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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"I just finished signing and sending off the 'Deth Certificates' that are being shipped with my new Dean VMNT guitars. They are limited, so I guess only certain stores will be getting them due to availability. I guess this would be some thing to talk about with the good folks of Dean or your local music store to see if they have the balls to carry Dean Guitars and the new Dave Mustaine VMNT Signature Dean Electric Guitar.
"I wanted to play guitar today, but my new axes are all in lockers being freighted back from Europe and Israel, and I just didn't want to play the other guitars that were here.
"Spoiled, I guess.
"Lots of great things are happening for all-things-mega and we should have a lot of dates to confirm soon, as well as some information of upcoming material and footage from the making of 'United Abominations', as well as several other exciting projects.
"We are planning out the rest of the year and the beginning of 2008 and that will allow us to visit all of your countries and thrash out to the new album and all of the classics that we have been bringing out of the vaults.
"I hope that my bandmates are enjoying their time off and I send my prayers to James' daughter and her speedy recovery, and to all of you . . . from Fallbrook and The House of Mustaine, have a great flipping night!"
Shawn Macomber of The American Spectator recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On the United Nations:
"I'm sure the United Nations does some good stuff. I mean, they've got one of the most beautiful women in the world pushing rice in Darfur. But that's the irony of it all. They'll send those C130s over there full of supplies, drop it off and...the rebels get it. Deliver it all the way if you're going to deliver it. What good is it if it goes to the bad people? Then there are these allegations of women and children being raped by peacekeepers in Africa — the first time that happens it's a crime, the second time it is a travesty."
"Why doesn't Michael Moore do an expose on the UN? When I see Syria on the Security Council [in 2002-2003], am I supposed to feel secure? It's mad....They just rely on UNICEF, this one good thing they're doing, to cover up all the stuff that they're not doing, to put them beyond dissent. I'm not impressed. How long are they going to sit by and watch Hezbollah fire Katyusha rockets into Israel from Lebanon? That's a question I'd like answered."
On musicians making their political views public:
"People say musicians should stay out of politics, and I agree. But I'm a citizen, too. I love my country. When I went to cover the  Democratic National Convention for MTV, I walked around like a respectable American who happened to be in the music business instead of like one of these idiots in a T-shirt that says 'F -- k Our President.'
"In a lot of ways, it doesn't matter. I can't tell you how condescending the look I got from John Kerry was when I walked up to interview him at the 1992 convention or the way Oliver Stone treated me. I was like, 'You know what? Don't let the hair fool you, guys.'"
On MEGADETH's early lyrical approach:
"I had labelmates when I was on Capitol Records like POISON who had songs like 'Talk Dirty to Me'. That never appealed to me. I wanted to do something that was a little bit more profound, even if I didn't really want a bunch of pontificators in the front row."
Read the entire interview at www.spectator.org.
MEGADETH's assistant tour manager Tracey Wiedeman has issued a lengthy report on the band's recent run of dates in Europe. Read it at this location.
MEGADETH's latest CD, "United Abominations", has sold 105,000 copies in the United States since its May 15 release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Ticketmaster last week released several dates for MEGADETH's fall 2007 U.S. tour. The shows, none of which have been officially confirmed by the band, are as follows:
Sep. 04 - William a Egan Civic and Convention Center - Anchorage, AK
Sep. 12 - Grove of Anaheim - Anaheim, CA
Sep. 26 - The Fillmore New York at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
Sep. 29 - Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom - Hampton Beach, NH
Oct. 04 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Oct. 05 - House of Blues - Myrtle Beach, SC
More dates will be released soon.
Professionally filmed video footage of MEGADETH's June 8, 2007 performance at the Download festival at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England has been posted at YouTube.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"What a great day to get up and write to you all. I know that I have been very busy, and that there were a lot of times over the last few months that you may have seen me darting in or out of a building, and I was unable to stay and chit-chat. Well, I am relatively sorry for that, althought there are sometimes, and we all have them, when you are with someone you can talk to for hours and never want to leave . . . or then there's conversations for mere seconds, where the dead fish smell that permeates every conversation like that at the 'are you just about finished yet?' moment.
