Dave Mustaine: 'It's Hard Being an Anarchist With a Mercedes-Benz in Your Driveway'

Megadeth frontman describes his life journey as an "American success story."

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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.

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    It's hard being a Megadeth fan when Dave rants about politics.
    I forgot how a person's views on a topic like politics somehow affects your opinion of a band and their music as a whole. The **** kind of fan are you?
    Ha. You rarely think about rockstars and cars these days. You just think of tour buses. Ozzy drives some kind of Range Rover, how terrifying is that?
    Ozzy drives, how terrifying is that? Fixed that for you.
    Ive been laughing non-stop about this for the past 5-10 minutes, thank you for making my day dude
    I seriously struggle to understand why some people seem to think that you gotta make a vow of poverty to be an anarchist. Anarchists want nothing but the collectivization of the means of production and free association. If you want a nice car like a Benz, you are forced to fork out a fkton of money and pay a capitalist producer for it because... you live in a capitalist society. Boycotting Mercedes-Benz, McDonalds and Coca-Cola isn't the best way to oppose capitalism. It's more a symbolical thing than anything else. That being said, I wonder what kind of anarchist Dave was back in the days, if he failed to realize this. I'm not an anarchist but ffs, get your shit together before speaking against anything.
    True. A lot of biker gangs, like the Hells Angels, have anarchist philosophies but drive expensive choppers from a large corporation (Harley Davidson). Anarchism is about more than boycotting corporations, it's a larger philosophy.
    It's not so hard to be an anarchist when having a mercedes-benz. It is hard when you have an EXPENSIVE mercedes-benz
    Any Mercedes is an expensive Mercedes.
    Agree to disagree, there are Mercedes cars out there around normal car prices.
    julianholguin · Mar 13, 2014 11:20 AM
    i don't think he meant "a third-hand B-class with no extras and slight damage"
    What is a "normal car price", to you? Because every Benz I've seen is (at minimum) $10,000 more than many other cars.
    WRONG. Only when they're new. They're such pieces of junk that the resale value drops to that of a used Honda Accord.
    This is the first time I've heard a conservative admit they're an anarchist. Of course, a quick look at their economic policies could tell you that.