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  • Dear ScorpioN,

    I'm 14, just wondering how the heck do I or other 14 year olds with strict parents get to go see Megadeth?!?!?! I tried everything to go I work, clean, worked in fields,save my own money to go, anything! I even went on my knees and begged! I cant wait tell I'm 18 to see Megadeth!!!!! I know there is no age limits but to my parents I gotta be 18!! Oh lord PLEASE tell me Megadeth will still be around oh GOD PLEASE!!! I tried to convince them that Metal isn't that bad. I tried everything the only thing I didn't try was to sneak out which I SHOULD have done!!!

    - Freakin out Metalhead

    Well, well, well. Sounds like your parents need a little schooling there young lad. Try this, mention to them that the lead singer of Megadeth has a son that is roughly your age, and his son Justis goes to a lot of Megadeth's concerts. I understand that your parents love you, and don't want any harm done to you could also slyly suggest that one or both of them attend a show with you so they can see for themselves that all is good in the land of Mega. Then next time, maybe they will let you go it alone or with a mate.

    PS. If that doesn't work, don't say a word to them about the next show--don't want to raise suspicion my dear--and then sneak out and rattle your goddamn head off at the show. Just think of it this way, if you happen to get caught...the punishment will have been well worth the crime. >:-)~

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    I wanted to know if Dave Mustaine will be receiving payment or royalties from Metallica for appearing in thier movie (Some Kind of Monster)? I am going to buy and watch it, but only for the Mustaine part. It bothers me that i am purchasing a Metallica product, so knowing it benifits Megadeth would make me feel better.

    Frank J Gallo
    Centereach N.Y.

    Dave is not receiving any royalties or payment from SKOM. You can download just his part in the movie from several p2p programs, and not have to pay to purchase the whole DVD. Don't know if you're into downloading and all, but if you don't want to support Metallica that's going to be your best bet mate.

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    I don't know why I'm doing this, you never respond to my letters anyway. But I need some serious help! I noticed that the Gigantour is coming to New Jersey on Wednesday, August 24th. I was so excited that I would once again be able to see my biggest influence, Dave Mustaine thrashing up the stage. Now here's my problem...I just started school and I really can't miss any of it. What do I do?!?!?! Do you skip school and see the REAL God of Metal, Dave Mustaine or do attend school and mourn all summer long because I know I missed an amazing show? Please help me...I need to know what to do!

    Jersey Droogie,

    This "question" of yours barely deserves an's no wonder I haven't responded to your other inquiries. There is not even a decision to be made in this situation my dear friend.


    What in the hell did you think I'd say?

  • ScorpioN,

    Yo Scorp;

    What the hell is going on?? Please tell me that Dave is alive and well??!
    I was just browsing the web for all things Megadeth (as you do of an evening), and i came across this on a website:

    "Megadeth is an American thrash metal band led by Dave Mustaine. The group formed in 1983, disbanded in 2002, and reformed again in 2004. As of this writing, the band's future remains uncertain in the wake of MUSTAINE'S RECENT DEATH."

    WTF??!! I nearly had a bloody heart attack reading this!! I've heard and read nothing about this anywhere, and i'm guessing it's bull sh*t, but, just to put my overworked mind at rest - say it aint' so! :(

    Yours hysterically,
    Chris, Blackpool, England

    This information mate, is what one might call rubbish. A spot on example of why you shouldn't believe everything that you read (unless, of course it comes from Dave has been "reported" dead several times before in the past, in addition to being misquoted, misunderstood, and his words being used out of context can be a recipe for hate and can feed the perpetual rumor mill. Ahhhh. The life of a celebrity. Don't fret my friend, Dave is alive and well, and set to be playing "live" on our side of the pond within the month.

  • ScorpioN,

    Yo Scorp;

    How do you decide which questions to answer? I submitted a question on 9/20/04 and I have yet to get an answer. I asked about the new album and possible songs being played live, yet you answer questions about the PMRC. I think anyone who has been following MEGADETH since the beginning should know that answer. I know you get a lot of mail so I am not really complaining, I just feel a little slighted. I am including my original question from September.

