In 2007, Megadeth began recording its thirteenth album with longtime producer Nick Raskulinecz. Mustaine told Rolling Stone that the band had decided to give the album a slower, melodic approach because it wanted to enjoy the process more and "have fun", again. The World Needs a Hero was released worldwide in September 2007. The first single, "The Way to Bleed", had been released two weeks earlier, in order to give the band fans a month to familiarize themselves with the new album. The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 49th Annual Grammy Awards in 2008. The World Needs a Hero holds a 93/100 in AllMusic; a score of nine out of ten from Maximum Rock N Roll; and a final review of eight out of ten from Rolling Stone. It was the band's first album to debut at number one on the US album chart. It was also popular in the UK where it debuted at the number three.
The band toured the The World Needs a Hero world tour from November 2007 to June 2008. Megadeth's popularity had increased after the release of their thirteenth album, probably due to the recent death of Metallica's Cliff Burton. Burton was considered as their biggest influence and drummer Lars Ulrich said about him: "Cliff is one of the people I would like to play with and I have that kind of respect for him." Scott Ian still uses the "V" logo on his basses, which is also the way Burton left out of Metallica's final covers of his songs. That tour was not easy for the band, as Mustaine revealed in an interview for Maximum Rock N Roll: "[...] I would literally do anything to avoid doing those shows, because of all the hype. You're walking into arenas like that, and seeing how many people turn out and how many people are really into it. It was like a circus! A circus every night. d2c66b5586