MEGADETH has premiered the video for its new single, "Post American World", along with complete details for the fall dates for the North American leg of their "Dystopia" world tour. The trek kicks off in Casper, Wyoming on September 20 and will take them across the U.S., visiting 16 states with special guests to include AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and HAVOK.
Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday, July 22. Check Megadeth.com for specific market info and local on-sale times and dates. There will also be an exclusive pre-sale for MEGADETH fan club members. Pre-sale tickets for Megadeth Cyber Army club members will begin on Tuesday, July 19 at 10 a.m. local time at Cyberarmy.megadeth.com.
Sep. 20 - Casper Events Center - Casper, WY+
Sep. 22 - The Joint - Las Vegas, NV
Sep. 24 - “Ozzfest” San Manuel Amphitheater - Devore, CA * +
Sep. 27 - WaMu Theater - Seattle, WA
Sep. 28 - Matthew Knight Arena - Eugene, OR
Sep. 29 - City National Civic - San Jose, CA
Oct. 01 - 1st Bank Center - Bloomfield, CO
Oct. 03 - Mid America Recreation & Conv. Complex - Council Bluffs, IA
Oct. 04 - Roy Wilkins Auditorium - St. Paul, MN
Oct. 05 - Sears Centre - Chicago, IL
Oct. 07 - iWireless Center - Moline, IL
Oct. 08 - UWM Panther Arena - Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 09 - Joe Louis Arena - Detroit, MI
Oct. 11 - Sands Event Center - Bethlehem, PA
Oct. 12 - DCU Center - Worcester, MA
Oct. 13 - Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT
Oct. 14 - Prudential Center - Newark, NJ
Oct. 16 - BB&T Pavilion - Camden, NJ
* Festival date
+ Non-SUICIDAL TENDENCIES date
Meanwhile, the current single "Post American World" takes an unflinching and timely look at the state of the modern world, and the dark vision of the Jake Macpherson-directed video takes the subject matter in still more menacing directions. Most other artists are unwilling to tread in this territory, preferring veiled metaphors, or more often, completely ignoring the most important topics of our day. But with their current album "Dystopia", MEGADETH refused to compromise their craft and identity, and as such have again set the pace for modern metal.
MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine comments: "The filming of 'Post American World' was an eerie video shoot right from the beginning. Shot in just one day with only our guitars and drums, I knew that this was going to be amazing. There is something to be said about the simplicity of an artist and only his guitar or drums. This is clearly a 'less is more' concept and director Jake Macpherson nailed it!"
Mustaine recently told Noisey about "Post American World":"It talks about how you might not like the America that it is right now, and people are saying, 'Get the fuck out of my country, we don't want your military presence here, we don't want that,' but then there's a dichotomy at how quickly do people want to move here? There are so many things that have happened that have been good for places to have that Western mentality, but the same thing, you look at democratic countries, the U.K., Canada, stuff like that, that's pretty much considered the new frontier, the new West, so I'm not just saying a post-United States of America world."
Mustaine told the Houston Press that he considered "Post American World" to be a spiritual (and riff-wise) follow-up to MEGADETH's popular track "Symphony Of Destruction".
"There are all kinds of governmental backdoor meetings and agreements that [the U.S. government] has with people that you and I as Joe Q. Six-Pack have no fucking idea of the why, whens or how," Mustaine said. "People don't want America everywhere. And we can be like, 'Okay, screw it. We'll pull out.' And then they can see what happens."
Check out the clip at this location.
In addition to Mustaine, MEGADETH's current touring lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren.