Dave Mustaine, the Grammy Award-winning guitarist, lead singer, songwriter and founder of legendary band MEGADETH, is joining San Francisco-based startup Gimme Radio, the world's only 24/7, all-metal streaming radio station as DJ and host of "The Dave Mustaine Show". His first show will air at noon PT / 3 p.m. ET on Thursday, November 9, with a new show airing at that time every Thursday.
During each episode of the "The Dave Mustaine Show", thrash metal's forefather will play whatever he wants for two hours. Dave will showcase the music that has inspired him and influenced him as a musician, while also entertaining listeners with his deep knowledge of the genre, years of war stories from the road, and personal stories of the artists, tours, producers and other celebrities he has met throughout his illustrious career.
Mustaine explains: "I've always wanted to do radio that is strictly my show, my songs, my way. Gimme Radio lets me play what I want to play, and say what I want to say... no restrictions."
Metal is one of the world's most popular music genres, with one of the most dedicated and passionate fan-bases. Despite this fact, music services have largely ignored metal and its sub-genres in favor of mainstream music and computer-generated playlists. In the process, these services promote the same artists and same albums; they have become homogenous and feel similar to commercial radio. They leave fans of music that sits outside the mainstream without a way to discover new, exciting music in the genres they love.
Gimme Radio is different. It plays exclusively metal, and is focused on building a community of energized and connected metalheads from around the world. By enlisting the expertise of DJs like Mustaine, Gimme Radio listeners are treated to the stories and context that bring music to life and make the discovery of new music possible. And Gimme Radio makes it easy metal fans to purchase a vinyl copy of whatever the DJ is playing, and other unique merchandise related to the music.
Since Gimme Radio's launch in June, it has become metal fans' premier destination for music discovery and community. Because Gimme Radio is focused solely on metal, in that time it has forged close alliances with metal labels, news outlets and fans. Now, with the addition of Mustaine to their DJ roster, Gimme Radio is well-poised to reach millions of metal fans from around the globe.
"It's amazing to think that the guy behind 'Killing Is My Business' and 'Peace Sells' and last year's killer record 'Dystopia', a guy who basically invented the thrash genre, is joining Gimme Radio," says Gimme Radio's co-founder and CEO Tyler Lenane. "We've had a preview of what Dave is planning to talk about on some of these shows, and heard some of his stories — and we know that our listeners and his fans are going to be blown away. This show shouldn't be missed by any metal fan."
Today, Gimme Radio is also launching a new mobile app that brings the service to iOS users. Now, it's easier than ever for metal fans to listen to the best in extreme music and connect with other metalheads all over the world. The free app gives listeners a more convenient way to listen to Gimme Radio on the go and in the car. Through the app, fans can listen to their favorite DJs' shows, purchase a vinyl copy of whatever the DJ is playing, add records to their wish-list for purchase at a later time, and participate in the Gimme Live feed to communicate directly with DJs, artists and other fans — and they can headbang 24/7. The Android app with the same features will launch in the coming weeks.
For more information, visit www.gimmeradio.com.