"It was great seeing all of the bands that we saw on the last tour, and I for one am ecstatic about the reviews that you have given us. The press has been really kind too (which makes me tremble), and I have to say that I have just experienced one of the best trips around the world so far with 'United Abominations' that I have had with damn near any previous record.
"Seeing people that I really respect too has made it fantastic! Stars on the stage and the stars behind them too were everywhere I turned. I didn't go one day without seeing someone that I loved, or liked and that I had worked with or toured with in the past.
"I got to see how many people around the world know and love James Lomenzo, which just continues to solidify his place in MEGADETH, and I also got to spend time with him myself when I was having the 'rough times' that we all go over whilst on tour.
"And the relentless comedy the Drover brothers provide is priceless (although the intellect of the jokes are worthless), and we laughed probably 50% of the trip around the world. I was semi-concerned because they are fans of so many of the bands that we have played with, some I influenced, some I even know, and there was one incident where they got snubbed by a band they were huge fans of, and I told them, 'that is why we never treat the fans like that.'
"Sadly, there is still that backstage poseur shit going on.
"I doubt the band they went to say hello to knew who they were, but still, it was bad form and I laughed because it only served to piss them off and they said before they went on stage, ' . . . gonna kill those guys . . . pricks . . . etc.' And we had fun!!!
"There were only a few shows with technical difficulties, and there were a few shows that we wished we played at different time slots, or lengths, or stages, but most importantly we got to see you, to show you that we are back and we are serious, and that we are coming to see you as soon as we can.
"We have dozens of offers for dates in the USA, Canada, the UK and Europe again, South America, Japan, Australia, and several new countries in the Pac Rim on our schedule. We are trying to go into China, South Korea, and some southern countries like Indonesia again.
"My hope is to one day go to South Africa, but for now, for this split second of divinity, I am happy just being in my teensy office at home.
"I would like to say thank you to the crew personnel that we have worked with so far this tour, there have been many great professionals and we wish you well. Some we have had to part ways with as paths cross and then un-cross again; and some were only temporary employees, too. I hope that we all will always remain friends for what we accomplished these last two years restocking my 'warchest.'
"Last but not least, I started writing some stuff whilst in Germany, as I am sure the others have too, so we are going to try to get back into the studio before 2009.
"We are still making a lot of great improvements around here at all-things-mega, and now that we are back home, a lot of the neat stuff we picked up along the way will be sent to the official MEGADETH eBay store, and I even think that Glen Drover is going to have one of his axes for auction soon.
"I hope everyone has a great day — this special day - seven - seven – seven."
During an interview with DelRock.it conducted on June 30, 2007 prior to MEGADETH's performance at the Gods of Metal festival in Milan, Italy, the band's bassist James Lomenzo was asked about the label switch to Roadrunner following a split with Sanctuary Records. "It's always difficult when you make a move like that," Lomenzo replied. "But Roadrunner's been extremely supportive throughout the whole process. There's been some mistakes made, but that happens in every label-band situation — it's just misinterpretations about what one person would wanna do and another one… Ultimately, though, Roadrunner's been really very behind MEGADETH in a really positive way — right down to the inception of making the music to the back end of it, looking at exactly what markets we really belong in. We're very happy with the relationship so far — it's been good."
Watch video footage of Lomenzo discussing MEGADETH's label situation at YouTube.
Blasting-Zone.com recently conducted an in-depth interview with MEGADETH bassist James Lomenzo. Several excerpts follow:
Blasting-Zone.com: In hindsight, how would you describe the recording process for "United Abominations"?
James: "It was definitely a labor of love and respect in retrospect looking back at the whole project. We started just before Gigantour last year, which was weird because it meant I had only played three gigs as a member of MEGADETH. We went right into the studio, and Dave already had a whole bunch of material ready to go. I guess he had been preparing for this for a while. So our job was to interpret it and make it sound as MEGADETH-y as possible. It was actually a really cool environment. I was pleasantly surprised and a little shocked by how cool it was to work with Dave Mustaine. After all the things that people had cautioned and warned me about, I found them all to be not true at all. He's actually a cool guy to make music with. So we plodded forth in the studio and to make a long story short, we had to stop recording for a while to do the Gigantour last summer. Looking back at that, it was actually a blessing in disguise because it gave us a little bit of time, all of us, to sit back and look at what we were creating and how close it was to being a classic MEGADETH album…and Dave had a lot of time to fine-tune his lyrics and decided where he wanted to do. So that worked out really well."
