Dave Mustaine: 'Marty and Chris Are Better Guitarists Than Me'

"There are so many guitar players out there that are better than I am," says Megadeth mainman.

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While discussing the current state of affairs among Megadeth ranks, frontman Dave Mustaine didn't hesitate to admit not being the greatest guitarist out there, stressing the crucial importance of being versatile. Dave kicked off by reassuring fans about the stability of the band's current lineup. "Getting Shawn [Drover] and Chris [Broderick] in the band has really let the fans know 'Hey, you don't have to worry about any lineup changes,'" he told R7. "This lineup's been consistent for a really long time and if it was my way this would have been the band from the beginning." Mustaine then focused on the band's former guitarist Marty Friedman and current axeman Chris Broderick. "I still think that Marty and Chris are my two favorite guitar players in the band - both of them are better guitar players than I am." The frontman went on to talk about guitar players in general. "I think that guitar playing is relative," he kicked off. "There really are so many guitar players out there that are better than I am, but it's like if you're good in one thing - you know, the guys that play solos and that's all they do. That's great, but what happens when you're not soloing - you just stand there?" He continued, "Guys that just play rhythm - well that's great too, but when it comes the time for you show some dynamics in the band - two guitar players working together, that's more color. And if it's time for you to do a solo and it sounds like two cats f--king, that's horrible." Finally, Dave showed no intentions of stopping anytime soon, saying he feels as if Megadeth is only getting started. "I think you limit your dreams. Your dreams don't really define you. But inside there's something that makes us think, 'I can't do it.' Like when I used to skydive.

"People ask me if I still skydive, and I say, 'No.' After 25 times of jumping out of an airplane, it's kind of like the novelty has worn off. Once the novelty wears off, it's like sticking your head in the mouth of a lion. It's, like, been there, done that."

