Quebec City||Canada||Colisée Pepsi|
|February 3, 2012||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|February 5, 2012||Kingston||K-Rock Centre|
|February 7, 2012||Oshawa||General Motors Centre|
|February 8, 2012||Hamilton||Copps Coliseum|
|February 9, 2012||Auburn Hills||United States||The Palace of Auburn Hills|
|February 10, 2012||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom|
|February 12, 2012||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|February 14, 2012||Saint Paul||Myth|
|February 16, 2012||Saskatoon||Canada||Prairieland Park|
|February 17, 2012||Edmonton||Shaw Conference Centre|
|February 18, 2012||Calgary||Big 4 Building|
|February 20, 2012||Abbotsford||Abbotsford Entertainment & Sports Centre|
|February 21, 2012||Kent||United States||ShoWare Center|
|February 23, 2012||San Jose||Event Center|
|February 24, 2012||Los Angeles||Gibson Amphitheatre|
|February 25, 2012||Phoenix||Comerica Theatre|
|February 26, 2012||Albuquerque||Tingley Coliseum|
|February 28, 2012||Denver||Fillmore Auditorium|
|March 1, 2012||Dallas||The Palladium|
|March 2, 2012||Houston||Verizon Wireless Theater|
|March 3, 2012||Austin||ACL Live at The Moody Theater|
Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted, and Death Division
|July 3, 2013||Gilford||United States||Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion|
|July 5, 2013||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|July 6, 2013||Canandaigua||Marvin Sands PAC|
|July 8, 2013||Clarkston||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|July 9, 2013||Rosemont||Allstate Arena|
|July 10, 2013||Youngstown||Covelli Center|
|July 12, 2013||Dallas||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|July 13, 2013||Lubbock||Lonestar Amphitheatre|
|July 14, 2013||Corpus Christi||Concrete Street Amphitheatre|
|July 16, 2013||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre|
|July 18, 2013||Bloomington||U.S. Cellular Coliseum|
|July 19, 2013||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|July 20, 2013||Cadott||Chippewa Valley Music Festival|
|July 22, 2013||Winnipeg||Canada||MTS Centre|
|July 23, 2013||Calgary||Stampede Corral|
|July 26, 2013||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|July 27, 2013||Dawson Creek||EnCana Events Centre|
|July 29, 2013||Abbotsford||Abbotsford Entertainment Center|
|July 30, 2013||Everett||United States||Comcast Arena|
|August 1, 2013||West Valley City||Maverik Center|
|August 2, 2013||Denver||1st Bank Center|
|August 4, 2013||Fargo||Scheels Arena (cancelled)|
|August 7, 2013||New York City||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|August 9, 2013||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|August 10, 2013||Montreal||Canada||Heavy MONTRÉAL|
|August 11, 2013||Toronto||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
Due to frontman Jason Newsted being diagnosed with walking pneumonia, Newsted dropped off the bill from July 22–29.
On the last show of the tour, Newsted joined Megadeth to sing vocals on Metallica's "Phantom Lord" (A song originally written by Dave).
|July–September 2005||39||United States, Canada||Main stage: Megadeth, Dream Theater (34 dates), Anthrax (5 dates), Fear Factory, The Dillinger Escape Plan (31 dates), Nevermore|
|September–October 2006||25||United States, Canada||Main stage: Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy|
|October 2006||3||Australia||Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban|
|November 2007||6||Australia||Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon (3 dates)|
|February 2008||7||United Kingdom||Megadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile|
|April–May 2008||30||United States, Canada||Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire|
|January–March 2012||27||United States, Canada||Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil|
|July–August 2013||26||United States, Canada||Megadeth, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Device, Newsted, Death Division|
David Scott Mustaine is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the American heavy metal band Megadeth, as well as the original lead guitarist of the American band Metallica.
David Warren Ellefson is an American bassist, co-founder and second-longest serving member of the American heavy metal band Megadeth from 1983 to 2002 and again from 2010. He has also been referred to as "Junior" to differentiate him from his bandmate Dave Mustaine, but does not go by this name professionally. Ellefson currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. In addition to playing bass guitar in Megadeth, Ellefson also has various side projects which include Temple of Brutality, F5, Killing Machine and Metal Allegiance.
Arch Enemy is a Swedish melodic death metal band, originally a supergroup, from Halmstad, formed in 1995. Its members were in bands such as Carcass, Armageddon, Carnage, Mercyful Fate, Spiritual Beggars, Nevermore, and Eucharist. It was founded by Carcass guitarist Michael Amott along with Johan Liiva, who were both originally from the death metal band Carnage. The band has released ten studio albums, three live albums, three video albums and four EPs. The band was originally fronted by Johan Liiva, who was replaced by German vocalist Angela Gossow in 2000. Gossow left the band in March 2014 and was replaced by Canadian vocalist Alissa White-Gluz, but remained as the group's manager.
