MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE On Charlottesville Violence: 'Some People Have Devolved Back Into Animals'

August 18, 2017

MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine has commented on last Saturday's events in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed, two Virginia state troopers died, and nineteen others were injured during a white nationalists' rally and a gathering of counter protesters.

President Donald Trump placed blame for the violence on "both sides," the white supremacists and the counter-protesters, of the conflict, even after one alleged white nationalist was charged with murder after ramming his car into a crowd of protesters, killing 32-year-old Heather Heyer.

Reacting to the news at last weekend's Bloodstock festival, Mustaine told Metal Hammer's online editor Luke Morton: "I don't know much about what happened. All I know is what they showed on TV and I didn't get a chance to really see it. I do know that the same way there were bad guys that went to the liberal protests and started fights, there was a guy in the liberal side hit a guy on the right side in the head with a bicycle lock. He wasn't part of the people that were protesting, he just went there to be an agent provocateur.

"If the guys on the right can go and mess with the guys on the left, the guys on the left can go and mess with the guys on the right," he continued. "You don't really know why people do this and why they have so much hate in their heart."

He added: "The thought of me getting behind the wheel of a car and running somebody down is just incomprehensible. I don't have any capacity to think with that much hate."

Later, when Mustaine saw the full news report, he reached out to Metal Hammer on Twitter, saying: "I saw the story you asked about in Virginia. It was awful and breaks my heart to see how some people have devolved back into animals."

MEGADETH recently toured North America with MESHUGGAH and will play arenas later in the year as the support act for German hard rock veterans SCORPIONS.

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