TEL AVIV - Megadeth may have had it right all along – Peace Sells.
The metal rock group will play in Israel in the summer, officials said on Tuesday, marking the third top international performer to announce concert dates in Israel since Prime Minister Sharon and Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas leaders declared an end to end a four years of violence.
Megadeth will take part of Israel’s annual “Metalist Festival” and play on June 22 at the Hangar 11 club in Tel Aviv, event managers confirmed.
The festival will also feature performances from 12 other heavy metal bands from Israel and around the world. Tickets are expected to go on sale May 5.
Megadeth was formed in 1983 after guitarist Dave Mustaine quit rival metal band Metallica, creating a long-time rivalry between the groups. Megadeth rose to fame in the ‘90s with hits like “Countdown to Extinction,” “Peace Sells,” “Rust in Peace” and “Youthanasia.”
The group disbanded in 2002 when Mustaine underwent a nerve operation in his hand. But the group reunited in 2004 and released one of the band's most sucessful albums, entitled “The System Has Failed.”
Megadeth last visited Israel in 1995 and played a concert in Tel Aviv.
Several international artists have cancelled concerts in Israel throughout the past four years since the start of the al-Aqsa intifada in September 2000.
But some have expressed interest in performing here after Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas declared a truce in February, and after a sharp decline in anti-Israeli attacks over the past year as a result of tough military action against terrorist leaders in the West Bank and Gaza.
German rock group The Scorpions are scheduled to play in Israel in July and British pop artist Phil Collins will perform in the fall.