Megadeth’s New Album Might Get Pushed Back Until Post-Pandemic

As we speak, thrash legends Megadeth are at work on a new album. However, that record might not see the light of day for a hot second, as indicated by a new interview with bassist Dave Ellefson.

“We’re working on album number sixteen, and just finishing it up now,” said Dave in an interview with TotalRock Radio, as transcribed by MetalSucks. “We’ve got a big year of touring lined up — festivals in Europe; the big ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’ is rescheduled for July and August this year; Rock In Rio in Brazil in September. And it’s all confirmed, but it depends on what — COVID has a say in this matter, unfortunately. So there’s this undecided third factor spinning over there with the pandemic that we’re just all doing the best we can to play around that. And the same with the Megadeth release schedule, being able to put things out…

“We’re gonna wanna be able to get on the road and promote it. It doesn’t make sense to drop a brand new record in the middle of a pandemic and not be able to support that. And so if that means we have to push things back a little bit so that it can be the most effective to tour it and support it, then I’m sure those are decisions that are being made…Quite honestly, those are decisions that get updated pretty much weekly inside the Megadeth camp.”

Check out the full interview below:

More on Megadeth’s new album as it comes. Meanwhile, get ready to catch the band live at their still-scheduled tour with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames, with dates listed below:

07/09 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
07/10 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
07/11 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
07/13 Burgettstown, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
07/14 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
07/16 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
07/17 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
07/17 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
07/20 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
07/21 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
07/23 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Performance Arts Center
07/24 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
07/26 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
07/27 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
07/28 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
07/30 Laval, QC – Place Bell
07/31 Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
08/03 Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
08/03 Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
08/06 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/07 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
08/08 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
08/10 Maryland Heights, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
08/11 Nashville, TN – Nashville Municipal Auditorium
08/12 Alpharetta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
08/14 West Palm Beach, FL – iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
08/18 Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center Selena Auditorium
08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – Toyota Music Factory
08/22 The Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/07 Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Truth Amphitheatre
09/08 West Valley City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
09/10 Las Vegas, NV – Mandalay Bay Events Center

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Words by Chris Krovatin