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I have a question for Chris. Which strings he is using now in Megadeth and which gauges does he prefer? And also I wonder thichness of his pick.
Dave and Chris are awesome players, they inspire me alot. I cant wait to see Megadeth live. Thanks.
Hi Tore, Chris uses Ernie Ball Slinky Strings, gauges 10, 13, 17, 30, 42, 52 (and 62 for the 7th string when standard tuned on his 7 string guitars). For picks, he uses Jim Dunlop 1.35 mm sharpie picks!
I was wondering who Dave Mustaine thinks is the most talented guitarist he's worked with? Poland? Friedman? Young?
The answer is, Broderick. ;)
hello scorpion, can you tell me what is the latest gear Megadeth is using for their sound and what new guitars Dave is using?
Dave recently spoke about his new guitar with Dean and the lastest on Megadeth's amp and effects rig in an interview with Hardrock Haven:
"We just introduced a brand new acoustic guitar and I thought if I'm gonna have an acoustic guitar I better be able to play it in a metal band. So I developed this guitar and I use it on several of our songs.
It's actually being delivered to me here tonight; it's called the "Mako" and is named after the shark. It's really solid, it's got very interesting sound-holes, it's got very unorthodox sound-holes and a very sharp single cutaway so it's very cool."
"What I used in the studio was the Marshall JVM 410H, on stage we use the EL-34 100/100 mono blocks for power and we use the Digitech DSP, but we're going to switch to Fractal. They have an amazing unit and I'm really, really impressed with it. It's very complex so for us to use all of the benefits of the machine we weren't able to employ it in our rigs yet, but we did in the studio and it was mind blowing."
I've just watched the new video for "The Right To Go Insane", which is realy awesome, the best music video i saw for a very long time!
I just wonder if there were parts from the actual footage of this "accident" from 1995, which gave the inspiration for the video, or even for the song from beginning on?
Anyway, it's realy cool.
Hi Martin, the answer to your question is yes, actual footage from the incident was used in the Megadeth video. Several of the scenes show the real tank and what happened on that day.
"The Right To Go Insane" video is based on the events of May 17, 1995 when Shawn Timothy Nelson, a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber, stole an M60 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California and went on a rampage, destroying cars, fire hydrants, and an RV before being shot dead by police.
Hey there, Scorpion!
In recent interviews, David Ellefson has mentioned the band UFO. As I am a fan of both Megadeth and UFO, I was wondering if David could shed some light on some of his favorite UFO albums and songs?
Hey Jeremy, I caught up with David while he was in Mexico recently on Megadeth's Latin America tour for 2010, and this is what he had to say about the great band, UFO!
"My stories are only that Pete Way and I became friendly when Waysted opened for Iron Maiden at Irvine Meadows, CA back in 1988. To me, Pete was an icon bassist with UFO. He played cool lines, looked cool and was the quintessential English hard rocker.
Pete and his girlfriend came to the European Clash of the Titans show in Birmingham England in 1990 and by then we were professional 'contemporaries'. It was an honor to now have him as a guest at our show as Megadeth was on the rise in a big way that year.
Other than that, Michael Schenker and I have been friends since 1993 when we first met in Los Angeles. He then lived by me in Scottsdale, AZ for many years, although we only met up once at our local grocery store a few years back!
UFO were a staple in my record collection as a kid and it is a thrill for me to know them as friends, even as a professional player now."
Keep rockin' Jeremy! You and David have some great taste in music!
Dear Scorpion, I have two questions for Chris Broderick. The first one is,
who are some of his favorite non-metal guitar players? My second question is
what are some of Chris's favorite classical pieces to play on guitar?
Hi Danny, I put your questions out to Chris and this is what he had to say.
Who are some of my favorite non-metal guitar players? Paco de Lucia, Elliot Fisk, Pepe Romero, Paco Pena, Wes Montgomery, George Van Eps, Chet Atkins, and Steve Ray Vaughan
What are some of my favorite classical pieces to play on guitar? Any of the Bach Lute suits, Quatro Valses Venezolanos by Antonio Lauro, Etudes 1-4 and 9 by Villo Lobos, and Sonata Giocosa by Joaquin Rodrigo.
Take care, Chris.
Not a question for Dave, which is probably a rarity. The question is for Shawn Drover...Shawn has it been easy to adapt to the groundwork laid before you on the skins? Megadeth has had some of the most brutal beats and was also curious to find out if you play them note for note or adapt them to your/Dave's liking? Lastly, out of all past Megadeth's drummers( besides yourself, because you and I know you kick major ass!) who is your favorite?? RIP GAR!!
