MegaFans of the Week
- Cyber Army Username:Rikke ThomsenLocation:Aarhus, DenmarkBirthdate:1971.09.09Status:SingleCurrent occupation:Inspection Coordinator
Rikke ThomsenFemale of the WeekMonday, June 20, 2016
We asked Rikke...How long have you been a Megadeth fan?
Since "Countdown to Extinction" 1992What was the first Megadeth song you ever heard?
Symphony of Destruction. I was watching Headbangers Ball on MTV, and there it was.Was there a certain song that made you a Megadeth fan?
That was it.What are your three favorite Megadeth songs?
Holy Wars, Symphony of Destruction, and a new favorite really is Conquer or Die.What is your favorite Megadeth album?
Rust in Peace and Countdown - don't let me choose between them!How many times have you seen Megadeth live?
June 24th Will be mine 9th time, and it won't be enough.What is your favorite Megadeth lyric?
Peace sells, Sweating Bullets, Hook in Mouth, Dread in the Fugitive Mind, Rattlehead, etc. - the list is long.Who do you think Vic Rattlehead was when he was alive?
Well, since Vic is a result of Dave's imagination I think he could be the charachter played by Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange or even Dave himself when he was younger. Definately a mean bastard before he became a victim. I mean, it wasn't Dave's guitar skills which got him kicked out of another thash metal band. It is obvious that he is a way better guitarist than Hammet.What's your favorite Megadeth album cover?
Rust in Peace - even though I really dig the cover of Dystopia there'll be none better. I mean even the CD inside with the nuclear symbol. Everything about this album is just cool. Although, if I had to choose from albums not figuring Vic on the front I would say Youthanasia. At the time it was released I was studying, and one of my fellow-students just had a child, so the cover of my new Megadeth album created a lot of raised eyebrows and releaving laughter. But it is good, and Vic is still there on the back. And to you young rattleheads out there this is from a time where you would go into a record store on the very day when it was released in order to purchase it as quickly as possible.What is your favorite piece of Megadeth merch?
My "Property of Megadeth" t-shirt. The difference between this and all my cyber-army t-shirts that this is a girly, so it actually fits me. Oh - but also my keyring, which is always with me.
Rikke explains...How long you have been coming to the Megadeth forums?
I haven't really, I am sure it is fun, but I spend 8 hours a day being busy and working in front of a computer screen, so when I get off work I really want to do something else. For the same reason I am a rare visitor on the social medias.Have you met the band? If so, what did you say?
No. If I did I would thank them for the greatest music in the world and some of the very best concerts I've been to - or - and this is more than likely - I would through myself on the ground screaming "I am not worthy." Much like they do in Wayne's World while meeting Alice Cooper.What's the furthest you've traveled to see Megadeth?
Netherlands. Well, Megadeth had to cancel a tour in 2014, which meant that they woundn't be coming to Copenhell, which again meant that I wouldn't be seeing them that year, which was just terrible. But as they continued the the tour later on, I went to this small festival "Into the Grave" in Leeuwarden and saw them there. And then I spent my summerholidays in Amsterdam.If you had a chance to chat with any one of the band members, who would you talk to and what would you want to discuss?
Dave and David both. The essence of life being a rattlehead and which of all those rock'n'roll stories are really true.Do you have a favorite Megadeth guitar solo?
I have several, but Into the Lungs of Hell may be my favourite.To you, are Megadeth songs more feeling or more thinking?
Well, we are all thinking that Dave should be President, but feeling - definately feeling.Have you introduced anyone else to Megadeth?
My nephew, Steven. I took him to his first (and my first) Megadeth concert in 2009 when he was 13 years old, but he had already started playing guitar before then - much due to Megadeth music and the Rust in Peace album especially. Steven is now one of favourite my guitar players and a very skillfull one.Which Megadeth song means the most to you and why?
I was gonna say Rattlehead, but I'll change it to Hangar 18. It is Steven's favourite and may well have been the reason for him to pick up a guitar and start to play.What do you like best about being in the Cyber Army?
Megadeth radio when that was on, though I am not sure you had to be a member in order to listen to it. Really cool website though, I do visit occationally to check out what the band is up to and the newest videos - there is a lot of cool stuff in there.When did you join the club and what is your Cyber Army member number?
