Dave Mustaine: A Lot of Drummers Don't Get the Recognition They Deserve, and They Get Bitter

"A lot of times, the drummers go without being recognized for how hard their job is."

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Dave Mustaine: A Lot of Drummers Don't Get the Recognition They Deserve, and They Get Bitter
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Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine talked about drummer and their role in rock and metal bands, telling RQP 104.3 FM (via Blabbermouth):

"The drumming is the hardest part in the band, because you need to be really physically fit every night - every night, no matter what. You can't be sick.

"And I think that drumming is a thankless position.

"A lot of times, the drummers go without being recognized for how hard their job is. Consequently, you get drummers that have bad attitudes after a while.

"It's hard to be around them, because a lot of drummers don't get the recognition they deserve, and they get bitter.

"For us, we've been really lucky with the last two drummers we had — with Chris [Adler] and with Dirk [Verbeuren]. And even the guy before Chris, Shawn [Drover], was an easy-going kind of guy.

"But it's not always like that. And Chris helped us find Dirk. Dirk is a lot like Gar Samuelson, which is really refreshing, because that's how this whole thing started.

"I was playing jazz-metal-type riffs, because I didn't wanna sound like my last band [Metallica].

"I wrote that shit, I can write whatever I want, so I knew what not to do, so I did something different, and that's how Megadeth was born. I wanted to do something a little bit different, and I needed a different kind of drummer to do that."

18 comments sorted by best / new / date

    HimitsuUK
    Whatta ya mean I can't drum in time? Just not your time
    theman6
    I'm stealing this one for when I start playing drums
    Spinnerweb
    Here's an even better one from Nick Mason: "The secret to being a good drummer is that, when you make a mistake, turn and look angrily at the bass player."
    smittyanthrax
    I was playing jazz-metal-type riffs, because I didn't wanna sound like my last band [Metallica]  Hate to tell you this dave but you don't sound that different to Metallica
    NeilTheDruid
    I would never have called anything Mustaine has written "jazz-metal". However Killing Is My Business and Peace Sells are obviously more complex than Metallica's first two. Within the genre of thrash they were a distinctly different band to Metallica - said as a huge fan of both bands btw. 
    Dynamight
    Hate to tell you this smittyanthrax but you have shit for ears.
    smittyanthrax
    No need to be rude.Never said anything bad i like both bands to me they are not that different sounding.Do you enjoy being insulting on articles?
    Dynamight
    No, I'm just figuratively pointing out that your aural perception of tone and rhythm is extremely lackluster, which is the only explanation for the two bands not being "that different sounding" to you, which by the way there was zero need for you to repeat.
    MetalliBucket
    Out of curiosity does anyone know of any Megadeth songs with jazz-metal style riffs? 
    Dynamight
    Jazz isn't characterized by any particular style of riffing. I think Dave means he took a more progressive approach to rhythm while Metallica's was fairly traditional to their hard rock roots, which I can definitely agree on.
    NeilTheDruid
    The first part of the song killing is my business has a real funky riff. Always loved the little bit where ellefson doubles the riff - they really were trying to tear Metallica a new one.