    Yours in deth,

    I'm having a hard time dealing with the fact that you said anyone who has been following Megadeth "since the beginning" should know the answer to the question about the PMRC. Luckily enough for the band, they not only have a veteran fan base, but they also have brand new fans that are thirsty for knowledge about their "new" favorite band. Not everyone is as knowledgeable as you about Megadeth, kind sir. It also irritates me that you feel "slighted" because I didn't answer your question. I pick general questions that get asked over and over and over by many people, or questions that tickle my fancy and are unique or different (but still relevant, intelligent, and legitimate). I reckon that if more than one person has a question, then it must be a popular subject. It states here that I will not be able to answer every question asked, so the fact that you feel slighted really isn't warranted mate. However, I will answer your question so you don't continue to pester me in the future.

    Dear Scorp;

    I can't stop listening to the new CD. It is Great. Dave gets better with age. My question is this: The last 5 or 6 times I have seen Megadeth they basically played the same set give or take, and never more than 2 or 3 of the songs from the current CD. Since this is quite possibly the best music Megadeth has ever made will they be playing the entire CD and adding in some hits along the way or can we expect the same as usual. I don't want to sound negative I love all the old stuff to, but I think hearing the whole new CD live would be an experience of a lifetime. By the way Scorpion is my favorite track.

    yours in deth;

    The set list is comprised of a myriad of songs from Megadeth's entire catalog, always has been, always will be. I honestly don't know of any bands that play every song off of their new album in concert, that would be rather bizarre really. If they played the entire new album live, and left out some of the old favorites some bloke wouldn't be happy. However you (and most likely you alone) would be. They're damned if they do, damned if they don't. You can expect the "same as usual" (as you refer to it) set list, plus or minus a new song mixed into the set. They might even pull an oldie but goodie out of their arses if they're so inclined.

    Outside of me being a bit buggered by your emails, I CAN agree with you on one thing. I am pleased to hear that you like the CD so much, and you think it's the best they've ever done. It's one of my favorite albums too.

  • ScorpioN,

    Hey ScorpioN, quick question;

    Did Dave ever do a cover of Black Sabbath's Paranoid?

    -up north

    Quick answer: Yes, Megadeth did. It can be found on Hidden Treasures.

  • ScorpioN,

    About 9 years ago, a local club was promoting a band called 'Rattlehead' pretty heavily, and they said that it wasn't a local band. I told my coworker (now husband) about it, and he said, "You know Megadeth tours small clubs under that name, right? You missed an opportunity to see them live!"

    Is this true? Did they tour as Dave and the Rattleheads or simply Rattlehead? Need to know, because it's been an issue in the house again. We now have a bet going, so help us out.



    Gladly my dear She Wolf. It is neither Rattlehead, nor Dave and the Rattleheads, but you both were close. Dave and the boys have been known to do a warm up gig or two under the name Vic & The Rattleheads. They were also billed as Vic & The Rattlheads for a charity fundraiser concert back on May 13, 2000 that took place in Los Angeles, CA. The live performance scenes for the movie "Rock Star" were filmed during this metal fundraiser.

  • ScorpioN,

    Hey Man -Love the fact that there is a online Q&A. I just saw Megadeth in Boston recently and I thought the band sounded amazing. Dave is the real deal and I think his line up is fantastic for the "System has Failed" tour. I pretty much devour interviews with Mustaine or anything from my other favorite band, "AC/DC". During the course of my scavenging through interviews, I came across fairly recent material where Dave says that the only rock star he hasn't met that he really wants to meet is Angus Young.

    I also saw that even more recently Megadeth supported AC/DC during some 2002 tour dates and I wanted to ask if that was accurate. Has Dave met Angus and if so is there any interview material or anything of substance related to it that I could get a hold of? I appreciate any info. Rock on!

    Big ass Droogie Rattlehead -
    Mel Bandle

    Semi-accurate mate. Buggered up on the year a bit...but you were otherwise spot on. Megadeth supported AC/DC on their Stiff Upper Lip tour at a couple of festivals in Berlin and Hannover Germany in June of 2001. That is where and when Dave and Angus met. I don't have any interviews regarding it, but I CAN provide you with a photo of them at the gig, in addition to a pic of Dave & Malcom just for the sodding hell of it. Cheers!

