MEGADETH Mainman's Canadian Heritage

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has told the Edmonton Sun that he just found out his heritage can be traced back to the Great White North.

"My sister was doing some genealogy research and she found we were Canadian at one time," said the 47-year-old Mustaine. "My mom was German and my dad was French-Irish, and my dad's side of the family migrated down from Canada at one point.

"When my sister told me that, I thought that was awesome. I've had a Canadian guy in the band for five years now, and I just love that. I used to have two but one retired. So, anyway I went up to Shawn (Drover, the band's Canadian drummer) and told him. He said, 'I knew you were cool for some reason, eh? Now give me some money.' "

MEGADETH and SLAYER — two of the bands that defined the thrash/metal genre — will perform together for the first time in more than 15 years when they co-headline four shows in Canada in late June. The tour, dubbed "Canadian Carnage", will also feature MACHINE HEAD and SUICIDE SILENCE, and will see MEGADETH and SLAYER each closing two of the four shows.

The dates are as follows:

June 24 - GM Place, Vancouver, BC
June 26 - Rexall, Edmonton, AB
June 27 - Saddledome, Calgary, AB
June 29 - MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB


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