December 15, 2008

Gigantour 2009 Begins to Take Shape

Since 2005 Dave Mustaine has been putting together summer package tours with the express goal of delivering guitar driven metal to fans at a reasonable price. MTV's Headbanger's Blog has announced that the 2009 version of the tour is beginning to take shape.

The two bands just announced are Avenged Sevenfold and Bullet for My Valentine, just a little different from the 2008 edition that featured In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For a Cowboy and High on Fire. It will be interesting to see fans reactions to these choices considering their popularity and lack of "edge." Both of these bands are quite good and do deliver some strong guitar work, but they are decidedly more mainstream than last years version.

Could it be a reaction to poor ticket sales the last time around? Possibly, when putting together a tour there has to be a profit to make the venture worthwhile. I would rather see a mix of mainstream and edgier fare if it means Mustaine can keep this package going. Hopefully it will be a mix and the bext couple of acts are on the more extreme side of the coin.

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