n 1992, Megadeth’s "Countdown to Extinction" came out.
In 2012, fortunately for us, extinction hasn’t yet arrived.
Nevertheless, the California metal band is celebrating the 20th anniversary of the album, with a tour stop planned at Saltair Saturday.
"Countdown to Extinction" remains the best-selling album in the discography of the band that was created after frontman and guitarist Dave Mustaine was tossed out of Metallica in 1983. Debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard album chart, the 1992 record featured the band’s most recognizable song, "Symphony of Destruction," which became an unlikely MTV hit.
Despite touring to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album "Rust in Peace" two years ago, the decision to tour and play "Countdown to Extinction" in its entirety on this tour wasn’t as clear-cut as it seems, said Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick.
"It wasn’t like a no-brainer," Broderick said. "We had talked about doing a [1986 album "Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?"] anniversary tour. A lot of times we’ll look at what people are talking about on the Internet."
And fans, Broderick said, were clamoring for a "Countdown to Extinction" tour, although back in 1992 many metal purists scoffed at the record as an attempt by Mustaine to gain more commercial appeal, much like Metallica.
While Broderick, the youngest member of the band, said he became a fan of Megadeth with 1990’s "Rust in Peace," he didn’t immediately like the idea of anniversary tours. But once the band trotted out "Rust in Peace" in 2010 and played it into its entirety, he saw the reaction from the audiences.
"I think I got more into it when I saw the fans get into it," said Broderick. "Once you release an album, it no longer becomes yours — it becomes the fans’."
Broderick, a 42-year-old Colorado native, said his favorite vacation spots are the snowboarding hills in northern Utah and the house-boating lifestyle at Lake Powell. Mustaine’s trust in Broderick since Mustaine plucked him from Colorado metal band Jag Panzer four years ago has led Broderick to relish his new life.
"Who would want to change this?" said Broderick. "I’m in a iconic metal band that’s known for its guitars."
Megadeth has brought fellow Californian metal band Kyng (often stylized as KYNG) on tour. "We’re big Megadeth fans," said singer and guitarist Eddie Veliz. "We look at each other all the the time and say, ‘This is special.’"
This will be Kyng’s first show in Utah, after a previous tour with Seether was canceled earlier this year. The band likes calling its music "California heavy," and was a quartet until they booted a past singer, and is proud to distinguish itself by being a metal trio. "It wasn’t working," said Veliz, who was raised in east Los Angeles. "He was a singer who screamed, with a really throaty voice. But it wasn’t working ... If he get a fourth member, we’ll be just another four-piece."
He continued: "There’s not many bands doing what we’re doing."
Maybe extinction is on the rise.
Megadeth with Kyng
When • Saturday, Dec. 1, 8 p.m.
Where • Saltair, 12408 W. Salt Air Drive, Magna
Tickets • $35 at SmithsTix
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