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Thursday, October 24 2013 11:35

Throwback Thursday: MEGADETH - COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION LIVE (with a Giveaway!) #tbt

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I've said it before, and I find myself saying it again, if only for the new friends that are just finding THE ROCK FATHER and have no knowledge of my past: In a lot of ways, my teen years were like an early-1990s version of ALMOST FAMOUS. But, instead of it being Cameron Crowe hanging with LED ZEPPELIN and THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND and writing about the experience for ROLLING STONE, it was me hanging with bands like FAITH NO MORE and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS and writing about the experience for regional print 'zines like Oil, Slowfish, and The River Cities' Reader. Thing is, I also had a cable access show. The simply-titled "ZTV" ran for 40+ episodes from it's homebase in the Quad Cities from 1992-1994. One such adventure? A 16-year-old me going one-on-one with Dave Mustaine of MEGADETH in January of 1993. Yes, I had a mullet and a Vic Rattlehead shirt. And it was awesome.

WIN THIS DVD!The adventure came during the COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION Tour (the album having been released the previous summer) and this then-novice interviewer sat down for about 15 minutes with Dave on-camera from the Palmer Auditorium in Davenport, Iowa. Three years ago (2010), I unearthed the VHS footage and revealed it on a now-defunct music website, but thanks to YouTube, it still exists. I figured it was a fun story for my second-ever "Throwback Thursday" about my pre-Rock Father Adventures, and one highly appropriate for a giveaway. You see, TradeCraft and Universal Music Enterprises just released MEGADETH: COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION LIVE on DVD... and they've teamed up with me to get three lucky readers hooked up with copies. 

Can't wait to see if you've won? MEGADETH: COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION LIVE is available now on DVD, CD, and iTunes Digital. A Best Buy Exclusive Blu-Ray+CD Combo is also available, containing two bonus art cards. Three Winners here on The Rock Father will receive the DVD version.

To Enter: Follow the prompts in the Rafflecopter Widget Below. It will let you enter Chicago-style - early and often with a stacked deck - BUT YOU MUST START WITH A COMMENT: What is your favorite MEGADETH song and album? It's MANDATORY...

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Fine Print: Promotion open to residents of the U.S. only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen at random on, about, or after November 11, 2013, and will be notified via email to obtain their shipping address. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Shipping address must be a street address - no P.O. Boxes. Prize provided by UMe. Twitter Users: Sorry, no Eggs, please - real users only. Not responsible for lost or misdirected mail. Good Luck!

Oh... you're still here? You actually wanted to SEE that old cable access footage of me and Dave? Well, here ya go... it even includes "Holy Wars" at the end!

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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