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So Far, So Good... So Mega! :: Marty Friedman's Stepping Stone :: Clash of the Titans - Mighty Megadeth :: I'm a Rock Star, OK? :: The Big Four :: Rust Never Sleeps :: Good Times, Bad Times, Dave Times :: Clash of the Titans :: The Secrets of Hangar 18 :: Simply Symphonic :: Deth Metal! :: Love it to 'Deth! :: A Kinder, Gentler... Megadeth :: RIP Reader's Poll Winner - Best Album: Countdown to Extinction :: I Was Dead and They Brought Me Back! :: Godzilla vs. Megadeth :: Tour of Consequences :: Mustaine Mouths Off :: MD.45 - The Mustaine Side Project :: There's a Lot of Fire on This Album! :: Dethspotting :: Megadeth: Secret Mission :: At the Start It Was About Revenge :: Escaping Capitol Punishment to Reach Sanctuary :: Megadeth's Really Over!

The Big Four

taken from Hot Metal Magazine, September 1990
by Robyn Doreian


"Until this line-up, I was never 100% sure of the band," explains Dave Mustaine about the state of his speed metal outfit, Megadeth. He tells Robyn Doreian that things (not only musically) are very different now.

The past two years have not been what you could call easy ones for Dave Mustaine.

Rumors have run rife about serious drug problems, and inner tensions within his band. Not surprisingly, there's only a miniscule amount of product to show for the period. However, thankfully, all that's behind him now. Working with a band of incredibly talented musicians in what Mustaine considers for the first time to be a "stable" line-up, Megadeth have finished a new LP, Rust in Peace, and have joined up with Slayer, Testament and Suicidal Tendencies for the awesome "Clash of the Titans" tour.

Dave calls me from the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles to answer the few thousand questions I have for him. He is very co-operative, polite and humorous, and begins by telling me the reasons for the departure of Jeff Young and Chuck Behler from the band.

"I didn't like them!" he explains in a very matter-of-fact fashion. "Chuck wasn't the best drummer that Megadeth could have. I think Nick Menza is. And as for Jeff, he tried to pick up on my fiancée (which is French for who I'm fucking now)."

"It was revealed through a phone call. You see, in America we have this thing where two people can talk and still get another call on the same line. My friend Heidi was on the line, and my girlfriend and Jeff were talking."

"Heidi calls me up and says, 'Your guitar player wants to fuck your girlfriend!' I said 'What?', and she reiterated some of their conversation, which went 'Oh Diana, I fantasize about you when I fuck my girlfriend...' So I told him that if I ever saw him again, I would kill him, and sacked him."

"I figured I would fire him so he could bone her if he wants her so bad."

That incident has obviously left a very bitter taste in Mr. Mustaine's mouth, so we move right along to a subject of a more positive nature - namely, how Marty Friedman and Nick Menza were recruited into Megadeth.

"We had known Nick for a while and had been told about him from a friend, so we checked him out, and he was exactly what we wanted. We had him interested, and then Chuck ended up making a mistake that was to be his last, so we put Nick in the band. At the same time, Jeff was about to leave."

"We were looking for a guitarist for a long time when we finally saw this picture of Marty Friedman and said, 'Ah maybe, but he does look like Paul Stanley.' The next thing you know we hear his music, and it's like holy shit! We had him come down and we noticed a few things on our first meeting. He's short and thin and has a really great attitude because he hardly talks, but plays like a son of a bitch!"

"Marty's playing a lot of solos on this album. I play all the rhythm guitar and rhythm accents on four songs, but he performs solos on eight tracks."

Didn't Nick Menza used to be your drum roadie at one time? "That is a two-part question. I can answer it yes and no. Yes because we wanted him to be in the band and because we were paranoid about Chuck blowing it. We didn't want to lose out on the show that night or the next night, so we always had him there. Yes because he was there. And no, because he wasn't a drum roadie. He was there as a drummer waiting for Chuck to fuck up!"

"See, I'm not the kind of person to be caught sleeping on the job. I'm not saying that we will have another guitar tech there who is going to take over Marty's gig, but it's like until this line-up, I was never 100% sure about the band."

The eagerly anticipated follow-up to So Far, So Good... So What!, Rust in Peace will be released in America on September 10. And from what Dave tells me, it promises to be no disappointment. With the musicianship of Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Dave Ellefson and Nick Menza coupled with the topical thought-provoking lyrics that have become a trademark of Mr. Mustaine, September 10 can't come soon enough!

Dave wastes no time in elaborating on the making of R.I.P.

"It's kinda like Peace Sells... and the first record, but not so much like So Far, So Good... So What!, 'cause we were functioning under clouded thinking at that time. We have a lot more invested on the production on this record in terms of time and energy, instead of being real lazy and spending loads of money. While in the studio we made the most of every moment there, and didn't settle for anything until we did the best goddam work we could."

Rust in Peace plays in the background as we speak. The track listing goes something like this - side one: "Holy Wars," "Hangar 18," "Take No Prisoners," "Five Magics." Side two: "Poison Was the Cure," "Lucretia," "Tornado of Souls," "Dawn Patrol," "Rust in Peace... Polaris."

Briefly, the themes covered are war, drug-related experiences, spirituality and religion. Dave goes into detail about the meaning of each song, in particular about "Tornado of Souls"...

"I wrote that one about my fiancée of six years, who I broke up with last October. I'd just had it!"

"The way I look at it, most redheads are either gorgeous or ugly. I don't consider myself gorgeous - and don't think I'm the latter - but I get my share of nice women, and I intend to go out and sow my oats, if you know what I mean."

"I want to go out and see what I can do, as I am extremely healthy and look a lot different because I've been exercising a lot. I don't just sit around inside the house and party. I still have a great time, but I am looking forward to seeing the women who are out there after I have done my job and worked my ass off with the best music I can play."

