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Love It to 'Deth!

taken from Metal Hammer, November 1992
by Andy Bradshaw


Dave Mustaine is staggering about in a state of delirium, stunned and delighted by the massive success of the new Megadeth album Countdown to Extinction. On the eve of the band's UK tour Andy Bradshaw gets on the phone to find a changed Megaman.

To say Dave Mustaine is a changed man is a bit like saying that the Queen has got a bob or two stashed away. The first time I ever encountered this red-headed thunderball was about six years ago. I was sitting minding my own business in the lobby of the infamous Columbia hotel in London's West End. Suddenly, in stormed an inebriated Mustaine who came over, stopped, sneered menacingly and said: "Who the fuck are you? What the fuck are you doing here, and what are you doing on my tour?"

As you may have gathered, we didn't get off to a good start. The reason I'm recounting all this is because, from that moment on, it became my avowed intention to avoid Dave Mustaine at all costs on the basis that there were far more deserving causes for publicity. That is what made this interview with him such a revelation. Instead of the self-important, misguided, arrogant egomaniac I had been expecting, the guy on the other end of the phone was one of the most polite, reasonable, and indeed humble characters I have had the pleasure of interviewing.

"It's listening to people telling me stories like that which makes me even more determined not to go back to being that person. I was very bitter and screwed-up back then. I used to be so negative. It sometimes got to a point where I'd lock myself away in my hotel, ball my fists and scowl at an empty room."

"Anyway," he says, the smile returning to his voice, "it's your fault."

A small pause is left for this accusation to sink in.

"If you British guys didn't produce such strong beer, I wouldn't have got into that state in the first place! If I'd been drinking American beer, none of that would have happened!"

Full marks to Mr. Mustaine. It's nice to see that, when major success comes finally knocking on his door, he decides to put the ego away and become a human being. But what switched his head around?

He sighs, the shrug that inevitably accompanied it invisible through thousands of miles of phone lines.

"I don't know. Maybe it was finally realizing that I have friends out there who like for me and not for my association with Megadeth. I don't have to put on airs with them. I've been having run-ins with the people for so long because they won't give up on me. I've been trying to push them away because I'm afraid they'll leave me if I get too close. But I have realized that everything happens for a reason. Understanding that makes it possible to sit back and take life much more as it comes."

It's no coincidence that hand-in-hand with this change of this attitude has come major achievement. Countdown to Extinction is one of the best albums of 1992, without any doubt whatsoever. For the first time Megadeth have produced a one-hundred percenter. There is not one weak track, nor any let-up in the fearsome assault that opens up on "Skin O'My Teeth" and continues with frightening intensity all the way through to "Ashes in Your Mouth". Impressive is not the word!

Not only that, but the album went straight into the U.S. Billboard album chart at number two!

"Yeah, it's selling really well. You can't do anything without Megadeth being showed in your face, whether it's on MTV or the radio. Who'd have thought that a little old metal band like Megadeth would be getting so much publicity? A lot of other bands have changed their approach in order to become successful. By the grace of God we haven't had to do that. It's still Megadeth, not 'Megapop'." There is, however, a marked change in the band. It seems as though Megadeth have switched up a gear to produce a record of this standard. Were they conscious when making it that they were on to something a little special? "We knew that we were doing something really good, that's for sure. I don't know about 'special'. When I think of 'special', I think of damaged goods in a bargain bin at a 'special' price!"

"To be honest, the main difference was that we were all having fun recording for the first time and I think that shows. It was a really relaxed atmosphere. We were playing ping-pong and pinball, eating great food and telling jokes. Some of the guys brought in some really disgusting videos, you know the kind of thing. A lot of the stuff that went on though, many people would think of as being really square - to the point of geometrical perfection in fact!"

The huge sales of Countdown to Extinction so early on, combined with the album's overall quality, suggest that this could turn out to be Megadeth's equivalent to Metallica's Metallica album, which has gone on to be their most successful to date.

"Well, I hope that turns out to be the case. It worries me when comparisons like that are made though. I've heard a lot of people saying bad things about that Metallica album. Even going as far as saying that they've sold out. To me, that's ridiculous, it's a fantastic record."

"What really bugs me about those people is that in the same breath that they're slagging off Metallica, they're saying that they love Megadeth. That's bullshit, Metallica are a great band who have evolved. No way have they sold out. It doesn't make me feel good when people say they hate Metallica and love us."

"When I did phone-ins on radio shows it's always in the back of my mind that, because we're starting to get major exposure with this album, somebody's going to phone up and say 'Megadeth have sold out just like Metallica!'. That would really piss me off."

"Like any band that wants to be the best it possibly can be, we've evolved too. The longer you play an instrument and the better you get, the more you want to push yourself into exploring different areas. That doesn't mean compromising what you stand for."

Does Dave think that the phenomenal success of "Hangar 18" had a rejuvenating effect on the band's confidence, spurring them on to greater things?

"That's interesting. I think that 'Hangar 18' certainly allowed our career to catch up with our egos. Now our career is way past where our egos are at. People would come up to me and say [affects a 'bozo' voice] 'Hey man, you've got a platinum album, you guys are huge!' But the taste of success lasts for such a short time. When we went into the album chart at number two, the demons started playing with my head - making me think I was something special. But it's not me, it's the music and the relationship that music has built with our following."

Megadeth has always had massive support from UK fans. How does he feel about coming back?

"I'm honestly really looking forward to it. I've learned a lot more about your culture. I used to complain about the food for example, but now I realize that was because I was going to the wrong places! Every time I go back I enjoy it more and more."

"The thing I love about playing in Britain is that the fans there have always stuck with us. We will be giving it our all because those fans deserve it."

"What more can I say?"


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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