Megadeth will re-launch their critically acclaimed package festival, Gigantour. The multi-artist bill with metal heavyweights Motorhead, Volbeat and Lavuna Coil, all personally picked by Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine will kick off in early 2012 with dates tentatively set for late January through early March. Gigantour was founded by Mustaine in 2005 and was last in the US in May 2008.
Judas Priest will make an appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon ahead of their North American tour dates. The band will play live on the show on Friday Rocktober 7 just days ahead of their Rocktober 13 opening night of the North American Epitaph Tour in San Antonio. You can catch Judas Priest along with Thin Lizzy and Black Label Society @ Joe Louis Arena on November 13.
Known as the originators of the "Unplugged" craze of the '90s, Tesla is launching their 20th anniversary of their legendary 'Five Man Acoustical Jam', in full "acoustic" fashion this November in support of their new record Twisted Wires and The Acoustic Sessions which features "acoustic" versions of such Tesla classics 'Hang Tough' and 'What You Give' as well as a new single titled '2nd Street'. The tour will feature Tesla in a sit down stripped acoustic setting reflecting their hit video Five Man Acoustic Jam, as well as new performances from Twisted Wires.
Steven Tyler tells told Rolling Stone that the new album is almost done and hopes to have it released in March 2012. The boys from Boston have been recording with long-time producer Jack Douglas (who worked on 3 of the bands best records: 1974's Get Your Wings, 1975's Toys In The Attic, and 1976's Rocks). This will be Aerosmith's 14th studio album and first set of original material since 2001's 'Just Push Play'.