Gigantour was a sporadically organised traveling heavy metal music festival organized by Megadeth's Dave Mustaine. The tour was founded in 2005 with dates across North America (see also Gigantour 2005), and the 2006 and 2007 line-ups also traveled to Australia. The bands appearing at the festival were chosen by Mustaine. The tour is set as an alternative to tours such as Ozzfest. The name "Gigantour" was inspired by the classic 1960s anime Gigantor. The most recent Gigantour took place in 2013.
|Tour by Megadeth|
(See: full listing)
The lineup of the inaugural Gigantour was composed of bands that Dave Mustaine particularly enjoyed touring with in the past. Mustaine invited Dream Theater, Nevermore and Overkill. The subsequent editions of Gigantour also featured Mustaine's personal choices, such as Anthrax, The Dillinger Escape Plan, and Fear Factory.
A live album culled from Gigantour festival shows in Montreal (September 2, 2005) and Vancouver (September 9, 2005) was released on CD on August 22, 2006, and on DVD on September 5, 2006. The album has performances by Megadeth, Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Life of Agony, Nevermore, Dry Kill Logic, Symphony X and Bobaflex.
Gigantour 2: North America (2006)Edit
At the September 23 show in Columbus, Ohio, Angela Gossow joined Megadeth onstage during the second half of "Peace Sells". Earlier in the show, during Overkill's final song, two members of Lamb of God joined them onstage..
Lack of a second stage on some tour stopsEdit
At the September 9 show in San Diego, September 13th show in Phoenix, Arizona, September 24 in Clarkston, Michigan, and September 29 show in Boston there was no second stage. The bands that performed were, in order of appearance, Overkill, Arch Enemy, Opeth, Lamb of God, and Megadeth.
Mike Portnoy jams with OverkillEdit
September 30, 2006 – HolmdelEdit
While playing in the September 25 show in Toronto, Canada towards the beginning of Megadeth's set, Dave Mustaine underwent technical problems relating to his guitar, resulting in him throwing his guitar across the stage and walking off. The then band finished the song without Mustaine, and then followed him offstage. After fifteen minutes of chanting from the crowd, Megadeth finally returned to the stage, and with a brief apology from Dave, continued playing through their set.
Salt Lake City/EcenterEdit
While Lamb of God was on stage performing, someone spilled beer all over the soundboard, which did not interfere with Lamb of God's set. However, Megadeth received some technical problems during their second set. Dave Mustaine got angry and threatened to "beat the hell out of whoever did it" and asked the crowd to bring the culprit to him. Dave then walked off stage for roughly 20 minutes until the problem was fixed. This can be seen in the special features of the Gigantour 2 DVD.
Gigantour 2: Australia (2006)Edit
|October 21, 2006||Brisbane||Australia||Riverstage|
|October 22, 2006||Sydney||Hordern Pavilion|
|October 24, 2006||Melbourne||Festival Hall|
Gigantour 3: Australia (2007)Edit
|November 10, 2007||Perth||Australia||Metro City|
|November 12, 2007||Adelaide||Thebarton Theatre|
|November 13, 2007||Melbourne||Festival Hall|
|November 15, 2007||Sydney||Luna Park Big Top|
|November 16, 2007|
|November 18, 2007||Brisbane||Riverstage|
Gigantour 3: UK (2008)Edit
|February 17, 2008||Norwich||England||UEA|
|November 18, 2008||Nottingham||Nottingham Rock City|
|November 19, 2008||Glasgow||Scotland||Carling Academy Glasgow|
|November 20, 2008||Newcastle||England||Carling Academy Newcastle|
|November 22, 2008||Birmingham||Carling Academy Birmingham|
|November 23, 2008||Manchester||Manchester Academy|
|November 24, 2008||London||Brixton Academy|
Gigantour 3: North America (2008)Edit
Dave Mustaine wanted a shorter lineup so each band had a good chance to put on a show.