Hi Joe and thanks for your question. Since I have listened to Megadeth since 1985, it was not too difficult to adapt and execute the previous drummers style, though Playing Gar's stuff is a little more tricky for me, I must say, and on that note, Gar is my fav Megadeth drummer, to answer your last question. :-)
I don't really have much of a question just something i really feel i need to get out there. Simple put i consider A Tout Le Monde one of the songs that saved my life. I know you probably hear this story every fuckin' day, and I know that this song really has nothing to do with my story, but i have struggled with depression my whole life and contemplating suicide for a good portion of that time. Most of my depression came from what i call "abandonment issues" with my father leaving at a young age as well as a lacking in the "love department (haha). I spent a lot of time finding comfort in music of all kinds but this song specifically stands out in my mind. I ultimately found my calling and have come to peace with my life pretty, and i credit all of my new found outlook on life to one line of one song... "Moving on is a simple thing, What it leaves behind is hard." Now im sure this message probably wont even get read but i feel a certain sence of liberation doing this. Soooo i guess what this is all about is my deepest thanks to Megadeth and Dave specifically for helping out some lonely kid in the midwest!
Hi Nick, thanks for sharing your story. A Tout Le Monde is definitely an inspirational song and we're glad you wrote and that you've found some peace.
got a quick question, there's a lot of frauds on facebook where people claim to be someone they're not, does Dave have a facebook or have I been taken?
also, if you could pass a message onto Dave, just want to say thanks for the inspiration to get and remain clean. 13 years no drugs
Hi Jon, Dave Mustaine does not have a personal facebook page. The official page for Dave/Megadeth is www.facebook.com/megadeth. You have been taken and we do appreciate anyone to report fraudulent pages.
I will pass your message onto Dave. He will be happy to hear!
Over the years dave has had a few guitars with both Jackson and ESP. Now that Dave's doubleneck from Dean has been release, I was curious if he was ever had the intention of playing it LIVE as with the other Doublenecks.
I asked Dave about playing the Dean doubleneck and this is what he had to say:
"I might have, I dont remember. I have played it before, but I am not sure. I do know that I used the Jackson and ESP double necks and the Dean is the cleanest made guitar of them all."
In a recent Scorpion column, Dave added this in regards to the great doublenecks:
"The obvious answer is that it weighs a lot and hurts my shoulder to wear the guitar. I am currently working as hard as I can to strengthen my shoulders and back, and I hope to be able to wear any of my guitars without incident, let alone the mighty flying W."
hi, i was wondering if sometime in the future there will be a left handed version of the VMNT.
thanks alot, Jackrattlehead.
Hi Jack, I asked Dave Mustaine about this and he had this to say:
"A left-handed VMNT would be no problem. It just takes a little time to make and I think it would be really cool to have a lefty. This would no doubt have to come through our custom shop."
Might be a plan to shoot Dean an e-mail over at deanguitars.com. Let them know that you are after one! ;)
I was wondering about Dialectic Chaos off the new ENDGAME album....
was it planned to do an instrumental, was it like like, lets just let chris destroy and wreak havoc on this one, i'm sure dave has the hampster in his head running overtime on the wheel as of late.
Both Dave and Chris are amazingly talented and experienced guitarists ..can we get the low down on ideas for dialectic chaos and is there any other instrumental songs and can we expect more?
always faithfully your droog,
Barry "yeagermeister" Yeager
Hi Barry, the first track "Dialectic Chaos" from Megadeth's new album "Endgame" was intended to be an instrumental from the get-go. Both Dave and Chris solo on that song, so it is not just Chris destroying, unless you are suggesting Dave is not destroying too? ;)
There have been other instrumentals. "Into The Lungs Of Hell" from "SFSGSW", the bonus track "Absolution" from "Youthansia", the bonus track "Duke Nukem Theme" from the Japanese release of "Risk" (also on the "Duke Nukem: Music To Score By" soundtrack), and no word yet on what is planned for the future, but I'm sure Dave and Chris are cooking up some kick-ass guitar solos for the next Megadeth album!
Dave has been a musician for more than 25 years now and I know he has grown much as a person as well as a musician. How does he look back on some of the old lyrics and songs he has written? Are there lyrics that he does not agree with anymore, or is it all still relavent in some way to him?
Thanks in advance
Hi there, I put your questions over to the man himself and he had this to say about it...
