Dave Mustaine has told Metal Hammer magazine that MEGADETH will tour the world with BODY COUNT, the metal band fronted by hip-hop legend, actor and director Ice-T, next year.

Mustaine and Ice-T had previously teased an upcoming collaboration on social media.

The MEGADETH mainman now says: “We’re talking about a very large tour next summer with five bands on it with us. It’s going to be more of a guest appearance than a direct support kind of thing.

“We’ve been looking at a lot of interesting acts, but for me I don’t always try and pick out the flavor of the month — I have loyalty to my friends.

“I always thoughts that BODY COUNT, while if not for everybody, I thought it was great. It’s not your normal metal band. It’s cool to see somebody crossing over from the hip-hop world into the metal world.

“I think it’s great to be open-minded about different people from different backgrounds.”

BODY COUNT is working on their new album titled “Bloodlust”, to be released next year through Century Media.

In addition to Mustaine, MEGADETH‘s current lineup includes longtime bassist David Ellefson, Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and former SOILWORK drummer Dirk Verbeuren.

MEGADETH is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “Dystopia”, which came out in January.

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