  • ScorpioN,

    So heres a twist. If we are to ask a scorpion questions, how do we know we can trust the answeres? Will we get the truth or just what we want to hear?


    Trust the ScorpioN? Maybe not. Trust my MY answers? Absofuckinglutely. Let me put it this way mate, I don't know who you people are, and if I don't know a bloke, how can I possibly know what he wants to hear?

  • ScorpioN,

    whats up? I just discovered the "scorpion" section of and I thought it'd be cool if my question was on the greatest band in the worlds web page, so metal heads from all over the world could read it. And it'd be my only real connection to megadeth....

    my question is this: the song "Scorpion" or "The Scorpion" whichever it is, is fuckin bad ass. But what is it about? I was thinking to myself (because of the chorus) that it's about one night stands and shit you know? 'as I climb on to your back I will promise not to sting I will tell you what you wanna hear and not mean anything' kinda symbolizes to me a guy acting all nice and respectable and telling the girl she's beautiful and yada yada yadajust to f*!k her. 'Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in, you pretend you didn't know that I am a scorpion' to me means like the guy just blows her off after he busts his nut and the chick is pissed that he's a dick and not the nice guy he pretended to be, but it was apparent all along, all she had to do was look. Anyways, could you clarify this for me?

    Thanks. josh

    If that's what you get from the song mate, then so be it. Far be it from me to stand in the way of your creative, yet interesting thinking. Megadeth's songs have many meanings, but what Dave Mustaine has said in interviews about this particular song is that The Scorpion is about Aesop's Fable, a parable about destructive nature. In the fable a scorpion and a frog meet on the bank of a stream and the scorpion asks the frog to carry him across on its back. The frog asks, "How do I know you won't sting me?" The scorpion says, "Because if I do, I will die too."The frog is satisfied, and they set out, but in midstream, the scorpion stings the frog. The frog feels the onset of paralysis and starts to sink, knowing they both will drown, but has just enough time to gasp "Why?" Replies the scorpion: "Its my nature..."

    The moral of the story? It is in the evil Scorpions nature to behave as he did, if you try to help evil it will destroy you, even if it means the evil creatures self destruction. You could apply the same parable to many situations in life, including the one you illustrated for us. I reckon you could say your take is a modern version of Aesop's Fable.

  • ScorpioN,

    i am a bass player, and want to know which megadeth song James had the hardest time learning for the tour. which was the most technical, and which was the easiest?


    I went straight to Mr. MacDonough in search of the answer to your question. And here is what he had to say: "The most difficult song was probably 'Holy Wars', going from fingers to a pick was not a piece of cake on that one. Also, we play it alot faster live which took some time to get used to. It's also one of my favs to play. It also might be one of the most technical in the set along with 'Set the World A'fire' and 'Hangar 18', need a lot of left hand stamina for the end of Hangar. That one of course is played faster. The easiest was probably 'Symphony' , not a lot of parts, you just have to keep the notes steady and have the same percussive attack throughout the song. I hope this answers your question........James"

  • ScorpioN,

    What album to the song "One thing" come from? I cant find it any where.

    Coronado, CA

    Technically, One Thing is considered a "non-album single". It was recorded in 1997, and appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Cryptic Writings.

  • ScorpioN,

    i read your response to a french fan and aim to prove you wrong. I myself have an mp3 of Dave singing Battery by Metallica. I know Daves voice for I am a huge fan. I shall also add that I am a huge Metallica fan and know their music. If you don't believe me ask Dave himself

    Donald Rankin

    I did. He did not EVER sing it, and I don't give a toss who "thinks" he did. May I refer you to what the She-Wolf has already stated on this topic...

  • ScorpioN,

    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.

  • ScorpioN,

    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.

  • ScorpioN,

    Did Megadeth cover : Sleeping Peace, For Whom The Bell Tolls, School's Out, Hunger?

    Robin, A French Fan
    (Webmaster of

    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.

  • ScorpioN,

    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?


    Rumors like that are generated by shit stirring nippleheaded wankers. Don't believe anything you hear about Megadeth, unless you read it or it's confirmed on

  • ScorpioN,

    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.

  • ScorpioN,

    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 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.

  • ScorpioN,

    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

    And Chris Poland is not touring with Megadeth.

  • ScorpioN,

    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.