Megadeth announced today that Dave Mustaine has overseen the upcoming 20th anniversary release of the band's most popular album 'Countdown To Extinction.' The album, which intitially went double platinum after it's 1992 release, will be re-issued as a double-CD set and digital album on November 6 via Capitol/EMI. The double cd-set is packaged in a lift-top box and will contain a remastered version of the album, with a second disc compiling an entire live set recorded at San Francisco's Cow Palace in 1992, which has never before been released in it's entirety. Megadeth have also scheduled U.S. tour dates in November and December, with the band performing the complete album live.
Liner notes have also been written by music journalist Kory Grow, and the reissue includes a 24 x 36 poster and four postcards featuring head shots of each member from the Countdown lineup.
Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth's fifth studio album, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King triAl Verdicts. American tensions weren't limited to LA, by any means, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people's minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season.
Out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create Countdown to Extinction, considered by many to be the band's best and most accessible album. The group's previous albums, including So Far, So Good…So What! and Rust in Peace, included songs that tackled topics like censorship and religious bloodletting in the Middle East. But none were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by 'Countdown.' Megadeth laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war ("Architecture of Aggression") to the senseless brutality of caged hunting ("Countdown to Extinction"). "Foreclosure of a Dream" sampled George Bush's infamous "Read my lips" speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.
Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, Countdown to Extinction became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play. Spin magazine raved that 'Countdown' "may just be the finest thrash-metal album ever made," and before long, songs like "Symphony of Destruction," "Sweating Bullets," and "Skin O' My Teeth" had entered metal's canon of essential recordings. The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus' long chart-topping reign with Some Gave All), and it was certified double Platinum in the U.S. within two years, with sales of more than two million copies.
Megadeth was in top form, with Mustaine, the band's then 31-year-old singer and guitarist leading the album's assault with lyrics like "You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of aggression," not to mention his venomous rhythm guitar attack. His band mates completed the picture, as lead guitarist Marty Friedman blazed with memorable solos, bassist David Ellefson jammed dizzying arrays of low-end thunder, and drummerNick Menza attacked his kit. Megadeth sounded hungry, and the band was rewarded when the album earned a GRAMMY Award nomination (Best Metal Performance) and when its title cut garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising awareness for animal rights issues.
Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Edition:
1. Skin O' My Teeth
2. Symphony Of Destruction
3. Architecture Of Aggression
4. Foreclosure Of A Dream
5. Sweating Bullets
6. This Was My Life
7. Countdown To Extinction
8. High Speed Dirt
10. Captive Honour
11. Ashes In Your Mouth
CD 2 - Live At Cow Palace, 1992:
2. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due
3. Skin O' My Teeth
4. Wake Up Dead
5. Hangar 18
6. Countdown To Extinction
7. Foreclosure Of A Dream
8. This Was My Life
10. Sweating Bullets
11. In My Darkest Hour
12. The Conjuring
14. Ashes In Your Mouth
15. Symphony Of Destruction
Nov. 9 - Providence, RI - Lupo's
Nov. 10 - Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre
Nov. 11 - Worcester, MA - The Palladium
Nov. 13 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
Nov. 14 - Sayreville, CT - Starland Ballroom
Nov. 16 - Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues
Nov. 17 - Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre
Nov. 19 - Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater
Nov. 20 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
Nov. 24 - Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues
Nov. 25 - Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore
Nov. 26 - Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle
Nov. 28 - Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre
Dec. 1 - Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair
Dec. 2 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Dec. 4 - Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre
Dec. 6 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
Dec. 7 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre
'Rock Of Ages,' the film adaptation of the hit Broadway musical staring Tom Cruise, Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on October 9th.
The Blu-ray will feature an extended cut of the film, with an extra 13 minutes of footage. There will also be a segment called "So It Started In A Bar" that discusses the creation of the stage musical that led to the film.
"Rock Of Ages" Blu-ray special features:
* "Legends of The Sunset Strip" - Rock stars Def Leppard, Poison, Whitesnake, Foreigner, Twisted Sister, Bon Jovi and many more relive the music and vibe of the extraordinary Sunset Strip.
* "Defining a Decade" - Julianne Hough, Diego Boneta, Russell Brand, Tom Cruise, Mary J. Blidge, Catherine Zeta-Jones, director Adam Shankman and others to show us inside the world of the late '80s!
* The '80s Look - a look at the flawlessly researched and spellbinding look of rock and roll in the '80s.
* It's All About The Moves - Adam Shankman and Mia Michaels show us the choreography and the moves.
* The Sunset Strip - Recreate the Hollywood sign and the Sunset Strip of the '80s.
* The Tease - How to hair. '80s style.
* Raising The Bar - A look at the historical significance of the real "Sunset Strip" clubs in the '80s and how they shaped the design of the "Bourbon Room" in the movie.
* Connection to the Music - the cast talk about their personal connection with the music of "Rock Of Ages".
* "So It Started In A Bar" - the story behind the creation of the five-time Tony-nominated, Broadway phenomenon "Rock Of Ages".
* "Any Way You Want It" – Music Featurette
"Rock Of Ages" earned an under performing $15.1 million in its opening weekend this past June from 3,470 theaters for a per-screen average of $4,340. The film has only grossed $38.5 million domestically, not close to matching its reported $75 million production budget.
Tom Cruise stars in "Rock Of Ages" as Stacee Jaxx, an aging musician whose glory days are long past. The movie is a love story told through the music of Pat Benatar, Bon Jovi, Journey, Poison, Twisted Sister and other artists from the 1980s.
