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DAVE MUSTAINE INTERVIEW
Dave Mustaine is a metal icon. His Musical
genius and guitar mastery has kept MEGADETH going for more than 30 years.
Mustaine was also a founding member of the band METALLICA. When the
DYSTOPIA world tour launches September 20, the lineup will include AMON AMARTH,
BUTCHER BABIES, METAL CHURCH, and SUICIDAL TENDENCIES. I spoke with Dave as he
was gearing up for the tour. We spoke about life on the road, beer, bands, and
Thank you for taking the time to do this interview. How are things going?
“Hey, just driving over to our storage facility
to pack up all our gear on the trucks for the tour. Just making sure we have
everything we need. It’s fun. It’s what I live for. I've got a great job.”
tour lineup is chock full of amazing bands. How do you gather and choose these
“Contrary to all the mud slingers out there.
People that tour with us know they are going to have a great time. The list is
as long as my arm of people that have toured with us and have gone on to bigger
success. Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, Korn, White Zombie. Our audience is a
real friendly and open minded when it comes to new bands. Alice In Chains was
another band. It’s a very difficult business. Not everyone gets the opportunities
that they should. And when someone like me says, I’m not hiring you because you
sell tickets; I’m hiring you because you sound good. That is cool stuff. I look
at talent that we want to take out on the road as something that I would want
to hear. Because we will be out on the road and I have to listen to them night
after night. I want to be able to enjoy myself just as much as you do. During
that whole period a couple of years ago when no one was doing guitar solos, we
had a couple of bands go out with us and I despised them. And the reason they
went out with us was because the label said you need to do this. That was the
worst part of my career during that whole nu-metal thing. You know there were
no solos because the guitar players weren’t good enough to do solos.”
was a dark time
Line up also includes the double female fronted band, THE BUTCHER BABIES. How
did you come across them?
“We had another opening on the tour and I
watched a couple of songs. I thought oh my god that is provocative and there
are a lot of young men out there that will be very happy that Dave picked these
young ladies to tour. It reminded me of WENDY O WILLIAMS (PLASMATICS), because
our first drummer had dated Wendy when we were on tour with them. It was
MOTORHEAD, WENDY O WILLIAMS, and MEGADETH. Looking back, it was really cool
that our drummer had dated her. The BUTCHER BABIES remind me of her.”
have interviewed them before, and they are totally professional and honest
“I actually, when I saw the videos. The thing I
liked about them. You know a lot of those screaming singers. A lot gets washed
up with the background. But I found that there was an element of actual singing
going along with the screaming. That made it interesting.”
lyrics for DYSTOPIA are darker is this because they are a reflection of the
times? As Bob Dylan says “The times they are a changin?
“Definitely a reflection of the time we are
living in right now. Looking at society and every day it's on the news, someone
is stabbed, shot or blowing up a cop or a school. When I was growing up there
was honor amongst the people that fought. You would never think of shooting
into a hospital or a school. Now they do that with no remorse. I think about
combat as a martial artist and you would touch gloves before you fight. Now
they don't do that. So much animosity out there. We are swimming in an era of
just hate. I try to stay upbeat and positive. My twitter feed is unusually
upbeat. I think that is because I do not immediately respond. Some of our
international fans might not communicate the same way we do so before you fly
off the handle you have to take that into account.”
do you feel about the increased presence of social media?
“Well social media and the internet and
downloading can be used to your advantage. A lot of people could do that but a
lot of people don’t. Take the approach like Lars (METALLICA) did and go up to Capitol
Hill and sue people that are downloading songs. Rewind the page in twenty years
and we might have been on the receiving end of a lawsuit because we were all
tape traders. Although at that time it was about the music. You had pen pals
and you would trade tapes. Now you have instant contact across the globe.
I remember one person put one of our earlier
albums streaming on the internet for free downloading. He wasn’t even a fan.
His sole intent was to hurt us financially.”
just recently celebrated your 55th birthday, congrats and you also have a new
beer line coming out. How did that come about?
“Thank you. Well the birthday was my parents
business. And the beer. We met this cat in Quebec and he was a big fan of ours
and he launched a beer line. We named the beer after “a tout le monde”. The
song is one of the biggest metal songs of all time. My family is from Canada
originally. I have always had a good relationship with the people of Canada and
so we had a chance to talk to the Jerry. He came to a huge outdoor event we
were doing. It was Kiko’s first show. So his audition was to play for 80,000
people in Quebec City. Which is a good way to see if the guys you are playing
with are actually worth their salt. So anyway the beer guy showed up early, we
did some sampling and it was good. I like to drink beer. We have our own winery
that we started.”
is next for MEGADEATH and DAVE MUSTAINE?
“We are actually working feverishly with the
hard drives to catalog all the song ideas we have. To start working on separating
them into new parts and so forth and so forth. We have a crazy opportunity of a
project that I am working on. We have a lot of songs for that I am working on.
I cannot give you more details but as soon as I can, I will. Start to record
with these guys. Got festivals in Asia and Europe coming up. God willing
we will finally get down to South Africa next year.”
has sold over 50 million records worldwide, received 11 Grammy nominations.
DYSTOPIA is the bands 16th studio album.
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