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I've been into Megadeth for over 10 years now and they were actually the first band to influence me to play guitar. For this reason Im curious why Dave chose to leave ESP and start playing Dean Guitars.
Dave Mustaine issued a press release as to why he left ESP a while back, and it went a little something like this. "After two successful years, I have decided to leave ESP guitars. This was a business decision and had nothing to do with the guitars or the manufacturing of the guitars, and I wish the staff of ESP, both in the USA and in Japan and Korea the very best of health and prosperity. Meanwhile, I am taking my Classic Metal V known formerly as a Jackson King V1 or an ESP DV8, and my new guitar design presently known as an Axxion, which was the recipient of the Gold Award from Guitar World Magazine for 2005 for new guitar designs with me. I will also be re-introducing through my new endorsement many special models, including re-issues of my old models from over the span of my career, as well as some retro V shapes, similar to the formerly known Jackson Y2KV or a Gibson Flying V. I will make my announcement and be attending the 2007 NAMM show to meet Megadeth fans and all metal fans, musicians of all styles-especially guitarists."
And as we would find out, lad, this mystery company turned out to be Dean. Of his new relationship with Dean, Mustaine says "The whole process has been surreal. It's been dream-like, but is more real than any dream I've ever had. They understand what a guitarist expects out of his gear, and we share a vision, a loyalty and an understanding of guitars. Working with Dean has been one of the greatest thrills for me as a musician." Keep your eyes pealed for the new VMNT signature model at a Dean dealer near you! See you on the flip side!
I am curious as to how much communication Dave and the other members of the band have to bands like Dreamtheater, for example on the Gigantour 05' what goes into the selection of the bands? Is Dave friends with the members of the bands or does he just think of ideas to make the most ecclectic show to appeal to a vast audience. And also makes for excellent dvd's of the shows for fans to view.
Thank you for your time,
P.S. Looking forward to Megadeth's arrival in Philadelphia for the heaven and hell tour (tix bought and paid for !)
My dearest Yeagermeister,
One of the truly killer things about Gigantour is that Dave Mustaine hand picks every single band on the tour! All were chosen for special reasons based on diversity and musicianship. For example, Dream Theater was asked to be on the maiden voyage of Gigantour because Dave and Mike Portnoy became fast friends and wanted to tour together. Dream Theater recommended Symphony X for G1. Anthrax was an easy choice to finish up the tour, since they were one of the "pillars" of metal. Megadeth toured with Fear Factory back on the Reckoning Day tour, so they were a safe bet. Dave produced the Sanctuary CD "Refuge Denied" back in the day, and two members of Sanctuary went on to form Nevermore. It also helped that Glen and Shawn are Nevermore fans and that James MacDonough toured with them when he played bass for Iced Earth. Bobaflex was brought on as fresh new talent because Justis Mustaine, Dave's son, was a fan of the band. Talk about a lot of work and scrutiny! Your ole' pal the Scorp is willing to bet his bottom dollar that none of the leaders of these other "fests" put that kind of time and effort into picking the bands that bring all those lovely metal flavors to you kiddies! That's all for this week, but keep those question coming in and beware of the cicadas!
In the archive files u mention a facelift 4 Vic contest & then at the Heaven & Hell tour I got a closer look at the cover of the new cd United... . Vic has skin? Did I miss the memo or over look something on the website. Is there a story behind Vic having skin? If there is I sure would like it if u would enlighten me. Megadeth rocks. I have been a fan 4 about 16 years & finally saw them live 4 the first time(I know, shame on me) at gigantour. Seeing Dave live, no words 2 describe it. The energy at his shows r so intense.I promise my intention is 2 never miss another 1. Oh & I can't help it if almost every person I set my sights on converting 2 a Megadeth fan is assimilated in the blink of an eye. I open the door & Dave lures them in. I'm going 2 meet up with a band next week, maybe I'll be their new singer. My only issue is all they want 2 do is motley crew covers. By the end of our first phone call they were saying they could most likely play anything I requested. Wish me luck, I'm hoping 2 bring these poor boys into the fold.
