MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine, ARCH ENEMY's Michael Amott and LAMB OF GOD's Chris Adler recently spoke to Scott Iwasaki of the Deseret Morning News about this year's Gigantour, which kicked off September 6 in Boise, Idaho. A few excerpts from the article follow:Dave Mustaine: "It's a guitar gig. We have been watching and keeping an eye on a lot of bands. If they love playing guitar and play good heavy music that's technically outstanding, then we ask and see if they want to be a part of the tour."
"The first tour last year caught people's attention. And we felt we needed to do another one. I know there are so many people who want to see this become a yearly outing. I'd like to see that." "One of the reasons why I put this tour together was selfish. If there was ever a time that I would have to stop playing, I would want people to know what I have accomplished. All these bands have at one point or another cited Megadeth as an influence in their musical lives. And I'm proud of that." Michael Amott on Mustaine tapping into ARCH ENEMY because of guitar proficiency: "Dave must have gotten it wrong. He must have heard another band and thought it was us. "No, really, we are honored to be on the tour. I mean, he was one of my major influences growing up." On ARCH ENEMY's musical approach: "We wanted to combine death and thrash metal with melodic guitars. When my brother left the band, we had a lot to think about. Each of us realized what ARCH ENEMY meant to us. And it lit us up to be better than we have been in the past. And to be included on Gigantour is an honor." Chris Adler: "One of my musical influences was Gar Samuelson, the original drummer for MEGADETH. So for us going out on tour with MEGADETH is a dream come true." "We had been gradually working our way to bigger venues throughout our career. We started the band back in 1994 and have played everywhere from small holes in the walls to arenas. In arenas, the audience is 20 feet away and sometimes our sound can sound sludgy. "But for us to be where we are now with all the tours, it's great. We're getting in touch with new fans."