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Megadeth Tease “Kegadeth” Music and Beer Festival

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Back in June, Dave Mustaine teased in an interview that he was working on putting together a Megadeth-themed touring festival for 2019 that could serve as a replacement of sorts for Gigantour, which last hit the road in 2013. Now he’s done spilled the beans again in an interview with Full Metal Jackie, revealing plans for a traveling, Megadeth-themed music and beer festival dubbed Kegadeth (lol). This in addition to the Megacruise, a Megadeth-themed and curated cruise ship that was teased last week, details still forthcoming.

Here’s what we know about Kegadeth so far, via Dave:

Dave, tell us about a timeline of what we can expect going through the end of the year and into next year of what you have in the works?

“So, If I went chronologically down the list of everything that’s going on right now, we’re working on wrapping up the music, I’m working on a new band that Thrashville manages called Down to Ride. We’re working on their music and they’re still trying to decide if that’s the name they’re going to use or not and we are working on the Megacruise, we’re working on Kegadeth, which is a metal music and craft beer festival that we created based around the new beer.

“Then next year we hope to have a record out. This October 27th we’ll be headlining Jakarta – were taking the holidays off and we’ll be working on the new record next year. We start around March, I’m going to be doing a very special experience where I’m going to be going out for a month and playing some concerts.

“So after Kegadeth we have something also next year, of course, we have the experience starting in March – and after that we do a month worth of kegadeth and then we’ve got some dates in the Summer, and then in the Fall again we’re going to do a camping plan with the Kegadeth festival and then more Kegadeth dates.

“Then obviously a Megadeth tour to support record number 16. And I use my social media stuff to help explain what’s going on with us and we’re really super excited about this next year with everything that is going on with the new record. I gotta tell you, Jackie, I feel so confident about the band – the lineup – the way the guys are playing. I’ve known Junior [aka bassist Dave Ellefson] forever and he is playing better than he ever has.

“Then listening to Kiko — Kiko is remarkable. His music playing is so emotional. I’m excited, I can’t wait and I hope that you come into the studio and visit us. It’d be great to have maybe some way to bring listeners in to listen to some recordings live.”

It’s interesting to me that Mustaine is differentiating between Kegadeth and “a Megadeth tour” to support the band’s next record, which would seem to suggest that fans might not get the full Megadeth experience at Kegadeth. Perhaps the band will play an abbreviated set? Or even not play at all (hey, it works for Knotfest / Slipknot)? Or maybe I’m reading too much into it. We’ll find out soon enough.

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