Well Tell, I'll tell ya... I had a chance to speak with the creator of the "revamped skinned Vic" John Lorenzi, and here is what he had to say:
"As most everyone here probably already knows, this all started back at DeviantArt. Dave Mustaine had orchestrated their biggest contest ever, with guitars for whoever could come up with a redesign for Vic Rattlehead. They provided a excerpt of the lyrics for "Skull Beneath the Skin" as a guide and inspiration. The essence of that song is pretty much the recipe for building this tormented character. The first piece I entered in the contest was the one most similar to the original design. Then I worked my way backwards in time with the next two designs. The idea behind my version of Vic, or what I wanted to see as the new Vic was to bring him back around to the beginning of his life story. I never had any intension to make a new Vic, but to take him back to when he actually became Vic Rattlehead. I mean, he had to have skin at some point right? That's how it played itself out in my head anyway. Whether or not I conveyed that remains to be seen.
Megadeth was back in the studio with the intent to bring it's sound to it's truest form, some of which was also heading back to it's beginning. It only seemed natural to head in that same direction. The end product for the album art was an amalgam of these pictures and a vision that Dave clearly already had. We communicated the tweaks and changes until he had what he wanted.
There was so much good art going on in the contest, like 3000 entries, it would've been easy to get lost in those numbers. By the end of the contest, I had entered three times, a trilogy, two of which ended in the top 11. Incidentally, for those of you keeping score, I didn't win, the contest anyways. When it was over it had appeared as though I lost twice. As far as my kids were concerned I won. They constantly tell me as they strum the air of their "imaginary" guitars. Collaborating with a music legend I think I won, even though some like to point out that I didn't. The glory alone should last me forever. It was an honor and a priveledge. Thanks Dave.
I'm a Californian, currently stranded in Colorado doing the starving artist thing with my wife and two boys. Right now I'm just waiting for the album like everyone else. I hope everyone enjoys the artwork as much as I enjoyed doing it."
So Tell, it looks like skin is in! Until next time...
Hi, I wanted to know if you know what the design on the front of the Cryptic Writings album means. Or is it just some random artwork? Thanks!
Well Drew, the cover was done by renowned album cover designer Hugh Syme. Mr. Syme has done artwork for such notable artists as Aerosmith, Nevermore, Queensryche, and Rush. Dave Mustaine gave the following description of this ancient symbol.
"It's called a veve ... It's a voodoo symbol... It means that you can enter into a premises, that it's safe and there is no poison. It's a warning telling you where you can and can not go. It's also a direction. Most of the hobos were people who practiced voodoo. They would go from building to building whether it was a shanty or it was a shack. They would go in there and they'd find chalk writings on the wall that told them if it was a safe place. It was usually done with a burnt stick... When I first got the artwork back it was littered with voodoo symbols and all kinds of stuff. I told them that it was too heavy. I didn't want anything on there that would give homage to pagan gods and shit like that. I want it to be about the music. As it is, that symbol right there, we don't really know exactly what the combination of everything is. We know pretty much what the breakdown of each symbol is but it's like crossing different kinds of medications. You take two separate medications and they have a different and combined effect. There might be something where those symbols counter another symbol and turn it into something else."
So there we have it mate. No poison, eh? Who needs that!?! Guess you won't be seeing your pal the Scorp in a veve shack anytime soon!
I'm one of the many Megadeth fans down under in NZ, wonderful place but sadly lacking in Metal influence and since we are so small we often get over looked when it comes to tours. With the release of the new album is there any chance we will be lucky enough to see Megadeth reach our shores anytime soon? It would make alot of New Zealanders very happy!!!
While Megadeth would love to play everywhere in the world, the upcoming tour in support of United Abominations is said to be in very select cities only. So they probably won't be hitting NZ anytime in the very near future, but there is always a good chance! The best thing to do to get them to come to your country (and this goes for all of the countries out there that Megadeth doesn't get to as often as you'd like) is to create a buzz about the new album by joining the Street Team at Roadrunner Records and spreading the word about Megadeth to your local concert promoters. Megadeth has always been impressed with the Kiwis, and describes the fans there as "over the top"! Hopefully they will return sooner than later with your help!
i know that Dave's favourite arena is the one from Buenos Aires,Argentina ,and i saw some interviews saying that he loves argentina and stuff...
i just wanted to know if Mustaine also like Chile , cuz' i'm chilean and you know ... Dave is my hero
Dave Mustaine=God Of Metal
Mr. Mustaine indeed loves Chile! He has a very special relationship with Argentina where, incidentally, the new Megadeth live album "That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires" which will be available on CD and DVD on March 6, was taped. But he also loves Chile and its people with all their enthusiasm for Megadeth. He had this to say in "Mustaine Speaks" a while back:
"Well, the Chilean show was fantastic! To all the beautiful people of Chile, I am glad I got to see you all once again. You are fabulous and we love you all."