"Now I want to see what the rewards are, instead of looking for the guy who's standing on the corner with certain things that I want or need. This time I am looking to the opposite sex to give me what I want!"

"Without beating around the bush, I'm trying to tell you that I don't want to get high, I'd rather get horny!"

While on the topic of drugs, I ask what it was that made him cease consuming those evil substances.

"It just wasn't working anymore. In the end I wasn't even getting high, and I started to see my life falling apart around me. I wasn't interested in the things that I was good at - which are making people think and playing music - so I decided to give it away."

Megadeth collaborated with various other artists on last year's soundtrack for Wes Craven's horror thriller, "Shocker." As "No More Mr. Nice Guy" produced a Top 20 hit for the band, it would seem the project was a satisfactory one all round...

"I've always liked the thought of people cooking in electric chairs, so when I what the movie was about, it kinda struck a nerve in me. I would say that it really shocked me, but that would be a little bit of a pun!"

"I just thought it sounded like a good movie, and Alice Cooper had requested that I do it, because he felt I was the only person that could be 'No More Mr. Nice Guy'."

"Alice is actually my godfather. It wasn't like when I was a child he became that, it only happened a year ago. To me that was a killer, as I had always looked up to him. We came from the same backbone, the same mould, the same background."

"We are one and the same as far as being fascinated with sex, drugs, and rock 'n' roll, life, death, blood and guts. The only difference between he and I is that his music has been out a lot longer and he's been more successful. I hope that I can learn a lot from him."

As Megadeth are preparing to shoot a video for "Holy Wars," the first single from R.I.P., one could speculate that maybe Penelope Spheeris - who directed the clip for "No More Mr. Nice Guy" - could be involved.

"I really love Penelope's work - I think she is a great director. I don't know whether she'll be available to work on "Holy Wars," or if in fact we will choose her. Right now we are looking around at the possibilities. I imagine that we are going to go with someone else just to give the band a little variety, possibly the same young man who did "Peace Sells," as I really loved that video."

We move onto the topic of speed metal, and we begin to discuss the 'big four' theory and whether or not Dave considers Slayer, Anthrax, Metallica and Megadeth to still be at the fore front of this genre of metal.

"The big four was never Anthrax. It was Exodus, Metallica, Slayer and us. Anthrax just got lucky. You fuckin' find five little kids funning around in half pajamas with stickers on their guitars saying not: that's when I'm out of there!"

"Exodus are a much better band - I really like Exodus. Gary Holt and Rick Hunolt are really great guitar players. I like Scott Ian, but anyone else in that band kind of bores me. Having a disco thing is not what I think having a metal band is all about, and that guy had the audacity to say that he and I should together! I felt like saying what are you planning to do? Open a disco fashion shop?"

I sense that maybe Dave and the members of Anthrax are not the best of companions.

Now seems as good a time as any to get some home truths from Mr. Mustaine about the cancellation of Megadeth's supposed tour of Australia in 1988. I relay to him the explanations that were offered for pulling out of the gig a couple of days before their scheduled arrival. One - that Mustaine broke his arm skateboarding, two - Mustaine took drug overdose, and three - Mustaine didn't want to come.

Dave wastes no time in springing back with a quick retort.

"I suppose four is all of the above!"

"No, first off, I didn't break my arm skateboarding. Secondly, I didn't overdose on drugs. And thirdly, it wasn't because we didn't want to go. I think it was because we didn't have any drugs!"

"At that point in time, there was someone in the band who was addicted to a certain substance who couldn't function without it. I wanted to go down there as I surf, but this person kept complaining about not wanting to go there. He kept sniveling to our management and road crew, and in the end we just said, 'Fuck it!'"

"I was really pissed off, but what could I do? I had a problem with it at the same time, but I wasn't going to let that fuck with me. Don't worry, this time we are coming, and it's going to be a real band! And it will definetely be within the next year. We will be in our full blaze of glory!"

I suggest to Mr. Mustaine that, being the 'no frills' type person he is, it must be a tad strange living in the thick of the glam rock scene in LA.

"I don't actually live in LA - I live in Sherman Oaks which is the other side of this mountain. Thank God there is a big pile of dirt in between the two of us!"

"Glam stands for gay Los Angeles men, and we call those dudes 'chicks with dicks'. Talking about that sort of scene is not something that I enjoy, because I know nothing of it and would rather be naive."

"Half of those guys look so good that you want to bone them until they stand up and pee!"

Our phone conversation draws to a premature end, as Dave informs me he has a class to attend. It's nice to know that he's not the bastard he's sometimes portrayed as being, that there were legitimate explanations for not playing here, and that there's a new Megadeth album on the way which promises to be fucking awesome.

Roll on September 10!


So Far, So Good... So Mega! :: Marty Friedman's Stepping Stone :: Clash of the Titans - Mighty Megadeth :: I'm a Rock Star, OK? :: The Big Four :: Rust Never Sleeps :: Good Times, Bad Times, Dave Times :: Clash of the Titans :: The Secrets of Hangar 18 :: Simply Symphonic :: Deth Metal! :: Love it to 'Deth! :: A Kinder, Gentler... Megadeth :: RIP Reader's Poll Winner - Best Album: Countdown to Extinction :: I Was Dead and They Brought Me Back! :: Godzilla vs. Megadeth :: Tour of Consequences :: Mustaine Mouths Off :: MD.45 - The Mustaine Side Project :: There's a Lot of Fire on This Album! :: Dethspotting :: Megadeth: Secret Mission :: At the Start It Was About Revenge :: Escaping Capitol Punishment to Reach Sanctuary :: Megadeth's Really Over!

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