During Megadeth's November 24 performance at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the band's frontman, Dave Mustaine, took the opportunity to bash a writer for The Columbus Dispatch whose review of Megadeth's Columbus concert four days earlier featured the headline "Megadeth: Thrash metal better than political rants." "What is heavy metal about?"
Mustaine rhetorically asked the crowd (see video below), before adding, "I just don't understand why editors at news_backuppapers send people to shows if they don't like the band in the first place."
According to Blabbermouth, Mustaine in March made headlines when he told Canadian television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that he is certain that President Obama "was born somewhere else than America."
"I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born," Mustaine said. "I know he was born somewhere else than America."
When Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that this school of thought made the musician part of the so-called "birther" movement, Mustaine countered, "I'm not calling a question to it, I just, you know, it's a point. How come he was invisible until he became whatever he was in Illinois?"
Stroumboulopoulos tried to further challenge Mustaine on his claims, causing the Megadeth frontman to attempt to change the subject.
"I don't want to talk about my president," Mustaine said, before going on to admit that he was going to "have to do some more homework on where Obama came from."