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

Shooting from the Hip

taken from Metal Hammer, July 1995
Robyn Doreian talks to Dave Mustaine


Robyn Doreian: What have you been up to today?

Dave Mustaine: Sleeping. It figures, 'cause I'm getting ready to leave for Japan. I usually get going away sickness.

RD: So what do you say to 200 fans after a gig?

DM: Pretty much the same thing: Thank you for coming, did you enjoy the show? Anything you didn't see you wanted? when you get to the last 50, it's sorry for making you wait so long [laughs].

RD: What is the best lyric you've ever written?

DM: Probably "We aren't going nowhere because heroes never die" or "Not even close to overdose". Everyone thinks heavy metal is dying; I think the people who write about are traitors. They want to be writers for the alternative music now, so they talk shit about heavy metal. They're just quitting it and going some place else. Deep down they still like it, but are ashamed of liking it. It is cool to like it if you have guts and can take care of yourself, but if you have a lot of friends who think that heavy metal is not cool and you are a pussy, then you are not going to say you like it.

RD: Why do you think rock fans should say no to drugs?

DM: I don't think they should say no or yes or anything. That is none of my business. For myself, I don't advocate it - it makes me forget the words!

RD: If you could solve one problem in the world, what would it be?

DM: Oh, man... Probably parenting, and not educating your children well enough. The problems in society now all stem from parents. The family arrangement has changed considerably since I was growing up to even today. And by the time that, for example, my son becomes a parent, it's either going to have reverted and gone back to when I was a kid and will be much better... Parents pretty much have kids and expect them to fend for themselves - drop them off at day care, leave them there all day, pick them up, and expect them to be model citizens. It's a pretty involved job.

RD: Do you think pornography is degrading to women?

DM: That's a tough question. I think pornography in general, it depends on who it is, how it is done, and what they are looking at. If you are seeing a beautiful nude portrait of a woman and it's not showing her private parts gaping so wide you can see her liver, it can be deemed beautiful. If you are seeing some of the European pornography where they are being penetrated by Coke bottles and things like that, that is a little bit too much. I think society has made it very tough for a woman in this system of things period. It's harder for them to get a good paying job, it's hard for them to get any kind of respect; they sure don't get any in rock business. If you are in a heavy metal band and you are doing anything good, someone is going to say you sucked someone's dick to get there; if you have any position of power, you blew someone to get there. Basically it's what your mouth does and what your brain does that people are interested in for most part. It takes a very brave, wise man to work with a woman and allow her to use her intelligence. Men are thinkers and women are feelers... Women have so much more to offer that men don't, that you need a combination of the two.

RD: When was the last time you cried?

DM: It wasn't very long time ago. It was when I came home a while ago and saw Justis and saw how big he had grown.

RD: Is Alice Cooper really your godfather?

DM: Yeah. Not in writing or anything. He might not even remember that he said that. We are friends and he told me that. I was in a hospital bed and I called him up and told him that I wanted to get a tattoo of my mascot Vic and his mascot Billion Dollar Baby on my arm, and I said: "What do you think?" And he said he wouldn't do it. He just offered to be my godfather.

RD: Have you ever dabbled in Satanism?

DM: Yeah, when I was a kid. It was more witchcraft than Satanism. I did get involved in some rituals, but I don't want to talk about it, it was when I was very young.

RD: Why do you feel so strongly about kids voting?

DM: It was never really about people voting, it was about being a participant in the things that shape their lives. I think government sucks. It has nothing to do with what's right, it's about oppressing your fellow man. It's obvious with the theme of "Youthanasia" that it turned away from the theme of how to make other people do your bidding to how to improve things for yourself.

RD: Would you ever go to war for your country?

DM: No. I wouldn't go to war for any country. There isn't any reason in the world that I would kill another man. Even if they did something to my wife and child, sure, I'd beat the shit out of them, but I wouldn't kill them. I would leave it up to God to take care of them.

RD: Do you own a gun?

DM: No.

RD: Is Dave Ellefson your best mate?

DM: No. He's really, really close to me, but he's not my best friend.

RD: Has Megadeth ever turned down a tour?

DM: Yeah, we just turned down some festivals in Europe, headlining a Danish, a Swiss one and some French dates. Stuff that wasn't cost effective.

RD: Have you ever had a nickname?

DM: One that I like? [laughs] There was Horse, which never really bothered me. That one was because they couldn't say my last name; and I ran really fast when I was a kid.

RD: What do you think our purpose on the planet Earth is?

DM: Well, it was to go forth and multiply and populate the Earth and worship God, but now it's obviously to get money, status and fame. For me personally, it's to try to live my life as free from sin as possible; try to help people who listen to our music and get back to what's right - the golden rule: do unto others as you would have them do unto you.

RD: Have you seen Chris Poland lately?

DM: No, but I hear he's doing well.

RD: Do you still have your bullet belt?

DM: [laughs] Yeah, somewhere!

RD: Do you get any royalties from Diamond Head?

DM: [laughs] Yeah. I think any money they generate they should keep for themselves. It was an honor and pleasure to do that.

RD: Do you think O.J. Simpson is guilty?

DM: Fuck yeah! The direct DNA points it out and he is guilty. It isn't even a question of if he's guilty or not now, it's a test of the judicial system. It just shows that you can get away with murder if you have a lot of money. He will probably get off, as the American people are crying racism.


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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