MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently spoke to Claire Davies of U.K.'s Total Guitar magazine about the creation of the fiery riff for the song "Hangar 18" off MEGADETH's 1990 album "Rust In Peace". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.
Total Guitar: "Hangar 18" is bursting with monster riffs. What do you remember about writing the song?
Mustaine: "I wrote a lot of songs when I was really young. 'Rust In Peace...Polaris' was written before I was in my first band, PANIC. So was 'Mechanix' ('Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!', 1985). 'Hangar 18' was just another one of those songs, although it was actually under a different title. These were songs that I took with me to that first band — didn't get a chance to get them out in my second band [METALLICA] — but my third one [MEGADETH] I did. So I'm really excited about you picking that song."
Total Guitar: Chris Poland, who played on "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!", was brought in to record the demos for "Rust In Peace"...
Mustaine: "Yeah, we had been practicing that record as a three-piece. So the record was written but we hadn't found a lead guitar player. We asked Chris to come into the studio and play on the demo tape. So I demoed it and Chris played a solo on it."
Total Guitar: How much influence did Chris have on what Marty Friedman played on the finished record?
Mustaine: "A lot of those solos became part of Marty's work. In so much that everyone thinks that Marty is really great, so was Chris. He was the one who laid the seeds down for some of those solos. I can hear it. I don't know if everyone is going to immediately hear it, but it's certainly there."
Read the entire interview from Total Guitar.