Megadeth Interviews


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist

taken from Holy Wars... The Punishment Due single, September 1990
Interview with Dave Mustaine


Question: Are you personally, Dave Mustaine, satisfied with the way Rust in Peace has turned out?

Dave Mustaine: I'm really happy with it. This is the first time where we've used the same producer from beginning to end and for me that's amazing. I think Mike Clink did a fabulous job although there was a lot of times he had other commitments - he was running in and out - he still showed a real genuine loyalty to this project. There were times when I thought things were good enough, and he pointed out that it wasn't, and what was wrong with it, and I beat it... and that's why this record is so good... because his forte for being critical with nuances in the studio that just embellish a record's final actual finished product. For me, this record's definitely satisfying, and I'm 100% happy with it.

Q: Did Mike Clink, sort of, push you further as a musician in the studio?

DM: Yeah, I think so. I think, ya know, I had my own drive, but um, when I would get frustrated, he would know how to deal with Dave the human, instead of Mustaine the artist.

Q: Right. After hearing some of the tracks, and it's only been brief, but some of the stuff is quite strong... stuff like "Hangar 18" and "Take No Prisoners." What kind of pressure was on Dave Mustaine to write quality songs after having written songs like "Peace Sells," etc., etc. ... that are very strong?

DM: The only pressure that we had really was in our own heads. Career paranoia is something that everybody deals with if they don't have faith in themselves. So, worrying about having a product that's going to compete with your past is just your own lack of faith. Anybody who doesn't understand what their history is, is destined to repeat it.

Q: Cool. Tell me a little bit about the single, "Holy Wars." What was, you know, goin' through your head when you wrote that song?

DM: Well, I'd been misinformed by someone from, ah, Ireland who... when I was over there, asked him, "What is goin' on here," because somebody said there was someone with a box of T-shirts bootlegging Megadeth shirts. I would want to get them confiscated because that's basically the way the band stays alive out there is by selling merchandise and records. They said, "Well, you can't do that. Those guys are sellin' T-shirts for the cause." And I went, "What the hell's the cause?" And they go, "Well, it's the IRA." What's this all about? And the guy goes, "Well, Catholics are against the Protestants are against the Catholics, ya know." And to me, any religion that thinks it's better than another religion is, is, is... like, full of it, ya know? I can't really say how I really feel without getting vulgar and I would rather, you know, instead of having what I feel oppressed, I would rather watch what I say and just say that I think that a prejudice religion is a sin in itself, and they're trying to disguise their sins by saying one religion is better than the other and that's blaspheme, and they oughta talk to their god because I'm sure he would tell them what's happening.

Q: There are a lot of self-righteous organizations that often point fingers at Megadeth saying that you are... whatever category they want to crusade against. How does Dave Mustaine respond to allegations or accusations that Megadeth are bad, evil, whatever?

DM: I don't think that we're bad, evil, whatever. What I think that we are is concerned with people who listen to our music which, generally, are people generally in our age bracket, um, just um, average ya know, and people that come from our walks of life, average ya know. Ah, we're not like rocket scientists. We're not wino bums. We're not a bazillion years old, and we're not fetuses with headphones. We're everybody - all different walks of life. I think that when you start letting people know what's goin' on with modern society and the way that they're eliminating the gratuities we have as rights as human beings to education and to having... For example, social security for having welfare projects... All these things that they're taking away from us, you know. They're so worried about buying weapons and stuff... War is good for the economy and money sucks.

Q: Okay. Rust in Peace is your fourth record. First off, how did you get that title?

DM: I was driving home from Elsanon... um, Lake Elsanon. I was tailgating somebody, racing down the freeway, and I saw this bumper sticker on their car and it said... you know, this tongue in cheek stuff like, "One nuclear bomb could ruin your whole day," and then I looked on the other side and it said, "May all your nuclear weapons rust in peace," and I'm goin', "'Rust in Peace.' Damn, that's a good title." And I'm thinkin' like, "What do they mean, rust in peace?" I could just see it now - all these warheads sittin' there, stockpiled somewhere like seal beach, you know, all covered with rust 'n' stuff with kids out there spray-painting the stuff, you know. And um, I just felt that that was one of the most profound statements that we could make at this time because of "Holy Wars" being such a statement, "Rust in Peace..." is also a statement. It's like my ideal vision is for all nuclear weapons to be eliminated and have the actual warhead itself... to have someone deactivate it... cause ya know you're still going to have the Uranium and the Plutonium to deal with but, I mean, we have that already.

Q: Right. You're right.


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

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