Blasting-Zone.com: Did you have an opportunity to contribute any songwriting ideas?
James: "Dave had already pre-conceived most of the music, so we worked off of some demos and patterns that he had. My job was basically to put as much of my personality into it that the MEGADETH sound would allow. On some things, Dave just kinda let me go and dug on a lot of it, I think. 'Washington is Next' is a pretty good example of that. In other places, he would suggest things like, 'Why don't you play along with the guitars on this part because that would reinforce it and make it sound like more of a MEGADETH record?' So it was a really cool blend and the same was true with both Shawn and Glen, especially with Glen. He really shined with his solo work on there. There was a lot of space for his to do his thing and put his mark on the band as well. When I came into this band, I was just blown away by Shawn and Glen…by their virtuosity and their real love for this band, ya know? These guys are students of music across the board, so they were a real inspiration to me because they're great world-class musicians. They're every bit as MEGADETH as any of the other players… (former guitarist) Marty (Friedman), (former guitarist) Chris (Poland), (late drummer) Gar (Samuelson)…any of those guys."
Blasting-Zone.com: In retrospect, how would you describe your time with David Lee Roth? Was he as difficult to work with as the rumors would suggest?
James: "David Lee Roth was fantastic. Again, it was one of those situations where everyone was raising their eyebrows going, 'Good luck with that one,' ya know? I got there and man he was one of the best guys that I have ever worked with. I'll say that both Daves are alike because I think their misunderstood to a degree. They speak their minds and people don't like to hear what they have to say sometimes…but there's some validity when they do open their mouths. He was a cheerleader for the band, he made us very comfortable and he was all about being Dave. The trick that I've found over the years to playing with these guys is that they have this unique identity that they understand implicitly about themselves and that's why they continue to rise, ya know? If you can get on board with that and just keep your ears and eye open and do what it is you need to do to bolster these guys, the ride is easy and they make it very nice for ya. The thing that was great about Dave was that he was a bit of an esoteric where he'd come up with these little projects for us. He'd be like, 'Lomenzo, you play upright bass?' and I say, 'Sure…' and he'd say, 'Are you sure?' and I'd say, 'Yeah…' and he'd say, 'Then go get some…' (laughs). We'd start doing some stuff and off we'd go, ya know? It was fun for me after all these years to come in and be so diverse with such a character. It was fun."
Blasting-Zone.com: If the opportunity arose, would you participate in a WHITE LION reunion?
James: "Actually, I almost have twice."
James: "Yeah, I've found along the way that there's so many really cool people who dug that band. It's funny… I'll come to the MEGADETH shows and they cue right up. They'll have all the albums for me to sign and everything (laughs). I've come to find that people are really appreciative of that style of music and it's nostalgic for them, so I understand what that's about. There were a couple of things that came up just before we started this MEGADETH tour. I sat down with a couple of friends of mine from the band POISON and some other bands. On the way out of the dinner, the guys said, 'You know, we'd love to have WHITE LION out with us this summer…' and I said, 'Wow, that probably would be great. I can't do it right now because I'm in MEGADETH, but that's a great idea. Let me get (WHITE LION vocalist) Mike (Tramp) on the phone….' So I called Mike and he went to go spearhead it and I think him and (former WHITE LION guitarist) Vito (Bratta) got into some verbal fisticuffs on the radio, so it probably won't happen for them. A bunch of years ago just before I joined BLACK LABEL SOCIETY there was some speculation…about the group doing some European stuff, but again, I couldn't participate. But I would. If it would make people happy, why not?"
Read the entire interview at Blasting-Zone.com.
Video footage of an interview/press conference with the members of MEGADETH, held earlier today (Sunday, July 1) in Tel Aviv, Israel, has been posted at YouTube.
