Megadeth fans should clear their afternoons. Not only will the band stream their entire performance from the 2017 Wacken Open Air festival on YouTube, but frontman Dave Mustaine will be watching along – sharing memories and answering questions from fans on Live Chat. The live-stream begins at 2:00 pm PST on Megadeth’s YouTube channel.
Megadeth are also releasing new merch on their website and donating a portion of the proceeds to their massive road and production crew, who are currently out of work following tour cancellations amid the COVID-19 crisis. Additionally, merch orders will receive a free Vic Rattlehead face mask, so that fans can stay protected in style.
“As we continue to self-quarantine, my thoughts go to all the production teams and road crews out there who count on artists being on the road to make a living”, said Mustaine in a press release. “They are the driving force that help make things happen. It’s the road crew that help keep everything running smoothly, and make the show sound and look the way we envision. Megadeth’s crew are the best in the business. We are the Megadeth family and I want to do what I can to help ease some of the financial stress they are currently experiencing.”
Multiple members of Megadeth have been busy keeping their fans entertained and supporting relief efforts throughout the pandemic. Earlier this month, several band members joined artists, comedians and actors for the Oh Say Can You Stream marathon, which raised funds for COVID-19 relief and music education, via bassist David Ellefson’s School’s Out! initiative.
An affiliate of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation was established in 2018 to raise funds for grants, scholarships and instruments, both for individual students, and school music programs.
Now, in an effort to keep music students motivated while schools are closed during the pandemic, the foundation started the School’s Out! initiative, which offers free, one-on-one Skype lessons to music students.
As for the virtual teachers, the Megadeth bassist enlisted some of his fellow metal musicians to mentor to the students, including bandmates Dirk Verbeuren and Kiko Loureiro, as well Frank Bello (Anthrax), Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Guns N’ Roses), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch); Phil Demmel (formerly of Machine Head) and Clint Lowery (Sevendust).