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    Jimmeister
    UG should just have a dedicated segment called "Daily Dose of Dave" or something
    crazysam23_Atax
    Why? 'Cause it's ACTUALLY daily? Oh, wait...no, it's not.
    MetalMullet
    Sam, you must be the most downvoted person in the comment section. I love how everything you say just turns red.
    Metal-pro
    I enjoyed reading this. I also think music is about personality and how you express yourself. Rock on Dave and Megadeth \m/
    shawnkenneth
    I feel that Broderick is being underused in the band..
    wokparalei
    Mainly the last album. Endgame was a crazy album if you look at the guitar solos (and the rest of it)
    KerNeL_KLuTcH
    agreed, Dialectic Chaos and Sudden Death are the only times Chris has been utilized to even half his potential. Dave should just get Chris Poland back and let Broderick go back to Nevermore if he's going to keep holding him back. Dave does always choose insanely good lead players though. And Dave is already a crazy good lead player.
    Iommianity
    It's stupid to say shredders can't play rhythm. You don't spend years developing one form of musical talent while completely ignoring everything else. The reason why those rhythms are boring and sound like jam tracks is because otherwise they'd get in the way of all that noodling. To say they can't play rhythm though, that's just dumb.
    Wisthler
    Huh, two sides of the coin, on one side we got Dave being full positive about Megadeth's future even stating that "They are just getting started" On other side.... we got the drama of Slayer, stepping on thin ice and with an unknown future.
    Megadeth2011
    This isn't even new news. Dave has always said this. The way UG reports on certain bands, I'm starting to think we may be seeing an interview with Cliff Burton sometime soon.
    Spychosis
    Would be awesome to sit down and have some sake with Marty Friedman. Now I have to go listen to Poison Was the Cure.
    oddphase
    Great guy awesome interview, Symphony of Destruction (verse and chorus rhythm part) first thing i ever learned to play on the guitar. Just makes me glad I started there!
    trentonlambert
    If you're just a "rhythm" guitar player, and you're not contributing anything to the band, then, yes, you have no use. But if you're writing lyrics, writing a lot of the music, or at least writing some of the melodies, then you belong in that band.
    jrcsgtpeppers
    Yeah marty is amazing. he played with jason becker of course he is gonna be amazing. jason on the other hand is severely unheard of and not ranked up there with the greats.
    Mustaine1940
    i think this isnt even necessary to post over other pieces of this interview because this is obvious...?
    chiefmegadeth
    Technically they're better , but Dave is the over all better guitarist in my book. He writes all the great riffige and some amazing solos him self. Dave always sells him self short. He's to modest
    jordo246
    In other news UG readers manage to find 50 ways to say "that's obvious" in one article.
    Sir_Taffey
    Dave has written many songs and has been doing this far longer than I have been alive. All props to him really, to keep his fans interested and keep going the way he has
    Maxmetpt
    "it's like sticking your head in the mouth of a lion. It's, like, been there, done that." Yeah, know when you get that feeling?
    MetalFrancis
    Basically he's saying that Nuno Bettencourt is the greatest guitarist on the world?
    jhymadesh
    He did not, however Nuno Bettencourt is indeed one of the greatest. His rhythm playing is unbelievable and so is his soloing!
    BlackLabel5150
    Second that, Nuno is a monster.
    daveytwardy
    Im afraid the person who "liked" the comment first can only claim to second that. at this point you can say i 24th that. i won't even get started with the guy who said he's going to go ahead and third that.
    c660917
    Marty Friedman was the best guitarist of Megadeth. Broderick has excellent technique but... he has a guy backstage for manage his pedals ¿WTF? If you want to be a guitar player you must control everything that concern to your sound man!
    MaggaraMarine
    Many big bands do that. That's because you don't need to worry about your sound any more. You know what pedals you would use in a certain part of the song so why not just tell your tech or soundguy or somebody about it and you don't need to worry about it any more and can focus on performing and playing the song instead of tap dancing on pedals all the time. If you have the possibility to do that, why not? Being able to tap dance on your pedals doesn't make you any better or worse guitarists. But it may annoy you if you need to focus on your pedals all the time. The thing is, he knows what he is going to sound like and he has told the parts where he needs the clean sound or some echo or something. He just leaves the switching to somebody else. He still kind of controls his tone.
    l0ld4v3
    I thought roadies and techs were for that, at least in these huge ass bands. lol
    megaluisdeth
    Every guitarist in megadeth is better than Dave mustaine in so many ways.
    nincompoop
    Sorry, but Al Pitrelli, Glen Drover and Jeff Young don't hold a candle to Dave.
    megaluisdeth
    I saw megadeth back in September with iron maiden and Dave's solos were so sloppy. All he does is play the same pentatonic scale with chromatics most of the time. And he is usually im
    Mustaine1940
    i don't agree with that statement at all I don't feel chris Poland, al pitrelli or glen drover were better than dave, maybe with solos but when it came to the ability of writing songs and not just sweeping dave rocks, theres more to guitar then just shredding out an unreal solo that will always be remembered. Broderick and friedman were both clearly better than dave, Broderick is the best skilled wise but friedman fit the band better because he was more melodic and wasn't just about sweeping, I love chris' work but marty had more feeling and soul and megadeth isn't an alloput shred band they need the feeling in their music and chris doesn't completely fill that void. none the less im pleased with present megadeth as much as I am the past
    Shaharz
    How is this news?
    juzza1
    Take away Megadeth, Metallica, Lars, Dave, Slayer, Sabbath and Ozzy and (according to UG) there is nothing else happening in the world of music
    SB_79
    I'd have to add Corey Taylor to that list - he as much as farts and there is an article 10 mins later
    daveytwardy
    Unless he farts on a Thursday because UG doesn't seem to update the site on weekends.
    Lee Makky
    ....So he makes up for this by being an ******* to get attention? Nice one Dave.
    Doomzdayxx
    Boring UG. Where are the political Mustaine stories? You have to admit seeing the liberal pussies froth at the mouth is pretty entertaining.