MEGADETH will perform in Tel Aviv tomorrow (July 2). The show will mark the band's first appearance in Israel since June 2005 when the group's performance at the Metalist Festival was stopped after only four songs due to the crowd's rowdy behavior (see previous BLABBERMOUTH.NET stories: Story#1, Story#2).
According to Ynetnews.com, MEGADETH's June 22, 2005 concert was cut short after stage barricades fell into the audience. Police instructed the crowd to exit the grounds and ended the Metalist Festival earlier than scheduled. More...
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted the following message in the "Forums" section of the band's official web site:
"I just wanted to check in real qwik. We are back in Tel Aviv, and the band is in the best 'spirits' I have seen us all in for quite some time now.
"Glen [Drover, guitar] and Shawn [Drover, drums] are already disinfecting a few small square yards of sand to sunbathe all day tomorrow on, and I hear James [Lomenzo] holding court again behind me, as I witnessed last year with the mighty ANTHRAX and hisself in Japan. We are also very ecstatic with the way that the shows all went down this last leg in the UK and Europe.
"I am trying to determine which way the wind is blowing today (metaphorically speaking), and where we will tour next (we have so many dates that we are turning them down!!!), because we are sitting on a really great new record, and we are beside and supported by the best fans in the world.
"I have a list in my cell of all of the territories, and the excitement from the different countries, the promoters, the labels, and most importantly . . . you, our friends and fans from all around the globe.
"I can't wait to take the stage tomorrow night and finish what we started a couple years ago here in Israel. I hope that the young fan that broke his/her leg back then is better and will be at the show.
"Lastly, thanks to everyone that helped serve on this tour bringing this new record and fantastic line-up back to your faithful Droogies and so many countries that we have not had the luxury to play again for some time.
"I wish you were all here with me today; we would've had fun!!!"
This message has been posted on MEGADETH's official website:
"Fans in Madrid, Spain will gather together this Saturday night, July 7, at the Paranoid Rock Bar, in Alcala de Henares, to have a special evening dedicated to MEGADETH. It will start at approximately midnight, and there will be giveaways (CDs, DVDs, T-Shirts...) and of course MEGADETH music all night long. Any Spanish fans in the area be sure to attend!"
MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine and MOTÖRHEAD's Lemmy Kilmister were interviewed for the Spanish TV program "Caiga Quien Caiga" (CQC) during this year's Monsters Of Rock festival, which took place June 22-23, 2007 in Zaragoza, Spain. Watch the seven-minute report at YouTube (Note: Mustaine's interview begins around the 3:20 mark and Lemmy's around 5:20)
In addition to MEGADETH and MOTÖRHEAD, this year's Monsters Of Rock festival included performances by OZZY OSBOURNE, CHILDREN OF BODOM, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, SLAYER, DREAM THEATER and BLIND GUARDIAN, among others. More...
MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine has put one of his ESP DV8 guitars up for auction on eBay. The ESP comes from his personal collection and has been personally signed by him (with a black sharpie)
# Construction: Neck-thru-body
# Scale Length: 25.5”
# Body: Mahogany
# Neck/Fretboard: 3-pc. maple/ebony
# Inlays: 8 ball on 1st fret and dots
# Pickups: Seymour Duncan JB/Jazz set
# Electronics: 2 volume, tone, 3-way toggle
# Hardware: Black
# Tuners: Sperzel locking
# Straplocks: Dunlop flushmount
# Bridge: Tone Pros locking w/string-thru-bridge
# Binding: White (neck, headstock)
# Frets: 24 jumbo
# Color: Silver
# Deluxe ESP Hardcase Included With Guitar
Currently the bid is at $1,500
Read the full article at ebay.
Zonda Books has posted this press release:
Garry Sharpe-Young's latest book, "Thrash Metal", is being readied for publication this September. In addition, Zonda Books publishes Garry's "Death Metal", "Black Metal" and "Power Metal" all before the end of the year. These MusicMight titles replace the 2001 editions, which have consistently ranked number 1 on their Amazon.com searches for five years and more.
Thrash Metal. At first mocked by the Rock traditionalists Thrash would swamp the hard n' heavy world propelling one of its own - METALLICA, to the very pinnacle of Rock's elite.
