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What's going on? I want to say, I saw Metallica live at Continental Air Lines arena in Jersey and then recently I saw Megadeth live at the Electric Factory in Philly. Now, My question is this. Where would you expect to see the better show? In the huge arena or the night club? The arena right? WRONG! Megadeth blew my mind! (As I knew they would) on November 12th, Dave Mustaine made it clear why he stands alone as my biggest inspiration and my overall influence in music. MUSTAINE FOR PRESIDENT!!!
Megadeth Droogie For Life,
Mark, New Jersey
...whilst I'd like to make a remark to your email, I think no comment would be most appropriate in this case.
Several people have asked if Megadeth have covered any Metallica songs, which they haven't, but some of the riffs in several Megadeth songs are very similar to some riffs originally done in Metallica songs. The most notable similarity i've heard is the main riff on FFF, which sounds like Metallica's Motorbreath. Several riffs off of Metallica's Call Of Ktulu (which Dave co-wrote) are on several Megadeth songs, such as Hangar 18 and Countdown To Extinction and even some of the lyrics off of Go To Hell are the same as Enter Sandman. Because he often 'speaks his mind' of late about Metallica, mainly Lars (Metallica's drummer) and his portrayal in the Metallica documentary, is this Dave's way of paying respect to his former band and band mates, or just coincidence that later Megadeth riffs sound like early Metallica riffs?
I don't think it's his way of paying respect, there's really no need for that. Seeing as Dave was a founding member of Metallica and had a hand in writing their "ealier" riffs it makes perfect sense that some of Megadeth and Metallicas riffs might sound similar, because they were written by the same man.
No. No. Yes (sort of). NO.
Let me elaborate for you mate. Megadeth has never covered a Metallica song, and vice versa. Dave Mustaine & Marty Friedman along with Bob Kulick, Eric Singer, and various other artists recorded School's Out for an Alice Cooper Tribute album called "Humanary Stew: A Tribute to Alice Cooper". Hunger is by a band called Eternal Decision. Some bloke labeled it as being recorded by BOTH Megadeth & Metallica on a p2p file sharing program, and ever since people think that blasted song has something to do with Megadeth, Metallica, James and Dave both singing, etc. And like I said ealier, neither Megadeth or Metallica have ever covered each others songs, and they never recorded ANYTHING together.
I often get told by friends that Dave Mustaine has lost parts of his fingers (never more descripitive than that). Where do rumors like these come from?
In the song 'Hook in Mouth,' there are references to a P.M.R.C. What in the world is the PMRC?
The song Hook in Mouth is about censorship, and it is basically aimed at the P.M.R.C. P.M.R.C is an acronym for Parents Music Resource Center. It was founded in America in the mid-1980's by Tipper Gore, to quote "alert the public of the growing trend in music towards lyrics that are sexually explicit, excessively violent, or glorify the use of drugs and alcohol." Essentially we have the P.M.R.C, and Mrs. Gore of course, to thank for the vile "Parental Advisory/Explicit Lyrics" stickers.
Megadeth is my favorite band. My question is that I don't recall in any liner notes as to or even if Mary Jane was written about anyone in particular. My grandmother wanted to always know as she saw my shirt with the lyrics on it. Unfortunately, she just passed away 7/28/04, so I won't be able to give her the answer, but at least I will know perhaps.
There is a lot of speculation around the song Mary Jane, off of the album So Far, So Good...So What! Is it about drugs? Is Mary Jane an actual person? Contrary to popular belief, this song is not about marijuana. As it turns out, a long time ago Dave Mustaine heard a tale of a young witch named Mary Jane Twilliger, who was supposedly buried in the Loon Lake Cemetery, somewhere in Minnesota, just North of the Iowa state border. Legend has it that Mary Jane Twilliger was discovered by her father practicing the art of witchcraft at a very young age and feeling disgraced, her father buried her alive, rather than face the ridicule and possible lynching by his fellow townspeople. There is much more to the story, this is just a small taste of the information that you will find in Dave Mustaine's forthcoming book that will contain detailed song by song lyric descriptions. And I'll have more information about the book, like the title and release date, when it is officially announced. Loyal www.megadeth.com visitors will be among the first to know so get yer arses back here as often as possible for updates and info about all things Mega.
Who in the hell is playing on the upcoming tour? I heard Chris Poland gonna be touring with Megadeth?
Jack the Ripper
I thought you would never ask. The Blackmail The Universe Tour line-up has been determined and was officially announced recently. Dave Mustaine will obviously be center stage; you'll find James MacDonough jamming on the bass; Nick Menza will be rockin' the drum kit; and Glen Drover will be shredding on lead and rhythm guitars. I'm not going to waste my breath telling you about each musicians background, you can read it for yourself in the Bio section here at megadeth.com.
And Chris Poland is not touring with Megadeth.
About the upcoming CD, can you tell us more about the new MEGADETH'S formation? If you ask Dave about this, please tell him that we'll be specting Megadeth down here in SouthAmerica
Andres from Argentina
Yes, I can tell you more about the musicians that played on Megadeth's new album, The System Has Failed. In addition to Dave Mustaine, the other musicians are Vinnie Colaiuta - Drums, Jimmy Lee Sloas - Bass, and Chris Poland - Guitars. Vinnie Colaiuta's resume includes the renowned Frank Zappa. In addition to being amazing at the bass, Jimmy Lee Sloas is also a talented Producer and Song Writer. Chris Poland (unless you have been living under a rock, that is a name that most of you had better recognize), is a former member of Megadeth and his previous Megadeth credits include Killing is My Business...and Business is Good! and Peace Sells...But Who's Buying? The touring line-up will be a bit different than the studio line-up, however since you didn't ask about that you'll have to wait until my next question and answer is posted to find out that information.