For the past 20 years I have been a metal fan. I dig all sorts of music, of course, but metal really shaped my adolescent years through self expression. I could identify with Judas Priest and Motorhead more than the mainstream grunge era. I guess that I have always been the opposite of main stream in that way. It wasn’t that I aspired to be different but I was just myself and I think that in itself made me less of a freak. The one thing that I really went against, even among my closest metal friends was the fact the Dave Mustaine was the soul of the metal/thrash movement and not Metallica. It seems that Dave has been painted a loser by the millions of Metallica fans and for what? Because he was a true artist and lived his passion for metal even through highs and lows? So what if he couldn’t handle his drinking and drugs. He still is the greatest thrash artist that ever lived and at least he is not a sell out.
I don’t think the music industry has ever had a more fiery and feud enthused artist than Dave Mustaine. He lived, ate and breathed his art and over the past two and a half decades he still puts out his thrash licks from his Jackson V. He controls Megadeth and that is the way it should be. Do you know what happens when you sell out to the mainstream shit and other influencing artists? You get Some kind Of Monster. If I was to take that album back in time to the year 1986 and played it to Metallica fans I guarantee they would turn their backs on James and Lars because that is what they did to their true fans. Dave doesn’t put on eyeliner, black nail polish and write songs about hurt feelings because the popular bands of the time are. Fuck no! He would put a bullet in the band before selling out. I remember Jason Newsted responding to the question of selling out and you know what he said?
“Sure we sell out. We sell out every damn show.”
Maybe to teens and pop wannabes, but not the fans who propelled you to the status that Metallica is at. Sure you sell out, but who’s buying, Jason? Who is buying? You’re not in the band so maybe you want to recant.
I’m not stating that James, Kirk, Lars or anyone of the bassists are bad musicians. They are amazing. I am stating that Dave Mustaine holds their talent in the tip of his pinkie. People know this when they see him live. I have been to a few Metallica shows and a few Megadeth shows and as far as vocal and guitar goes there is no comparison. Dave has got it and he didn’t adjust his sound or style just because NIN or Limp Bizkit is on top of the charts at the time. I know when a new Megadeth album comes out, it will aspire to rock harder and achieve new heights and not go in a new direction because Bob Rock, a panel of Rolling Stone magazine exects and psychologists say so. That is the furthest direction from both rock and metal that I have ever heard of.
Thank you Dave.