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 II

taken from Metal Hammer, September 1997
Dan Silver talks to Dave Mustaine


Dave Mustaine of Megadeth faces the Metal Hammer firing squad... Dan Silver keeps his hand firmly on the trigger.


Dan Silver: Would you have liked to play on the Ozzfest?

Dave Mustaine: No. Ozzy is not paying the bands enough money. He asked us and we said no. Ten thousand dollars a night is chickenshit. It costs more than that for us to get from town to town, it costs more than that for us to have entourage! You try tell, Dave, Nick, Marty and myself that we're gonna be able to split a fiver for playing the show tonight - fuck you, Ozzy. You can do that to baby bands that need to do that, but we pull like $100,000 a night; why would we want to do that for him for $10,000? I don't think Ozzy's even involved in that, I think it has to do with whoever's is putting the tour together. Ozzy's done tremendous work for breaking bands and the Ozzfest is a fabulous concert, there's great bands on there. Was I insulted by that offer? No, that's all the money he had!

DS: If a film of your life was ever made, who would you like to play you?

DM: I dunno, maybe Gary Oldman. He's cool. I used to like Val Kilmer, but everybody's got such a bad opinion of him nowadays. I got a picture that he autographed and sent to my house that said, "keep on rocking in the white world". And I went, "Oh dude, I ain't no fucking Klansman!" I think maybe it says, "whole world" and he just crossed the "l"...

DS: During the bad old druggy days, what was the most fucked up thing you did?

DM: Something that I need to get right with was something I did to Ron McGovney - I poured beer into the pick-ups on his bass. He remembered and I had forgotten, but he was sniveling about it in an interview a while ago and I'm trying to make that up.

DS: Who would you most like, and least like, to be stranded on a desert island with?

DM: If I was stranded on a desert island, I would want to be shipwrecked with a shipbuilder. The least person would be... There's not really anybody that bothers me enough any more that I would give them that kind of power to bother me. There are some people that I consider prats, but I'd share a desert island with them - there's always the surrounding water.

DS: What would you do if you ever caught your son smoking a joint?

DM: I wouldn't kill him or hurt him. I would ask him why he was doing it, tell him what happened to me and if he thinks he can handle it, then that's fine. I don't have a problem with people doing drugs. I have an allergy for alcohol; when I drink it, I can' t stop. It's an allergy, it's called alcoholism. For me, if you had a beer right now, if you were giving yourself an opium suppository right now, I wouldn't care. Well, depending on if you were inserting it right now or not...

DS: Were you still in Metallica, what shade of eye liner do you think you'd be wearing?

DM: I'd probably have black eyes after saying, "I'm out of here!" I don't think I would do that. Metallica's still Metallica, they're still one of the greatest heavy metal bands ever. Anybody's that gonna write 'em off, forget them. How many movie stars make a couple of great movies and then they do one shitty movie and people write them off? They spend a little time, make another movie and then they're huge again, like John Travolta. Metallica's got another heavy record coming out supposedly and there's no denying James and Lars' songwriting ability.

DS: Is Marilyn Manson going to burn on hell or is he just having a laugh?

DM: I purposely tried not to get too caught up in all the controversy surrounding him and the war against/for him. To me, the bottomline is, I don't like the music. It doesn't really matter what he's image is. I mean, my godfather is Alice Cooper and he did all that stuff before this guy was even born. Do I have any views on the satanic aspect? I think it's a little silly, having done witchcraft and black magic, read the Satanic bible, been into the upside down crosses, Anton LaVey, Venom shirts and shit like that. But whatever makes your boat float. Some guys like dog style, some guys like missionary, some guys like other guys...

DS: Which of the Ten Commandments do you break most regularly?

DM: Okay, I haven't killed, I've stolen but I haven't done that recently... I got my shit together. I've done everything you could possibly want to do and survived it; you move on. I used to love skydiving; to me now, it's like [yawns]. I still wanna wrestle an alligator. We had that set up in Florida, but it was raining the day we went there and it's dangerous to wrestle the alligators in the wet.

DS: Isn't it dangerous all the time?

DM: C'mon, you know my background, I know how to take care of myself and I know the fundamentals of the physiology of animals. An alligator's muscles to open the mouth is about as weak as the one that separates your thumb from your forefinger, the muscles are all closing it. So if when he's mouth's closed I get on top of him and keep his mouth shut, I'm safe. Pick him up, turn him over, pin him and then it's over, I've won. I'd like to wrestle a tiger too, but I've feeling my name would change from Dave Mustaine to Claude Balls!

DS: Living in Phoenix, have you ever bumped into fellow resident Max Cavalera in the supermarket?

DM: No, but I met Igor, Paulo and Andreas in the airport the other day. I've met Max before, but something's weird between them and us. I don't know if they think we don't like them, but they weren't really friendly.

DS: Have you ever bitten anybody's ear off in a fight, a la Mike Tyson?

DM: I never bit anybody. I think Mike Tyson should be banned from boxing forever, 'cause he's just lost it. He's lost his style, his finesse, he doesn't fight the same... I'm really plugged into the fight world; all my friends are fighters, or senseis, or marti al artists, and I know a lot of these people really closely. Mike's complaining how he has all these taggers on, yet for his birthday, he gives six of them Range Rovers - fuck, I'd tag around for a Range Rover, wouldn't you? Nobody's too big to be banned. Boxing was around before Mike Tyson and it will be long after Mike Tyson.

DS: What's the best rumour you've ever heard of yourself?

DM: I'm not gonna give you the bad ones... The was a cop in the New York City - Vinny the cop in the New York City - who said I wrote song with him. My niece lives in Salt Lake City and she says there's a bunch of people up there who run around telling every body I went to school with them. I went to school in Idaho for one day. My big-mouthed nephew went around telling everybody I knew kung fu sensu and I go to school, the first day I'm there I'm walking down the hallway and everybody's slugging me. I'm thinking "I'm gonna lose any second right now." On the way home, I thought, "Fuck this, I'm dropping out, I'm not gonna take on the whole school".

DS: Would you ever run for political office?

DM: No. They're gonna go into my past and find out that I used to do drugs and drink a lot, they're gonna say I had many, many sexual encounters before I was married and that I'm a slut. Then they're gonna say I was in satanic heavy metal band called Megadeth and that I dropped out of high school - I'm going to college now, studying Business Management, but that doesn't matter - and that's gonna make me look bad. If I was in office, I would probably be in office for about a day.

DS: You once claimed, "Life, sex, death - that's pretty happening for me. What else is there? Beer maybe..." What constitutes your life today?

DM: I still have sex. I'm married, but I didn't marry a doll! I have another child on the way now, due February 3rd. There's other things besides beer now, isn't there...? Coffee maybe!

DS: If you had to make a sandwich for Dino Cazares, what would you put in it?

DM: Dino was a godsend for us in the beginning, 'cause he took good care of us. If he wanted caviar and champagne, I'd put it in there. He'd give us pitchers of beer and free food and I would do whatever it took to pay him back. I love Dino, he's awesome.

DS: Who's your favorite Spice Girl?

DM: The red-headed one, 'cause they show her tits already. I used to like the black girl, but I've never been out with a black girl, so I don't know what that would be like. Nick and I were talking about that; he said the blonde one, and I said no, 'cause I saw a picture of her in a magazine and she was as big as a house! Everybody talks shit about them not playing live, but when it came to them lifting their skirts, you'd be first in line!


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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