Megadeth, the iconic American thrash metal band, just released a non-fungible token collection with the goal of deepening its connection to its fans, both in physical and virtual reality.
The collection was announced on the December 5th, the 61st birthday of front-man Dave Mustaine, on the social media platform X. Dubbed “Rattleheads,” the 5,000 generative art NFTs created by the artist Haddy features the band’s mascot Vic Rattlehead and other classic Megadeth themes and images.
According to the announcement, holders of the NFTs will be able to access physical and metaverse experiences including meetups with band members, concerts, VIP access, and holder-only events. The NFTs are being marketed as more than just a fan club, but a community owned by the holders.
Mustaine said that Megadeth has always been at the forefront of innovation, from setting the “standard for thrash metal” to becoming the “first band to have a website.” The group also began its “Cyber Army” community in 1994, and its album Dystopia “came with a full Virtual Reality experience.” He added that Web3 technology enables “the ultimate connection with our community.”
Megadeth released its first album in 1984, and has since garnered millions of fans around the world. From the buzz on X, it appears its diehard fans are embracing the band’s new initiative.
The band’s latest album, The Sick, The Dying… and the Dead!, released on September 2nd landed in the No. 3 spot on the Billboard 200 chart after the first week, becoming Megadeth’s eight top 10-charting album. More details about the NFT drop are expected soon and can be found on the band’s website.
Musicians Flock to Web3 in 2023
For fans of the legendary band Megadeth, the new NFT drop is exciting news. But Megadeth is far from the only band to embrace Web3 in recent months. At Rarity Sniper, we’ve seen dozens of bands, musicians, and labels enter Web3 recently.
Here are some of the top headlines from the past four months.
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- Earl Sweatshirt & The Alchemist to Tour NFT Album ‘Voir Dire’
- Justin Bieber Turns Hit Song into Royalty-Sharing NFT
Because music NFTs allow bands and artists to connect directly with their fans, many musicians in an industry that’s notorious for giving creators the short end of the stick are embracing the new technology. As NFT and crypto markets appear poised for a major breakout in 2024, it will be interesting to see if the trend for music to enter Web3 continues.
Fans of Megadeth will have to be patient for updates on the latest NFT drop, and only time will tell if the new initiative is successful. But considering the band has been in the game for over 40 years and has millions of fans all around the world, we imagine they’ll have no problem selling out the collection.