02/08/10. Member #7923.What do you admire most in Dave Mustaine?
Apart from the obvious that he is a strong composer, has amazing guitar skills, writes memorable lyrics, is THE inventor of thrash metal (my favourite kind of music), and the fact that he is good-looking, his honesty.What does being a true Megafan mean to you?
Supporting the band. Whether it is in a bar where some drunk has to be told off for talking rubbish about the band or their music or whether it is at a live concert cheering the band on while they are playing. Of course there is also a commercial side of supporting which I am sure they will appreciate. Now a days you can listen to the music on the internet for free practically before the albums are released. Well, I still buy the CDs from the musicians I like, thinking how else will they be able to proceed.Have you got any interesting Megadeth stories for us?
Not really. Megadeth is too big a band for any "intimate moments" to happen while they are playing. But I had one with Gary Holt once. One of the times when Exodus was playing at this pretty small but cool place in Aarhus called Voxhall, Gary nodded at me and then threw a guitar pick right at me after the show, the gesture was so obviusly a big thanks for cheering him on all through the show - during which he had been guitar battling against Max Cavalera (Sepultura) - awesome show by the way - and I thought CATCH if it is the last thing you do. I always know where this guitar pick is and I'll never use it, but it is not about that. It is about that moment and the thought that maybe Gary remembers it too - me in my sweat-soaked Megadeth t-shirt as I caught that pick with the biggest smile on my face, which wouldn't come off for hours. Of course now I see him with Slayer, and they are also too big a band for this ever to happen again.
NotablesRikke spends her free time:
Playing guitar, running, reading, and going to a lot of concerts - mainly metal. I occasionally post my own reviews of concerts and albums on facebook, and my best friend thinks I should have a blog for the purpose. But after 8 hours in front of the computer screen, it is not the thing I want to do. Maybe some day, Marianne. But for now in my spare time I just do the things that I like.Where she would like to be right now:
At the Copenhell festival - but chances are that when you are reading this, that is exactly where I am - headbanging in the front row while Megadeth is playing.The one thing she would change about the world:
Free education for everybody. And by education I don't mean taliban schools. Ignorance is what fucks this world up good. Just take a look at all those terrorists believing in religion and other fantasies and fairytales and trying to eradicate anybody with a different view by the dirty means of terror. It is not that they are stupid exactly, but it is kind of obvious what the problem is, since we in Europe also used to burn witches (in Africa they use machettes), and we used to send people to prison or death for not believing in the god, the king, or the church (much like some countries do in the Middle East). But with the enlightenment that all changed. Education creates tolerance. After that anyone can believe whatever he or she wants to and not care a fucking thing about what anybody else believes or disbelieves. But what I really want to say is that there should just be a lot more metal concerts in my area to make me happy. So thank you Megadeth for making this a better world - at least for me and other fans I am sure.Favorite place to vacation:
Well, since I tend to go to a new place every year this keeps changing. Probably Rome, since I have been there so many times.Three favorite websites:What makes her laugh:
The Daily Show. Donald Trump makes me laugh - elect him for president and we Europeans shall never take you seriously again.First concert ever seen:
Some local band back in my teens - so long ago I can't even remember.Song stuck in her head right now:
Lots of old rock songs from the latest concert: Highway to Hell, Touch Too Much, Thunderstruck, Let There Be Rock, Back in Black, etc.Pet peeves/irritations:
Ignorance, boko haram, and terrorists. I fucking hate terrorists.Biggest fear:
To lie on my deathbed feeling that I missed out on stuff like not having had enough fun or grabbed the oppotunity whenever life offered me something wonderfull.Strength/Weakness:
My ability to live my life as I please. It is not that people who care about me haven't tried to convince me that I should start a family or get a bigger appartment, but I just never really gave a fuck about that. And it is not that I don't like children, and knowing that their brains haven't fully developed yet and they are often more sensitive than other people I am also always nice to them. And I do sometimes get frustrated around midnight because I have to put my guitar away or turn the volume down, so that my neighbours can get some sleep. But not having children means that in my sparetime I can do whatever I want, and who am I to be sitting in a big house not being able to afford tickets to the next show. I guess I am just very happy with my life as it is - much due to the strength of not giving a fuck about other peoples' expectations for me. / I am really shy.Favorite holiday:
Going to The Big Four shows in both Warsaw and Prague may have been the best vacation ever. But last year I travelled around Ireland - some of the time in the footsteps of Syphor (another metal band I like) and that was awesome too.Favorite cartoon character:
Donald Duck.Favorite movie:
Apocolypse Now by Francis Ford Coppola.Last TV show watched:
The European Championship in soccer is on, so the only TV worth watching right now is a soccer game.Favorite color:
Green - matches my eyes. And black - matches my soul.Favorite automobile:
Audi - cool when that was the company car (never was in my current job).Favorite food/meal:
Bacon and eggs for breakfast, salads for lunch, and a steak for dinner.Favorite beverage:
Beer.Favorite saying/line - around this time of the year:
COPENHELL-YEEEAAAAAH.Her best advice to give:
- Cyber Army Username:richs567Location:Cameron Park, CABirthdate:9/22/68Status:MarriedCurrent occupation:Maintenance San Juan School District
Richard StewartMale of the WeekMonday, June 20, 2016
We asked Richard...How long have you been a Megadeth fan?
