You can always rely on Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine to give you something juicy to write about. Lately, he’s been hinting about more Big Four shows to anyone willing to listen (aka, everyone). But in a recent interview with New Zealand’s 3 News, Mustaine has more to talk about than just the Big Four, which he claims an announcement regarding more shows is “inevitable.”
In addition to discussing his friendships with former “enemies” James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich and Kerry King, Mustaine had less than kind words to share about the band’s current label home Roadrunner Records, who released 2007’s United Abominations and 2009’s Endgame. When discussing Megadeth’s plans to head into the studio in January, Mustaine said the following:
“We’re getting ready to start the next Megadeth record in January and the funny thing is my manager is telling me now how Roadrunner is going out of their way now to try and give me this new huge deal, and I just don’t want it. I don’t want it. The treatment’s been terrible over the years, and I just don’t want it. I would rather retire than continue to play like that. Either we’re gonna release digitally or [see] what happens next. We’ve got this last record [that we owe to] Roadrunner [as part of our current contract]; it’s gonna be a great record ’cause the songs are really, really good. ‘Cause I don’t want my side of the bargain to be tainted — I wanna be a gentleman and be respectful and deliver my side of the deal, whether or not the other party has or not.”
This wouldn’t be the first time Mustaine has spoken out against Roadrunner Records. Shortly after the release of 2009’s Endgame, Mustaine blamed the label for the album’s lack of sales, and even went as far as to say “Why didn’t I trust myself? I regret a lot of things in my life, but this is the most regrettable.” It’s most likely that Megadeth won’t re-sign with Roadrunner after this last album. However, it wouldn’t be the first time he went back on his word (remember, at first he denied that the Big Four tour was going to happen). I’m not saying that he’s lying or over blowing things, but many things can change over time. Besides, Mustaine is currently co-managing one of Roadrunner’s newest acts Baptized In Blood. So could his relationship with the label be that bad?
You can watch the entire interview online at 3News.co.nz, where Mustaine also reveals that he is working with former Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz on his new project (note: the comments made about Roadrunner can be heard at the 7:24 mark).