Metal news: Megadeth shakeup, new High on Fire song, Rock on the Range lineup coming

File this under “never thought this would happen”: Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine announced the return of bassist Dave Ellefson to the band, just in time for the 20th anniversary Rust in Peace tour (with Testament and Exodus). Let’s not forget, it was just 5 years ago that Ellefson sued Mustaine for $18.5 million (the lawsuit was dismissed). Ellefson replaces James LoMenzo who has been in Megadeth since early 2006. I certainly hope this has nothing to do with the interview I did with LoMenzo last year when I asked if, under the right circumstances, he’d reunite with White Lion.

New High on Fire song, new tour: High on Fire debuted a new song (“Snakes for the Divine”) on Spin.com today (damn, this thing SMOKES) and announced a pretty major headlining tour with support from Priestess, Black Cobra and Bison BC. The band’s new album comes out Feb.23.

Soundgarden? Creed? Limp Bizkit? Rock on the Range announces lineup at 10am, February 9: The rumors are running rampant about who will be playing the fourth annual Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio May 22 and 23. The festival has had some huge mainstage talent in the past and there is no reason to think this year won’t offer a plethora of big name hard rock bands. Personally, I’d love to see Soundgarden and/or Faith No More. We’ll all find out tomorrow morning who will be performing. Check out RockOnTheRange.com at 10am for all the information.

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