“We shut down pretty much the end of 2017, was when we wrapped up in South America. And then the intention was 2018 would be writing a new album. Probably our biggest challenge is we don’t live in the same cities — Kiko [Loureiro, guitar] and Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] are in L.A.; I’m in Scottsdale; Dave‘s [Mustaine, guitar/vocals] over in Nashville.
“Nashville is kind of the creative hub of our operation, where we rehearse and we do everything. We did only about eight weeks of shows last year that kind of came up — Europe and Mexico and stuff. But it’s funny, we have a Dropbox folder that we all access. But it’s organized well, where we keep track of what people are putting in there and contributing.”
“We were obviously planning to do the Ozzy [Osbourne]- MEGADETH tour, and now that that’s been pushed back to next year, in a way, probably opens up a perfect window for us to really get in now [and work on the new record].
“All things happen for a reason, so I think on the MEGADETH schedule, it’s probably maybe good timing, actually, to just go right in, and we’re gonna definitely be really hunkering down now to get that going. Because we have some of our own shows in August that have been on the books — there’s actually a few more coming in now — there’s Rock In Rio, and that’s early October, and then there’s the [MegaCruise].
“As much as we were hoping to have a record out this year, looking at how the ‘Dystopia’ timeline was where we were working on it early in 2015, we started doing some shows later that year, we put out a heavy track, ‘Fatal Illusion’, and then the record dropped in early 2016. So, in this case, sometime probably early 2020 is my thought that that’s probably when the record will be ready to come out.”
MEGADETH‘s latest album, “Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH‘s highest-charting album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. “Dystopia” also logs the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.