Jeff Loomis is an American musician, best known for his role as lead guitarist in the progressive metal band Nevermore. In November 2014, it was announced he was to be the new guitarist for Swedish melodic death metal band Arch Enemy.
Christopher Alan "Chris" Broderick is an American musician, best known as the former guitarist of the American heavy metal band Megadeth. He is also formerly the lead guitarist and keyboardist for Jag Panzer, appearing on four of Jag Panzer's albums The Age of Mastery, Thane to the Throne, Mechanized Warfare and Casting the Stones before moving on to Megadeth, replacing Glen Drover. Before joining Megadeth and while still in Jag Panzer, he was also a touring guitarist for Nevermore between 2001 and 2003 and then again between 2006 and 2007. He is now the lead guitarist for Act of Defiance, which he formed with fellow ex-Megadeth bandmate, Shawn Drover.
James MacDonough born on April 3, 1970 in Jacksonville, Florida US is a professional bass guitarist. He has played with Iced Earth, Nevermore, and Megadeth.
Christopher James Adler is an American drummer, best known as a former member and founder of the groove metal band Lamb of God (1995-2019), and Grammy Award winning member of Megadeth. He became a member of thrash metal band Megadeth from 2015-2016, playing on their fifteenth album Dystopia and performed most live touring dates in support of that album. In his 5th Grammy nomination, "Dystopia" won Chris his first Grammy Award for the Best Metal Performance at the 59th Grammy Awards. In 2006 Adler collaborated with revered progressive guitarist Ron Jarzombek beginning the project Blotted Science. In 2013, Adler moved to Toronto, Canada for 6 weeks and recorded and helped write the album "Volition" with the progressive metal band Protest the Hero. The album went on to win and provide Chris his first Juno Award In 2014 he contributed several drum tracks to the Testament album Dark Roots of the Earth. In 2016 Adler recorded three songs with Jim Gillette, Michael Angelo Batio, and Victor Wooten in a California studio for a Nitro reunion album. As of October 2017, he left the Nitro reunion project to focus on a mid-2018 release and tour with Lamb of God. He is the elder brother of Lamb of God bandmate and guitarist Willie Adler. Chris played in several local bands including Calibra, Jettison Charlie, and Grouser before founding Lamb of God in 1994. Adler is pescatarian and has worked with PETA. He is recognized by his open-handed technique, his use of the heel-toe technique, and his unusual approach to the drum kit.
United Abominations is the eleventh studio album by American thrash metal band Megadeth. Released on May 15, 2007, United Abominations is the first Megadeth release distributed through Roadrunner Records and, with the exception of the band's frontman Dave Mustaine, was recorded with an all-new line-up. While touring to promote the album, guitarist Glen Drover left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Chris Broderick, leaving this as the only Megadeth studio album to which he contributed.
The Smashup are a post-hardcore / punk rock band from Brooklyn, New York. They formed in 2001. They are currently signed to Warcon Records.
This is a timeline documenting the events of heavy metal in the year 1999.
Over the years, a variety of bands have made up the yearly lineups of Ozzfest, a yearly heavy metal music festival that usually tours the United States in summer.
Clash of the Titans was a concert tour co-headlined by American thrash metal bands Megadeth and Slayer, which took place in September and October 1990 and again from May to July 1991. Launched in support of their respective albums Rust in Peace and Seasons in the Abyss, the tour had two legs, first in Europe and second in the United States. Clash of the Titans is considered one of the most successful tours in heavy metal history, and bridged the gap between the popularity of thrash metal and rise of the alternative rock and grunge scene.
The Sonisphere Festival was a touring rock music festival which took place across Europe between the months of June and August. The festival is owned by John Jackson and Kilimanjaro Live. It is jointly promoted by K2 and Kilimanjaro Live. It has hosted heavy metal bands such as Iron Maiden, Metallica, Mötley Crüe, Slayer, Judas Priest, Megadeth and Avenged Sevenfold.
Copenhell is a heavy metal festival held annually at Refshaleøen in Copenhagen, Denmark, since 2010. It was one of the first open-air heavy metal festivals in Denmark.
The Final World Tour is the ongoing final concert tour by American thrash metal band Slayer, which began on May 10, 2018 and will wrap up on November 30, 2019. The tour, consisting of over 100 shows worldwide, serves as a conclusion of the band's three-and-a-half-decade-long career.