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Megadeth To Release 25th Anniversary Edition of ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’

Megadeth’s vital, Platinum-certified album, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?, has been digitally remastered for the first time and expanded for a commemorative 25th Anniversary release in multiple configurations on July 12 by Capitol/EMI. All of the versions, including a 2CD lift-top box, digital album, and a deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set, include a previously unreleased 1987 concert from the band’s first world tour and new liner notes written by Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Metallica’s Lars Ulrich.

The deluxe box set also includes previously unreleased and rare mixes of the album’s tracks and hi res audio for the remastered album and concert, as well as an expanded 20-page book, plus 8”x10” photos and reproductions of vintage Megadeth memorabilia. The cover of the box uses a new, unique process of lenticular 3D which reinterprets the original cover, creating the illusion of Megadeth’s Vic Rattlehead character jumping out of the art.

Released in 1986, Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? was Megadeth’s second album and the band’s first Capitol/EMI release. The acclaimed album thrust Megadeth into the international spotlight, and it remains a powerful thrash metal staple.

In his liner notes for the new edition, Dave Mustaine reflects on writing the album’s title track: “I had written other lyrics by now, but there was something different about ‘Peace Sells’ because it told my story about my faith; my beliefs; my distrust of government; my work ethic; my integrity. This was MY song.”

“If there’s a new way, I’ll be the first in line”

“Amen!,” continues Mustaine. “I was so tired of not shaving, not bathing, not eating, not having a home, a companion, NOTHING. Yeah, I’ll be the first in line, but it had better work this time. Well, it was working, thank God, just fast enough for what I needed, but not nearly as fast as I would hope.”

“Whether you heard this record for the first time in 1986, or you hear this record for the first time today or tomorrow,Peace Sells is a great heavy metal album,” writes Lars Ulrich in his liner notes for the new edition. “Nothing more, nothing less. It has stood the test of time. And will continue to do so.”

Dave Mustaine pioneered the hugely successful Megadeth after his departure from Metallica. Beginning with the band’s 1985 debut album, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good!, and evolving through a shifting series of lineups, Megadeth has crafted a dynamic, intelligent style that combines the aggressiveness of thrash metal, the improvisational nature of jazz, and cynical, articulate, politically-charged lyrics into an innovative mix that has built a rabid worldwide following.

For nearly three decades, Megadeth has taken heavy metal into the future – musically, lyrically, and culturally. The band has enjoyed great success on Billboard’s album and single charts, including three Top 10 titles on the Top 200 Albums chart and four Top 10 Modern Rock singles, “Almost Honest,” “Trust,” “Breadline,” and “Crush ‘Em.”

With defiance and grace, through unusual quality and intelligence, Megadeth has raised a generation on a diet of truth serum and bitter pills. Instead of being kicked to the curb for their insolence, they’ve been rewarded with nine Grammy Award nominations, six Gold, five Platinum, and one double Platinum albums, and three Gold-certified DVD releases, in addition to last year’s double Platinum concert DVD, The Big 4: Live From Sofia, Bulgaria.

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [2CD; digital]

Booklet with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered)
Wake Up Dead
The Conjuring
Peace Sells
Devil’s Island
Good Mourning/Black Friday
Bad Omen
I Ain’t Superstitious
My Last Words
Disc 2 (previously unreleased 1987 concert
Wake Up Dead
The Conjuring
Bad Omen
Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good
Looking Down The Cross
My Last Words
Peace Sells
These Boots Were Made For Walkin’
Devils Island
Last Rites / Loved To Deth

MEGADETH: Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? [deluxe 5Disc+3LP box set]

Two 8×10 photos / two 8 ½ x 11 reproduced vintage concert flyers / one reproduced vintage ticket stub / 20-page book with liner notes by Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich

Disc 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)

Disc 2 (Dave Mustaine mixes & masters for 2004 album reissue – tracklist above)

Disc 3 (Randy Burns mixes, remastered)

Wake Up Dead [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

The Conjuring [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Peace Sells [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Devil’s Island [previously unreleased]

Good Mourning/Black Friday [previously released as bonus track on ’04 reissue]

Bad Omen [previously unreleased]

I Ain’t Superstitious [previously unreleased]

My Last Words [previously unreleased]


Disc 4 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)


Disc 5 (hi-res audio: original album + previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklists above)


LP 1 (original album, remastered – tracklist above)


LPs 2 & 3 (previously unreleased 1987 concert – tracklist above)



4 Hamburg, Germany Docks



2 Gelsenkirchen, Germany Veltins Arena

3 Gothenburg, Sweden Ullevi Stadium

6 Milan, Italy Fiera Open Air Arena

8 Knebworth, UK Sonisphere Knebworth House

9 Amneville, France Sonisphere Snowhall Parc


14 New York, NY Yankee Stadium




10 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre

12 Auburn, WA White River Amphitheatre

13 Nampa, ID Idaho Center Amphitheater

15 Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion

16 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino

17 Englewood, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheater

19 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

20 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center

22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center

23* Toronto, ON Downsview Park (*Heavy T.O. Festival –

24 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater

27 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center

29 Burgettstown, PA First Niagara Pavilion

30 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live

31 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center


2 Virginia Beach, VA Virginia Beach Amphitheater

3 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Pavilion

5 Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre

6 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre

7 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center

9 Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheatre

10 Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion

12 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre

13 Tampa, FL 1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre

14 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre