One of the best thrash metal bands on the planet, Americans Megadeth were awarded plaques in honor of RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) certification for platinum sales of 1992’s “Symphony Of Destruction” and the gold status of 1986’s “Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?” and 1990’s “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”. The presentation took place the evening of August 24 after they played to a full house at the FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California at a concert with Five Finger Death Punch.
Megadeth kicked off their U.S. tour for the summer of 2022 with Five Finger Death Punch on August 19 in Ridgefield, Washington. The tour, which will also feature Mongolian musicians The HU Band, will conclude on October 15 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
New Megadeth album The Sick, the Dying … and the Dead! will be released on September 2 of this year. For now, they’ve started playing their new material live. The song “We’ll Be Back” was first premiered on August 24 at FivePoint Amphitheatre in Irvine, California, and it sounded pretty great. A video of the performance filmed by fans can be seen below.
In a recent interview, Mustaine was asked why Megadeth didn’t play any of their new singles live, he said:
We are adding two songs to our set; we are adding Night Stalkers and We’ll Be Back. Hopefully we’ll be able to add Soldier On! by then too. But a lot of that is dictated by the radio support and the listeners’ tastes.
When certain songs our fans like to hear, we’ll add them into the setlist if we can. If there’s a song that we’re playing in the setlist and people aren’t responding to it, well, obviously we’re gonna do the opposite and take it out of the setlist. This is all part of the showbiz part. A lot of people don’t care about that; they just wanna rock.