"The only thing that I question now is the lyrics about the occult. I know that the Conjuring has a spell in it, and even though I jumbled the lines, and left some stuff out, I know that the darkside is relishing me talking about or repeating the hex."
I was just wondering if you guys would ever consider doing a whole guitar hero game based on your band. It would definately be the greatest addition yet, without question.
Will Megadeth ever be on a Guitar Hero game? I dont mean have a song or two like Guitar Hero 2, but have their own game like a couple of other bands. I am a huge Megadeth fan and would just enjoy the hell out of a Megadeth Guitar hero game.
The Guitar Hero question is a very popular one for the Scorpion. I sent it to Dave and he had a lot to say about it. Enjoy!!
"I have recently had two very important high-level meetings with the people from Activision and Neversoft, and we are talking about a lot of things, but a Guitar Hero box set is not as attractive to me and the people from Guitar Hero as the new idea that they offered me, as the creative stuff that we are talking about is over-the-moon! I just hope that someone doesnt stand in the way of this happening. I know that there are a lot of really damaging results from our mothership (WEA) having some legal disputes with YouTube and Guitar Hero to name just a few."
Ok, I'm a huge megafan, I got introduced into megadeth back when I was around 7 or 8, now being 17, I have covered a few megadeth songs (me taking up lead on my jackson randy rhodes model) and I just got the warchest and I realized the duke nukem theme song was on there, also being a huge gamer I played it constanly to doom, I was wondering if dave played(s) games when he has time still?
1000 times thanks
Hi Ace, I sent your question to Dave, and here's what he had to say about games:
"I am not a gamer, but I do like to play a little bit. I guess you have to grow up with the controller to understand how to use all of the combos patterns. I once bought the game "the Punisher" 18 years ago, and I was so overwhelmingly out of control, and I knew it because I had never played and the next thing you know, all I could think about is how do you beat this game. I finally beat it, but it was after a long few days of neglecting my wife, and being really glaringly addicted to the game."
I would like to ask the band what is the meaning behind the song "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go... Sealed With A Kiss." I find this song to be incredibly interesting both instrumentally as well as lyrically. I think it seems to follow along the lines of "Promises", but the latter shows little or no frustration. Thanks!
I passed your question along to Dave, and he spoke about the inspiration behind the song and it's lyrical similarity to "Holy Wars...The Punishment Due." Dave explains:
"This was a song that Pam asked me to write for her, but she isn't too happy about the lyrics of "SWAK". I told her that the second half was not about her, much like "HW TPD" and the second half of the song being a different song that is connected with a segue. I told her that I had already written a few songs about her, but that since she doesn't like my band, she doesn't know which songs they are. I really love how this song turned out."
I was on Marty Friedman's website a few years ago, and I remembered reading something about Dawn Patrol having a guitar track, which was removed before the album was released. After looking it up again, he describes it as "a heavy, dissonant guitar riff that was so strange [he] couldn't believe [Megadeth was] planning to record it." I just want to know, has this guitar riff been used in another Megadeth song that was released?
Hi Aassem, I asked Dave about a guitar part for "Dawn Patrol," here's his reply:
"I have no idea what you are talking about. There was never a guitar riff here. Junior wrote that bass riff, and there was no guitar part. Besides, I thought Megadeth music was so infantile and so predictable for Marty, I am surprised that he remembers anything."
I was listening to I know Jack when I got The System Has Failed.
I was listening to it and I was amazed by the guitar riff. I expected Dave to start singing, but instead it ended...
A ton of my friends (including the non-Megadeth fans) seemed to be disappointed. Is there a specific reason why it ended all of a sudden?
And do you think you can ever reuse that riff for another song?
This week's Scorpion is part one of three about Megadeth songs. Stay tuned for more questions about "Dawn Patrol" and "The Hardest Part Of Letting Go...Sealed With A Kiss."
I passed your question along to Dave, here's what he had to say about "I Know Jack":
"It ended because the song was over. I have no plans to regurgitate riffs under new names. I was already embarrassed enough when I was told that the record company was changing the title of A Tout Le Monde to Set Me Free, so no, there is no intention of re-recording that."
Hey i just wanted to know why dave stoped useing a double v gutair on the song trust. I was watching him play it on the woodstock show and it was amazeing thanks nick.
I think we all miss seeing the doubleneck guitar make it's appearance during Trust. I asked Dave about it, and fortunately he misses it too! Here's what he had to say:
"The obvious answer is that it weighs a lot and hurts my shoulder to wear the guitar. I am currently working as hard as I can to strengthen my shoulders and back, and I hope to be able to wear any of my guitars without incident, let alone the mighty flying W."
