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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Talks About "Sleepwalker" Track

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MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to KNAC.COM's Gnarly Charlie about the inspiration for the band's new song "Sleepwalker" from the upcoming CD, "United Abominations". "I was kind of getting bored with people taking snipes at me over the Internet," Mustaine explained. "I just thought it was really cowardly. It wasn't anybody famous; it was just constant stuff, especially one particular news site, in general. And I just thought, 'You know what? It would be really funny if I could go to sleep and just do astral planing and do a little ass-whooping and then wake up and not be held accountable for anything.' (laughs) You know it's kind of sad, because there are disorders where people do, like the Ambien sleepwalk. For me, a lot of it too, was some of the crime stuff that they do, you know, like the old mob movies, 'The Godfather' and stuff like that… I love '24', and I just watched this one thing where I went through every single season because I didn't even discover the series until last year and I watched the first four years all in a row, almost nonstop, with time to sleep and stuff a little food in my face. But, there was one scene where they were up on Mulholland and I just flashed back about these photographers that would say, 'Yeah, you're a model. Hey, here's my card. Let's go take pictures out in the woods.' Duh! You remember that one? He took her out in the woods and he killed her. It's so commonplace — we can identify with these tragedies and stuff like that, but when you think about how gullible a person is and the wickedness that some people have in their hearts when they take advantage of these people, it's like…first off, how could somebody be that naïve, and second off, where are the good guys that protect people from assholes like this?"

"United Abominations" is released on May 15, with the following tracklisting:

01. Sleepwalker
02. Washington Is Next!
03. Never Walk Alone
04. United Abominations
05. Gears Of War
06. Blessed Are The Dead
07. Play For Blood
08. A Tout Le Monde (Set Me Free) (feat. Cristina Scabbia)
09. Amerikhastan
10. You're Dead
11. Burnt Ice

You can check out the cover artwork here, and download "Sleepwalker" here.

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1. metal2death writes:

kick ass

# Mar 20, 2007 @ 7:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. exzoomer writes:

i hope it was me......you know what.....dave mustaine can't even handle his f***ing high...how do you think he would do kicking a nay sayers ass...only in his dreams?....
hells yeah...

# Mar 20, 2007 @ 9:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. bubba513 writes:

Pretty awesome song

# Mar 20, 2007 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. AMkaza "No.1 Mega-Fan"" writes:

sleepwalker is a perfect song, it took me back to the glory years of megadeth albums : Rust In Peace , Countdown To Extinction , Youthanasia

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 7:38 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

You know, that may be the DUMBEST paragraph that I've ever read in my life. What a goddamned retard.

It'd be real funny if I could go to sleep and when I wake up Megadeth would be a good band again.

We wouldn't take "swipes" at him on the internet if he didn't turn into a mindless purveyor of CRAP. Hey, Dave, here's how it goes. Make good music, and we'll stop flaming you. Until then, TRY HARDER. Quit crying on Metallica's movie about how you want Lars to be your little friend again. Move on. He's a c0cksucker, and you are capable of being better than him. Megadeth should make a video saying "f*** Metallica" and they could make mannequins of everyone in Metallica and Dave Mustaine could make sexy-time with all of them and then he should put the movie out in theaters . He could name the next 'Deth tour the "f*** Metallica Tour" and write songs about that sh**, rather than writing songs about murdering online message boarders in his sleep.

What a retard.

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 8:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Neurotictim writes:

Or he could hire a half-ass bassist, start growling out like Brian Setzer f**king a trucker, and complain about all the people trying to cash in on his name. Oooh, or he could re-cover his entire library with an orchestra, because he's not creative enough to make any music of his own anymore, and has to rehash the stuff that was actually good, and then give it a redneck NASCAR vibe. Or he could drink and dope himself to oblivion, and let Marty back in to make the band into a pop sensation. I figure he's pretty much got the band on the right track, and I dig the idea behind this song in particular. It sure as hell beats using your anger management class because you're tired of suing perfume and furniture makers.

I'll give you this, Crawford - if they did start a "F*** Metallica Tour", I'd buy a dozen tickets in the front row.

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 9:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

It's too bad they never will. Metallica will sue them for using their name!

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 10:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. Valentine_no_more writes:

Yes to MEGADETH!!!

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 11:58 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Neurotictim writes:

**Laughing my a$$ off at #7**

Dude, we may not agree much, but sometimes you rock.

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 3:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. thrashmania writes:

great song, it really sound like 80's

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 4:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. CrawfordTexasJingoJango writes:

Thanks, neurotictim. You rock as well.

This is how we do it down here in Crawford! Chock full of hate and bile!

Oh, and don't let me be misunderstood. I was in NO WAY defending Metallica. I've always been a big fan of Megadeth and I understand that band lineups change, I just think it's a bunch of krap that they had to change A Tout Le Monde so Glen Drover could handle the solo. That's just crazy talk to me.

# Mar 21, 2007 @ 8:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Vixenfox writes:

I really think "Sleepwalker" is another powerful Megadeth song. Dave Mustaine is a talented individual as his band mates are. He is also a strong person, because he has received, in my opinion, too many negative comments on the internet, many of them undeserved. I worked for a music company in the 80s and we brought Megadeth to Charleston, SC. I handled that concert, which was a thrill for me. Megadeth was very personable; Dave was talking to fans, and was very nice to me. Megadeth returned to Charleston, SC a couple of months ago, and they put on an excellent show; once again being very nice to their fans, and Dave took the time to talk to as many fans as he could, along with the rest of his bandmates. I hope to see them in Concert more.

# Mar 22, 2007 @ 12:19 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Dave Mustaine writes:

that's it! i'll take all you flamers down...... at the astral plane! meet you there when i sleep!

# Mar 22, 2007 @ 12:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Neurotictim writes:

I doubt that they changed it "so Glen Drover could handle the solo." Let's think about this - you're Dave Mustaine, a known (and reviled, in some cases) perfectionist, and you're one of the legends of heavy metal. Whether or not anyone likes the music he's made, I doubt anyone will deny those two points.

Why would he settle for someone who can't "keep up" with Marty's work? After all, anyone can play guitar note for note like someone else. I have a neighbor who's lead guitarist regularly plays Satriani at their shows. If you don't like the changes, hate them for the fact that you don't like them, but I just think it's a bit of a cop-out to think that the guy doesn't have the chops - I've been playing bass for over a decade, and it's just not that hard (once you reach a certain point) to reproduce anything anyone else has done. Creatively, he may not be on the same level, but just playing ability? I'm no Cliff Burton or Les Claypool, but I can play damn near anything they've recorded, note for note. So far, no one's grabbed me up for a high-profile legendary metal band... And if Megadeth needed a bassist, and called me up, I wouldn't argue when Mr. Mustaine himself decided he wanted to change up the bass from "Holy Wars..." Even though I'm perfectly capable of playing the song note for note. If he wants to dumb it down, don't let it reflect on me.

# Mar 22, 2007 @ 10:55 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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