According to Dave Mustaine, if you're among those hoping for a Megadeth reunion with guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza, you're "either stupid or a dreamer."
The frontman recently addressed fans asking thrash titans to "make 'Rust in Peace' again," saying it's an easy task and something the band constantly keeps hearing.
"We always hear, 'Make 'Rust in Peace' again,'" Mustaine told Las Vegas Sun. "It'd be real easy to do it, but where's the artistic integrity of doing that? And people say, 'You should get Marty back in the band."
Dave then explained his stance, "Marty doesn't want to be in Megadeth. He quit, he's a quitter, so get over it. And Nick isn't very healthy. Look at any of the video clips of him lately. So it's like either you're stupid or you're a dreamer.
"And when you make a record, you don't stake your whole life on the success or failure of any one song. Some people like it, some don't," he concluded. ["Super Collider"] entered the charts at No. 6. If that's something to be critical of, then bring it. I'll take that all day long."
During the rest of the chat, Mustaine also discussed the latest Megadeth effort "Super Collider," noting it captured a period of his life when he "was going through a lot of really cool stuff with the band but a lot of really heavy, personal stuff with my mother-in-law's Alzheimer's."
"["Forget to Remember"] is this whole process of watching this loved one in my family just melt in front of your eyes; it's hard. It really, really challenged what I was made of; she's still alive, but she's not there anymore," the singer/guitarist said. "And how do you put that in a song if it's not going to be a sad song?"
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