According to the Hürriyet Daily News, MEGADETH played an impromptu three-song acoustic set following the band’s August 4 concert in Istanbul, Turkey.
The intimate performance at the Hard Rock Cafe in Istanbul’s Beyoğlu district in the early hours of August 5 included “unplugged” arrangements of the MEGADETH classics “She Wolf”, “A Tout Le Monde” and “Symphony Of Destruction”.
Video footage of MEGADETH‘s Hard Rock Café appearance can be seen below.
On Monday, MEGADETH played a full electric set as the headliner of the Rock Off festival at Küçük Çiftlik Park. Also featured on the bill of the three-day event were HIM, AMON AMARTH, STRATOVARIUS and GOJIRA.
Rock Off marked MEGADETH‘s fourth performance in Istanbul, following prior visits in 2001, 2005 and 2012.
As previously reported, MEGADETH is continuing work on material for the band’s next album, tentatively due in 2015.
“We’re taking our time with this one,” MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine told Loaded Radio in a recent interview. “The last record we’ve done, we felt we were really on a positive upswing with [producer] Johnny K and we were excited to get in and do the record. But looking back over time, all the records that we had a lot of success with, personally…. Because, I mean, at the end of the day, if you don’t like what you’re doing, then what’s the point? But the ones that we really got the most enjoyment out of was the ones that took the longest to write. We would sit with the songs and let them digest and assimilate and become part of us, instead of, ‘OK, that’s a great song. Let’s go.’ Or versus, ‘You know what? Would it be better if we [played] this part one more time or cut that one in half or sped this up a little bit. There’s so many variables.”
MEGADETH latest album, 2013’s “Super Collider”, sold 29,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 6 on The Billboard 200 chart.