Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine

By Natalie Zina Walschots

Dave Mustaine is one of the most iconic and universally recognized personalities in the realm of heavy metal. His music career has spanned 30 years and he is recognized as one of the most significant lead guitarists and metal vocalists of all time. His career began with a brief, but extremely influential early stint Metallica from 1981 to 1983. After that, Mustaine founded Megadeth, which still stands as one of the musical juggernauts in the genre, and one of the “Big Four” of thrash (along with Slayer, Metallica and Anthrax). While Mustaine has been considered a controversial figure, at times, his talent and appeal are undeniable. Megadeth have recently enjoyed a career renaissance. They have recently released a new album, Thirteen, to positive critical reception. Mustaine also helms the infamous Gigantour, the next incarnation of which features Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil and will be making its way across North America in early 2012.

What are you up to?
I just finished breakfast, and soon I’ll be on my way to the airport. I’ll have to fight through the fans downstairs, which is always great, but I’ve recently had neck surgery and so haven’t been able to stop and sign stuff as I’d like to. I’ve had to do a lot more waving from the window than I’d like to.

What are your current fixations?
My current fixation is that I’m sadly mesmerized by watching the news and how the government is destroying this country. It’s pretty obvious to me that they’re trying to get rid of the middle class. It also seems like we’re moving more towards a single world currency, and I find that very frightening.

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