Now if that doesn't give you warm fuzzies Ben, especially right before Valentine's Day, then you must be made of stone!
A few years ago I got into Megadeth beacause of Peace Sells on Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, and I got the soundtrack for it. Then I got Greatest Hits, but Peace Sells sounded somehow different than Peace Sells on the GTA soundtrack. Am I crazy or were different versions used for their respective cds?
Well Dan, looks like its off to the loony bin with ya. The version of Peace Sells on the GTA: Vice City soundtrack and on Back to the Start are the same. Maybe the version in GTA sounds shorter to you because you get killed in the game and have to start over before you can hear the whole song! Practice makes perfect mate.
I had a question about the new album's (United Abominations) cover. I thought that the winner's design of the Deviant Art Redesign Vic Contest would be on the new album cover. To my knowledge, the new Vic is not the deisgn from the contest. So, my question is why?
Adam from Ohio
The Deviant Art Redesign Vic contest never stated anything about the new album cover, or that the new redesigned Vic would be used for anything specific in the future. The contest asked artists to simply give Vic a "facelift", and the top three winners were awarded ESP guitars for their Vic creations. First prize won a LTD AXXION, second prize won a LTD DV8-R, and third won LTD DV200. Quite a group of prizes if you ask me mate.
I'm not gonna ask why you keep answering dumb questions about tours and even dumber questions about those questions. But anyway i was curious as to why Dave would let people wearing metallica shirts appear in the "peace sells" video during the "we the people" part where it shows a crowd of fans. Megadeth Rules
Good, I'm glad you didn't ask it because that would just perpetuate more dumb questions about dumber questions. However, I'm still going to address your comment. I answered that "dumb question" because the guy who asked it wouldn't leave well enough alone...so I had to in order to get him to pipe down. You know, a "dumb question" is a matter of opinion too.
With that said, onto your inquiry. I seriously doubt that Dave stood at the door and acted as Fashion Police for the video shoot, and he was once a member of Metallica...so where is the harm in his fans wearing a t-shirt from a band that he was in previously? Really, the fans make more of an issue out of the Megadeth vs. Metallica issue than the band members do. It's been beat to death, and debated ad nauseum. We all clearly have outstanding taste in music, so can't we all just get along?
I wouldn't answer those people's questions even if I did know the answer. How many times can the same question be asked, When are they going to TOUR??? They need to research and read the F N MEGA site or BLABBERMOUTH.NET.
A REAL FAN WITH PATIENCE
D.S. FROM KY
Bloody hell, finally someone who agrees with me about all of this sodding whining and bs. Cheers to you mate.
When will Megadeth summer concert dates be coming?
I can't wait to see them again!
Please let me know.
I have asked you this question once, but I have not received a response.
Will Megadeth be touring in the states this summer?
I hope so!
Hey when the F are you going to answer my question about Megadeth touring this summer?
You are a real slacker man!
SheWolf used to answer all of our questions, promptly I might add.
Email to the Webmaster from Matt: The Scorpion only answers website questions, usually from teenie boppers that no nothing about the band.(Take a look at the question & answer section.)I have e-mailed the Scorpion 2-3 times trying to find out if Megadeth will be touring the states at some point this year, and haven't gotten an answer back. Shewolf was the greatest! She took additonal time to actually e-mail us fans directly to answer our questions. Who ever you have doing this Scorpion thing, he is a real loser and surely not a plus to the bands website. TY Matt
Well Mr. Sorbo, I guess you can't read, or chose to ignore the following statement that can be found in the disclaimer at the bottom of this very page:
ScorpioN will not reply to all emails, and will not be able to answer every question asked.
With that said, you need to watch your smarmy tongue young man. You're messing with the wrong arachnid. How can you expect me to answer your question, if Megadeth themselves don't even know the answer? I CAN tell you that Megadeth is confirmed to play Metalway Festival in Spain on July 28 in Jerez and July 30 at the Fútbol de Santa Lucía in Gernika. So, with the utmost certainty, I can also tell you that they WON'T be playing anywhere in the U.S. on July 28th or 30th. I DON'T KNOW when the tour dates will be announced, but I can tell you that your best bet is to check here at megadeth.com to find out. They will be posted as soon as they are announced, it's not a conspiracy to keep the information from you, the information just isn't available yet. May I suggest that you sign up at the megadeth.com message boards, that will enable you to stay on top of all things Mega without pestering me all of the time. If you did your research and really "know" so much more about the band than these "teenie boppers", you wouldn't have to ask me such questions in the first place. If you are such a know it all fan, you would already know that Megadeth is currently in the studio recording their next album, which is slated to be released late this year, and that Gigantour will run from September thru October, and that no specific dates have been announced yet, or the line-up of bands. On Megadeth's Official My Space, Dave Mustaine said the following in his blog entry: "Gigantour 2006 starting the second week of September, until Middle of October", so may I also suggest that you take the time to check out that blog entry and more at www.myspace.com/megadeth. There is a plethora of Mega-information out there, you just have to get off yer lazy arse, search it out, and trust that as soon as we have any info concerning tour dates we will promptly post it for all to see.