In the early 80s Thrash breathed new life into the Rock scene providing older acts with a much needed kick. This new force opened the floodgates to armies of teens armed with flying Vs, bullet belts and a sense of purpose that would fuel genres such as Thrashcore, Crossover and technical Speed Metal. Without Thrash there would be no Death Metal, no Black Metal. That explosion of aggression has seen subsequent afterblasts, most recently Europe and South America has seen a genuine renaissance of Thrash Metal.
Without doubt, Thrash Metal still continues to make its mark in the biggest possible way. The "big four" - METALLICA, MEGADETH, ANTHRAX and SLAYER are all documented here in the greatest possible detail with full, up to the minute histories, exclusive photographs and global discographies, which include demos, albums, singles, chart positions, track listings and catalogue numbers. Over 400,000 words leave no stone left unturned in pursuit of knowledge of ex-members, rare recordings and career milestones. The author has interviewed all these major acts. Indeed, he interviewed METALLICA's late Cliff Burton just days before his passing. The early days of MEGADETH are straight from the mouth of Dave Mustaine.
Also covered are the legion of groundbreaking Bay Area acts such as METAL CHURCH, TESTAMENT, EXODUS, DEATH ANGEL and HIRAX. The European thrash explosion of KREATOR, RAGE, DESTRUCTION, SODOM, GRAVE DIGGER and HELLOWEEN is also covered in frightening detail. The Pagan Thrash of SABBAT, the avant garde eccentricity of CELTIC FROST and the Funk Thrash of MORDRED - it's all here. The second wave of thrash with major artists such as SEPULTURA, PANTERA and MACHINE HEAD takes the genre right up to the new breed of Thrashers, now a truly world-wide phenomenon. All examined in depth.
Having achieved its quarter of a century, Thrash Metal is not only alive, it is thriving. If you thought this rawest form of Heavy Metal was consigned to the past this book will deliver a rude awakening! Read the book, buy the records and bang that head!!
The scope of 'Thrash Metal' includes artists such as A.N.I.M.A.L., ABANDONED, ABATTOIR, ACCUSSER, ACID, ACID DRINKERS, ACID REIGN, ACROPHET, AFTERMATH, AGENT STEEL, AGONY, AGRESSOR, AIRDASH, AMEBIX, ANESTHESY, ANGEL WITCH, ANGKOR WAT, ANNIHILATOR, ANTHRAX, ANVIL, ANVIL CHORUS, APOKALYPTIC RAIDS, ARBITRATER, ARCH ENEMY, ARMORED SAINT, ARMOURED ANGEL, ARTILLERY, ASSASSIN, AT WAR, ATHEIST, ATOMIZER, ATOMKRAFT, ATROPHY, AZOTIC REIGN...
And that's just some of the "A"'s!
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has posted his thoughts about performing at the Download Festival at Donington Park.
What a great day yesterday in England! After a trying stretch of making some shows in Germany, Belgium, Denmark, and Finland we limped into Download yesterday, tired and worn out.
Thank you for making our performance so enjoyable for us. When I saw everyone, especially those up front, I couldn't control the rush I felt.
It was also kewl backstage too, seeing Clint from the old Sevendust days, Josh from Buckcherry, and the great guitarist from Dragonforce, and the M.C.R. guys was just a great all around vibe.
I hope you enjoyed the webcast and I want to thank the organizers for Download for not only having us, but for making the webcast happen too.
At this rate, while this was one of the shortest set lengths I have played in the UK for sometime, I look forward to playing for you again in 2009
Megadeth performed on the first day of the festival under controversial headliners My Chemical Romance. Linkin Park and Iron Maiden also headlined the event with Slayer, Machine Head, Stone Sour and Suicidal Tendancies all performing aswell as many others.
Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover sent in an update for the fans:
"Europe, here we come! I am really looking forward to this tour of Europe, as we have not played in certain areas since 2005 (Ireland, Scotland, etc.) as well as the festival circuit. Needless to say, this is going to be a fun trip. If things go according to plan, I 'may' be debuting a new 'toy' onstage at a certain huge U.K. festival. At this point there is a 50/50 chance due to time issues, but if it does work out, you will love it! Keep your eyes peeled."
