Rob Zombie and Megadeth co-headline tour in May
Rob Zombie and Megadeth have just announced a co-headlining tour guaranteed to raise the temperature on the planet. The trek, which marks the first time the two bands have toured together, kicks off Friday, May 11 in Holmdel, NJ and encompasses high-profile appearances at several rock festivals, including Rock On The Range and Rocklahoma. Rob Zombie will headline Rocklahoma, co-line (with Incubus) Rock On The Range, and will close all shows on the Megadeth dates. The tour wraps Saturday, March 26 at Rocklahoma – a list of confirmed dates is below.
The tour will come on the heels of Megadeth’s critically acclaimed return of the traveling festival Gigantour, created and curated by frontman Dave Mustaine. Rave reviews have poured in for the festival, which also features Motorhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil. “The return of Gigantour, a nicely curated package tour of heavy metal bands, is just one more step in a great run underway by Megadeth,” wrote the Boston Globe. “It was a smart and well-paced show, one that illuminated metal’s various angles (1/31/12).”
Twenty-eleven also marked the release of Megadeth’s 13th album, the appropriately titled TH1RT3EN. Released November 1 on Roadrunner Records, the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and #1 on the Billboard Hard Rock chart. The album also landed on international charts including Top 10 placements in Argentina, Finland, Korea and Japan. Megadeth – Mustaine, drummer Shawn Drover, guitarist Chris Broderick and bassist David Ellefson – also received their tenth Grammy nomination for this project, earning a “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” nomination for their single “Public Enemy #1.” The “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Performance” category was eerily, category #13.
This will be Rob Zombie’s first concert tour since last summer’s “Hell on Earth” co-headline trek with Slayer. Zombie spent last fall and winter shooting his sixth feature film, “The Lords of Salem” that he wrote and directed and is making with the producers of the “Paranormal Activity” franchise. With principal photography completed, the film is currently in post-production.
Never one to play it safe, Zombie – with guitarist John 5, bassist Piggy D, and Ginger Fish on drums – will bring his legendary stage show out in full force on these dates. Audiences will get what they expect from a Rob Zombie show – an amped-up, non-stop barrage of sin, sex and Satan guaranteed to rip your face off, a true rock and roll spectacle at its finest.
With more than 15 million albums sold, seven Grammy nominations, the helming of five major motion pictures (including the #1 record-breaking “Halloween”), dozens of music videos, TV shows and last summer’s strangely celebrated “Woolite” TV commercial where he showed the hidden terrors of doing laundry, Zombie is truly a force to be reckoned with in today’s entertainment landscape. For over 25 years, his unique meld of horror and hard rock has influenced his sound as a musician, and his vision as a director and writer. Plans are for a new Rob Zombie album to be completed later this year.