I was wondering as it doesn't say on the site, how you actually join the Megadeth street team, hope you can help!
what is the name of the song and album that I can find, (portion of the song goes like this). "Hello me its me again" in the video he is in a straight jacket and cell. thanx for your help.
Now that Megadeth is signed to Roadrunner Records, A strictly metal label, will the next release return Megadeth back to a speed/thrash metal style again and not as much pop like on KIMB or PSBWB? or will it be another TSHF, where all styles of megadeth are visible like how "Kick the Chair" sounds like it belongs on Rust In Peace and "The Scorpion" sounds like it belongs on Youthanasia
by the way, you're cool enough to be tattoo' d on my back
MEGADETH RULES THE WORLD
I have to admit, I'm a bit baffled by your question mate. If you really believe that the word "pop" and the albums "Killing is My Business...and Business is Good!" and "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?" belong in the same description (much less the same sentence) then we need to have a serious talk. That is VERY disturbing terminology to be used to describe those two albums. Dave Mustaine has said many times that each new album is not going to be "another ________" (fill in the blank with a Megadeth album title), and that it will be unique, new and different than all of their previous work. With that said, I'd say the chances of the new album being "another TSHF" are slim to none. I'd also say that their new record label having anything to do with the style of the album is bullocks...and that it will be Megadeth record that will reflect this day and age, much like all of their past albums have done at the time they were recorded.
In closing, I have a question for you my friend. When you got me tattooed on yer back...did it sting? ;-)~
Who does the voice for the cheating girlfriend on the song 1000 Times Goodbye?
Her name is Heather Keckler, and she was my predecessor in this Q&A section. She worked on megadeth.com for many years as a columnist under different monikers such as "Miss Megadeth" during the Cryptic Writings era, "Catnip" around the time Risk was released, and ultimately she was the "She-Wolf" Q&A columnist that I replaced.
Dear and not lowly ScorpioN,
The song " I know Jack" says:
"I served with Jack Kennedy
I knew Jack Kennedy
Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine
Senator you're no Jack Kennedy"
But who's Jack Kennedy?
"I served with Jack Kennedy", "I knew Jack Kennedy", "Jack Kennedy was a friend of mine", and "Senator, you're no Jack Kennedy" were all famous statements made by Democratic Vice-Presidential Candidate Senator Lloyd Bentsen to Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Senator J. Danforth Quayle during the 1988 Vice-Presidential Debate. In these statements, Jack Kennedy was a reference to John F. Kennedy, the 35th President of the United States. In the general election on November 8th 1960, Kennedy beat Republican Richard M. Nixon in a very close race. John F. Kennedy served as President of the United States from 1961 until November 22, 1963 when he was killed by an assassin's bullet in Dallas, Texas. At the age of forty-three, Kennedy was the youngest man elected President. His Inaugural Address offered the memorable injunction: "Ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country."
I've been a MegadetH fan for a few years now. The first album I ever bought was "Capitol punishement". From the moment I heard the song "Use the man" I loved it.
One thing is on my mind though, what are we hearing in the beggining of the song? (I saw her today...) Is that MegadetH or some other band or perhaps is it a cover from MegadetH?
That question was on my mind for quite a while now...
Help me sleep better, thanks.
What you're hearing as the intro to the song "Use the Man" is a brief snippet of the song "Needles and Pins" by a band called "The Searchers". Needles and Pins was the working title of the album that "Use the Man" first appeared on, which was ultimately titled "Cryptic Writings". Sweet dreams mate.
hi, i was wondering if anyone besides dave mustaine lives in arizona? i've lived in arizona ever since i was born (only 13 years ago!) and i don't know any cool famous people that live here (or have in the past) i only know of dave mustaine and kerry king, the guitarist to slayer...thanx!
MUSTAINE FOR PRESIDENT!!!!!!
