Megadeth fans should pencil in Spring 2019 when the window will open for a follow-up to their last album, 2016’s ‘Dystopia.’
During a radio interview last week, lead vocalist Dave Mustaine said, “We’re just assembling all the pieces right now. Kiko [Loureiro, guitar] and Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] have started the recording and we’re now in the process of finalizing all the arrangements. So we’re hoping for a spring release next year.”
As most fans know, the band has not only evolved but gone through a few personnel changes over time. Mustaine spoke about the lineup changes: “A lot of people showed us good things to do; some of them showed us bad things to do. And I don’t look at anybody that’s been with us and regret having them with us.”
Mustaine was clear that every member that the band has had, made positive musical contributions to the band. He said that this will continue with the new album. “Everybody had their contribution to Megadeth, but I think when you have breakups, people just kind of have an unnecessary wall that’s there. ‘Cause I’m grateful for everything that they’ve done. But sometimes breakups are hard.”
Megadeth will support Ozzy Osbourne on the next North American leg of his “No More Tours 2” in May, June and July 2019. The band’s first-ever Megacruise aboard the Norwegian Jewel will set sail on October 13, 2019 from Los Angeles, and hit ports of San Diego, and Ensenada, MX before returning on October 18, 2019.