Big sound, big show
With a name that sounds like a creature Godzilla battled in a Japanese monster movie, Gigantour travels the country in search of hard rock / heavy metal fans.
It invades Youngstown on Wednesday with a show at the Covelli Centre.
Headlining the tour is Megadeth, and Gigantour is the brainchild of frontman Dave Mustaine, who mounted the first tour in 2005. It coincides with the release of ”Super Collider,” Megadeth’s 14th studio album.
In the press release for the disc, Mustaine says, “‘Super Collider’ itself is more about the metaphoric climax from having a good time with other people, which is comparable to those atoms colliding with one another, and the orgasmic explosion which comes after it. It’s also about that person at the top of the mountain, reaching down to help someone else to the top, showing them a better place, a higher road to travel.”
Joining Megadeth for Gigantour will be Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division.
In some ways, a more accurate name for this collection of acts could be the ”Used to Be With …” tour. Mustaine was an early member of Metallica (he was booted from the band in ’83), and he won’t be the only former Metallica member on stage Wednesday.
The tour will give metal fans a first listen to Newsted, the new band fronted by former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted, who played with the band from 1986 to 2001. Newsted’s debut album, ”Heavy Metal Music,” is set for release on Aug. 6. Newsted has played in several other bands since leaving Metallica, including Echobrain, Voivod, Supernova and WhoCares.
Black Label Society is led by Zakk Wylde, who first gained fame playing lead guitar for Ozzy Osbourne, and his Black Label Society was a fixture on the OzzFest tours.
Device is a collaboration between former Disturbed frontman David Draiman and Geno Leonardo (formerly with Filter). The two first collaborated on a song for the soundtrack of the movie ”Underworld: Awakening” and decided to keep working together.
“It started to develop very naturally and organically,” Draiman says in the press release for the band’s self-titled debut, which was released in April. “Geno is a brilliant songwriter in his own right and a tremendously talented sound designer as far as the electronic palette is concerned. Together, we made this monster. It’s not metal. It’s got a dark electronic vibe. At the same time, these are big, anthemic, and intensely melodic songs. It’s futuristic rock.”
Hellyeah features Vinne Paul, a founding member of Pantera and Damageplan, performing with lead singer Chad Gray and lead guitar player Greg Tribbett (both originally with Mudvayne), Nothingface guitar player Tom Maxwell and Paul’s old Damageplan bandmate Bob Zilla on bass.
And Death Division includes Jerry Montano, who was the original bass player for Hellyeah.