MEGADETH played the title track of its new album, “Dystopia”, live for the first time last night (Friday, February 26) at Pearl Concert Theater at Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. Check out fan-filmed video footage of the performance below.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently stated about the “Dystopia” title track: “‘Dystopia’ is probably more along the lines of something from ‘Rust In Peace’ — kind of ‘Hangar 18’-ish. And the same way ‘Fatal Illusion’ is a lot like ‘Black Friday’ and ‘Bad Omen’, this song, really, is us returning a lot to our roots.”
“Dystopia” debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the week ending January 28.
In terms of pure album sales, “Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH‘s highest-charting album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. “Dystopia” also logged the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.
In addition to Mustaine, MEGADETH‘s current lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler and Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.