Dave Mustaine Talks Metallica And Christianity

Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine has been talking about his relationship with Metallica and making musical decisions since finding Christianity.

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Megadeth main man Dave Mustaine has been talking about his relationship with Metallica and making musical decisions since finding Christianity.

According to Blabbermouth, he has been forced to re-consider the subject matter of some songs.

"It's what the subject matter's about. I've been struggling with that. For example, 'Anarchy In The U.K.' is a song I really don't like playing because it starts off and says 'I am an Antichrist'. Well, I'm not an antichrist. Not only am I not it, I don't want to be it. I won't even be one of them."

"And as far as 'The Conjuring'... it actually has the components of a hex in it and when I wrote the song it was cool and it was vogue to be into black magic and the dark side and stuff like that - so it was really cool to have lines from a hex in it. But looking back now - being a dad, being a responsible person, being a musician who has influenced a lot of lives very positively - I look at it and think, 'I don't know if I would play that live'".

Mustaine also talked about his friendship with Metallica's Lars Ulrich who wrote liner notes for Mustaine's "Peace Sells" re-issue.

"I was really touched. See, it just goes to show you that the relationship that Lars and I really have had over the years was private, and people really did not know what it was about."

Thanks for the report to Andrew Vaughan, Gibson.com

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    WheredMyRockGo?
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    I'm not an atheist but if anyone thinks this guy hasnt lost his mind than they are equally as crazy. The dude found religion to kick a drug habit and now he's addicted to religion(and in my opinion is taking it over the top).
    lordofrandomnes
    jurnag12 wrote: BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge. I'm an atheist, and I never really feel the urge to deny the existence of god if someone wants to believe in him. Something more Atheists should remember is that while people may believe in God while you don't, it shouldn't be a reason to bash them. If it's what works for them in life, then so be it, leave them to it.
    I wish the other Athiests on this website we as mature as you are. I'm Christian and I respect most people that respect what others believe.
    Sonny_sam
    "Twisting,jerking the shiest move Your teeth are breaking loose crushed and splintering into your mouth Winding down, cutting through Like broken glass being chewed Your fragmented skull and shattering bones" I can see why he would have a problem with singing "I am the antichrist", but then when he writes lyrics this graphically gruesome it seems he's kinda setting a double standard.
    bevski208
    Why is it that every metal story ends up with people arguing about whether or not God exists? If you really love Megadeth, you'll respect Dave's choice, and his religious beliefs won't have an impact on your opinion of the band. Also, why do atheists constantly try to put religious people down? At least Christians and other religions have a good reason to try and convince atheists that there is a God: they're trying to save them. Atheists don't have a good reason to stop religious people believing in God. So stop trying to put them down and just appreciate the music, and stop turning EVERYTHING into a religious debate!
    deluded_reality
    I think it speaks volumes about his faith if he's not okay with singing some lyrics about black magic. It's just a song. Saying you are an antichrist doesn't make you one. I'm an atheist and I respect that he's a Christian. He has the right to practice any religion he wishes. But don't let that get in the way of entertainment.
    jackdude500
    why would he play anarchy in the uk anyway hes a member of metallica not the sex pistols last time i checked
    coco-axeman
    Just play the songs because they're awesome!!!!! You don't have to "be" the song, otherwise Slayer would consist of corpse-loving, Satan-worshiping serial killers and Dave would be a guy who wants to kill his girlfriend (Loved to Deth, possibly Sleepwalker). You're not running for Congress Dave, you're just making cool music. jackdude500 : why would he play anarchy in the uk anyway hes a member of metallica not the sex pistols last time i checked I'd advise you check again; things have changed over the past 25 years.
    MetalMike676
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    My words exactly
    bmarlatt1685
    I was hesitant to post on this comment consider I only had to read the title on the UG main page to know just how many ignorant comment about Dave's personal beliefs would be vomited out on here, but seriously... Two ****ing songs? You're making a big deal out of two ****ing songs...? And not even some of his best at that. The Conjuring and Anarchy in the UK (a shit song to begin with anyway) gets tossed out and you'd swear he just said everything from Countdown to Extinction on back will be flushed down the shitter forever. I understand Tom Arraya's point of view, but Dave's not Arraya. He can make his own decisions. It's his band.
    MountApple
    I think I've read this before. Either that or every Dave Mustaine interview talks about that same stuff.
    guitar/bass95
    jackdude500 : why would he play anarchy in the uk anyway hes a member of metallica not the sex pistols last time i checked I'd advise you check again; things have changed over the past 25 years. POSTED: 06/14/2011 - 02:30 pm / quote |
    +1 If he refuses to perform Holy Wars, that will be the end of their ticket sales.
    6StringBlazer
    cisco444 wrote: Lead Zeppelin wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge. +1 +1 Whether he is imaginary or not is up to YOU to find out. Sadly, many take the road of not even trying because is too hard to believe or just want the easy way out.
