Oh Dave Mustaine. As the frontman of Megadeth, he’s nothing less than an idol, the singer of one of the Big Four bands that’s still putting out good, relevant music. As a political commentator, he’s somewhere between a redneck uncle at Thanksgiving after some Old Grand Dad and a guy walking around Union Square with a tinfoil hat on. At an August 7 performance in Singapore, a shoe thrown onstage launched Mustaine into a four-minute rant onstage that starts with a lighthearted “this is what happens when cousins fuck.” But what starts out as a fun aside quickly turns into pure batshit insanity:
“Back in my country, my President is trying to pass a gun ban, so he’s staging all these murders, like the “Fast and Furious” thing down at the border, in Aurora Colorado, all the people that were killed down there, and the beautiful people at the Sikh temple. I was talking to JD our promoter, what a great guy. I was saying, ‘I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America. And he said, ‘Move down here to Singapore.’
The last time anyone cared about Dave Mustaine’s political opinions was back in 1992, when he was an MTV correspondent for ‘Rock the Vote.’ Yeah, that’s right – the last time anyone cared what he had to say, MTV was still playing music. And while it’s his stage to say what he wants, to make such a ridiculous, baseless accusation about anyone holding public in the face of multiple tragedies is not only insensitive, but also ludicrous. And while Dave’s against gun control, maybe the Secret Service should be checking to make sure he doesn’t have access to firearms.