Hi there Scorp,
My name is Shawn, and I have always wondered ever since the first time I saw it, who is in jail in the No More Mr. Nice Guy video? To me it looks like David Ellefson, Nick Menza, and maybe even Jeff Young? I have heard that the song was only recorded with three members, so just wondering who else could be in the jail.
Hi Shawn, thanks for the question. This one has been floating around unanswered in cyberspace for years now, so I asked Dave about it, and he cleared it up once and for all.
The answer from Dave:
"The Director asked our long-haired manager at the time, Ron Laffitte, to do it."
You might remember Ron from his interview in the Behind The Music DVD, minus the long hair. No More Mr. Nice Guy director Penelope Spheeris is interviewed as well.
I was just wondering. I saw in a very early interview, around the "So Far " era that said Dave liked to listen to Mercyful Fate. I know that Dave recently became a born again Christian like myself, and I was wondering, because there is a heavy amount of Satanism in their lyrics, does he still listen to Mercyful Fate?
Dave replied to your question, "I really love the music of Mercyful Fate, I just don't like the lyrics." He also mentioned possibly adding them to the Megadeth Radio (http://www.megadeth.com/megadethradio/) playlist. "I am trying really hard to get through all of the other great bands before having to review controversial bands. I will get around to it."
You can request Mercyful Fate by emailing Megadeth@aperadio.com or calling (866) 686-1010. Dave has complete control over the music selection, and has been reviewing band's catalogs and adding new artists every week.
I remember reading something awhile back about unreleased footage of
the recording of Rust In Peace. If so what happened to it? hope you
can answer me back. Tyler
I asked Dave about this, here is his response:
"There was footage, but there is no indication of what it is and I am
too busy trying to promote ENDGAME right now, so I will have to just
add this to the list of stuff to do."
So there you have it, Rust In Peace footage is on Dave's to-do list.
Thanks for the question!
This week we have a double entry Scorpion. Enjoy!
What ever happened to Dave's BC Rich Bich?
As a guitarist I´m intersted of course in guitars. Does Dave still ownes the BC Rich he played in Metallica?
Leon from Germany
Unfortunately, the whereabouts of both guitars are currently unknown. I recently asked Dave about them and here is his reply:
"Both of these guitars, as well as all of the B.C. Richs were sold or stolen by the heroin addicts in the band at the time. I was really disappointed in my Rich Bich getting stolen, but that was the flip side of having Poland and Gar in the band."
The two guitars can be seen in the Gallery at Megadeth.com, under the Killing Is My Business and Peace Sells eras. Also check out the Arsenal of Megadeth and Megadeth: Behind The Music DVD's for more footage of the Rich Bich.
Hello, I've recently started a vinyl record collection (of which, Peace Sells, Rust In Peace, Youthanasia, and United Abominations are a part of) and I just picked up Endgame (which is pretty killer, I add) and I was wondering if there are any plans for a vinyl release? Also, are there plans for more copies of Countdown to Extinction to be pressed, or is my only hope to keep scouring local record shops?
Endgame is being released on vinyl in the UK and Europe in early November. You can pre-order the album now from Amazon Germany. Countdown To Extinction was last released in 2007 as a remastered double LP by Mobile Fidelity and is still available for purchase on Amazon.com.
I would like to ask Dave what his relationship with Slash of Guns N Roses/Velvet Revolver is. cause I heard they were good friends and all. and Slash and Dave Being My favorite Guitarist in the world and My freaking Idols.
I would like to know what Dave thinks of Slash
Dave recently responded to a tweet by Slash "new Megadeth (album) sounds killer":
"Slash and I have been friends for a really long time. I have played in concert with his band, and jammed with him in a cover band once.
We use to hang and party, true, but I dug Slash the most for his amazing talent on guitar.
I am honored he said that he likes it."
Hey there Scorpion,
Just a quick question re. the guitar Dave played on Jimmy Fallon.
I was looking for it on Dean's website and couldn't find it. Is this a specific model for Dave that won't be for sale, or what's the thing behind this new model?
Renato from Portugal
Here's what Dave had to say about the guitar:
"At the NAMM show thats coming up at the beginning of next year theyre going to be debuting a brand-new Dean guitar for me. Its called the Zero and I cant really tell you much more than that other than its going to be a workhorse and the people who have seen it already over at Dean, theyve been there for years and theyve seen everything under the sun, that kinda stuff is exciting. Especially when its opening up another area of creativity with the company."
