Two of the biggest bands in heavy metal — MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD — will be joining forces on a co-headline tour across North America this year, presented by SiriusXM. And to add to the firepower of this already formidable tour, TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES are joining, making this THE must-see heavy music package of the year.
The 55-date trek will be split into two legs, the first of which kicks off June 12 at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, and wraps August 1 at the Concord Pavilion in Concord, California. The second run launches October 2 at iTHINK Financial Amphitheater in West Palm Beach, Florida, and runs through November 13 at the Reno Events Center in Reno, Nevada.
MEGADETH, fueled by Dave Mustaine‘s triumphant return to the stage following his diagnosis and recovery of throat cancer, will embark on their first North American tour since 2017.
Speaking on the historic announcement, Mustaine says: “Hello me! I’m back again, better than ever, and coming to a town near you with LAMB OF GOD, TRIVIUM, and IN FLAMES. If you want high octane metal madness, this is the tour for you.”
LAMB OF GOD guitarist Mark Morton states: “The world has never needed heavy more than it does today and top to bottom, this tour delivers! LAMB OF GOD has toured with and been friends with all of these bands for years, but for all of us to be on the same bill is something extra special. Come early and stay late. This is THE metal tour of the year.”
TRIVIUM‘s Matt Heafy adds: “We are happy to be a part of the biggest real metal tour of the year. This tour is the main event and represents heavy metal and the culture that goes with it.”
IN FLAMES singer Anders Fridén says: “We were honored to be asked to join this package. We were actually supposed to take this summer off, but of course, we couldn’t say no. After playing shows with all of these guys for years, 2020 is going to feel like a kick-ass reunion. See you on the road, Jesterheads!”
Tickets will go on sale on February 14 at 10 a.m. local time. Citi cardholders will have access to pre-sale tickets from February 11 at 10 a.m. local time through February 13 at 10 p.m. local time. VIP packages for all four artists on the tour will also be available.
June 12 – Bristow, VA @ Jiffy Lube Live
June 13 – Charlotte, NC @ PNC Music Pavilion
June 14 – Raleigh, NC @ Red Hat Amphitheater
June 16 – Virginia Beach, VA @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
June 18 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
June 20 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
June 21 – Boston, MA @ Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
June 23 – Syracuse, NY @ St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
June 24 – Providence, RI @ Bold Point Park
June 26 – Darien Center, NY @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
June 28 – Burgettstown, PA @ S&T Bank Music Park (on sale at 11 a.m. local time)
June 29 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
July 01 – Detroit, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
July 02 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
July 03 – Indianapolis, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
July 05 – Atlanta, GA @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
July 07 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC PAVILION
July 08 – Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
July 10 – Chicago, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
July 11 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre (on sale at 11 a.m. local time)
July 12 – Nashville, TN @ Nashville Municipal Auditorium
July 14 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP (on sale at 11 a.m. local time)
July 16 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
July 17 – Houston, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 18 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory (on sale at 12 p.m. local time)
July 20 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
July 21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
July 23 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
July 25 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
July 26 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
July 29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
July 30 – Pocatello, ID @ Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
August 01 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
October 02 – West Palm Beach, FL @ iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
October 06 – Birmingham, AL @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
October 07 – New Orleans, LA @ UNO Lakefront Arena
October 09 – Corpus Christi, TX @ American Bank Center Arena
October 11 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
October 14 – Springfield, MO @ JQH Arena
October 16 – Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
October 21 – Columbus, OH @ Schottenstein Center
October 23 – Huntington, WV @ Mountain Health Arena
October 24 – Bethlehem, PA @ The Wind Creek Event Center
October 27 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron
October 28 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
October 30 – St. Paul, MN @ Armory
October 31 – Green Bay, WI @ Resch Center (on sale at 11 a.m. local time)
November 02 – Omaha, NE @ Baxter Arena
November 03 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
November 05 – Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center
November 07 – Las Vegas, NV @ Mandalay Bay Events Center
November 10 – Spokane, WA @ Spokane Arena
November 11 – Nampa, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Arena
November 13 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
MEGADETH is currently on the road in Europe as the support act for FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH. The trek kicked off on January 20 in Helsinki, Finland, and will conclude on February 22 in Sofia, Bulgaria.
MEGADETH has been working on its 16th album, which bassist David Ellefson said is due out early next year.
LAMB OF GOD‘s new, self-titled album will be released on May 8 via Epic Records in the U.S. and Nuclear Blast Records in Europe. The follow-up to “VII: Sturm Und Drang” will mark LAMB OF GOD‘s first recordings with Art Cruz, who joined the band last July as the replacement for the group’s founding drummer, Chris Adler.
“Lamb Of God” was recorded with longtime producer Josh Wilbur (KORN, MEGADETH, GOJIRA, TRIVIUM). Special guests on the disc include Jamey Jasta (HATEBREED) and Chuck Billy (TESTAMENT).
Last week, LAMB OF GOD announced a special show at the House of Vans in Chicago on February 14. The event is free and will include a photography exhibit featuring photos from singer D. Randall Blythe that will be included in the new LAMB OF GOD album artwork. HARM’S WAY will open the show.