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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. [1] The tour is set as an alternative to tours such as Ozzfest. [2] The name "Gigantour" was inspired by the classic 1960s anime Gigantor . [1] The most recent Gigantour took place in 2013.

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Contents

The Festival

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 American progressive metal band


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 American metal band

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 (band) American thrash metal band

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.

Festival album

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.

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Life of Agony American band

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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.

Gigantour 2: North America (2006)

Line-up

Main stage

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy

Second stage

Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
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

Notable incidents

Guest singers

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 ].

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Angela Gossow German singer

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.

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Randy Blythe American musician

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Lack of a second stage on some tour stops

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.

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Mike Portnoy jams with Overkill

September 30, 2006 – Holmdel

Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater joined Overkill on stage for their song "Elimination".

Molson Amphitheater

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.

Salt Lake City/Ecenter

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.

Gigantour 2: Australia (2006)

Line-up

Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
October 21, 2006 Brisbane Australia Riverstage
October 22, 2006 Sydney Hordern Pavilion
October 24, 2006 Melbourne Festival Hall

Gigantour 3: Australia (2007)

Line-up

Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
November 10, 2007 Perth AustraliaMetro 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

Gigantour 3: UK (2008)

Line-up

Megadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
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, 2008London Brixton Academy

Gigantour 3: North America (2008)

Line-up

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.

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
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, 2008New 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 CanadaPavilion 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

Gigantour 4 (2012)

Line-up

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. [3] [4]

Tour dates

Megadeth announced, on November 2, 2011, Gigantour 2012 tour dates .

DateCityCountryVenue
January 26, 2012 Camden United States Susquehanna Bank Center
January 27, 2012 Uncasville Mohegan Sun Arena
January 28, 2012New 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, 2012Los 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

Gigantour 5 (2013)

Line-up

Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted, and Death Division

Tour dates

DateCityCountryVenue
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, 2013New 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

Notable incidents

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).

Gigantour history summary

DatesConcertsRegion touredBands
July–September 200539United States, CanadaMain stage: Megadeth, Dream Theater (34 dates), Anthrax (5 dates), Fear Factory, The Dillinger Escape Plan (31 dates), Nevermore

Second stage: Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic, Bobaflex

September–October 200625United States, CanadaMain stage: Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy

Second stage: Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp

October 20063AustraliaMegadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban
November 20076AustraliaMegadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon (3 dates)
February 20087United KingdomMegadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile
April–May 200830United States, CanadaMegadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire
January–March 201227United States, CanadaMegadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil
July–August 201326United States, CanadaMegadeth, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Device, Newsted, Death Division

Discography

CD releases

DVD releases

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