Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine recently reflected on his life and musical journey, describing it as an "American success story."
Asked by Bloomberg TV on whether he became less intimidating in musical terms over time, Dave replied, "I think as you grow up, things kind of change. It's kind of hard being an anarchist when you have a Mercedes-Benz in your driveway.
"This morning, I was thinking about growing up, how I was homeless when I started my career," the frontman continued (via Blabbermouth). "I was a product of a broken family and was, basically, watched during the day by the Boys Club of America. And, you know, it's one of those things where you go from being a poor kid, having lunch tickets and food stamps, to being a millionaire. It's an American success story."
Focusing on some of the key challenges in the music world these days, Mustaine couldn't avoid discussing piracy, admitting it became "old news" by now. "The revenue streams have dried up," he said. "The money that you would generate from record sales has all but vanished. So in order to be successful and to keep yourself in business, you have to find other ways to pay your bills, which predominantly are touring and merchandise.
"A lot of people have endorsements and sponsorship deals and stuff like that too, but because of peer-to-peer file transferring and stuff like that - it's old news now - it's really changed the music industry," he concluded.
In related news, Megadeth are set to kick off their world tour on April 12 in San Diego with Mustaine's guest appearance with San Diego Symphony. The trek will stretch across three continents, taking the band to North and South America, and ultimately Europe. More info here.