Megadeth and Lamb Of God to stage co-headline tour of UK and Ireland

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Drummer Chris Adler is set to be a very busy man as Megadeth and Lamb Of God have announced a co-headline tour of the UK and Ireland.

The bands will play five dates during November, with Lamb Of God sticksman Adler pulling double duty after being recruited by Dave Mustaine for Megadeth following the departure of Sean Drover.

Says Mustaine of the tour announcement: “Having just finished an amazing record full of high-energy heavy metal with Chris Adler, Kiko Loureiro and David Ellefson, I am excited to announce this tour and see all of the metal fans come out for this one. I literally can’t wait to hit the stage again.”

Megadeth’s new album is expected to be released later this year, whilst Lamb Of God’s new LP, VII: Sturm Und Drang, is released on the 24th of July.

Tickets for the tour go on sale this Friday the 17th of July at 9am. Dates are as follows:

Nov 09th: Dublin 3 Arena, Ireland
Nov 11th: Glasgow Braehead Arena, UK
Nov 12th: Manchester O2 Apollo, UK
Nov 14th: London SSE Wembley Arena, UK
Nov 15th: Birmingham O2 Academy, UK

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Megadeth: Broderick and Drover quit

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Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover have left Megadeth.

The pair released separate statements announcing their decisions, with guitarist Broderick citing “artistic and musical differences” and drummer Drover stating that he wants to pursue other musical interests.

Broderick says in his statement: “It is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you, the fans, have accepted and respected me. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own, and hope that when they come out, you’ll all dig it.”

Drover’s statement reads: “I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as all the amazing fans around the world. I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”

No official statement has yet been made by the band. The split leaves frontman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson as the only members of the group. Earlier this month Mustaine confirmed that the band were heading in to the studio in January to record their 15th album.

“We’re going to start in January. We’ll be touring in August with a very huge English metal band in the States and South America, and we’re hoping to get our record out sometime in the summer,” he said.

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Brian Tichy set to play on Chris Caffrey solo LP

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Brian Tichy, former drummer with Whitesnake, is set to appear on guitarist Chris Caffrey’s forthcoming solo album.

Tichy left Whitesnake last year, citing that he wanted to spend more time on his new project with singer Sass Jordan, Something Unto Nothing.

Says Caffrey of the announcement: “Brian is currently sending me drum tracks for five songs that I will release on my next solo record in 2015. I won’t be able to finish until after the Trans-Siberian Orchestra tour is finished, but I’m hoping to do some tracking on the days off. Lots of great musicians will be around me too, so perhaps I will steal some of them for appearances on these tunes!”

The new album will be Caffrey’s fifth solo effort. “I still haven’t decided exactly what I want to call the record. I had ideas, but I keep changing my mind as the newer songs develop! The album will most likely have 12 songs and I am considering an instrumental or two as well,” he adds.

Meanwhile, in addition to his work with Caffrey, Tichy has also confirmed that he is a member of Sweet Lynch alongside Michael Sweet of Stryper, George Lynch of Lynch Mob and James Lomenzo, formerly of Megadeth. Lomenzo was also a bandmate of Tichy’s when the two played together as part of Pride & Glory with guitarist and frontman Zakk Wylde in the mid 90s.

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Megadeth’s Mustaine ordered to rest

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has been ordered to rest by his doctor.

The band have had to cancel a string of live shows in the wake of the news, which comes as a result of Mustaine experiencing “complications” following spinal surgery back in 2011.

The cancellations include Megadeth’s appearance at Motorhead’s Motorboat Cruise. Organisers of the Florida event have confirmed that they have lined up something of a metal supergroup to fill the vacant slot however. Metal Allegiance, which includes Megadeth’s David Ellefson and Chris Broderick, alongside Phil Anselmo, Scott Ian, Mike Portnoy and Joey Belladonna, will play in Megadeth’s place.

Megadeth have said in a statement: “Due to complications arising from a previous cervical spine surgery, and upon his doctor’s strict recommendations, Dave Mustaine has cancelled all performances for the next eight weeks.”

“With rest and treatment, he is expected to recover and resume performing soon. The band was looking forward to the concerts and cruise, and is disappointed that they will not be able to see their fans. Megadeth expects to return to the road and will see their fans soon.”

Phil Anselmo, who will also perform on the cruise with his band Down said: “I always love getting together with my brothers and throwing down. The Allegiance jam is sure to be the best jam I’ve been involved with yet.”

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