Megadeth Pursues Pantera / Slayer
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is continuing his efforts to make amends with other bands that he had had a falling out with over the years, with SLAYER and PANTERA being the singer’s current targets. In his latest posting, Mustaine revealed his plans to join forces with METALLICA, SLAYER and PANTERA for a major US touring outing that would presumably not happen until after the release of METALLICA’s next studio effort, which is due sometime in 2003. According to Mustaine, “[repairing the damage with PANTERA and SLAYER] is going to be difficult, because there has been a lot of bad blood between the bands and MEGADETH; mostly my doing. There are a lot of fans at the SLAYER site who have already made their feeling known that they too dislike me or MEGADETH, and that is OK. This operation is for the strengthening of our scene and our community.
Here are some words from Mustaine:
“I want to go on record that I truly believe SLAYER is a more energetic live band than us, and an unbelievable heavy band. One of the best."
“PANTERA features an impressive frontman, and a team of brothers that are more talented than any other ‘brother team’ in the history of music, period.
“I would also like to say that I have never posted at either band’s boards, and anyone that is there posting as me now is an imposter.
“On a lighter note, [METALLICA drummer] Lars Ulrich called me yesterday and said that he has followed my lead and got on his web site and chatted for an hour with his fans, and made some posts. So this operation is not in vain.
“Although this may not be your hopes, I one day hope to do an American Tour of the Real American Legends: METALLICA, MEGADETH, SLAYER and PANTERA.
“It is up to not only the bands to agree to this, but the bands’ management, promoters, DEFINITELY insurance companies, and most importantly, you the fans of all four bands.
“While my initial suggestion to crush boy bands may have seemed silly, that is just the way that things are over here. We are very interactive with our fans, and there is a sense of ‘taking it easy’ when we post. Very light-hearted, and not mean-spirited.
“No one is coming into hallowed SLAYER or PANTERA ground to dissuade you to leave your bands. Hell, [PANTERA guitarist "Dimebag"] Darrel is one of my favorite metal guitarists, so much so that, he was at one time going to join us, but sadly we had already hired Nick Menza and Darrel said he would only come if he could bring his brother. God that would have been f.cking awesome!
“[SLAYER guitarist] Kerry King was a vital ingredient in getting our career going in the beginning, and I will always thank him for that (although he may be tired of hearing it). And I am still waiting for Kerry to call me so that we can talk about a potential US tour next year. Maybe a Clash Of The Titans 2.
“But this will need everyone’s help. I know that there are a lot of Dave Mustaine haters, and I agree there have been things that were said, or allegedly said by me that may has pissed you off. But look at it this way, I am trying to make it right so that all of us can enjoy our metal again and not watch our mighty bands slowly die.
“If you can put aside what you think you know about me, and just give this a chance, we could possibly have a concert next year that would rival anything that has every been done in the history of America for Metal.
“So the question is, ‘Are you for this, or against this?’ "
In related news, MEGADETH drummer Jimmy DeGrasso has shot down the rumors of his possible involvement with Y&T in their upcoming reunion tour, stating in no uncertain terms that this is “definitely NOT going to happen. My past experiences with other bands have been priceless. But it's the past. I believe in going forward. Enough said.”
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