MEGADETH's MUSTAINE Apologizes To AC/DC For His 'Offensive' Comments

August 13, 2009

MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has issued the following update:

"I just read the [Metal Hammer article where I talk] about Acca Dacca, and I am so disappointed in how I said what I said.

"No excuses; I didn't say what I was trying to say, and what I said is rude and childish. Not my style (well, at least not my style for the last decade or so, thank God),and I am even offended at what I said. I have never in thirty-plus years disrespected AC/DC one of my favorite bands in the whole world; I think I just got too comfortable and forgot that we were recording and I was being an ass.

"My apologies to my friends, especially Brian [Johnson]; that just did not come out right at all and I'm sorry, bro."

In the Metal Hammer article in question, Mustaine was quoted as saying the following about AC/DC and how MEGADETH's live shows differ from those of the Anglo-Australian hard rock legends: "I love AC/DC and I've always been a fan of AC/DC. Bon Scott was my frontman. I love and respect Brian, but it's the same record. They've been making the same record for 20 years. I love 'em, but it's the same stuff, so you don't need to buy the record, just go to the concert. With us, it's kind of like the concert's always the same, but the records change! Because we go out live and what do people want us to do?! They want to hear 'Holy Wars', they want to hear 'Rust In Peace', they want to hear stuff off that record… guys, I've got 12 records and I can't fit all of that stuff into one hour! There's over 100 songs to play! 'Hey, play this song!' Yeah, like I'm gonna just remember that song out of the blue! Do I look like a fuckin' jukebox?

He continued, "I remember we were in Germany one time and it was the anniversary of Bon Scott's death and we said, 'Let's do an AC/DC song tonight!' and we did 'Problem Child'. About halfway through that song, I realized I'd forgotten how high his voice is when he's singing. So when I was done with that song, I went back and I told Shawn [Drover, MEGADETH drummer], 'Don't ever let me do that again!' [Laughs]"

Back in 2007, Mustaine spoke to Classic Rock magazine about AC/DC's classic "Let There Be Rock" LP for the magazine's "Every Home Should Have One - Albums You Should Own" feature. Read it at this location.

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