MEGADETH Drummer: 'My Ear Is Really Low To The Ground In Terms Of Metal Bands'

MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover has told The Flint Journal that giving younger bands the opportunity to open for his act is one of Gigantour's goals. The event, founded by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine, features bands hand-chosen by the metal legends.

"It's cool, too, because my ear is really low to the ground in terms of metal bands, young bands, new bands, older bands, whatever," Drover said in an interview with The Flint Journal. "A lot of the time, he'll ask me, 'What do you think of this band?' 'What do you think of that band?' Of course, he'd asked me a little while ago about IN FLAMES and CHILDREN OF BODOM. To me, those bands were no brainers. They're a great addition to the festival, I thought."

Now in its third year, Gigantour has established itself as one of the premier heavy metal tour packages. As a testament to that, Drover said, many of the shows are sold out.

"When we did Gigantour 1, not everybody knew what it was because it wasn't called MEGADETH," Drover said. "Not everybody was familiar with it at first. Now I think just about everybody knows what this festival is. With the band selection and it getting more popular, the results are speaking for themselves."

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