Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine considers his second consecutive Gigantour nothing less than a triumph.
“I had a vision about this whole thing,” says Mustaine, 45, who formed Megadeth in 1983 and launched the inaugural Gigantour in 2005. “I knew that by packing the right bands on the show and staying focused and determined and not letting the bastards wear me down that this was gonna happen.
“I knew there were enough people out there that wanted a festival like this — talented bands, an environment you can go and walk away and say, ‘That was a great time, and worth the money.’ ”
The inaugural Gigantour, which also featured Dream Theater and Fear Factory, spawned CD and DVD releases before this year’s outing kicked off Sept. 6.
Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and the Smashup are joining Megadeth on this year’s lineup, and Mustaine says he hopes to create a brand that won’t depend on his band’s involvement each time out.
“My ultimate goal is for Gigantour to stand the test of time and become a full-on, traveling bohemian-type metal festival where everyone is having a great time and it’s all about the guitars,” says Mustaine, who plans to release a Megadeth album, “United Abominations,” in 2007.
“This whole thing started when my arm got hurt and I didn’t think I was going to play anymore. I was thinking, ‘How can I stay in the game?’ Now you look at this and it’s like, ‘I can’t believe this is happening!’ ”
Gigantour, featuring Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Overkill and others, starts 4 p.m. Sunday at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $38.50 pavilion, $15 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit
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