During a January 1 Facebook Live session, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson outlined the band's touring plans for the summer. He said (see video below): "It looked like we were gonna have a lot of the year off, and, of course, the phone rings and we go. So go to Megadeth.com [to find the tour dates]. A lot of great stuff coming up across Europe — pretty much a good month and a half. We've got some things… I've seen some things as soon as late April. I know Cinco De Mayo in Mexico City for the Hell & Heaven fest is officially announced, and then we start in Europe — we start over there June 5th, I think it is, up in Oslo with JUDAS PRIEST. So it was fun to talk to Rob Halford about that here in town. We've had so many great years together with PRIEST, so it's really cool to be back doing some shows with them. Maybe even a SCORPIONS show or two over there [in Europe], I believe. So a lot of stuff down in Portugal and Spain and all over — pretty much through mid-July, so we're over there for quite a bit of time. I love going to Europe. I might even try to bring my family over for a little bit, hang out. [My son] Roman will be graduating college in May, so I'm gonna be home for that, of course."
MEGADETH is tentatively planning to enter the studio in mid-2018 to begin recording its new album for a 2019 release. Guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine revealed on Twitter that he was in the process of "collecting ideas" for the follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia".
MEGADETH's upcoming effort will mark the group's first release to feature drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who officially joined the group a year and a half ago.
"Dystopia" was MEGADETH's first album with Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA.
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