Megadeth, Lamb Of God Reveal Plans To Shred The Road On Gigantour

Second installment of Dave Mustaine's metal festival kicks off September 7.

The Gigantour is back for more.

A second helping of Dave Mustaine-endorsed metal is ready to hit the road as the Megadeth frontman’s answer to Ozzfest returns on September 7, seeking to replicate the success of last year’s inaugural run. Gigantour is scheduled to shred across 25 cities, launching in San Diego and wrapping up October 8 in Sunrise, Florida.

As with last year’s festival, 2006′s Gigantour will be anchored by headliners Megadeth, who have an LP titled United Abominations in the bag and due this fall (see “Megadeth Heading Back To The Old School With United Abominations ).

The festival’s bill — handpicked by Mustaine — is rounded out by Virginia post-thrash five-piece Lamb of God, Swedish death metal act Opeth and their aggressive countrymen Arch Enemy, New York thrash quartet Overkill, Canadian death metallers Into Eternity, North Carolina thrashers Sanctity and New York post-hardcore outfit the Smashup. Additional second-stage artists will be announced in the coming weeks. The first Gigantour featured Dream Theater, Fear Factory, Anthrax, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Dillinger Escape Plan, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex.

“This is the concert that I, as a heavy metal music fan, would want to see,” Mustaine said in a press release. “It is going to be something to look forward to each year, to see what kind of tremendous talent we can assemble for Gigantour festivals in the years to come.”

Gigantour will be rolling through several major U.S. and Canadian cities, including Las Vegas, Denver, Chicago, Detroit, Toronto, and Orlando. Details on at least five of the stops at have yet to be revealed.

Lamb of God — who are out on the road through July 26 with Slayer’s Unholy Alliance tour, featuring Mastodon, Children of Bodom and Thine Eyes Bleed (see “Dates Unveiled For Slayer’s Unholy Alliance With Mastodon, Lamb Of God” ) — will be using the Gigantour to promote their forthcoming album, Sacrament, due August 22 (see “Lamb Of God Ease Up On Bush But Get Deep Musically On Sacrament, ).

Lamb of God guitarist Mark Morton said he’s looking forward to sharing the stage with Megadeth.

“Megadeth is one of the main reasons I started playing metal guitar in the first place,” Morton said in a statement. “To finally tour with them is really exciting and it’s a great way to start off our world tour supporting Sacrament. We’ve been dying to get the new material up and running on the live stage. We’ve worked so hard on the new record — it’s really a great sense of accomplishment to see the new tunes come to life in a live setting. We’re really looking forward to this one.”

Gigantour tour dates, according to the festival’s publicist:

  • 9/7 – San Diego, CA @ TBA
  • 9/8 – Oakland, CA @ Oakland Arena
  • 9/9 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ Pozo Saloon
  • 9/10 – Devore, CA @ Hyundai Pavilion of Glen Helen
  • 9/12 – Las Vegas, NV @ TBA
  • 9/13 – Phoenix, AZ @ Dodge Theater
  • 9/15 – West Valley City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
  • 9/16 – Englewood, CO @ Coors Amphitheatre
  • 9/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Journal Pavilion
  • 9/19 – TBD
  • 9/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave/ Eagles Club
  • 9/22 – Chicago, IL @ Congress Theater
  • 9/23 – Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena
  • 9/24 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
  • 9/25 – Toronto, ON @ Park Place
  • 9/27 – Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
  • 9/28 – Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Coliseum
  • 9/29 – TBD
  • 9/30 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
  • 10/1 – TBD
  • 10/3 – TBD
  • 10/5 – TBD
  • 10/6 – Tampa, FL @ St. Pete Times Forum
  • 10/7 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live
  • 10/8 – Sunrise, FL @ Bank Atlantic Center