frontman Dave Mustaine
and bassist David Ellefson
have been talking to Colorado classic rock station 103.5 the Fox
about Mustaine's vocal abilities. In the interview, the front man states (via Blabbermouth
) that singing is not his strong point:"Well, my pal here, Dave
[Ellefson], and I were auditioning guys and we kind of ran out of patience. The last guy that auditioned as a vocalist came - and we were homeless at the time - and the guy rolled up with a 12-pack of beer, and we thought, 'Great! ' Then we got a closer look at him and he had eyeliner on. And we figured, 'As soon as the last beer was down, he was out of the band.' It was New Year's Eve one night, and David just goes, 'Man, why don't you sing? ' and I was like, 'Why don't you? ' So I ended up doing it, and it stuck."I actually enjoy it a lot of times, but it's not my strong point. I've been working really hard at it the last few years. I wish I would have given it as much attention in the beginning as I do now ... It's definitely a unique voice sound. You know, you hear people like Axl
] or myself or
] Hetfield or some of the other people that are really easily identifiable, it's scarce. Like Chris Cornell, you hear Chris, you know it's him."
The statement comes after the recent revelation that Megadeth have been tuning down their songs
in order compensate for Mustaine's aging voice.But what do you think? Is Mustaine being too hard on himself? Let us know in the comments.