I Pissed Off Megadeth, My (Former) Favorite Band

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When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustaine's snarling vocals and impossibly fast guitar solos. I sat in school and drew pictures of their strange skull mascot, which looked like it was wearing evil braces. I even bought some stupid-ass comic books that were based around the band.

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I grew older and found out about smoking pot. I had a phase where I listened to nothing but gabber music. I had a phase where I was into late-'90s industrial metal. I even had a hip-hop phase when I managed to catch P.O.S.' first show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.

Throughout all of these segments of musical distraction, one thing stayed constant: my love of Megadeth.

Even to this day, I can still be found stumbling through bars or yelling from rides at amusement parks, debating Megadeth's superior status in the realm of heavy-metal music. In 2009 Metallica played at the Target Center in Minneapolis. On my way home, I stopped people outside of the arena to ask them who they were going to see. After they said, "Metallica," I'd force-feed them my rehearsed answer of, "Oh, you mean that Megadeth cover band?" (For anyone who participated in activities outside of doing drugs in high school, Megadeth's lead singer used to play in Metallica until he got kicked out. He formed Megadeth out of spite and swore to become better and more well-known than Metallica.)

Shortly after the heated exchanges that occurred outside of the downtown venue, I took my status as a Megadeth tried-and-true dirtbag one step further. On a crisp morning before heading out to my job working for the federal government, I keyed "Megadeth" into the side passenger door of my 1998 Mazda 626. I had already keyed the word "car" into one of the doors earlier that week and realized that if I was just keying things into my car, I should key in something meaningful.

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Drew Ailes
An actual photo of my actual car.

On a bright summer day, I still catch glares from my elders and giggles from my peers. I see them mouth the word "MEG-GUH-DETH" as I drive by, and I wonder if they know what it means.

Once, I deliberately thought about Megadeth every day for 27 days in a row.

It wasn't that I am or ever was Megadeth's No. 1 fan by any means. While I listen to the first four albums weekly, I stopped following the band after 1997's Cryptic Writings. But I continued to be intrigued by the band and in particular by its frontman, Dave Mustaine, who had become a born-again Christian and seemed even more "uneven" than the rock & roll tabloids I read about him in when I was young. Once, he said that women in Africa who have too many kids should "put a plug in it." He made "birther" remarks about Obama and claimed that the Sandy Hook Massacre was a conspiracy to take away our guns.

It was fascinating to see a man who once wrote openly Satanic songs and cover the Sex Pistols become a right-winger. But while all of the websites called him a bigoted moron, I stayed with Megadeth.

"I bet he's just trying to get a rise out of people. I bet once you talk to him alone, he's real caring and genuine," I thought.

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gaute.tangen
gaute.tangen

Interesting read. You blame David Ellefson whom I have actually met, a really nice guy in my opinion for what I would consider your stupendous fuck up in this instance. Then your favourite band is no longer Megadeth. Wow great. I will how ever say this. You could be trolling here.

Second thoughts after seeing your car door now. I think you are just taking the mickey out of all people that come up with shitty reasons to not liking people/bands

I used to be a huge fan of Kiss and Gene Simmons until I actually met him. What a let down... 

mick666
mick666

There's a very good reason Mustaine got booted from Metallica.

finengood
finengood

Don't diss on Dave... Mustaine has become wiser and more down to earth over the years.  Why?  He has a family and children, which lead to his more conservative views.  When a person has other people to care about besides himself, he will generally become more caring, more nuturing, and more conservative.   I hope Mr. Ailes someday can also experience the phenomenon of caring about someone or something bigger than himself as well...

jasonarmadilloart
jasonarmadilloart

Regardless of the other comments here, this was an entertaining read - and I've never heard a single note of Megadeath. However, I do know PR people and they think they are more important than life itself. Trying to interact with them as a rational human being is a useless waste of time.

ntoro77
ntoro77

I liked your shitty article, very "Almost Famous" of you. Carry on. 

Wes Lawson
Wes Lawson

The title of this should be "The reason Village Voice should fire me." You're given an outlet by the legendary VV and you approach it with puerile incompetence and insincerity. On top of that, you criticize Megadeth for being mean to you when, in reality, they gave you multiple chances to get your shit together. This is pathetic. Your position should be given to someone that will give a damn about the job.

Jennifer Timm
Jennifer Timm

This reads like it was written by a 13- year-old. No offense to any 13- year-olds for having said that.

LindaLeseman
LindaLeseman

Welcome to the club. I gave up on talking to Dave M. for a second time after he'd been giving me the run-around for a month. It felt egotistical to think I should take his avoidance personally, but it was almost impossible not to, since things hadn't gone so well for him the last time we spoke.

bobzilla77
bobzilla77

Wow that's really interesting, how disorganized you are. I can't wait for the story about how you slept through your interview with Sabbath and the fascinating circumstances behind it. 

Dan MacNeill
Dan MacNeill

i'm so glad i'll never know how this story ends

epac666
epac666 topcommenter

1. 'Deth's first 4 albums are classics.

2. Everything since is in the range of sucky ("Risk") to pretty good ("Endgame")

3. Based on the things he's said, I want to say that Mustaine is a twat, but can't discount that he's lost his marbles.

4. "Junior" is generally known as one of the nicest guys in the music industry...can't comment on what transpired above.

icantsing
icantsing

@finengood Saying Sandy Hook was staged by the government as an excuse to steal our guns is down to Earth? LOL

sdalfalano
sdalfalano

@finengood I have a family and children. I want them to live in a world removed from corporation control, from intolerance and bigotry, religious zealotry, ignorance, crazy gun access, hate, a political party full of corrupt hypocritical robots using a television channel to spread lies, fear and intolerance to the dumb zombies that watch it. I want them to feel secure that they can be who they are and what they want to be without feeling the wrath of outdated conservative kooks who want to live in a world that does not exist anymore and will never exist, all the while ignoring the world we DO live in and refusing to cooperate to make it better. I live, work and struggle for my family, there is nothing selfish about me. I have no idea what (red) neck of the woods you live in, but I sure as hell don't want to live in the make believe past pavilion that the conservatives are selling. My kids deserve better. 

mchandleraz
mchandleraz

@sdalfalano @finengood You do realize that only one of the things you listed can be blamed on "Conservatives", right? Out of everything you listed, gun control is the only thing that Democrats AND Republicans aren't fucking up together.

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