One of the greatest heavy metal albums of all time, Megadeth – Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying turns 25 this year. Following in the trend of performing full classic albums on tour, Dave Mustaine has revealed plans to play the entire Peace Sells album live in 2011. Oh hell yeah!
Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine revealed the news to Dave Basner from VH1’s radio network.
“We’ve already had people talk to us about doing that, and I told our Manager that I’m totally interested in doing ‘Peace Sells’ for a 25th anniversary, but I don’t want to do it all year like we did with ‘Rust in Peace’.
[adinserter block=”2″]”I want to do it towards the end of the year. So we’ll do the whole year doing our thing and then come around October, where the end of the year is, you’ve got a quarter of the year left, October, November and December, where we can do the ‘Peace Sells’ thing. You know, when you tour you’ve got to really be creative nowadays and when we tour, we like to tour-tour and then when we do special shows, which are called one-offs, we like to do real key one-offs. And I think it would be really cool to do a hard tour where you’re canvassing all the areas that you need to hit, and then if you do something symbolic like the ‘Peace Sells’ anniversary tour, just do like The Rolling Stones do, do 12 cities around the world.”
I caught Megadeth last year on the American Carnage Tour and they were phenomenal. Megadeth played the entire Rust in Peace album in addition to select favorites. Seeing Dave Mustaine shred those solos live from Rust was like watching Albert Einstein teach a science class. Even in his later years, Mustaine hasn’t lost one step and seeing him perform this album in its entirety is probably the most excited I have been for a tour since Slayer performed the entire Reign in Blood album several years ago.
As much as I loved seeing Dave Mustaine live for the first time in about 15 years the real bummer was the Megadeth set list. Peace Sells is far and away my favorite Megadeth album so I was disappointed when only one song from the album appeared in his set. I have read interviews where Dave said he was dropping a lot of the old material from his set due to his new found religious interests. I get it but there are so many classic riffs on Peace Sells that only getting one song off the album on tour let me down a bit as a 25 year plus Megadeth fan. I have chills just thinking about seeing the entire album live.
The classic album performance is becoming a real successful trend in heavy metal concerts. Both Megadeth and Slayer performed classic albums in their entirety on the American Carnage Tour. Testament generally plays one classic album in their entirety on tour. Several other bands have done the same thing. It is a brilliant move if you think about it as it exposes classic albums to younger audiences and brings back fans that probably stopped going to concerts years ago.
[adinserter block=”1″]Megadeth have been touring machines since releasing Endgame in 2009. Endgame has seemed to really revitalize the band and open them up to new audiences. I think Endgame is great and arguably their best album since Rust. The lineup is awesome and they sound tight as ever live. You really have to take your hat off to Dave Mustaine for the commitment and preservation that he has for this band at age 49.
Megadeth will hit the United States this summer first for a one-off Big Four show and then as part of the summer long Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with In Flames, Disturbed, Godsmack, and Machine Head. The tour ends August 14. So my guess is that any kind of a Peace Sells tour or mini-tour probably wouldn’t happen until October or November.
Or maybe they save it until 2011 and include it in their set as part of the Big Four U.S. Tour. Now that would be epic!
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