Goldmine Magazine recently sat down with the front man of one of the greatest thrash bands around, Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Of course, everyone here at Free Gotham is ecstatic for these guys to be coming to New York for The Big 4 show at Yankees Stadium, and Goldmine has provided some great insight into the mind of one of the show’s performers.
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A 1987 concert is included in the “Peace Sells …” set. You happy with the way it came out?
Mustaine: Well, let’s put it this way: It was highly charged. And the dialogue that made up the most part of the concert, a lot of it ended up on the studio floor. It was funny at the time, it was funny if you were there, but, you know, listening to a mid-twenty year old thrasher talking about smoking pot with Ronald Reagan, it seemed kind of a novelty and it really didn’t have any place in the body of work … because the songs themselves have a certain element of panache and savoir faire. And when you start having fun on stage — especially if you had been drinking and had lubricated lips you start saying stuff. It’s kind like that part in the movie “Purple Rain” where this dude tells Prince that he’s the only one that understands his music. And I don’t want to be like that guy. I mean, Henry Rollins can do spoken word during a concert. I can’t. (laughs) I see these other guys that get up there and get into these long monologues. It’s like ‘Sorry, dude, next song. Let’s go!’ I was up at this concert in Canada. We were looking for some talent to go on the Gigantour festival that I do and we went to check out this band — and I won’t say who they are but it was so ridiculous. The guy says from the stage ‘I want you to look around and whoever’s not jumping up and down, I want you to grab them by the hair and pull them to the ground.’ And I went ‘Okay. So you won’t be coming with us.’ Because I guarantee if you try that to a Megadeth fan, you’ll get your ass beat.