Dave Mustaine Says He Doesn’t Hate Obama

Dave Mustaine

Seriously. He just doesn’t agree with him.

Which is a nice way of saying you don’t dig someone. It’s cool, Dave Mustaine. We know you’re just a conservative dude and we understand why you say the things you do about the president.

RushOnRock.com spoke with Dave recently about some of his “outbursts,” which is one way to put it.

Mustaine didn’t back down.

“Sometimes when you make comments, they don’t sit well with certain people,” says Dave. “But it’s my character that matters.”

True.

“Everybody who ever meets me says my reputation precedes me and how they thought this or that about me. But I prove them wrong. And that makes me happy. But I suppose the one thing that makes me really happy right now — the coolest thing about being in Megadeth — is that I’ve got Dave Ellefson and Shawn Drover alongside me and they’re like family these days. Shawn’s been in the band for nearly a decade now… That’s some stint for a Megadeth drummer!”

He later added: “I don’t want to sound like a bleeding heart. I’m blessed to be in a band and to be in a position where I can make people happy. That’s the coolest thing in the world. But it takes a lot of work being a public figure. You have to be careful about what you say. There was a time when I’d just had neck surgery and I was on the kind of medication that makes you bold. You only think about what you said after you’ve said it. A lot of people think I hate the current president of the United States because of a comment I made. But I don’t hate him — I just don’t agree with him on some points. It’s no big deal. There will be another president after he’s gone and I’ll still be here making music.”

Dave Mustaine…metal’s most misunderstood man.

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About Chris Harris

Chris Harris is an internationally-published music journalist and writer whose work has appeared on the pages of Rolling Stone, IFC, Revolver, Alternative Press, and Radar. The former news editor for Noisecreep, Harris also served as co-host for the site’s weekly podcast, “Creep Show." Before that, he spent four years writing for MTV News.