MEGADETH’s Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:
“I am going over the week and what I have accomplished and what still needs to be done going forward. It was a great week, we are up to eight song ideas, and not only did James and I get a load of work accomplished, but we also managed to get over to the U.S. Naval Hospital and visit the cancer and leukemia patients and all of the amputees from the I.E.D.s in Iraq. That was a very sobering moment.
I was also able to do a photo shoot for Dean Guitars yesterday of me and my new R.I.P. V (VMNT) and it looks absolutely amazing. I have had the misfortune of losing several of the “more beautiful” guitars in my collection over the years to malfunctions, and mental meltdowns, but this is a guitar that I believe, even “I” would not be able to see get hurt or damaged in any way.
In other words – this is the baddest mutha-f*cka I have ever had!
You will no doubt see soon, and probably at NAMM this year, which I will be proudly practising my penmanship at the DEAN Guitars booth. I will hopefully be able to stop in and say hello and thanks to all of my endorsers, which aren’t many because I don’t play stuff just because its kewl or free or costs less, just like I only play the best guitars because they are the best guitars!
I do endorse several products that you can see on my gear page, and there will be a few slight additions to my repertoire, like the surprise coming from Marshall Amplifiers this next year. You will be able to see these magnificent works of art on the JUDAS PRIEST – Megadeth – TESTAMENT tour coming up in February, in the UK and Europe, as well as Gigantour in the USA and Canada this spring and summer, and around the rest of the world for the following months.
You will also be able to hear these new products on the new record that we are working on in my personal studio, the 12th studio record for Megadeth, so stay posted for uploaded clips of new music at our fan club and all over the Official Megadeth websites.
Thank you for all of your participation in the contests with Megadeth.com and with our Official Megadeth Fan Club – the MFC. On January 1st we are going to be accepting new memberships for the Official Megadeth MegaFanClub again. Stay tuned to details on that too.
Today I will be going over the artwork for the Christmas Card entries and picking the winner. If you entered, cross your fingers, and we will notify the winner and runners up soon.
Lastly, our beloved Webmaster is finalizing the criteria for the “Challenge.” This is going to be a great way for you or someone you know to help their community and do something good with themselves, and do the “pay it forward” kinda thing. As things become clearer, so will what we are going to consider meeting the “Challenge.
Hell, there aren’t really a lot of us, and there are a lot of concerts and we could easily have a lot of people from each city coming back to meet us, if it results in making their cities and their countries and ultimately the world a better place, then just tell me when can we start this?
I am off to seize the day, and will keep you updated here and at all of our “Official Megadeth Circle of Sites.” ANd you can get periodic updates from me and the other band members from TheLiveLine. Just check out their numbers and call them. There is going to be a new site launched for TheLiveLine in the near future and the behind the seens work that is going on is fascinating. I can’t wait to bring this to you “LIVE!”
Guns N’ Roses returned to the U.S. pop charts this week with their first studio album in 17 years … but had to settle for a disappointing No. 3 slot.
“Chinese Democracy” sold a modest 261,000 copies. The tally paled against those of the band’s last studio efforts, “Use Your Illusion I” and “Use Your Illusion II,” which debuted at Nos. 2 and 1, respectively, with sales of 685,000 and 770,000 after being released on the same day in 1991.
Best Buy Senior Entertainment Officer Gary Arnold had predicted “Chinese Democracy” would be the week’s top seller, but it ended up being bested by Kanye West’s new release “808s & Heartbreak” with 450,000 copies and country star Taylor Swift’s former champ “Fearless” with 267,000.
What happened? Wasn’t “Chinese Democracy” one of the most-anticipated and talked-about albums of all time? Wasn’t it so steeped in myth and lore that a massive debut week was all but assured? Maybe not.
The October release of AC/DC’s “Black Ice,” while not a perfect comparison, comes to mind. Like Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC was a band that had been off the radar for a while and opted to partner with one retailer — Wal-Mart — for the release of its own long-awaited new album. “Ice” ultimately chilled with 784,000 copies in its debut week — the veteran group’s best sales frame since tracking firm Nielsen SoundScan started in 1991.
And now we have GNR’s album, in an exclusive deal with Best Buy (and iTunes). And it starts with much less.
So, why didn’t GNR’s number even get close to AC/DC’s?
Wal-Mart gave AC/DC the red-carpet treatment. The retail giant made sure the album had the appearance of an event record — something every Wal-Mart shopper needed to own. If that didn’t convince consumers, maybe their famed store-within-a-store display did.
