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Clash of the Titans - Mighty Megadeth

taken from Metal Hammer, July 1990
by Mark Day


Dave Mustaine - who else? - is Megadeth's spokesman on "Clash of the Titans" matters. His views are always worth listening to.

"It's a pretty good package. You have the nucleus of the whole metal scene almost." states the mega-man.

All the same, Mustaine has some fairly scathing words to say about Suicidal Tendencies and their position on the bill.

"That might not get. It's been indicative to us that they might not be as serious as we require for this tour. The tour's going to be very concise. We don't want any one that's not equivalent to Megadeth in terms of professionalism. We have to be sure t hat we have someone who's not going to fuck the show up, who's not going to be late, who's not going to jeopardize the time available to the stronger acts that are to follow".

At the same time, he's not about to distance himself from "speed metal". While Metallica toured Europe (though not the UK) alongside trad-rock acts Dio and Bonham, Mustaine has no qualms about playing with Slayer and the rest.

"I've never really had any problem identifying ourselves in the speed metal genre", he drawls, "Though we play songs that are a little slower or in different time signatures. But we are the forefathers of this scene."

On the subject of joint-headlining with Slayer he's less forthcoming. At the end of the day one band plays last. That band is Slayer and that reflects two things, that the concept behind the shows came from the Slayer camp and that Slayer do enjoy a legendary status in the thrash strongholds like Germany and Holland.

"Well, I'm a musician. I'm not an agent so that's none of my business. I think we deserve what ever we get but like I said I'm not an agent. I think three of us - Megadeth, Slayer and Testament - individually or collectively are capable of playing bigger places than we have done in the past."

At the mention of the band's appearance at Donington, Mustaine's quick to remember that the band were going through a stormy period.

"We had some personal problems with the line-up at the time. David Ellefson [Mustaine's long time bass player] and myself weren't really convinced with the people in the band at the time."

He's quick to note that he "loved playing that show" all the same, commenting on the "language barrier"!

"I have a hard time getting my point across some of the time. I think it's just the slang we use. Some posers try to throw in 'bloody' or 'wanker' here or there, try to act like they belong in the UK when they're really Yankees. That shit doesn't go over with me. I talk like I talk..."

The new line-up - Nick Menza on drums and Marty Friedman on guitar joining Mustaine and Ellefson - is obviously going to be a big draw on these Euro-shows. It's their third recording formation (not counting the intermediary No More Mr. Nice Guy" single). the question on the fans lips - what exactly is it going to be like?

"It's more along the lines of the early Megadeth with a lot more fire. The drummer Nick is a permanent part of this band as far as I see. We got along rather well and he plays amazingly like Gar Samuelson [sticksman for Killing Is My Business... and Peace Sells...] but with a lot of power. Gar was a big part of this band because of his jazz influences."

"Marty Friedman [ex-Cacophony] has been heralded as a guitar hero previously, but him getting into this band is a way for him to express his musical values to a larger audience on a bigger scale. Plus he makes me play better because I see how good he is and it makes me concentrate."

And how - I diplomatically ask - are they splitting solos and so on...?

"Y'know it revolves around the rhythm section. If rhythm is something I enjoy playing, y'know, obviously he's going to do the solo over it. Marty can play anything, anywhere, anytime! If it's something I don't feel comfortable with, he'll play it. Marty is taking a little over fifty percent of solos on this record because of his abilities and his understanding of my forte. My direction for this band is to leave more room and convenience to concentrate on the vocals. I am the frontman for this band and it helps me to concentrate on that. You might understand the words a little better!"

Only time will tell if Mustaine's going to be saying the same things about Friedman in twelve months of time. For the moment he's happy though.


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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