Dave Mustaine on Social Media: 'The Internet Has Wuss-a-Fied So Many People'

MegaDave speaks out on internet trash talking

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Dave Mustaine has been talking with Full Metal Jackie (via Loudwire) about the presence of social media in modern society. As Mustaine notes, while he is open to social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter, he tries to find a balance between his private and public life. "I think it’s cool to an extent, but I also think because of the whole way that some celebrities have used it and exploited it. If you don’t post pictures of a lower GI, then you’re not being open with your fans. Now, you can tell what were eating, you know what we’re drinking and know what we’re doing just about everything about us except blood panels. You follow enough celebrities I’m sure you’ll be getting a DNA sample from some of these guys if I stand close enough to them with blood or spit on you.

"For me, I liked being private but I also like sharing the music side of our life with our fans. I think that's really cool if you can find that balance. I still have a really private life. But I also try and really bring the fans into the bands - if you were in the band, this is what it would be like. Just because you're in the band doesn't mean you're in my head." The Megadeth front man also noted that older bands like Led Zeppelin would have taken a harder stance on internet trash talking: "I think that if Led Zeppelin still had their groups intact with stuff like these gossip sites, [their manager] Peter Grant probably would have beat the f--k out of these little punks. There'd be a lot of bones breaking in Hollywood. I think that would be really cool. It's kind of weird the way the Internet has wuss-a-fied so many people where they're cowards who hide behind a keyboard and say stuff. Back in the day when people would say something bad about you in the press, it took some guts to do that. You knew who said it."

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    Mr Winters
    Dude's right for once.
    He's always right... It's Dave Mustaine, you know? Best guitarist ever, biggest genius in the metal history. This guy should be President.
    The bad thing about the internet is that I can't tell whether or not you are being sarcastic
    What do you mean he couldn't be president?
    Of the United States of America?
    Tell me something, it's still "We the People", right?
    ...says the guy who had a kiddy-strop on the 'Some Kind of Monster' documentary...
    Don't quote me on this, but I remember hearing that during editing, they cut down the Mustaine interview to make him look even worse. It may have been Dave himself who said they left out huge parts to the discussion and just warped the view of him in the film.
    They did. Some Kind of Monster was a good documentary, aside from the Dave Mustaine interview. At that point the relations between the two bands were not at a good point, so Metallica edited that interview to make Dave seem like more of a washup than he is. He's really a pretty down to earth guy, and his ideas aren't necessarily bad, but they are not well articulated. If you listen to him talk in an interview, he knows what he wants to say, he just doesn't know how to say it. I don't really get all the hatred of him.
    But you don't know what it's like when some piece of shit across the street yells METALLICA.
    If anyone's a wuss, it's a public figure that doesn't have the guts to accept the negative reception with the positive. You're not some dude trying to live his life, you're a musician who chooses to put his works out for the public. Somehow I get the feeling that Dave wouldn't be consistent in calling out sycophants who take to the internet to defend literally every note and word the guy puts out there. There will always be stupid people who don't have an argument to back up their opinion, but people should grow a pair and accept that the internet is a vehicle for people to give their opinions in relevant venues. It's not exactly relevant, or polite, to go up to random strangers and start ranting about Megadeth, or anything really, and that has nothing to do with being a wuss.
    His point was against the anonymity of the trash talking, not the fact that it's happening. I didn't hear him advocating to go yell at strangers either. And he IS right -- look at all of our usernames, hardly anybody uses their own given names (yes, myself included). The guy was kicked out of Metallica, I'm pretty sure he's used to negativity by now. For the record, half the shit that Dave says is ridiculous these days (IMO), but at least he puts his name behind it. That was the point. And he gets his name in print for free each time he does, so you can't say it's not working for him. One thing is right though for sure, as you say, "There will always be stupid people who don't have an argument to back up their opinion"
    Totally agree. The reason you are downvoted is because the metal community in general is so far up Dave's ass they lost all their sense of having their own opinion. "OMG!!! Dave said this so it must be true because he's a great guitarist!!!". Grow up.
    I think the same can be said against people who dislike everything he says purely because it's him
    until I saw the check of $7004, I did not believe that my friends brother could actualie making money in their spare time online.. there sisters neighbour started doing this for under 10 months and just repaid the dept on their house and got a great new Audi Quattro. read what he said http://www.jobs64.com
    Addison Lea
    Dave would have a thing or two to say to you , my friend. You and your friend's brother.
    So basically Dave Mustaine is pointing out that the internet has a plethora of keyboard warriors? Captain obvious strikes again. Hey, at least he's not being racist or releasing a shit album this ti- oh...
    DAVE!!! Go back to being a junkie, you were WAAAYYYY less of an ******* then.
    Dave mustaine is right, Since the invention of social media, I have totally figured out what type of person he actually is by reading about his rants that he has. Before the internet gave everyone an opinion I just assumed he was just another rock star who made cool sounding music. Now, I know he's a fundamentalist wingnut, a bit of a bigot and a complete jerk about most liberal views including the healthcare debate. Infact Dave has always been an *******, but the internet has really showed me HOW he's an *******.
    He was rather left leaning in the early 90s, and most likely prior to that too. Those of us around in the mid 80s remember the feud between Metallica and Dave...very colorful! Often with men, we turn a bit conservative about the time that our daughter's hormones start kicking in haha