Megadeth’s Mustaine: “We’re A Major-Label Band”

Dave feeds the pigeons

What can you say about Dave Mustaine anymore?

The man’s ego is clearly gargantuan. He’s got this “shit don’t stink” attitude that’s nothing but off-putting, if you want my opinion.

Dave spoke recently with O2 Academy TV and dicussed Megadeth’s shift from Roadrunner to Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) and how that affected the band creatively.

“I think it affected the sound of [Megadeth’s new album Super Collider], the style of music, the outlook of the band. I mean, no offense to Roadrunner — they did what they do — but we’re a major-label band,” says Dave.

I’d agree with that. Only because Dave’s ego demands it.

“When we left Capitol to go to Sanctuary, it was for two reasons. One, I hated that record president that [Capitol] had at that time, and two, Sanctuary made a lot of big promises. And you know, when you think about [Iron Maiden’s manager] Rod Smallwood, who had a big part to do with the label, that’s Iron Maiden, and I love Iron Maiden, so I thought, ‘For sure, this is gonna be great.’

“Well, it didn’t end up being great, ’cause Rod wasn’t involved in it as much as my brain would like to have thought. And we left Sanctuary and went to Roadrunner, and it just kept going like this. [makes downward motion with his hand] And I figured, I’m not gonna bail on the contract, I’m not gonna be a scumbag musician like so many musicians are where they stick people with contracts and break up and leave everybody holding the ball.

“I figured, ‘I’m gonna honor the contract, I’m gonna finish it, and then when it’s done, I’m gonna say goodbye like a gentleman,’” says Dave. “And I did, and Universal came into the picture. I mean, think about this; this is so amazing. [Universal is] the biggest label; they own Capitol Records that has almost all of my catalog; they bought EMI Publishing that does own all my publishing. So you’re a brand new record company… Not brand new, but for us… We’ve got a new label, a new record… Oh, by the way, I own all of your past life. I was, like, ‘Who could possibly have arranged something that fantastic?’”

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