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Megadeth - Dystopia

Thrash metal legends Megadeth are all set to release their 15th studio album, titled “Dystopia”, on January 22, 2016. The follow-up to 2013’s “Super Collider”, produced by frontman Dave Mustaine and Toby Wright, was recorded between April to July this year. The album will be the first to feature Megadeth’s new lineup that features founding members Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass) alongside Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

New single “Fatal Illusion”, due as a digital single on October 16, is available for streaming. Check it out here right now.

The band will be also be touring India this October/November. Here are the tour dates:

October 24, 2016 – Shillong (NH7 Weekender)

October 30, 2016 – Mumbai (Harley Rock Riders)

November 1, 2016 – Kolkata (NH7 Weekender)

The band last played in India at the 2014 edition of MTV Xtreme, held at Buddh International CIrcuit in the National Capital Region.

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Dave Moreno (second from left) along with his Puddle of Mudd bandmates

Dave Moreno (second from left) along with his Puddle of Mudd bandmates

Dave Moreno, the current drummer of Puddle of Mudd, was also behind the kit on Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson’s solo album Tyranny of Souls, released in 2005. Moreno briefly joined Puddle of Mudd the same year but parted ways soon. He rejoined Puddle of Mudd in 2014, replacing Shannon Boone.

Bruce Dickinson - Tyranny of Souls (2005)

Bruce Dickinson – Tyranny of Souls (2005)

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators

Strong rumours doing the rounds that Slash featuring Myles Kennedy will be playing at MTV Xtreme in Mumbai in November! The 2014 edition of MTV Xtreme, held at Buddh International CIrcuit in the National Capital Region, was headlined by American thrash legends Megadeth. Stay tuned for more updates!

MTV Xtreme 2014

MTV Xtreme 2014

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American alternative rock outfit Puddle of Mudd are all set to tour India this September and October. The band’s India tour, brought in association with VH1 India, will see the band play at Hard Rock Cafes in 5 cities – Mumbai, Pune, Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Delhi. The band also play a one-off gig in Sri Lanka on September 26 before touching Indian shores.

The band first burst on to the rock scene way back in 2001 with their major label debut Come Clean, which sold over five million copies worldwide. The album was led by several hits, including the debut single Control. The second single Blurry was the band’s most successful single, reaching No. 5 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and No. 8 on the UK Singles Chart. It also hit No. 1 on Billboard Mainstream Rock and Billboard Alternative Rock charts. The third single Drift & Die spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart. The fourth single, She Hates Me also reached the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, as well as No. 13 on the Billboard Hot 100. Other hits by the band include Away from Me and Psycho, the latter being Billboard’s No. 1 Mainstream Rock Song of 2008.

The current lineup of the band includes vocalist and founding member Wes Scantlin, Matt Fuller on lead guitars, Michael John Adams on bass and Dave Moreno on drums.

This is one of those rare occasions when Indian promoters have stayed good to their word. The Puddle of Mudd tour was originally scheduled for June and July this year. However the tour was cancelled due to ”unforeseen circumstances”. The promoters had promised that the tour would be rescheduled and promised to bring the band back. True to their word, they have.

For those still in two minds, quite understandably so, and seeking official confirmation, the dates have also been updated in the “Shows” section on the official Puddle of Mudd website.

The opening acts for the Mumbai and Bengaluru shows will be The Other People and Best Kept Secret respectively. As of now, no opening acts have been announced for the Delhi, Pune and Hyderabad shows.

Here are the tour dates:

Hard Rock Cafe, Worli (Mumbai) on 29th September (Opening Act: The Other People)
Hard Rock Cafe, Pune on 30th September
Hard Rock Cafe, Bengaluru on 1st October (Opening Act: Best Kept Secret)
Hard Rock Cafe, Hyderabad on 3rd October
Hard Rock Cafe, Delhi on 4th October

Also check out the tour’s event page on facebook.

Early Bird tickets are available at attractive prices for a limited time on Bookmyshow. Go grab yours before they sell out!

“The willow it weeps today
A breeze from the distance is calling your name
Unfurl your black wings and wait
Across the horizon it’s coming to sweep you away
It’s coming to sweep you away.”

“Blackbird”

Words by Mark Tremonti/Myles Kennedy