|April 12, 2008||Denver||United States||The Fillmore|
|April 13, 2008||Albuquerque||Journal Pavilion|
|April 15, 2008||Grand Prairie||Nokia Theatre at Grand Prairie|
|April 16, 2008||Corpus Christi||Concrete Street Pavilion|
|April 17, 2008||Houston||Verizon Wireless Theater|
|April 19, 2008||Louisville||Louisville Gardens|
|April 20, 2008||Atlanta||Masquerade Music Park|
|April 22, 2008||New York City||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|April 23, 2008|
|April 25, 2008||Worcester||Worcester Palladium|
|April 26, 2008||Columbia||Merriweather Post Pavilion|
|April 28, 2008||Quebec City||Canada||Pavilion De La Jeunesse|
|April 29, 2008||Montreal||Bell Centre|
|April 30, 2008||Toronto||Arrow Hall|
|May 1, 2008||London||John Labatt Centre|
|May 3, 2008||Clarkston||United States||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|May 4, 2008||Cleveland||Time Warner Cable Amphitheater|
|May 6, 2008||Chicago||Aragon Ballroom|
|May 7, 2008||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|May 9, 2008||Minneapolis||Myth|
|May 10, 2008||Winnipeg||Canada||Winnipeg Convention Centre|
|May 11, 2008||Saskatoon||Prairieland Exhibition Hall|
|May 12, 2008||Edmonton||Shaw Conference Centre|
|May 14, 2008||Calgary||The Corral|
|May 16, 2008||Vancouver||Pacific Coliseum|
|May 17, 2008||Salem||United States||Salem Armory|
|May 19, 2008||San Jose||Event Center @ San Jose State|
|May 20, 2008||San Diego||Cox Arena|
|May 21, 2008||Long Beach||Long Beach Arena|
|May 22, 2008||Mesa||Mesa Amphitheatre|
Gigantour 4 (2012)Edit
Megadeth announced, on November 2, 2011, Gigantour 2012 tour dates .
Gigantour 5 (2013)Edit
|July 3, 2013||Gilford||United States||Meadowbrook U.S. Cellular Pavilion|
|July 5, 2013||Uncasville||Mohegan Sun Arena|
|July 6, 2013||Canandaigua||Marvin Sands PAC|
|July 8, 2013||Clarkston||DTE Energy Music Theatre|
|July 9, 2013||Rosemont||Allstate Arena|
|July 10, 2013||Youngstown||Covelli Center|
|July 12, 2013||Dallas||Gexa Energy Pavilion|
|July 13, 2013||Lubbock||Lonestar Amphitheatre|
|July 14, 2013||Corpus Christi||Concrete Street Amphitheatre|
|July 16, 2013||Oklahoma City||Zoo Amphitheatre|
|July 18, 2013||Bloomington||U.S. Cellular Coliseum|
|July 19, 2013||Milwaukee||Eagles Ballroom|
|July 20, 2013||Cadott||Chippewa Valley Music Festival|
|July 22, 2013||Winnipeg||Canada||MTS Centre|
|July 23, 2013||Calgary||Stampede Corral|
|July 26, 2013||Edmonton||Rexall Place|
|July 27, 2013||Dawson Creek||EnCana Events Centre|
|July 29, 2013||Abbotsford||Abbotsford Entertainment Center|
|July 30, 2013||Everett||United States||Comcast Arena|
|August 1, 2013||West Valley City||Maverik Center|
|August 2, 2013||Denver||1st Bank Center|
|August 4, 2013||Fargo||Scheels Arena (cancelled)|
|August 7, 2013||New York City||Hammerstein Ballroom|
|August 9, 2013||Camden||Susquehanna Bank Center|
|August 10, 2013||Montreal||Canada||Heavy MONTRÉAL|
|August 11, 2013||Toronto||Molson Canadian Amphitheatre|
On the last show of the tour, Newsted joined Megadeth to sing vocals on Metallica's "Phantom Lord" (A song originally written by Dave).
Gigantour history summaryEdit
|July–September 2005||39||United States, Canada||Main stage: Megadeth, Dream Theater (34 dates), Anthrax (5 dates), Fear Factory, The Dillinger Escape Plan (31 dates), Nevermore|
|September–October 2006||25||United States, Canada||Main stage: Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy|
|October 2006||3||Australia||Megadeth, Soulfly, Arch Enemy, Caliban|
|November 2007||6||Australia||Megadeth, Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver, Bring Me the Horizon (3 dates)|
|February 2008||7||United Kingdom||Megadeth, Job for a Cowboy, Evile|
|April–May 2008||30||United States, Canada||Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, High on Fire|
|January–March 2012||27||United States, Canada||Megadeth, Motörhead, Volbeat, Lacuna Coil|
|July–August 2013||26||United States, Canada||Megadeth, Black Label Society, Hellyeah, Device, Newsted, Death Division|
- Gigantour (2006)
- Gigantour, Vol. 2 (2008)
- Gigantour (2006)
- Gigantour 2 (2008)
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