For 30 non-consecutive years, Megadeth has been building a case for not simply being a part of the Big Four of thrash metal. It is not only the fact that the group has released 13 studio albums and has 10 Grammy nominations to its credit. Nor is it that the band came into existence out of a feud with Metallica, one of the other Big Four and one that has repeatedly abandoned its charge to rock with both thrash and speed. It is the fact that Megadeth tickets continue to reign to this day.
For most of 2012 that has meant the continuation of the TH1RT3EN World Tour, which began back in 2011 upon the release of the album inspiring the name of the concert schedule. Now, as those dates come to an end, Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Shawn Drover, and Chris Broderick are already revving for the Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Tour. The new tour will take Megadeth from Providence, Rhode Island on November 9, 2012 to Pomona, California on December 7, 2012.
As the name suggests, it is the 20th anniversary of the release of Countdown to Extinction. Back in 1992 race riots plagued Los Angeles and the first Gulf War dominated the news. These were contentious times and Megadeth encapsulated it in song. “Symphony of Destruction” was the best charting and most memorable of the four singles. The album is not only listed among the most impressive of Megadeth’s albums, but among metal albums of all time. This is an album seething with anger, but not anger left to its devices. Instead, it is perfectly tuned for the times and its message.
Now is not just a great time numerically to re-release a previously re-released album, but a time with as much cataclysm as back then. Seemingly every word mentioned seems tinged with vitriol and the spirit of the album rings as true today, perhaps inspiring new interpretations for a new era. This is the time for Megadeth tickets as well and fans bridging the generations are coming out in search of a chance to release their anguish with this sweet symphony of rage.