Amanda my dearest, you're smart for being such a young bird. Cheers for being a Megadeth fan at the ripe ol' age of 13. I hate to burst your bubble, but Dave no longer lives in Arizona. A little over a year or so ago he and his family moved to Southern California, which is his birthplace, so are no longer living in the Grand Canyon State. I hear the sodding heat there is unbearable, but I suppose I could handle the desert landscape being a ScorpioN and all. I'm not sure of Mr. Kings place of residence, but I do know that Rob Halford was, or is an Arizona resident, along with Alice Cooper, Stevie Nicks, and David Ellefson.
Harris, is Sean Harris of Diamond Head fame.
i dont know why im sending this you never answer my questions but its worth a shot. was the song "in my darkest hour" written by Dave Mustaine for a tribute of Cliff Burton a former guitarist who died in a bus accident?
Never say never my dear.
The song "In My Darkest Hour" was written by Dave Mustaine, bit it is not a "tribute" to Cliff persay. Dave has said that he wrote the music the day he found out that his former Metallica bandmate (bassist) Cliff Burton died in the bus accident which was on September 27, 1986. However, the actual lyrics of "In My Darkest Hour" have nothing to do with Cliff or his passing, they are about something altogether different.
I recently heard a song called "The Creed" which sounded very much like Megadeth but I couldn't find it on any Megadeth cd including soundtracks and bonus tracks off of the remasters. Where is it from?
It is from a collaboration that Dave Mustaine did with Lee Ving of FEAR. The album this song can be found on is called The Craving, and originally Mr. Ving did the vocals while Mr. Mustaine took on guitar duties. It was released back in 1996, but was remixed and remastered in 2004 along with 7 Megadeth albums. On the remixed and remastered version Mr. Mustaine re-sung the vocals for each of the MD45 songs, which may have given it more of this "Megadeth" sound that you speak of. Also, on the 2004 version there is a song that is titled "The Creed (Megadeth Demo)", which was previously unreleased.
I'd like to know how vince rattlehead came about.
Well my dear Droogie, I'd like to know who this Vince Rattlehead bloke is that you speak of, the only Rattlehead that I have knowledge of is named Vic.
Sorry mate, I'm just arseing with you.
Vic is Megadeth's mascot, and he was created by Dave Mustaine. He is described in the song "The Skull Beneath the Skin", which is on the album Killing is My Business..and Business Is Good.
Who does that laugh at the beginning of Lucretia, coz everytime my mates dog hears it she goes absolutely nuts, barking and foaming at the mouth, now we always have to skip the intro to avoid severed limbs.
Its not Marge Simpson is it?
No kind sir, it is not Marge Simpson. Rather, it is a woman named Sandra Rabin, and if my knackered memory serves me correctly I believe she was a secretary at Laffitte Entertainment Division at the time RIP was recorded.
I heard that Dave was singing in Metallica instead of James on at least one gig in the bands very early days. A book on Metallica 'Fuel and Fire' confirms that, but I couldn't get hold of any recordings that would make it clear to me.
Thanks for your answer.
The reason why you can't find any recordings to confirm this, is because the book on Metallica is incorrect. Mr. Mustaine has answered this question before, so I will tell it to you straight from the horses mouth. He never sang lead on any Metallica songs, his voice can only be heard on backing vocals.
What is the translation for the words in A Tout Le Monde? It sounds like French to me but what do they mean?
It is French, and here is the translation:
A tout le monde (To all the world)
A tous mes amis (To all my friends)
Je vous aime (I love you)
Je dois partir (I have to leave)
I read in several interviews that Dave Mustaine is trained in a certain Martial Art, however it never says which Martial Art?
Please let me know!
... and don't sting me!
- SicFaith (SDMF Dutch Chapter Worldwide!)
I won't sting you my friend. To answer your question, Songham Taekwondo and Ukidokan Karate are the two Martial Arts that Dave has trained for. He trained under Sensei Benny "The Jet" Urquidez, and holds black belts in Songham Taekwondo and Ukidokan Karate.
I was just wondering who speaks the vocal part on Shadow of Deth. I could not find any reference in the liner notes to who it was. BTW I saw Megadeth at the Riviera in Chi-town last November and it was the best concert I have ever seen!
Well my dear little Rattlehead, it is none other than Mr. Dave Mustaine himself speaking the vocal part on Shadow of Deth.
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...so 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. >:-)~
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
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.
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!
This "question" of yours barely deserves an answer...it'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?