By Gregory AdamsMegadeth frontman Dave Mustaine caused an uproar last month via some pointed political barbs towards U.S. President Barack Obama, claiming the president instigated shootings across America in a bizarre gun-control plot. While some fans may now believe the conservative heavy-metal icon has crazy-ass ideas, sanity has prevailed for the time being with news that his act will reissue their classic 1992 set, Countdown to Extinction.
A press release explains that Mustaine oversaw the 20th anniversary project, which drops as a double-CD set and digitally November 6 via Capitol/EMI. The physical edition arrives packaged in a lift-top box and will contain a remastered version of the early '90s set, as well as a disc compiling an entire live set recorded at San Francisco's Cow Palace in 1992. This will be the first time the concert is presented in full.
Liner notes have also been written by music journalist Kory Grow, and the reissue includes a poster and four postcards featuring head shots of each member from the Countdown lineup.
The politically minded collection touched on topics of war ("Architecture of Aggression"), and poverty and taxation ("Foreclosure of a Dream"), among other subjects. It has sold in excess of two million copies in the U.S., and has been certified triple platinum in Canada. The album yielded the hit "Symphony of Destruction," as well as classic tracks "Sweating Bullets" and "Skin O' My Teeth."
Megadeth have also just detailed an upcoming tour in which they'll play the album front to back, though so far no Canadian dates have been announced. You can check out the U.S. tour schedule down below.
Countdown to Extinction 20th Anniversary Edition:
1. Skin O' My Teeth 2. Symphony Of Destruction 3. Architecture Of Aggression 4. Foreclosure Of A Dream 5. Sweating Bullets 6. This Was My Life 7. Countdown To Extinction 8. High Speed Dirt 9. Psychotron 10. Captive Honour 11. Ashes In Your Mouth
CD 2 - Live At Cow Palace, 1992:
1. Intro 2. Holy Wars…The Punishment Due 3. Skin O' My Teeth 4. Wake Up Dead 5. Hangar 18 6. Countdown To Extinction 7. Foreclosure Of A Dream 8. This Was My Life 9. Lucretia 10. Sweating Bullets 11. In My Darkest Hour 12. The Conjuring 13. Tornado 14. Ashes In Your Mouth 15. Symphony Of Destruction
11/9 Providence, RI - Lupo's 11/10 Huntington, NY - Paramount Theatre 11/11 Worcester, MA - The Palladium 11/13 Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre 11/14 Sayreville, CT - Starland Ballroom 11/16 Atlantic City, NJ - House of Blues 11/17 Niagara Falls, NY - Rapids Theatre 11/19 Stroudsburg, PA - Sherman Theater 11/20 Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion 11/24 Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues 11/25 Charlotte, NC - The Fillmore 11/26 Atlanta, GA - The Tabernacle 11/28 Kansas City, MO - Midland Theatre 12/1 Salt Lake City, UT - Great Saltair 12/2 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory 12/4 Reno, NV - Grand Sierra Theatre 12/6 Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues 12/7 Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre