MEGADETH Bassist David Ellefson Talks Gigantour In New Q&A

July 14, 2013, a year ago

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MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson is featured in a new Q&A with Pollstar.com. An excerpt is available below:
Q: Megadeth has a lot on its plate in the next few months. What’s different about this year’s Gigantour compared to past years? Ellefon: "It seems that every one of them has had a different objective. The first one, which I was not in the group at the time, was arranged around progressive musicianship and varying degrees of heaviness within the metal genre but extreme musicianship being the benchmark. The second one dipped down into kind of, I would say, a generation behind Megadeth with the bands that participated in that. Then last year, the first Gigantour I participated in, what was exciting was … I would say MOTÖRHEAD were certainly the elder statesmen of the thrash genre, Megadeth (was) probably commercially the biggest band on the bill but then also bringing out LACUNA COIL who offered something different because of Cristina (Scabbia) being a female vocalist. And then also VOLBEAT, who was I think probably the cool young upstart, at least here in the United States. So far, those three Gigantours all offered something uniquely different as a package. What I find really intriguing about this is everybody in these bands has had a prior history with other groups but also had success on their own, in their own merits. Clearly Megadeth is part of the “Big Four.” Zakk Wylde went from Ozzy to growing his own culture, is with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY. Vinnie Paul reinvented himself with HELLYEAH. Newsted is kind of the new kid on the block but certainly has earned the respect of everybody from his professional career with Metallica. The thing about it that’s cool is that every band has, not only some name recognition from all their years in the business, but is doing something that’s new and fresh. To me, that’s probably the hook of this year, a new kind of metal union that we’re able to take around North America this year." Click here to read the Q&A in its entirety. Gigantour 2013 dates: July 14 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheatre 16 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre 18 - Bloomington, IL - Cellular Coliseum 19 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom 20 - Cadott, WI - Chippewa Valley Music Festival 22 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Center 23 - Regina, SK - Brandt Centre 25 - Calgary, AB - Stampede Corral 26 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place 27 - Dawson Creek, BC - EnCana Events Centre 29 - Abbotsford, BC - Abbotsford Entertainment Center 30 - Everett, WA - Comcast Arena August 1 - West Valley City, UT (SLC) - Maverik Center 2 - Denver, CO - 1st Bank Center 4 - Fargo, ND - Scheels Arena 6 - Manhattan, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 7 - Manhattan, NY - Hammerstein Ballroom 9 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center 10 - Montreal, QC - Heavy Metal 2013 11 - Toronto, ON - Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
For more details visit Gigantour.com.

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