As you all have heard by now, Megadeth, Lamb of God, Trivium, and In Flames are heading out on the second run of The Metal Tour Of The Year, which is set to kick off on April 9th, 2022 in Las Vegas, NV! The tour stops in 23 cities and ends on May 15th in Allentown, PA.
The first leg of The Metal Tour Of The Year in 2021 was slightly different as it featured Hatebreed, whereas this year it’s In Flames. Check out a live video, fan filmed, from the tour, of Hatebreed’s performing Looking Down the Barrel of Today and I Will Be Heard.
While on Instagram this week, a notification popped up that Trivium were going live…. Shortly after receiving the notification, two more popped up saying Lamb of God and Megadeth were going live too…at the same time! And all together to talk about the recently announced second run of the The Metal Tour Of The Year and answer the most asked fan questions!
Here is a recap of what Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine, Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe, and Trivium’s Matt Heafy chatted about along with some screen caps!
They open by talking about the weather. Matt says the weather is perfect in Florida. Randy says it’s supposed to snow in Richmond.
The Metal Tour Of The Year 2 was just announced! Matt asks Dave what his favorite show was from the last run. Dave responds with the first show, which was in Austin on August 20th, because he was excited to be back together with everyone again, and new friends Hatebreed!
Randy said Austin, TX was a really good show, he went on to share how this was the first tour Lamb of God’s ever had pyro in their set. He laughed about deciding to start their first tour with pyro in the outdoors of Texas and break it out in the heat. Another show he recalled was in Concord, Northern California where the crowd went really hard and the sunset behind the venue was beautiful.
Matt shared that Minneapolis was his favorite as there were no seats, all floor, and everyone was bouncing in the crowd, saying that he Loved the aesthetic of the venue vibe.
Next up, Matt says all the fans keep asking the question of what was it like to play up on stage again after a 2 year break?
Dave answered first, saying that for him it was more of a victorious feeling, however noting that it was nothing like the feeling of taking the stage again after 9/11 though. He continued on to say how he was excited to play again, that it really felt like they were getting out of jail.
Randy said he’s spent his entire adult life making records…And to not tour, especially after releasing their self-titled June 2020 album, was just weird because it’s always been the program to make a record and go tour. He felt like his one of his purposes in Life had been given back playing live shows again.
Matt commented that this was the most fun he had on a tour before from doing the Jiu Jitsu stuff with Dave, to hanging out with Randy, and doing the photo shoot with Jeremy Saffer, who is one of the most respected and sought after photographers within the Rock and Metal world. You can check out Jeremy’s photography and support his work here: JeremySaffer.com
The conversation then shifts to Dave’s new guitar coming out soon. He mentions he’s an ambassador for Gibson Guitars and proceeds to talk about a hot rodded Flying V… Dave’s live feed begins to cut out and the video drops [of course!!!] right when he starts to talk about the first design…
Matt brings up the camera gear Randy will be using on this tour. Randy mentions that Leica just released their new M11 camera. He said Leica loaned him the Q2 Monochrome and he used it to shoot the entire tour last year. Randy mentions there’s a photo that he took of Matt doing yoga in Boston and it’s up on the Leica blog! Check it out here!
In the midst of the Leica conversation, Dave pops back up on the screen! Only for a moment though before buffering and dropping the video again.
A fan notices that Randy is drinking a what looks like a beer in a pint glass… It happens to be the Lamb of God + Brew Dog collaboration beer, Ghost Walker NON ALCOHOLIC IPA! They also have another IPA flavor, also Non-Alcoholic, called Hourglass, named after their song Hourglass from their 2004 album, Ashes Of The Wake. Ghost Walker is derived from their song title Ghost Walking from their 2012 album, Resolution.
Matt works on convincing Randy he needs his own Twitch channel.
Matt asks, “What does he think the best city is going to be?”
Randy begins to reply, saying one thing he wants to see happen— the audio cuts.
It is mentioned that Randy is writing a new book right now, following up to his 2016 book, Dark Days: A Memoir.
Randy’s audio is back, he continues on saying one thing he’s looking forward to is when they play Lafayette, LA on April 15th and whoever’s going to be going to Lafayette, hook it up for crawfish season! They need a big ass crawfish boil with etouffee, boudin, gumbo….And exclaims, “Bring it all!”
Randy mentions that he took his wife to New Orleans and visited Jimmy Bower to eat crawfish. Jimmy is in quite a few different bands around the NOLA area, including EYEHATEGOD, Down, and Housecore Records bands, Superjoint and En Minor!
Matt shouts out METALTOUROFTHEYEAR.COM and says he can’t wait to tour and can’t wait to eat with Randy soon!
Matt tells Randy once more before ending the feed that he needs to get a Twitch…🙂
Check out the dates below for The Metal Tour Of The Year! VIP Packages and Meet & Greets are also available through the website.
Also! Check out this live fan filmed video of In Flames performing Everything Is Gone!