MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I'm Not One Of These Cocky Guitar Players'

June 30, 2013

Josh Stockinger of recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Is it any more or less difficult to write new music after 30 years and 14 MEGADETH records? You never seem to be at a loss for material.

Mustaine: Thanks. I think that's because I have a pretty good relationship with the source for where my gift came from, and I don't think it's my doing. I'm not one of these cocky guitar players. I was at a festival a few days ago and there's this one guy — I won't say who he is — but, man, he makes me look like a church mouse. And I was just thinking, "God, I wonder if people think that about me." It just really makes you respect where you came from and where you're going. There's been buzz that you and Jason Newsted (who replaced Cliff Burton in METALLICA) will jam together at Gigantour. What's the plan?

Mustaine: I would love to play with Jason, but I think we've got to remember there's (founding MEGADETH bassist) David Ellefson we've got to consider. It really is kind of up to how Jason and Dave are getting along. I've never played with Jason before. We've only toured together, and it was when he was in FLOTSAM AND JETSAM — even back before he was in METALLICA. We had a great time. He's super vibrant and energetic. I just love him, and I think Gigantour is going to be the bomb this year. You've talked about being on a path of sobriety and spirituality. Does being on the road present many challenges in that regard, and how do you stay focused?

Mustaine: I think you're as healthy in between your ears as you want to be. When you go into your hotel room, you go in there with a goal — studying, resting or doing something like that — or you go in there to do something else. And for us, we're always working. We're always around people. We have a lot of accountability and a lot of friends, so there's not a lot of idle time where you're sitting around and just stewing.

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