Dave Mustaine: Controversy, people taking everything that you say out of context, and so on. I kind of liked it better when you had to mail things to people. Some guy on the other side of the world couldn’t call you out and make you unable to do anything about it, for example.
I think that’s just kind of the way of the world, but it’s like this: you got this job, you’re a public figure, and you need to know how to deal with it.
It’s like that old saying, you’re gonna please some people some of the time, but not all the people all the time, or something like that.
Rock Cellar Magazine: That’s definitely true, and you certainly see that every day with the Internet.
Dave Mustaine: And being a very outspoken person, and being the kinda polarizing guy that I am, a lot of people take what I say out of context, as if I’m trying to cause problems.
Having a career is a very precious thing, and throwing it away by making a stupid statement would be really stupid. So the things that I’ve said over my career …I wouldn’t say them if they didn’t mean a lot to me.
Recently, some school has released some polio-like disease, it came out on the news. You see, I have a lot of under-the-radar connections, obviously, considering who I am…and I heard about this today, they said 25 kids are paralyzed in California right now with ‘polio-like symptoms’ and they don’t know where it came from. And I’m thinking “Well I know where it came from”. Somebody, somewhere, fucked up.
You see with these movies, they kind of teach people about what’s coming. Our electrical grids in America have been really bad for a long time…we were just doing a press conference over in India, and met some guy who was living in New Zealand. He goes, “Oh, India’s got the strongest broadband connections, and we’re so far ahead with technology and stuff” and I’m thinking to myself – that’s just so insane!
We think America is so far ahead of everybody in so many different columns, and we’re not…you know?
Rock Cellar Magazine: It puts things in perspective.
Dave Mustaine: It does. And when you think about it and you’re a guy like me who sings songs like Peace Sells, But Who’s Buying? – and have been singing songs like that for 25, 30+ years, you have to ask yourself – “What does Dave have to gain by saying something about chem trails? Why would he jeopardize his career and everything he’s worked for to say ‘oh, this thing that’s totally fake and make-believe is real’ and jeopardize his career?”
I wouldn’t do that, you know – I would say “Is this real? Is this something that is happening to us, is it bad? And if they can do it, why wouldn’t they do it with other stuff”, you know?
I’m really close with a lot of the people who are conspiracy theorists – or at least people call them that. As soon as you raise a question about anything…when I was growing up, if you had somebody that you were talking to, and you didn’t agree with something they said, you guys could still be friends and just disagree in that area. Now, if you have a friend and you disagree about something, the friendship could be up for discussion.
Some of the hot-button issues – global warming, pollution, abortion, gay rights, and all this sort of stuff…you know, people hear shit about me and they think that I say this or that – I heard some disc jockey try to make it out like I don’t support gay rights.
You know what? I think everybody has the right to be loved and to be happy in this world.
Did the guy say that I was against gay people? Yeah. Am I against gay people? No. People in my company are gay, and they work with me…it’s just like somebody saying I’m racist. My guitar tech is black. So they try and come up with stuff to make it out like I’m a fucker, so it’s pretty much a full-time job to figure out who you’re gonna answer and who you’re not.
Rock Cellar Magazine: Once you say whatever you say, you can’t control how it’s portrayed, that can definitely be an issue.
Dave Mustaine: It can. I remember I was doing an interview with a young guy, much like yourself, and we were just kind of chatting. He goes, “You know, the last time my magazine did an interview with you they said you said something-or-other…” and he said something that was so horrible…it was me talking about a particular type of person, and in general saying that they don’t have any right or purpose to have kids.
And I was like “You fuckers…how could you say something like that?” And the problem is, the people who read this are gonna go “I wonder if he really said that…” versus the guys that really know me, who will say “Mustaine would never say that! He might get in your face and say ‘fuck you, you’re a punk’ but he’d never tell anybody they don’t have the right to have a child.”
Rock Cellar Magazine: Organizing things like your Gigantour festival must be a lot of work. Are any more of those coming up in the future?
Dave Mustaine: Gigantour is a yearly thing but because we’re a global band we have to break it down into different zones. There’s pretty much six or seven quadrants that we do: America & Canada, Latin America, East & West Europe, Africa, and Asia…and when you look at all those different territories…that’s a lot of playing to do.
Gigantour’s going to happen next year but we won’t be playing in the States much. We’ve got two shows in the spring and then a couple at the end of the year but other than that we’re playing internationally and getting back in the studio.
It’s time for us to start writing.
That’s another thing with the internet – I’ll say we’re getting ready to start writing a new record and then it’ll be on a blog somewhere that “Megadeth back in the studio!” and the next thing you know we’re being asked “when’s your record coming out?”
All I said was that I’m going to start writing some songs! I never said we were going to have a delivery date.
Rock Cellar Magazine: You mean you don’t know what date it’s going to be released yet? First single?
Dave Mustaine: (laughs) And the title of the record, and the artwork done, and can I hum a few bars for you?