Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Interview Leftovers

Dave Mustaine

Ask any music journalist, and they’ll tell you that, out of every interview they do, there’s about 15-percent that never makes it into the final story — for space issues, or because it wasn’t all that interesting, or because its too juicy, and they have to keep it for themselves and the book they one day plan on writing.

A month or so ago, I interviewed Dave Mustaine of Megadeth for a piece about his contribution to the forthcoming “Guitar Hero” game for Rolling Stone. And yes, there was some stuff that I left out of the article because…well, I was writing a story about this one fucking track, not that Dave used the word “fag” during the interview. So, here are some nuggets left over from the ruins of the transcribed interview I did with Mustaine.

About games like “Guitar Hero,” and whether they’re deterring already lazy kids from actually picking up a real guitar:

“I think some guitar players don’t recognize ‘Guitar Hero’ and ‘Rock Band’ as being…really, its kind of journeymen-level musicianship for a lot of people and its also really fun for people who will never be able to experience what its like to be a musician. There’s tons of guys in bands who don’t know what its like to be a musician as it is. Yeah, I think it’s pretty cool. I think any real guitar player who would look down his nose at it is just being a snob. I can see where a guy would do that, but I think its much cooler than some of the other stuff on the market.”

About Testament being included in the Big Four concerts, possible as an opener:

“I think its totally fair to include them and Exodus and Overkill and a couple of other bands that came from that era. Hirax…that dude had the most perfect afro in metal ever. And who else? And then there was a whole bunch of metal bands that belong there. Well, there are a few that don’t. Some of those fags, they just don’t belong there. I shouldn’t say that, that’s a terrible word. But all those bands with the makeup and all that..that ain’t metal. That’s just not metal. You think about the Big Four and well, there’s only the four of us, and there’s a reason there’s only four.”

On what he’d tell metal fans during what’s been a year of mourning, first with the the death of Avenged Sevenfold’s The Rev, then with Peter Steele of Type O Negative, Ronnie James Dio, and Paul Gray of Slipknot:

“Wait, when did The Rev die?”
Me: It was late December.
“I didn’t know that. Well, when people die, it leaves a huge hole. You’ve just gotta take life for what it is, man. It’s precious. I have undergone a complete transformation with my life, and everything is rocking with us.”


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