Dave Mustaine: 'I've Been Through Stuff People Would Die Just Watching'

Megadeth frontman opens up in new interview.

Dave Mustaine: 'I've Been Through Stuff People Would Die Just Watching'
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Dave Mustaine has been talking to Classic Rock Revisited about the importance of dealing with adversity. As the Megadeth frontman notes, in spite of their problems, the band has continued to come out on top:

"I don't know anybody in the music industry that has had as much adversity as I have that continues to be on top. Like I said in the song 'When...,' I've been through stuff most people would die just watching. We continue to be victorious, no matter what the adversity, whether it be the industry at a given time, or the fan base at a given time, or what music is popular, or economic challenges, or misinterpretation of things we say during a song, or on stage; we always come out on top.

"Sometimes you're right and sometimes you're wrong and if you're man enough to apologize when you do wrong then the fans will forgive you. It's not about how many things you do right in this business; its about how many things you don't do wrong."

Mustaine also notes that spirituality was something that filled a void in his life:

"Growing up, being homeless and having to panhandle for food, the only comfort I found was in a bottle, or in some other form. After my life started to turn around there was still a big black hole inside of me. Yeah, sure I could eat and I had money and a roof over my head but I still had to find something to fill that hole.

"Sometimes people use a significant other, or sometimes it is a substance and sometimes, like people talk about in the 12 Step fellowships, it is a power greater than yourself. For me, I think that having that spiritual fulfillment is what has helped turn my life around. A lot of people confuse religion for spirituality. I heard it summed up real simpleReligion is for people who are afraid of going to hell and spirituality is for people like me, who've been there."

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    Maiden95
    Yeah, I mean, gotta give him some credit. He did survive a lineup with Kerry King in it.
    DickHardwood
    "Religion is for people who are afraid of going to hell and spirituality is for people like me, who've been there." He should put this in a song if he hasn't already.
    fatgleeson
    id like a list of the things he's been through that would cause an onlooker to die
    Jokeblue
    I heard he once played guitar so fast that he created his own center of gravity, and then blasted off into space with the concert in tow, killing everyone.
    Eirien
    "I don't know anybody in the music industry that has had as much adversity as I have that continues to be on top." In other words "My problems are worse than yours and I'm still better than you." He's almost as humble as Kanye.
    TheMaddestHaTT3
    Gah As a long time fan of Megadeth, I am just sick of hearing Dave prattle on about his tough existence. For one thing 90% of his troubles, were/are self induced. So many millions of people who suffer due to no fault of their own and this pompous blowhard acts as if he had it rough. I have lived through things Dave would never have overcome or lived through, yet I dont get record deals and sell out stadiums around the world. He should be grateful he got a shot and stfu already. I know he has lost a fan in me.
    heresy666
    'I've Been Through Stuff People Would Die Just Watching' We all 've been trough a lot of hard stuff. you are not the only one who had problems in his life.
    roast
    "We continue to be victorious" Dave, have you even heard your last few albums? Victorious...really?
    postmortem2006
    Victory in Suckage. In fact, that's the title of his next album. Also, I love how Dave Mustaine has been relegated to "Rambling idiot post of the day" status here on UG. Fitting.
    jimmyjimbo72
    Posting the same comment twice. Looks like someone's a tad upset
    JamesCalla
    The second and third are getting posted by themselves, this is the second time I try to delete them, and for some goddamn reason, I got the warning that should have been sent to Prostheta as if I was the one who wrote HIS comment, this website is full of bugs I see.
    metalheadsmith
    I dont see why people even comment on this, the guy cant go a day without u/g posting something about him. Everybody has an opinion U/G just feels it important to post.
    Mr Winters
    "'ve been through stuff most people would die just watching" Please do give us some examples, Dave.
    JamesCalla
    I don't know why there's a lot of people that are raging against Dave Mustaine, maybe the politics stuff that happened before, idk and I don't give a shit since I don't support neither parties and I support people giving their ****ing opinion (u don't like it? DON'T FUCKING LISTEN), but, even though I love Metallica to death and I'm not really a fan of Megadeth, I do have an enormous amount of respect for Dave, and for everything he's been through, and I really have to say the following because I'm seeing a ton of it everywhere recently: It's really scary and really weird, how some people, no matter What they say or do will be misinterpreted or thought of negatively while others no matter what they do will be praised (if deserved) or will simply pass under the radar when they should be blamed, it's indescribably weird, sad and extremely unfair. Oh and btw, if you're gonna complain about Dave Mustaine articles being excessive, DON'T FUCKING READ THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU FUCKING HYPOCRITES.
    JamesCalla
    I don't know why there's a lot of people that are raging against Dave Mustaine, maybe the politics stuff that happened before, idk and I don't give a shit since I don't support neither parties and I support people giving their ****ing opinion (u don't like it? DON'T FUCKING LISTEN), but, even though I love Metallica to death and I'm not really a fan of Megadeth, I do have an enormous amount of respect for Dave, and for everything he's been through, and I really have to say the following because I'm seeing a ton of it everywhere recently: It's really scary and really weird, how some people, no matter What they say or do will be misinterpreted or thought of negatively while others no matter what they do will be praised (if deserved) or will simply pass under the radar when they should be blamed, it's indescribably weird, sad and extremely unfair. Oh and btw, if you're gonna complain about Dave Mustaine articles being excessive, DON'T FUCKING READ THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU FUCKING HYPOCRITES.
    Prostheta
    Oh man. Why didn't that bus fall on Dave rather than Cliff? That would have been some brutal irony and we'd still have Cliff. \m/
    Axeman Eugene
    Either you like him or hate him, that's just something incredibly ****ing stupid to say.
    Prostheta
    He has no life, just like people who post in these article comments. Oh crap.
    The_Dayman
    "No life" is such a pathetic insult. Especially when you're using it against the founding member of an extremely successful band, regardless of how much you hate them. I'm not one to use the "success = good" argument, but "no life"? Come on, now. I thought we were all grown ups here.
    JamesCalla
    I don't know why there's a lot of people that are raging against Dave Mustaine, maybe the politics stuff that happened before, idk and I don't give a shit since I don't support neither parties and I support people giving their ****ing opinion (u don't like it? DON'T FUCKING LISTEN), but, even though I love Metallica to death and I'm not really a fan of Megadeth, I do have an enormous amount of respect for Dave, and for everything he's been through, and I really have to say the following because I'm seeing a ton of it everywhere recently: It's really scary and really weird, how some people, no matter What they say or do will be misinterpreted or thought of negatively while others no matter what they do will be praised (if deserved) or will simply pass under the radar when they should be blamed, it's indescribably weird, sad and extremely unfair. Oh and btw, if you're gonna complain about Dave Mustaine articles being excessive, DON'T FUCKING READ THEM IN THE FIRST PLACE YOU FUCKING HYPOCRITES.
    5MinutesAlone
    Delusion of Grandiosity. That is what he has. He is always trying to justify how him and his band are at the top of the food chain...Really...you are not Dave. With your latest record you are mostly heading downhill.