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Tour by Megadeth
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Legs 7

Gigantour is the name of a sporadically organised traveling heavy metal music festival organized by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. The tour was founded in 2005 with dates across North America (see also Gigantour 2005), and the 2006 and 2007 line-ups also traveled to Australia. The bands appearing at the festival were chosen by Mustaine because he wanted to "put together a festival that consisted of positive bands that play heavy music in a high energy environment."[1] The tour is set as an alternative to tours such as Ozzfest.[2] The name "Gigantour" was inspired by the classic 1960s anime Gigantor.[1] The most recent Gigantour took place in 2013.

The Festival[edit]

The lineup of the inaugural Gigantour was composed of bands that Dave Mustaine particularly enjoyed touring with in the past. Mustaine invited Dream Theater, Nevermore and Overkill. The subsequent editions of Gigantour also featured Mustaine's personal choices, such as Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Fear Factory.

Festival Album[edit]

A live album culled from Gigantour festival shows in Montreal (September 2, 2005) and Vancouver (September 9, 2005) was released on CD August 22, 2006 and on DVD September 5, 2006. The album features performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Life of Agony, Nevermore, Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex.

Gigantour 2: North America (2006)[edit]


Main Stage[edit]

Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy

Second Stage[edit]

Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp

Tour Dates[edit]



Notable incidents[edit]

Guest singers[edit]

At the September 23 show in Columbus, Ohio, Angela Gossow joined Megadeth onstage during the second half of "Peace Sells". Earlier in the show, during Overkill's final song, two members of Lamb of God joined them onstage.[citation needed].

At the September 25 show in Toronto, Angela Gossow, Randy Blythe, and Bobby "Blitz" Ellsworth joined Megadeth on stage and sang the final part of "Peace Sells" with him.

Lack of a second stage on some tour stops[edit]

At the September 9 show in San Diego, September 24 in Clarkston Michigan, and September 29 show in Boston, there was no second stage. The bands that performed were, in order of appearance, Overkill, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Lamb of God, and Megadeth.

Mike Portnoy jams with Overkill[edit]

September 30, 2006 - Holmdel, NJ[edit]

Mike Portnoy from Dream Theater joined Overkill on stage for their song "Elimination".

Molson Amphitheater[edit]

While playing in the September 25 show in Toronto, towards the beginning of Megadeth's set, Dave Mustaine underwent technical problems relating to his guitar, resulting in him throwing his guitar across the stage and walking off. The then band finished the song without Mustaine, and then followed him offstage. After fifteen minutes of chanting from the crowd, Megadeth finally returned to the stage, and with a brief apology from Dave, continued playing through their set.

Salt Lake City/Ecenter[edit]

While Lamb of God was on stage performing, someone spilled beer all over the soundboard, which did not interfere with Lamb of God's set. However, Megadeth received some technical problems during their second set. Dave Mustaine got angry and threatened to "beat the hell out of whoever did it" and asked the crowd to bring the culprit to him. Dave then walked off stage for roughly 20 minutes until the problem was fixed. This can be seen in the special features of the Gigantour 2 DVD.

Gigantour 2: Australia (2006)[edit]


Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban

Tour Dates[edit]


Gigantour 3: Australia (2007)[edit]


Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon

Tour Dates[edit]


Gigantour 3: UK (2008)[edit]


Megadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile

Tour Dates[edit]


Gigantour 3: North America (2008)[edit]


Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire.

Dave Mustaine wanted a shorter lineup so each band had a good chance to put on a show.

Tour Dates[edit]



Notable Incidents[edit]

Louisville, KY[edit]

During the Children of Bodom performance, the barricades broke and the show was stopped for 30 minutes to repair them. Megadeth allowed Children of Bodom to finish their set and allowed In Flames to perform fully.

Minneapolis, MN[edit]

During the Megadeth song "In My Darkest Hour", Dave Mustaine had two shirts thrown at him by a member in the audience. Dave threatened to "beat the guy's fucking brains in"; Mustaine challenged the audience member to come up on stage and throw something at him. The member of the audience was removed by security shortly after. The crowd then continued with a "Dave" chant.

Edmonton, AB[edit]

A drink was thrown onto the sound board before Megadeth took the stage, and as a result Megadeth's performance was delayed significantly and the show was nearly cancelled. Later, during Megadeth's performance of "À Tout le Monde", two people from the crowd got up on the stage and ran over to Mustaine. After the song was finished, Megadeth left the stage, and the show appeared to be over because of this incident. After approximately ten minutes, a very displeased Mustaine came back on stage and addressed the crowd. Megadeth then finished the set, launching into "Tornado of Souls" and whipping the crowd into a frenzy.[3]

Salem, OR[edit]

During Megadeth's performance of "Peace Sells", High on Fire came out and helped sing the end. During Megadeth's performance a drunk man also got past security guards and tried to rush over to Dave Mustaine and was tackled by two security guards.

