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Megadeth turning July 16 Oklahoma City Gigantour show into a tornado relief benefit

by Brandy McDonnell Modified: June 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm •  Published: June 25, 2013
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Multi-platinum metal rocker Dave Mustaine, founder and frontman of Megadeth, announced today that the the band’s July 16 Gigantour performance at Oklahoma City’s Zoo Amphitheatre will be a benefit to help those affected by the deadly tornadoes that ripped through the heart of Oklahoma in May. Megadeth will donate their proceeds from this Gigantour festival date to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, according to a news release.

“Many amazing bands have come forward to aid Oklahomans since the May tornadoes came and tore apart their homes and lives,” said Mustaine in the release. “Now it’s time for Heavy Metal to give to this community!”

The July 16 concert isn’t the only effort to benefit disaster victims while Mustaine and tour visit Oklahoma. On July 15 the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA) Hall of Fame Complex will host an all-star softball game featuring Megadeth and other Gigantour band members, plus local celebrities and more to be announced. All the net proceeds will benefit the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is at 2801 NE 50 Street, near the zoo, and has generously donated the field for the event. Patrons are asked to make a minimum $5 donation to come see some heavy metal and local celebrities have fun on the softball field.

“Super Collider,” the current album title cut from iconic metal rockers Megadeth, scored its second week at No. 1 on CMJ’s Loud Rock Chart last week. Early supporters of the record include Rockline, SiriusXM’s SixxSense, Liquid Metal & Boneyard channels, Music Choice, syndicated broadcasters Eddie Trunk & Hangar 18, and Clear Channel’s iHeart Radio.

Megadeth, a heavy metal band that’s been around for nearly three decades, has sold more than 38 million albums worldwide and earned 11 Grammy nominations. “Super Collider” debuted at No. 6 on Billboard’s Top 200 albums chart, making this their highest debut since their multi-platinum albums “Countdown to Extinction” and “Youthanasia.” Megadeth also debuted at No. 3 on Billboard’s Hard Music Chart.

Gigantour kicks off July 3 on the East Coast, where the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Mustaine returns, with a new multi-artist bill featuring metal heavyweights Megadeth, Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newstead and Death Division. Gates open at 3 p.m. July 16 at the Zoo Amphitheatre, 2101 NE 50.

Tickets are $25 for general admission lawn seats, or VIP tickets are available.

For tickets and information, go to www.thezooamp.com.

-BAM


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more...
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