MEGADETH Drummer, Bassist Picking Setlist For South/Central American Tour

April 12, 2010

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:

"We have finalized our South and Central American dates and there are still two more dates to add to the 'Killing Road.' Sadly, we won't be able to make it to Colombia again this trip, but I want you to know that you are in our hearts and we fought very hard to make it work for us to come play for you, to hear your voices, and to see your smiling faces, but in the end, it just wasn't possible.

"Now the fun part comes; trying to decide what songs to play for you all!

"It seems that Shawn [Drover, drums] and David [Ellefson, bass] are picking the setlists nowadays, so I am excited to see what they are going to bring up. It's almost like a game to see if they can stump me, and thank God I have been able to keep up with them.

"I can't tell you how happy I am right now with all of the chances we are getting to play around the world. It almost seems that with each new leg of the tour we are hitting a new city or even a new country. I am going to have a lot of fun learning how to say, 'yer the greatest audience in the world' in 30 different languages!

"Just kidding... you know I don't say that sh*t.

"So, I can't help but wonder what was going on at this year's [Revolver] Golden Gods Awards show. There was a lot of weirdness last year, and this year was a lot better, but I can't for the life of me figure out why this one guy (who shall remain nameless) reached over and grabbed my shoulder to say 'Hi!' when we are total opposites and actually I have never even talked to this guy, if my memory serves me well.

"Oh well, more red carpet (or should I say black carpet for Revolver) shenanigans!

"My good friend — a solid stand-up kinda guy — Chris Jericho did a really good job, I thought, and I am really excited to see what year three brings. Maybe my acting classes will have paid off and I can act like an award show host!

"OK, it's time for me to switch to 'Daveed Moostaine' and start speaking espanol (very bad espanol via online translators).

"Tengo que ir ahora. Tengo muchas reuniones en la actualidad. Voy a escribir de nuevo. Te veré más tarde.

"Adios chicos!"

"The Right To Go Insane", the new video from MEGADETH, can be viewed below. In the clip, which features no performance footage, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is filmed sneaking onto a military facility, stealing a tank and playing crash-up derby through the streets. Video footage from the cockpit shows him singing and laughing, while shots from a surveillance helicopter depict a missile gunsight tracking him as he pillages.

"The Right To Go Insane" video is based on the events of May 17, 1995 when Shawn Timothy Nelson, a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber, stole an M60 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California and went on a rampage, destroying cars, fire hydrants, and an RV before being shot dead by police.

"If I am going to carjack something, I'm going to do it Mustaine-style and go over the top like my new M60 Abrams tank with a sunroof," Mustaine joked to Noisecreep.

"The Right To Go Insane" was shot in South El Monte, California and directed by Bill Fishman, who also helmed MEGADETH's last video, "Head Crusher", the Grammy-nominated first single from the band's new CD, "Endgame".

"This video was a blast to film; Bill Fishman did a great job; even better in my honest opinion than our first video with him," Mustaine said. "But let me warn you, even though it looks like fun ... don't try this at home."

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MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson previously stated that the "The Right To Go Insane" clip "has a very twisted and demented storyline. It was much different than what I thought it would be. It has no band footage at all. It's a very twisted and intriguing story."

As previously reported, the March 31 MEGADETH concert at the Palladium in Hollywood, California was filmed for a forthcoming DVD.

Check out photos of the show at JayValena.com.

MEGADETH kicked off its "Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour" on March 1 at the Knitting Factory in Spokane, Washington. Also appearing on the bill were TESTAMENT and EXODUS.

"Endgame" was recorded at Vic's Garage, the band's brand new, self-built studio in San Marcos, California. The CD was helmed by Dave Mustaine and British producer Andy Sneap (EXODUS, NEVERMORE, ARCH ENEMY, MACHINE HEAD).

"Endgame" has sold 125,000 copies in the United States since its September 2009 release, according to Neilsen SoundScan.

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