San Jose, CA[edit]

Anders Fridén, vocalist for In Flames, forgot the second verse to the song "Come Clarity."

San Diego, CA[edit]

During the Children of Bodom set, there was a mix up with the light show and instead of the intended show, the show for Van Halen, who had performed in the same venue months before, began to play. During an intermission to fix the problem, Janne Wirman started up playing Van Halen's song 'Jump' on the keyboard, soon joined by Jaska Raatikainen on drums, while back stage Alexi Laiho was quote 'Puking his guts out.' The show was filmed for the Gigantour 3 DVD and this will be first Gigantour DVD to be released as full concert of Megadeth, The other acts on the bill were apparently offered a chance to be part of the DVD but declined.[4]

Long Beach, CA[edit]

During the Children of Bodom set, Alexi informed the audience of the incident last night, stating that he almost had to cancel their set that night for the sake of his health. He continued to state that he decided against it after seeing the raw energy of the Long Beach crowd. Janne and Jaska played the intro to Van Halen's Jump but stopped before the chorus.

  • The members of every band repeated the Salem incident, coming out and singing the end of "Peace Sells".

Phoenix, AZ[edit]

  • It was consistently raining and cold during the show, an unusual occurrence in Phoenix. This notable fact was addressed on stage by the frontmen of all the bands. Alexi Laiho of Children of Bodom can be quoted as saying, "I didn't know you guys had rain in Arizona."
  • The members of every band repeated the Salem incident, coming out and singing the end of "Peace Sells".

Montreal, Qc[edit]

  • The show was played at the Bell Centre during the series of Montreal Canadiens vs The Philadelphia Flyers hockey matches. A Man wearing a Flyers jersey was booed massively by the crowd. Later Dave came out playing Oh Canada stating that the man was insane and had the 2nd biggest pair of balls in the building.

Gigantour 4 (2012)[edit]


Megadeth confirmed, on September 27, 2011, that Motörhead, Volbeat, and Lacuna Coil would be included in the next Gigantour that was set for early 2012.[5][6]

Tour Dates[edit]

Megadeth announced, on November 2, 2011, Gigantour 2012 tour dates .




Gigantour 5 (2013)[edit]


Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted, and Death Division

Tour Dates[edit]



Notable Incidents[edit]

Due to frontman Jason Newsted being diagnosed with walking pneumonia, Newsted dropped off the bill from July 22–29

On the last show of the tour, Newsted joined Megadeth to sing vocals on Metallica's Phantom Lord (A song originally written by Dave)

Gigantour history summary[edit]

Year Months Dates Region toured Bands
2005 July–September 39 USA/Canada Main stage: Megadeth, Dream Theater (34 dates), Anthrax (5 dates), Fear Factory, The Dillinger Escape Plan (31 dates), Nevermore

Second stage: Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic, Bobaflex

2006 September–October 25 USA/Canada Main stage: Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy

Second stage: Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, The SmashUp

2006 October 3 Australia Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban
2007 November 6 Australia Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon (3 dates)
2008 February 7 UK Megadeth, Job For A Cowboy, Evile
2008 April–May 30 USA/Canada Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire
2012 January–March 27 USA/Canada Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil
2013 July–August N/A USA/Canada Megadeth, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Device, Newsted, Death Division


CD releases[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

It was mentioned on a few sites, including Arch Enemy singer Angela Gossow's MySpace blog, and the Music Video blog Video Static, that the October 7, 2006 show in Sunrise, Florida was filmed by director Michael Sarna (also the director of the 2005 Gigantour DVD) for a possible DVD release, though with no mention of a CD (but probably due to the formats of last year's release).[7]


  1. ^ a b "Dave Mustaine's Gigantour" (Press release). April 5, 2005. Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  2. ^ Harris, Chris (June 9, 2005). "Metal File: Megadeth, Zakk Wylde, American Head Charge, Twisted Sister & More". MTV News (MTV Networks). Retrieved March 25, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Incident at Gigantour in Edmonton". 2008-05-14. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  4. ^ "BLABBERMOUTH.NET - MEGADETH: More Concert DVD Details Revealed". Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  5. ^ Volledige naam. "Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved 2013-04-06. 
  7. ^ Video Static article about the Gigantour 2006 DVD shoot. Gigantour 2 has been released on DVD in 2008. last accessed Feb. 17, 2007

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