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Dave Mustaine talks new Megadeth album, latest lineup changes

Posted by on May 14, 2015

In a recent and lengthy interview for Rolling Stone, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine goes in depth about the new upcoming album and the direction he’s targeting to take the band all along:

Over the years we’ve always said, “We’re going back to our roots.” But the naysayers, they just want Rust in Peace 20 times, which is never gonna happen. Because I’ve never written the same song twice. Unlike a lot of other rock and metal bands that, you know, they rely on a set formula, I try and make the songs all different. The funny thing, though, was that when Ellefson was doing the bass tracks I was telling him, “This is the ‘Tornado’ [‘Tornado of Souls’] part,” “This is the ‘Bad Omen’ part,” “This is the ‘Black Friday’ part,” “This is the ‘Holy Wars’ part.” Because a lot of the things were in that kind of vein. Now, is it going back in time? Hell, I don’t know. But I like what I’m hearing.

Speaking of Rust in Peace, we all know about the whole debacle that happened when Nick Menza and Marty Friedman were in consideration to rejoin Megadeth’s rank. We know things didn’t fall into place after Menza felt he wasn’t getting a fair deal and Friedman simply wasn’t interested in rejoining Megadeth, which ended up with Kiko Loureiro and Chris Adler officially taking part of the band. Mustaine comments on the topic:

Yeah. And contrary to all the scuttlebutt that’s going around, I wish those guys the best. But their recollections of the events that led up to it and happened after are considerably different from my recollection. But here’s the thing — a lot of people, they either love or hate me. If I tell anybody what happened it’s not gonna change the way they feel about me. But it’ll probably change the way they feel about them. And I don’t want to hurt anybody. All I can say I think they’re both tremendous musicians and talented guys.

Speaking of Chris Adler, a list of other drummers considered to take the throne was also mentioned:

I talked with my friend [ex-Dream Theater drummer] Mike Portnoy, who I think is an amazing talent. I talked to [ex-Slayer drummer] Dave Lombardo. [Current Dream Theater drummer] Mike Mangini’s name has come up. But there was just something telling me to pause, saying, “Really think about who you’re gonna play with, Mustaine. Make sure you’re going to do something that’s really going to excite people and that is not predictable.” But we do have some live shows coming up and we have a drummer committed to our dates so far this year.

The interview discusses other topics like moving back to Nashville, the achievements he expects in the future and much more.

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