The Who's Pete Townshend will receive the Les Paul Award at the 28th annual Technical Excellence & Creativity (TEC) Awards, scheduled to take place on January 25th in Anaheim, California. Townshend will be presented with the prize by Paul's son, Russ, on behalf of the award's sponsor, the Les Paul Foundation. The award is presented annually to honor individuals or institutions that have set the highest standards of excellence in the creative application of audio and music technology. Previous honorees include Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Brian Wilson, Neil Young, Sting, Al Kooper and Stevie Wonder.
Les Paul Foundation executive Michael Braunstein says in a statement, "Following in Les' footsteps, Pete Townshend personifies both guitar wizardry and technical prowess in both studio and live music performance. He is a true original and a natural choice for the Les Paul Award honor."
One of the most influential rock bands of all time, The Who set the gold standard for rock and roll. Starting in the mid-1960s, Pete Townshend was at the helm, larger than life on stage and living out the angst of a generation in his music. Classics like My Generation, The Kids Are Alright, I Can See for Miles, Pinball Wizard, and Won’t Get Fooled Again spoke from the heart for a youthful audience trying to make sense of the world. Townshend wrapped these powerful songs with incendiary guitar technique and band arrangements that spanned from elegant to bombastic, usually both simultaneously.
Townshend is responsible for having written over 100 songs and rock operas in the band’s important catalog. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. He resides in West London, where he was raised, and is currently on a world tour with The Who performing their groundbreaking rock opera, Quadrophenia, for its 40th Anniversary.
The TEC Awards will be held on the second night of the NAMM Show and is expected to attract more than 1,000 audio and music professionals from around the world. Proceeds of the ceremony provide scholarships for students of the audio arts and sciences, and support programs promoting safe hearing in the music environment, an issue of special importance to Townshend.
Sebastian Bach to be part of ‘Are You Smarter Than a Rock Star?’ finale on September 25th at KISS by Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas
KISS By Monster Mini Golf, the unique rock ‘n roll-themed amusement attraction based around the legendary band KISS; announces SEBASTIAN BACH as the rock star to beat in the grand finale of Are You Smarter Than a Rock Star? The original voice of SKID ROW will sit in the hot seat on Tuesday, September 25th, 7 PM,. at KISS by Monster Mini Golf where competitors will battle it out for the ultimate grand prize; three days to jam at Rock ‘n’ Roll Fantasy Camp with Sebastian Bach and the rock god himself, GENE SIMMONS. Before the contest fans are also invited to a one hour meet and greet session starting at 5 PM.
“The response for Are You Smarter Than A Rock Star? has been awesome. Every week it gets bigger and bigger,” stated Christina Vitagliano, founder of KISS By Monster Mini Golf. “Contestants still have a chance to claim their spot at the grand finale by participating in the remaining Tuesday nights of our contest.”
Remaining Lineup for Are You Smarter Than A Rock Star?
Tuesday, September 11th - 7 PM - Sixth Round with Blas Elias of SLAUGHTER
Tuesday, September 18th - 7 PM - Seventh Round with Ron Keel of KEEL
Tuesday, September 25th - 7 PM - Grand Finale with Sebastian Bach
Other ‘rock stars’ that have participated in the eight week contest include: Oz Fox of STRYPER, Brent Muscat of FASTER PUSSYCAT, Zach Throne of THE HEIGHTS, Bruce Kulick of KISS and Frank Dimino of ANGEL. Are You Smarter Than a Rock Star? started on Tuesday, August 7th and will close with a grand finale on Tuesday, September 25th, at KISS by Monster Mini Golf.
To get more info or sign up visit monsterminigolf.com/kiss
Former KISS drummer Peter Criss will publish his memoir, titled 'Makeup To Breakup,' via Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner on October 23rd. A description of the book reads: "Legendary founding KISS drummer Peter “Catman” Criss has lived an incredible life in music, from the streets of Brooklyn to the social clubs of New York City to the ultimate heights of rock ’n’ roll success and excess. KISS formed in 1973 and broke new ground with their elaborate makeup, live theatrics, and powerful sound. The band emerged as one of the most iconic hard rock acts in music history. Peter Criss, the Catman, was the heartbeat of the group. From an elevated perch on his pyrotechnic drum riser, he had a unique vantage point on the greatest rock show of all time, with the KISS Army looking back at him night after night."
"Peter Criscuola had come a long way from the homemade drum set he pounded on nonstop as a kid growing up in Brooklyn in the fifties. He endured lean years, street violence, and the rollercoaster music scene of the sixties, but he always knew he’d make it. Makeup to Breakup is Peter Criss’s eye-opening journey from the pledge to his ma that he’d one day play Madison Square Garden to doing just that. He conquered the rock world—composing and singing his band’s all-time biggest hit, “Beth” (1976)—but he also faced the perils of stardom and his own mortality, including drug abuse, treatment in 1982, near-suicides, two broken marriages, and a hard-won battle with breast cancer.
Criss opens up with a level of honesty and emotion previously unseen in any musician’s memoir. Makeup to Breakup is the definitive and heartfelt account of one of rock’s most iconic figures, and the importance of faith and family. Rock ’n’ roll has been chronicled many times, but never quite like this."
Criss wrote the book with Larry “Ratso” Sloman, who is best known as Howard Stern’s collaborator on what were then the two fastest selling books in publishing history, 'Private Parts' and 'Miss America.' Sloman’s recent collaborations include 'Mysterious Stranger,' with magician David Blaine, and 'Scar Tissue,' the memoir of Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis—both books were New York Times bestsellers. Read the first chapter of the book and pre-order at amazon.com. Scroll to bottom of the page for first chapter.