Megadeth's new CD, United Abominations, is in stores now, having debuted at #8 on last week's Billboard Charts, with such new tunes as "Washington is Next!," "Sleepwalker," and "Gears of War".
The metal legends have also been tapped as ManiaTV's "Artist of the Day" for this Thursday, May 31, so tune in for an exclusive interview airing at 10AM, 4PM, 9PM, and 2AM - all EST.
Video footage of HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH performing on May 12 at Cobo Arena in Detroit, Michigan have been posted online. You can check it out on YouTube.
Rhino has officially set August 28 as the release date for the HEAVEN AND HELL "Live from Radio City Music Hall" DVD and two-CD set. As the title implies, both the DVD and CD packages will include HEAVEN AND HELL's (the band featuring BLACK SABBATH guitarist Tony Iommi and bassist Geezer Butler, singer Ronnie James Dio, and drummer Vinny Appice) performance on March 30, 2007 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
Several full-length video clips of HEAVEN AND HELL performing on March 13 at Rexall Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada have been posted online at YouTube.com.
MACHINE HEAD frontman Robert Flynn has issued the following update covering their tour with Heaven and Hell and Megadeth to "Get Thrashed":
"I write to you from the beautiful city of Cleveland, Ohio in the United States of muthafuckin' America. We have been out with the HEAVEN AND HELL and MEGADETH guys now for almost three weeks, and man, what can I say... it's pretty unbelievable. Huge dressing rooms, killer catering, every enormo-bottle of Grey Goose vodka the venue can muster up, huge stages, killer lights, killer monitors, killer sound... and, we're on tour with BLACK SABBATH and MEGADETH... life is fuckin' good man.
"It's crazy, we've been having a blast on this tour. Tony Iommi walks by, 'You enjoying the tour?'... Dio pops into the dressing room with expensive wine and talks sports... Vinny Appice gives you a few beers... Geezer cracks a joke at his assistant's expense... it's like being in some alternate universe.
"The HEAVEN AND HELL camp have been amazing, treating us really well, a lot of respect, lots of love from the crew. They've made us feel very welcome. Even when they're kinda mad at us for all of our drunken friends they still give us the benefit of the doubt. The other night after the Texas show, we had so many fuckin' people in our dressing room partying and raging that they literally had security form a line between our dressing room and theirs, because every time one of 'em would walk out of their dressing room, one of our dumbass friends would beeline toward them — zombie like — 'Rooooooooooonnnnnniie!... Bleargh!!' They're really cool about it though, their people said, 'Can you and all your drunk friends please just go to the green room and party?' We're like 'Uhh... okay.'
"You can't really blame our drunk-ass friends though, it's not often that you see Tony Iommi standing 20 feet away from you. I can totally relate, Christ, it took me a week and a half just to muster up the balls to say 'Hi.' I never get starstruck, I mean, I NEVER get starstruck, but man, I don't know what it is... I see Iommi and there's so many things I want to say, and then I think, 'Nooo... I don't want to say any of that!' I have to do it before the tour's over though, I'll kick myself for the rest of my life if I don't.
"And man... they sound un-fucking-believable too, 'Holy Diver'!!!! Dio's voice is unreal!!! The band sounds great, they've got a really loose feel to their songs, lots of jamming, extended parts; which I was surprised about, I assumed they'd be strict about staying true to the records but there's a lot of improv onstage, it's bad-ass to watch. More...
J. Bennett of Decibel magazine recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:
Decibel: A few years ago, you didn't want to play shows with ROTTING CHRIST and DISSECTION. Do you have a standing policy about playing with certain types of bands?
