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2nd January 2017

dave mustaine

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed on Twitter that he is a supporter of English Premier League football (soccer) team Arsenal.

Dave, who is always friendly, sociable, open and honest on Twitter - unless riled by ignorance or stupidity - was asked by Twitter user Acorde Disonan what his dog's name is and he replied: "The girl's dog is Gunnar, named after a poseur named Gunnar! Hahaha!"

Presumably Dave means former Manchester United striker Ole Gunnar Solskjær who played for The Red Devils during Alex Ferguson's time as Old Trafford manager when United's rivalry with Arsenal was at it's fiercest.

Dave was later asked directly by a user called Will whether he has a team he supports and he named the Emirates Stadium based Gunners who are third in the Premier League at the time of writing.

Megadeth, formed in Los Angeles in 1983 after Dave left Metallica, are currently enjoying a rich vein of form. They played a remarkable performance at last year's Download Festival, after which Dave spoke well at The Golden Gods Awards at Hammersmith Odeon in London.

The band were also recently nominated for a Grammy in the 'Best Metal Performance' category for the title track of their current critically acclaimed 'Dystopia' album. Check it out here:

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Megadeth, Download Festival, June 2016

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Dave at the Golden Gods, June 2016

Yesterday, New Year's Day, in the first really big news of 2017, Bloodstock announced Megadeth as their Sunday night headliner. Amon Amarth were previously announced as Friday night headliner.

Dave told us: "We kick off 2017 by announcing we'll be headlining Sunday night at Bloodstock, one of my favourite, purely Metal, British festivals. Megadeth had a blast last time and I can't wait to bring the Dystopia World Tour to Bloodstock this Summer. See ya at Catton Park in August!"

Bloodstock also announced their very popular ticket deposit scheme. The payment plan helps ease the 'big lump' shock of paying for your standard weekend ticket by breaking it up into five smaller, more manageable sums. You can sign up in the ticket store at any time from now until 28th Feb, with an initial payment of £34.80 payable on sign-up. Thereafter, four additional instalments of £27.80 will debit your bank account on 1st April, May, June and July respectively. Get full details right here.

Already announced for 2017 are Friday's headliners Amon Amarth plus Blind Guardian, Hatebreed, Testament, Obituary, Brujeria, Whitechapel, Possessed, Hell and Decapitated. Many more are still to be announced.

Perhaps Megadeth can play a gig at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium sometime? Both Muse and Green Day played there in 2013, as well as bands from other musical genres not suitable for this site and while Megadeth may not be in the same league as Muse commercially, don't rule anything out from a band that has continually defied the odds for decades now, in true Heavy Metal spirit.

It is not known whether long-time Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is a Megadeth fan.



monsters of rock

Monsters Of Rock In Full Flight is stricylt limited to 300 worldwide and is available from 30th November but those ordering before 31st October will have their name published within a dedicated page in the book.

It's a deluxe 128 page hardback book in a metal flight case with a narrative by Jerry Bloom.

When promoter Paul Loasby put on the first Monsters Of Rock Festival in 1980 he could probably never have imagined it would become an annual event that would endure for so many years.

Featuring bands from the UK, Germany, Canada and USA, Loasby chose to stage the event at the Donington race circuit in the middle of England and it would prove to be a defining moment for many of the bands on the bill.

Not least for headliners Rainbow as it was the their last ever show to feature drum legend Cozy Powell. As it would happen it turned out to be the last for vocalist Graham Bonnet as well. For many of the other bands on the bill such as Scorpions, Judas Priest and Saxon, they were all on the ascendancy and would soon go on to even greater success.

Now in celebration of this first ever Monsters Of Rock Festival comes this hardback book full of glorious photos of the bands that took to the stage for that inaugural event including back stage shots. Most of these shots have not been published before which add to the uniqueness of this deluxe 128-page book which is packaged in its own flight case.

Also included are stories surrounding the event with tales and recollections from those who were there, including artists and fans alike. Each book will be signed by the author. The 300 will sell fast and definitely go on to become collector's items so order yours now right here to avoid disappointment.



Here's a fabulous Aerosmith pictorial document as seen through the lens of famed British photographer Tony Mottram. Tony photographed the band over many years for various magazines and now has a monthly column here on MetalTalk.

As was often the case, only one photo ever got published and in the fast moving world of weekly magazines sometimes entire sessions would be done and left undeveloped.

Tony started shooting Aerosmith from towards the end of the period with Jimmy Crespo and Rick Dufay and onwards through the return of original members Joe Perry and Brad Whitford that resulted in the albums 'Done With Mirrors', 'Permanent Vacation' and 'Pump'.


As well as shooting the band several times in England, this collection includes images from a session at the band's rehearsal room in Boston. Littered throughout is a mixture of live and off stage photos including a selection of photos taken at London's famous Marquee club when they were joined on stage by Jimmy Page.

This limited edition hardback book, presented in a flight case and printed on silk paper, is an opportunity to own a unique selection of photos, most of which have never seen the light of day before.

This unique item is presented in an aluminium flight case and will be published in late November. Earlybird subscribers who order by 31st October will have their name printed within a dedicated page in the book.

To be sure not to miss out on this unique, future collector's item, hit the PayPal button here:

Publication date: 31st November 2017
ISBN: 978-1-908724-81-6
Format: Casebound.
Pages: 128 pages, printed on 170 gsm, silk paper.
Size: A4 landscape.


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