Since 1987What was the first Megadeth song you ever heard?
Peace Sells on Headbangers BallWas there a certain song that made you a Megadeth fan?
Wake Up DeadWhat are your three favorite Megadeth songs?
Wake up Dead
99 Ways To DieWhat is your favorite Megadeth album?
So Far, So Good...So What!How many times have you seen Megadeth live?
6What is your favorite Megadeth lyric?
Through the darkest hour Grace did not shine on meWho do you think Vic Rattlehead was when he was alive?
Dave!What's your favorite Megadeth album cover?
Peace SellsWhat is your favorite piece of Megadeth merch?
My 20th anniversary Rust In Peace shirt which is just like the one I got at the Clash of The Titans show which I lost.
Richard explains...How long you have been coming to the Megadeth forums?
Just a yearHave you met the band? If so, what did you say?
NoWhat's the furthest you've travelled to see Megadeth?
9 hour drive to go to the Big 4If you had a chance to chat with any one of the band members, who would you talk to and what would you want to discuss?
Dave and would love to talk guitars!Do you have a favorite Megadeth guitar solo?
In My Darkest Hour (super tough one. The first time I saw holy wars live...man)To you, are Megadeth songs more feeling or more thinking?
Though the lyrics are thought provoking, the feel of the music has always kept a hook in my mouth. (see what i did there!)Have you introduced anyone else to Megadeth?
Wy wife BethWhich Megadeth song means the most to you and why?
Wake Up Dead.I hadnt heard anything like it before and from the first time I heard it till now that song to me IS Megadeth.What do you like best about being in the Cyber Army?
The updates and swagWhen did you join the club and what is your Cyber Army member number?
11/14 #19908What do you admire most in Dave Mustaine?
How Dave has built what he has by not giving up, fighting much adversity, and following his dream.What does being a true Megafan mean to you?
It is great to be acknowledged and be included with the best fans in the world!Have you got any interesting Megadeth stories for us?
Maybe the time I got into a car accident coming home from the Megadeth and Judas Preist show in 1990, and as they were towing my car I han run and stop the driver so I could get my Rust in Peace shirt out of the car!
NotablesIn a band:
Not in a band but jam with friends and have played a few gigs at the Elementary school I work at.Instrument played:
GuitarRichard spends his free time:
Hanging with the family, playing guitar, watching moviesWhere he would like to be right now:
CampingThe one thing he would change about the world:
Too much judgemental negativity and violence out there.Favorite place to vacation:
Bodega Bay CAThree favorite websites:What makes him laugh:
Big Bang, Top Gear, Ricky Bobby, great guitar linesFirst concert ever seen:
Quiet Riot 1983Song stuck in his head right now:
Midnight MoverPet peeves/irritations:
Cigarette butts!Biggest fear:
Nice but shyFavorite holiday:
ChristmasFavorite cartoon character:
Yosemite SamFavorite movie:
Shawshank RedemptionLast TV show watched:
Top GearFavorite color:
Gtr R34Favorite food/meal:
A good burgerFavorite beverage:
An Arnold PalmerFavorite saying/line:
Somebody chasing you sheriff?His best advice to give:
Be yourself, live work and play from the heart, and forever metal!