Dave Mustaine: 'Metal Is Just Punk Rock With Long Hair'
"People that aren't metal fans don't make the connection," says Megadeth frontman.
Posted on Jun 26, 2013 09:23 am
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently discussed his approach to music and writing songs, reaching several interesting subjects regarding the metal music.
When asked by Rock Confidential on whether he considers informing fans about the important topics as somewhat of an obligation, the frontman replied: "There was a point where I felt that was my calling. My career and taking care of my family is really important to me. There are so many things to be talking about. For me to be pointing out the wrongs in politics man, if I think I can make a difference I better pack a lunch."
Mustaine then pointed out that "it's more about 'Can you identify with that?' instead of saying 'This political party is doing this and this political party is doing that.'""They're really all the same," he continued. "Heavy metal music is just punk rock with long hair. People dont get that. People that aren't metal fans don't make the connection. I was watching a song by a band called Havok the other day and I was looking at the guy's lyrics. Wow, I could have written those lyrics. It's the same kind of stuff I used to write when I was younger."
The singer/guitarist also discussed the thrash titans' longevity, remembering the times when he met fathers and sons at VIP meetings after Megadeth shows.
"I can't tell you how many times I've been at one of our VIP meetings and a guy will come in with his kid and theyll look identical," Mustaine said. "I'll ask the kid, 'Is this your dad?' 'Yeah.' Ill tell the dad, 'Thanks for being a cool dad and passing the tradition on.' That ain't no sweat off my back for me to say something like that. To compliment that dad and make his son feel his dad is cool, to make that dad feel respected."
He continued, saying, "I'm a dad. I love the way my kids have turned out. Not enough people affirm the men in America as parents anymore and that's why a lot of 'em bail. A lot of fathers give up. That ain't cool. Life is difficult. That's why people get fat and lazy."
As far as the more current affairs and the group's latest album go, Mustaine clearly couldn't hide his excitement, saying that he is going through a second childhood.
"It feels good to be me right now," the frontman said. "I still have moments where it's kinda hard to get outta bed. [laughs] I enjoy my life. I'm going through a renaissance period right now with the band and it just feels like a second childhood. Especially with the record charting as high as it did."Metal is on the rise. I'm really excited about the times we're living in. Unfortunately, metal music is popular when the world is kind of topsy-turvy, but hey the world has been in kind of a fuck for a couple thousand years."
The latest Megadeth studio effort, "Super Collider," saw its release on June 4 via Tradecraft as the fourteenth record in the group's catalogue. With 29,000 copies sold in the US within the first week, it peaked at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.