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September 10, 2012

Megadeth to celebrate 20th anniversary of ‘Countdown’

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has personally overseen a new 20th Anniversary Edition of the band’s most popular album, 1992’s double Platinum-certified Countdown to Extinction, to be released November 6th by Capitol/EMI. After wrapping up their “TH1RT3EN World Tour” this fall, Megadeth will perform the acclaimed album in its entirety on their “Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour” this November and December (dates and pre-sale / on sale details below).

Presented in a 2CD lift-top box and digitally, Countdown to Extinction’s new commemorative edition pairs the remastered original album with a 1992 concert, recorded live at San Francisco’s Cow Palace, which has never before been released in its entirety. The concert audio has been newly remixed for this release. The physical and digital versions both include a booklet with a new liner notes essay by music journalist Kory Grow, and the 2CD box also contains a 24” x 36” poster and four collectible postcards.

Countdown to Extinction, Megadeth’s fifth studio album, was recorded in Los Angeles in 1992 as rioting raged across the city in response to the Rodney King trial verdicts. American tensions weren’t limited to LA, by any means, as the Gulf War was still fresh in people’s minds, the state of the environment was becoming headline news, and President George H.W. Bush was seeking reelection in a heated campaign season.

Out of this turmoil, Megadeth was inspired to create Countdown to Extinction, considered by many to be the band’s best and most accessible album. The group’s previous albums, including So Far, So Good…So What! and Rust in Peace, included songs that tackled topics like censorship and religious bloodletting in the Middle East. But none were as polemical as the sonic missiles launched by ‘Countdown.’ Megadeth laced the songs with acid-tongued commentary about subjects ranging from the futility of war (“Architecture of Aggression”) to the senseless brutality of caged hunting (“Countdown to Extinction”). “Foreclosure of a Dream” sampled George Bush’s infamous “Read my lips” speech, making a statement about taxation endangering the American Dream.

Thanks to a perfect balance of hard-rock song structures, epic choruses, and fleet-fingered guitar work, Countdown to Extinction became an instant classic, benefiting from copious MTV and radio play. Spin magazine raved that ‘Countdown’ “may just be the finest thrash-metal album ever made,” and before long, songs like “Symphony of Destruction,” “Sweating Bullets,” and “Skin O’ My Teeth” had entered metal’s canon of essential recordings. The album shot to No. 2 on the Billboard chart (it may have hit No. 1, if not for Billy Ray Cyrus’ long chart-topping reign with Some Gave All), and it was certified double Platinum in the U.S. within two years, with sales of more than two million copies.

Megadeth was in top form, with Mustaine, the band’s then 31-year-old singer and guitarist leading the album’s assault with lyrics like “You know your worth when your enemies praise your architecture of aggression,” not to mention his venomous rhythm guitar attack. His band mates completed the picture, as lead guitarist Marty Friedman blazed with memorable solos, bassist David Ellefson jammed dizzying arrays of low-end thunder, and drummer Nick Menza attacked his kit. Megadeth sounded hungry, and the band was rewarded when the album earned a GRAMMY Award nomination (Best Metal Performance) and when its title cut garnered a Genesis Award from the Humane Society for raising awareness for animal rights issues.


Megadeth: Countdown to Extinction (20th Anniversary Edition) [2CD, digital]

CD 1

Skin O’ My Teeth
Symphony of Destruction
Architecture of Aggression
Foreclosure of a Dream
Sweating Bullets
This Was My Life
Countdown To Extinction
High Speed Dirt
Captive Honour
Ashes In Your Mouth

CD 2 – Live At Cow Palace, 1992

1. Intro

2. Holy Wars . . . The Punishment Due

3. Skin O’ My Teeth

4. Wake Up Dead

5. Hangar 18

6. Countdown to Extinction

7. Foreclosure Of A Dream

8. This Was My Life

9. Lucretia

10. Sweating Bullets

11. In My Darkest Hour

12. The Conjuring

13. Tornado

14. Ashes In Your Mouth

15. Symphony Of Destruction

16. Peace Sells

17. Anarchy In the UK


Megadeth: “Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour”

Megadeth Fan Club Pre-sale starts Wednesday, September 12

Local pre-sales start Thursday, September 13

On sale Friday, September 14


9 Providence, RI Lupo’s at the Strand

10 Huntington, NY Paramount Theatre

11 Worcester, MA The Palladium

13 Wallingford, CT Oakdale Theatre

14 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom

16 Atlantic City, NJ House Of Blues

17 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre

19 Stroudsburg, PA Sherman Theater

20 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

24 Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues

25 Charlotte, NC Fillmore

26 Atlanta, GA The Tabernacle

28 Kansas City, MO Midland Theatre


1 Salt Lake City, UT Great Saltair

2 Boise, ID Knitting Factory

4 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Theatre

6 Las Vegas, NV House Of Blues

7 Pomona, CA Fox Theatre



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