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Megadeth to open Illinois State Fair; Reba, Dan+Shay, Snoop Dogg also scheduled

Megadeth — Chris Adler (from left), Kiko Loureiro, Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson. | UME/T-BOY RECORDS

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Heavy metal band Megadeth will be the opening act at this year’s Illinois State Fair.

The group will play Aug. 9 at the Illinois Lottery Grandstand Stage.

Megadeth has sold 38 million albums and received 12 Grammy nominations. The group’s 15th studio album, Dystopia, was released in 2016.

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Other performers scheduled in the grandstand this summer include Pentatonix, Old Dominion, Snoop Dogg, Shinedown and Reba McEntire.

Concert tickets go on sale April 20 via Ticketmaster and on April 22 at the state fairgrounds in Springfield.

The fair runs from Aug. 8 to 18.

Here’s the official lineup from fair organizers:

Friday, August 9: Megadeth

Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Gen Track – $35 / VIP Track – $55

Saturday, August 10: Bad Company with Foghat

Tier 3 – $30 / Tier 2 – $35 / Tier 1 – $40 / Gen Track – $40 / VIP Track – $60

Sunday, August 11: Dan + Shay

Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Gen Track – $35 / VIP Track – $55

Monday, August 12: The Traveling Salvation Show – A Tribute to Neil Diamond

FREE Concert

Tuesday, August 13: Why Don’t We

Tier 3 – $20 / Tier 2 – $25 / Tier 1 – $30 / Gen Track – $30 / VIP Track – $50

Wednesday, August 14: Pentatonix with Special Guest Rachel Platten

Tier 3 – $45 / Tier 2 – $50 / Tier 1 – $55 / Gen Track – $55 / VIP Track – $75

Thursday, August 15: Old Dominion

Tier 3 – $30 / Tier 2 – $35 / Tier 1 – $40 / Gen Track – $40 / VIP Track – $60

Friday, August 16: Snoop Dogg w/ Dogg Pound, Warren G, DJ Quik, Twista, and Do or Die

Tier 3 – $25 / Tier 2 – $30 / Tier 1 – $35 / Gen Track – $35 / VIP Track – $55

Saturday, August 17: Shinedown

Tier 3 – $30 / Tier 2 – $35 / Tier 1 – $40 / Gen Track – $40 / VIP Track – $60

Sunday, August 18: Reba McEntire with Rachel Wammack

Tier 3 – $35 / Tier 2 – $40 / Tier 1 – $45 / Gen Track – $45 / VIP Track – $65