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."