Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine had his fair share of online controversy in the last few years, making him possibly the most prominent figure in the metal world when it comes to making headlines.
The sharp-tongued frontman recently discussed his infamous reputation with the Clevescene, taking the negative backlash in his stride by saying that he "owns those b-tches."
"I've had a lot of my friends come up and say, 'Do you know what this site says? They sure have it out for you,'" the singer/guitarist said. "I laugh because I know I own those b-tches because they can't go a day without talking about me. If I don't own you, stop talking about me. The most important thing is that I know who my enemies are. I try to be kind to them. That makes me feel better and it p-sses them off."
Mustaine also addressed the "Super Collider" bashers, calling them "sheep" and "pond scum." When asked about the negative reviews of the group's latest effort, the frontman commented:
"I don't know what you're talking about because it's the No. 6 record and those guys are probably sheep. There are a lot of pond scum out there who follow me wherever I go, and they just say stuff because they don't like me and they don't like what I stand for," he said. "For people to target me and take everything I say and turn it into some conundrum and some topic for discussion. It's like, 'C'mon. Do you think I take myself that seriously?'"
When asked on whether he thinks there "will ever be another spark" similar to the one of the early '80s thrash movement, Mustaine had no doubts when saying it is basically impossible.
"Nope," the frontman briefly started. "With digital audio works stations and everyone having recording studios in their laptops, everybody is a musician. When MySpace came out, there were 8 million bands on it five or six years ago. You don't have enough lifetimes to listen to 8 million bands. The thing with thrash metal and speed metal was that we capitalized on teenage angst because we all lived it. We were all street kids."
The frontman then focused on the upcoming metal bands, saying, "A lot of these new bands, their dads are doctors and lawyers. What do they know about living in a van? Nothing. What do they know about panhandling for food? Nothing. So how do they identify with the guys who have to work everyday and have two jobs? They don't. These kids are doctors' kids. What do they know?
"Being homeless really made me grateful," Mustaine concluded. "My mom was a maid and I grew up in the California welfare system with food stamps. I hated being a poor kid. But would I mind going back there? No. I can still eat Top Ramen and macaroni and cheese."
As the fourteenth record in the Megadeth opus, "Super Collider" dropped on June 4 via Universal-powered label Tradecraft. With 29,000 units sold in the US within the first week, it debuted at No.6 on the Billboard 200 chart.