This is pretty “different” :

SlayerMegadeth. Two names synonymous with fierce, crunching power.  Two bands whose histories are inevitably intertwined in defining the thrash/metal genre.  Individually, their respective prowess and accomplishments are impressive; but together, they’re brutal and unstoppable.  Megadeth and Slayer will join forces to co-headline “American Carnage,” the most blistering, the most explosive, and the most eagerly anticipated mega-tour of the winter – and you do not want to miss it.

American Carnage” will kick off on January 18 in Seattle, WA for a 26-date trek across North America that will include the six Canadian dates postponed earlier this month.  Tickets for most shows go on sale this Friday, November 20.  Ticketmaster is offering a special presale for most shows from Wednesday November 18 at 10am until Thursday November 19 at 10pm.

“American Carnage” is the first time that Slayer and Megadeth will have toured the U.S. together since 1991’s epic “Clash of the Titans” tour. To celebrate that and in recognition of the tough economic times that many of their fans are having, Megadeth and Slayer have decided to roll back the price of a chunk of tickets at every U.S. show to the “1991 price” of $10.00.  These specially-priced tickets will be limited and when they’re gone, they’re gone. Megadeth has also teamed with iloveallaccess.com to provide an Ultimate Fan Package including premium seats, meet and greets, pre-show parties and more.

In addition, Testament – who was also on the “Clash of the Titans” bill, will be Special Guests on the entire tour, marking the first time that all three bands have shared a stage together in more than 18 years, and making this a “must see” metal event.

Both Megadeth and Slayer will hit the road supporting new albums: Megadeth’s 2009 album, ENDGAME, while Slayer’s World Painted Blood, the band’s 10th studio venture, hit stores November 3.  Testament’s The Formation of Damnation:  Special Tour Edition, will be released on February 23, 2010, with special unreleased bonus tracks.

Slayer and Megadeth have already massacred territories together outside of the U.S. – first with four explosive dates in June, 2009 across Western Canada – “Canadian Carnage” – marking the first time the bands had shared a stage anywhere in 18 years; and then six co-headlining “Carnage” dates in Australia followed in October.

According to various Canadian press outlets last summer:  “It was a night of thrash impossible to trash…” “Tales about war, death, destruction, Satan, aliens and serial killers have never been so much fun…”  “The two heavy metal heavyweights …went head-to-head on a level playing field.  Both bands brought their ‘A’ game.  And the results were anything but pretty – unless you include pretty freakin’ loud and pretty freakin’ awesome.”

Megadeth.  2009 saw the release of ENDGAME, what has been heralded as Megadeth’s best album in years. It’s the record where it all comes full circle in a career that has not only set standards in hard rock and metal, but defined them. Megadeth’s signature shredding and rousing lyrics are the hallmarks of ENDGAME, with vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine once musing and making declarations about the world we live in, having named the album after a government document that should strike fear in the hearts of Americans! But that’s Mustaine and Megadeth, using the vehicle of music to shake things up, to make a point and to rattle your brain, literally, figuratively and sonically. Revolver magazine said of ENDGAME, “One of their best albums.” VH1’s That Metal Show deemed it, “One of the metal albums of the year”, and Popmatters said, “the record positively scorches with an intensity not heard since Rust in Peace.”

Slayer and Megadeth are also re-scheduling the east coast leg of the “Canadian Carnage” tour, postponed from this fall.

JANUARY

18        WaMu Theatre, Seattle, WA*

19        Memorial Coliseum, Portland, OR – tickets sold via www.rosequarter.com

21        Cow Palace, San Francisco, CA*

22        Long Beach Arena, Long Beach, CA*  (tickets on sale 11/21)

23        Dodge Theatre, Phoenix, AZ**

25        Magness Arena, Denver, CO*

26        Tingley Coliseum, Albuquerque, NM*

27        El Paso Coliseum, El Paso, TX*

29        Verizon Wireless, Houston, TX**

31        Municipal Auditorium, Nashville, TN*

FEBRUARY

1         Gwinnett Arena, Duluth, GA*  (tickets on sale 11/20)

2         Broadbent Arena, Louisville, KY*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

4         Roy Wilkins Auditorium, Minneapolis, MN*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

5         UIC Pavilion, Chicago, IL*  (tickets on sale 12/4)

6         Cobo Arena, Detroit, MI*

9         Chevrolet Theatre, Wallingford, CT**

11        Izod Center, East Rutherford, NJ*

13        Susquehanna Center, Camden, NJ*

14        Tsongas Arena, Lowell, MA*

16        Pavillon de La Jeunesse, Quebec City, QC – tickets sold via Billetech.com

18        John Labatt Centre, London, ON – tickets on sale 11/27 via JohnLabattCentre.com

19        Air Canada Centre, Toronto, ON – tickets sold via Ticketmaster.ca

20        Bell Centre, Montreal, QC – tickets sold via Admission.com

22        Moncton Coliseum, Moncton, NB – tickets sold via MonctonColiseum.com

23        Metro Centre, Halifax, NS  – tickets sold via TicketAtlantic.com

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