The singer became fascinated in witchcraft as a teen and he's convinced spells he cast have come back to haunt him.
Now a strict Christian, he's keen to distance himself from his dark past - and refuses to play his song "The Conjuring
" from 1986 album "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
" on tour - because the lyrics about black magic still affect him.
He tells Total Guitar magazine
, "Performance wise, 'The Conjuring' is one of the heaviest songs on the record, but unfortunately it's got black magic in it and I promised that I wouldn't play it any more, because there's a lot of instructions for hexes in that song.
"Although it seems kinda corny, anybody who's a Wiccan (witch) or a warlock or anything like that will know that all of that stuff is instrumental.
"When I got into black magic I put a couple of spells on people when I was a teenager and it haunted me forever, and I've had so much torment. People say, 'Goddamn, Dave never gets a break, he's had such a hard life,' and I just think, 'No, Dave didn't - he got into black magic and it ruined his life'
"Fortunately for me, with all the work and the love of my friends, and not giving up with my guitar playing, I got over it. So I look back now and I think, 'Hmm, I don't wanna play 'The Conjuring'
Thanks for the report to Yahoo! News