In an interview with Rolling Stone
front man Dave Mustaine
has conceded that he perhaps should have said things differently when discussing his political views. The singer sparked controversy back in August when he suggested onstage at a concert in Singapore that President Obama
was behind the mass shootings in Aurora and at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin.
"You know, I probably should've said things differently. I probably should've skipped that altogether. I learned a valuable lesson from all of this stuff."
Mustaine was repeating the theories of Larry Pratt
, a pro-gun activist who runs the organization Gun Owners of America, and the singer finds it strange that it was he, and not Pratt, who took the flak:
"He said something about it and no one went after him. But everyone went crazy on me
," he says. "I've been talking about politics my whole career. The second album - my God, it shows the U.N. completely blown up and destroyed. So I don't know why, all of a sudden, now's the time for people to take exception with what I'm saying
However, the incident has led Mustaine to reflect on what he says while on stage, stating that he needs to remember that he is a public figure:
"I noticed that, yeah, I do say some stuff that's kinda you know, it's a little vulgar, I need to remember that being a public figure, I have a choice. I can be a really good example for people which I really desire to do or not. I mean, Marilyn Manson went to the airport with 'Fuck You' written on his forehead... That's just not my style