But at Best Buy, based on reports from Billboard staffers on the ground during release week, the promotion was on a smaller scale.
Beyond the retail promotion of “Chinese Democracy,” what about the intangibles?
Maybe the public got tired of waiting for an album that was probably never going to live up to their expectations? Maybe fans were turned off by the ever-shifting lineup of band members? Maybe it would have sold more had reclusive frontman Axl Rose and his bandmates made a promotional appearance in support of the release? Perhaps it would have started stronger had it been available to all retailers?
Or, maybe pundits should just take a step back, breathe and see where the album goes from here. There very well may be quite a long, healthy road ahead for “Chinese Democracy.”
West may have also been disappointed with the 450,000 start for “808s & Heartbreak.” Many pundits, including some at his Universal Music Group label, had expected his fourth album to have a better week.
His last album, “Graduation,” started at No. 1 with 957,000 last year. Before that, “Late Registration,” chalked up an 860,000-unit entry at No. 1 in 2005. His freshman effort, “The College Dropout,” started at No. 2 with 441,000 in 2004.
New stuff from Motorhead, Airbourne, Sebastian Bach, Guns N’ Roses, Dokken, Danger, Pink Cream 69, Jorn, and M.O.B are on the menu tonight! Plus a ton of classics from KISS, Winger, Iron Maiden, Van Halen and Black Sabbath; deep cuts from Vince Neil, XYZ, Warrant, and Judas Priest! Don’t miss Hard Rock Nights, 9-11 p.m. eastern on 88.9 FM in Cincinnati or classxradio.com WORLDWIDE!
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It seems like three or four times a year a new hard rock tribute CD comes out. Name a big band from the 80’s and they probably have one. In light of Guns N’ Roses “Chinese Democracy” finally seeing the light of day, I decided to check out the latest tribute to L.A.’s finest sleaze rockers.
The song selection on this CD is a pretty good mix, and there are a lot of talented musicians involved on this disc including John Corabi, Jason McMaster, Joe Lynn Turner, Ron Keel, Tracii Guns, and Blues Saraceno.
If anything, this tribute CD made me appreciate just how good Guns N’ Roses really were when the original band was together. Some of my thoughts on the songs included are below:
Jason McMaster is up first with his rendition of “Welcome to the Jungle”. Jason is a good choice to sing this song. He has a similar style of vocals as Axl Rose. The thing is, his voice is not as strong, as Rose’s, and it shows just how powerful the originally tune really was. Richard Kendrick does his best to play those awesome guitar parts by Slash, but he falls flat.
Before this CD, I haven’t ever heard of Rose Reiter. This Canadian songstress turns the G N’ R Classic, “November Rain” into a cool piano based ballad. This gives the song a very melancholy type feel. You will hardly recognize this as a Guns N’ Roses song, but it is a very cool version.
Chris Catena takes a very cool Guns tune, and practically destroys it. He doesn’t have the vocals for “Out to Get Me” and it shows. The backup vocals are practically just as bad. Blues Saraceno is the highlight here. His guitar licks smoke on this track. It is too bad that the vocals don’t fit the music.
Corey Craven handles the vocals and guitar duties on “Dust N Bones”. I haven’t heard of him before, but his vocals are solid enough, and his guitar work is solid enough. The song is pretty much the same rendition of the original song, but it sounds good.
As a whole, this disc made me realize just how much I like the original Guns N’ Roses tunes. When the artists involved in this tribute try to reproduce the original songs they often fall flat. Only the songs are given a unique treatment are truly worth checking out. This is a tribute CD for the Guns N’ Roses die hard fans only.
- Welcome to the Jungle – Jason McMaster/Richard Kendrick
- I Used to Love Her – John Corabi/Tracii Guns/Randy Castillo
- 14 Years – Harry Slash/Felix Hanemann/Arno Hecht/Steve ‘Budgie’ Warner/Tony Moore/Artie Dillon/Joe Lynn Turner
- Locomotive – Urban Preacher
- November Rain – Rose Reiter
- Outta Get Me – Chris Catena/Blues Saraceno
- Dust N’ Bones – Corey Craven
- Don’t Cry – Ron Keel/Randy Cantor
- My Michelle – Charlie Bonnett III
- Move to the City – Chris Heaven/Tracy G
- You’re Crazy (acoustic) – Katet
- Double Talkin’ Jive – Lee Thompson & The Jonez
Megadeth’s “Hangar 18” video is still one of my all time favorites, as is the album it is found on, “Rust In Peace”. Check out “Hangar 18” below.