LAMB OF GOD will not tour with MEGADETH in North America early next year, Dave Mustaine has confirmed.
MEGADETH will embark on a U.S. trek in February 2016. The four-band package will mark MEGADETH’s first U.S. run of dates in support of its new album, “Dystopia”, which is scheduled for release in January.
While chatting with fans on Saturday (November 7) via Periscope, a live video streaming platform owned by Twitter, the MEGADETH mainman stated about the band’s touring plans: “[I am] really excited about coming back to the States and doing our North American tour there. The dates are coming along pretty well. And we’ve got three bands we’re gonna be taking out with us there. Not completely sure about confirming all of them, but if they do confirm, the guys that I’m thinking about — no, it’s not LAMB OF GOD for North America — if those guys are on it, I think it’s gonna be a cool, cool lineup.”
Rumors of a LAMB OF GOD and MEGADETH joint North American tour were sparked by a recent interview with LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler, who played on “Dystopia” and is currently sitting behind the kit for MEGADETH on their U.K. run. Adler said: “There is talk of having us do a North American run together early next year.” He spoke about how he is preparing on pulling double duty every night: “I’m carb-loading before the show. I have been working really, really hard over the past probably 10 years to keep myself in shape. What I try to do is about a 10-mile run every day, and then I play the LAMB OF GOD show. So I figure those two things together are probably gonna equal what I do with these guys.”
MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD will tour the U.K. together later this month.
Due to his LAMB OF GOD schedule, Adler was unable to play with MEGADETH in China and Japan last month and was temporarily replaced by Tony Laureano (ex-DIMMU BORGIR, NILE, ANGELCORPSE), a veteran extreme-metal skinsman who has worked as MEGADETH’s drum tech since 2011.
Adler made his live debut with MEGADETH in July at the Festival D’été De Québec (also known as by its acronym FEQ, or Quebec City Summer Festival in English), in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada.
The follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider”, “Dystopia” was recorded earlier in the year in Nashville, Tennessee and was mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, ALL THAT REMAINS and GOJIRA.