A new photo of Dave playing the guitar is posted in the photo section of TheLiveLine.com.
A while Back Dave Mustaine said he no longer wants to tour with satanic bands, and i thought that was SOOO Cool. The weird thing is that ive noticed hes been touring with slayer alot and correct me if im wrong but slayer IS satanic. So now I am confused
Please help me
Dave addressed touring with Slayer recently in a post on the Megadeth Forums:
"...As I continue to walk out this life, and being a Christian, I have realized so much, and I have grown so much too. In the beginning, I was very cautious, and as I understand more, I am safely adding back into my life all the things that I set aside, because I just didn't know what to do about it.
This is why I am spiritually at peace with being out with Slayer; this is why I have apologized to them and have not been getting baited by journalists that are bringing up, "he said, you said," crap. I also have forgiven them for anything that was or is being said, because I did say some hurtful things in the past.
I have taken this same new attitude into everything I can with my life. I have learned so much over the last seven years that it is mind-boggling. And this is why, and the only reason why, I have changed my mind. My heart told me that I would be doing myself a favor and I would make a lot of people happier if I focused on the "love" part of my new life."
Hey I recently purchased a vintage Megadeth Tshirt from a guy online who assured me it was from 1993. At the bottom of the artwork on the front of the shirt it even says "93' Repka" which suggests the shirt was made in 1993 as promised and also designed by Ed Repka but on the back of the tshirt is something bizarre, it says the words "DR VIC IS IN" which makes no sense to me what so ever. I was wondering if you can find out if this is a fake tshirt, a mistake or generally tell me what it means.
Here is some photos I uploaded of the tshirt:
FRONT OF TSHIRT: http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/6280/s5030204.jpg
BACK OF TSHIRT: http://img230.imageshack.us/img230/9395/s5030205.jpg
(My Friends keep saying it must be fake and it's making me feel abit uncomfortable because I really wanted a retro Megadeth tshirt)
The "Dr. Vic Is In" t-shirt was sold back in 1993, while Ed Repka was still doing artwork for Megadeth. "Dr. Vic Is In" would be the title of the picture (a take on an old American medical symbol, the Caduceus), as all of Repka's old artwork for Megadeth had titles, e.g. "Peace Sells", "Oxidation Of The Nations", "Hangar 18", etc.
Lately there have been bootleg reproductions of old Megadeth shirts sold online and in shops, so to tell if yours is official, check the tag for the Brockum merchandise label. Other clues would be size and coloring- many of the reproduction shirts have very contrasted colors, and the sizing is smaller. A size large shirt made in 1993 would be a lot bigger than a size large made in the last few years, since the style of t-shirts runs more fitted these days. Hope this helps!
Dear Scorpion, I've gotta simple question: will be any books about history of Megadeth and/or about Dave Mustaine? I would like to read it.
Here is the latest from Dave on his autobiography, which is completed and set for release next year:
"I finished approving my autobiography, and that was a labor of love. I got to the last page and I was so amazed as I was nearing the end, that by the time I got to the last page I started to have this amazing sense of completion. I felt like someone had finally gotten me into print, good and bad, with a sprinkling more of bad just for good measure. And by the time I got to the last two words of the book, I started to have an overwhelming wave of emotions; finally I feel like someone has looked into me; what makes me tick; why I am upset about the things that upset me; what makes me happy; why I have upsetting things in my life that I can't seem to shake; how I can continue to come back from the dead, etc., etc., etc..."
Other recent books featuring Dave and Megadeth include Metallica: Club Dayz 1982-1984 by Bill Hale, who is currently working on a photo book documenting Megadeth's early years, titled Megadeth: Another Time, A Different Place. Dave is listed at number one in Joel McIver's The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists, and a revised issue of Metallica: The Stories Behind the Biggest Songs, was released this month.
Hey, just a quick question. I was wondering what the meaning was of the song "Lucretia." I know the story of the Roman girl Lucretia, but the lyrics of this song seem to be about a ghost or a haunted house of some kind. Any clarification? Thanks in advance!
Here's a quick explanation from Dave in 1990:
"It's about this guy who happens to be named Dave, and he just has problems, and his friends all think he's crazy and he goes to see this fortune teller. She talks about how he feels, where he's going, how he gets there, and the fact that she knew he was coming and she's been waiting for him for a long time."