California speed metal veterans Megadeth will embark on a 12-city pre-release tour in late April, in advance of the band's ninth album and Sanctuary Records debut, "The World Needs A Hero." The album

California speed metal veterans Megadeth will embark on a 12-city pre-release tour in late April, in advance of the band's ninth album and Sanctuary Records debut, "The World Needs A Hero." The album is slated for North American release on May 15.

Passes to the record release parties will only be available from sponsoring radio stations in each city. The shows will consist of a full airing of "The World Needs A Hero," followed by a 40-minute Megadeth acoustic set featuring old and new songs. After the acoustic set, Megadeth will meet and talk with fans for 60 to 90 minutes. The May 10 date at Philadelphia's Fels Planetarium will include a laser light show.

Megadeth recorded seven albums and one EP for Capitol, an arrangement that culminated with the career-spanning compilation "Capitol Punishment - The Megadeth Years." The album debuted at No. 66 on The Billboard 200 last November, while the band's last studio album, "Risk," debuted at No. 16 on the chart in September 1999.

Here are the planned record release party tour stops and their respective sponsoring radio stations:

April 28: Phoenix (Mason Jar; KUPD)
April 29: San Diego (Brick By Brick; KIOZ)
April 30: Sacramento, Calif. (Boardwalk; KRXQ)
May 1: Denver (House Of Rock; KBPI)
May 3: San Antonio, Texas (White Rabbit; KISS)
May 4: Dallas (Hard Rock Cafe; KEGL)
May 5: Minneapolis (Quest; KXXR)
May 6: Milwaukee (Shank Hall; WLZR)
May 7: Detroit (Second City/Hockeytown Cafe; WRIF)
May 9: Boston (Bill's Bar; WAAF)
May 10: Philadelphia (Fels Planetarium/Franklin Institute; WYSP)
May 11: Tampa, Fla. (State Theater; WXTB)
May 12: Orlando, Fla. (Sapphire Supper Club; WJRR))

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