Mustaine: It's not necessarily a policy — I just follow my heart. Before, I used to follow my head, but my heart is closer to my gut. When I saw certain things I didn't agree with, I'd turn my head the other way before. I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not. When I was 15, I got into witchcraft and black magic, so I've known for over 30 years the power of the dark side, and it took me forever to break those chains. There's no cool way to sing about Satan — you look like a punk. For example, you know MERCYFUL FATE is one of my favorite musical groups, but the lyrics, to me, I can't get behind them. I don't mean to shame them — it's just not my bag. As far as me playing with bands like that, I started thinking, "You know what, Dave? You're a headliner. If you don't wanna play with people that make you uncomfortable, you don't have to." Especially if they're singing about the confessed enemy of someone you believe in… I mean, what idiot gets onstage with their confessed enemy? That'd be like two hip-hop guys who wanna kill each other going out together.
Decibel: King Diamond is definitely an actual Satanist, but Satanism is kind of a put-on for a lot of these other bands.
Mustaine: You think it's a put-on.
Decibel: Yeah, definitely.
Mustaine: You say that stuff, it's real. Words are real. Remember, I was into the one who was into the black side — you weren't. Were you?
Decibel: No, but why should that make a difference?
Mustaine: To say you're a confessed Satanist? I'm not intimidated by them, because I know they're just as misguided as I was at one time. But this is something that's a spiritual war and it doesn't have any place in a MEGADETH interview. A lot of people don't really care about what I believe — they just wanna hear what I play, and I'm fine with that. As far as the situation overseas you're alluding to, as a headliner who's sold as many records as I've sold and played in front of as many tens of millions of people as I've played to over my life — and this is the sunset of my career, where I get to enjoy the remaining years of my life — I don't wanna waste that. The promoter kicked them off and I was furious. It was like, "Well, why'd you put them on in the first place? Now that they're on, don't kick them off. We'll step down; we'll play another night." I'm not ever gonna kick a band off the bill if it's something I don't agree with. If I know about it ahead of time and I agree to it and change my mind, well, that's kind of chickenshit, isn't it?
Decibel: My point was that I think some of these bands are full of shit — that you shouldn't be as concerned about their beliefs, because for some of them, it's an act. And even real Satanists don't spend very much time hating God.
Mustaine: Well, the only other band I had a problem with was from overseas and the singer was a convicted double-murderer [referring to DISSECTION] and they'd been put on the show in Israel. Prior to that, I'd made a couple of things clear to my agent: I don't want tits and ass on my t-shirts, because I think that's kind of juvenile, and as far as the Satanic stuff, I've been there, done that and I found it kind of wanting. You can be so much heavier with stuff like a nuclear bomb than a pentagram. I mean, what's scarier: VX gas or an upside-down cross? So when the information was related to me that they'd been put on the bill, I said, "You know what? We can't play this show." And they'd kicked them off. But I was like, "Oh, my god, why did you do that?" Because that just makes me look like a fanatic and it doesn't really show the love that I have in my heart these days that I'd like to be able to share with these musicians. And this is really a fitting climax to anyone's career, because what do I have left to gain, my friend? A Grammy and getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Everyone thinks it's great to gets your hands stuck in cement in front of Guitar Center [on Sunset Boulevard in L.A.], but those are the things I'm looking for. I've got everything else I want: I've got a beautiful wife and kids — I've got a new puppy, for Chrissakes — everything in my life is looking up. I'm going to Hawaii next month to work on my tan for the next tour and see if I don't turn into a piece of flash paper. Whenever I go to the beach, it smells like pork rinds because I start to burn instantly.
Thirteen more bands have now been announced for the UK's Download Festival. The Download 2007 line-up is now as follows:
Friday 8 June
My Chemical Romance
From Autumn To Ashes
Job For A Cowboy
I Was A Cub Scout
This Et Al
Drive By Argument
Saturday 9 June
Megadeth will be meeting their fans and signing copies of their latest CD, United Abominations, on May 15th at the Spin Street Stage located in the Shops at Mohegan Sun Concourse. Event begins at 4:30 PM before the sold-out Heaven & Hell show at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Please note that due to the short time frame of the event and the huge numbers of fans expected, the band will only be signing copies of their new CD.
For more details, contact Spin Street at 860-862-7664.
Mohegan Sun Hotel Casino & Entertainment
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382
Retail Shops @ Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Blvd.
Uncasville, CT 06382
The official MEGADETH "United Abominations" e-card has been updated to include the studio version of "Washington is Next!" in the media player at the end of the card. Click here to view it now.