    I agree with both you guys. The whole thing about 'Christians shoving their beliefs down peoples throats' is whats the problem. The people that do that aren't real Christians, because anyone that truly knows Christianity knows its totally against that. Its supposed to be a door thats open to anyone who wants to enter, NOT a vortex that kills, destroys and sucks everything in.
    zalant
    Gibson1983 wrote:
    Perhaps Dave can re-write the lyrics of all his songs, Eric Cartman/"Faith+1" style.
    Something like this? "In my hour of need, No, you're not there, Jesus. And though I reached out for you, Jesus, Wouldn't lend a hand" How's that?
    zomgguitarz1234
    6StringBlazer wrote: cisco444 wrote: Lead Zeppelin wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge. +1 +1 Whether he is imaginary or not is up to YOU to find out. Sadly, many take the road of not even trying because is too hard to believe or just want the easy way out. I agree with both you guys. The whole thing about 'Christians shoving their beliefs down peoples throats' is whats the problem. The people that do that aren't real Christians, because anyone that truly knows Christianity knows its totally against that. Its supposed to be a door thats open to anyone who wants to enter, NOT a vortex that kills, destroys and sucks everything in.
    Sorta like the atheists shoving their beliefs down Christians throats. Its pretty bad on both sides.
    jonpinkerton
    How many times are we going to read "news" about Mustaine saying this same crap? I'm so tired of hearing how he wont play the conjuring or the other bs thats always associated with this "news"
    Cowless
    The funniest part is that he believes in the "power" of so-called "black magic". Shit's ridiculous.
    ThisIsWar21
    grantjames wrote: Aww. It's cute that he has an imaginary friend that wont let him play some of his songs.
    hahahahaha yes
    EpiExplorer
    Next week in news: Dave Mustaine makes a cake, talks about God (again..) and tells you why Black Sabbath is pure unholy evil
    cisco444
    Lead Zeppelin wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge. +1
    +1 Whether he is imaginary or not is up to YOU to find out. Sadly, many take the road of not even trying because is too hard to believe or just want the easy way out.
    Necrotise
    It's sad that his imaginary friend wont let him play The Conjuring or Anarchy live anymore. Actually im quite glad he wont play Anarchy, im quite a big Megadeth fan but thats one of the worst cheesy covers ive ever heard.
    jurnag12
    Ya know Dave, you're right. If this is what you want, do it. It's your music. Although personally I prefer Tom Araya's approach, who despite being quite a religious person, puts his beiefs aside if it's a good song.
    Gibson1983
    Perhaps Dave can re-write the lyrics of all his songs, Eric Cartman/"Faith+1" style.
    CaliforniaKid
    Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.[/quote] Really. Which God might that be? People have made up so many over the centuries, and just like every one of them before, THIS one is the REAL one. Sheep.
    skylerjames13
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    Oh boo. Most religious people don't hesitate to shove their shit down our throats. And people are raised believing in god (usually) so when something bad happens they automatically say "oh god" or "lord help me" or other variations because it's habit.
    Gregray88
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    lololololol the world started 14 billion years ago via a mass explosion of matter, get used to it
    theshadow180
    I for a long time described myself as an atheist but after doing a lot of thinking recently I've found im more an antitheist...I have nothing against people who have a religious belief system but I cannot abide the structures within which most people choose to express it i.e. Christianity, Islam, Judaism. So long as people have fallen into a "spiritual category" there has been conflict and in this modern age constant tiptoeing around eggshells in order to be politically correct. As much as I admire Dave and love his music I hate that he is compromising his musical integrity and forgetting his past for the sake of not wanting to upset his god. Religious structures have to be deconstructed in order for the world to progress into a more tolerant existence allowing free spiritual belief without the fear and oppression that religion imposes. Dave needs to understand that his past music only upsets people that don't understand the difference between heavy metal and satanism so not anyone important. Ok rant over sorry folks.
    iwannabesedated
    cisco444 wrote: Lead Zeppelin wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge. +1 +1 Whether he is imaginary or not is up to YOU to find out. Sadly, many take the road of not even trying because is too hard to believe or just want the easy way out.
    I've always found it hard to believe. Shedding all logical sense and reasoning ability is difficult, that's why so many are conditioned from birth. What I find funny is that I know quite a few Wicca and even they don't believe in the black magic crap (because it's not real) yet it seems some of the crazier Christians (not all, many are reasonable enough) do believe in it.
    Gexzilla
    I really don't get it, why are ancient Jewish fairy-tales about gods more convincing to people than, let's say Egyptian, or Russian? I mean come on, almost 50% of earth population believes in a story that small Jewish tribe made up thousands years ago.
    ThunderPX
    Megadeth2011 wrote: I know I've seen this before... almost word for word. I want to think somebody has put it together and re-released it as news.
    I think journalists have just run out of ideas about what to ask Dave Mustaine. So they ask him about Metallica and being a christian.
    007dude
    Gregray88 wrote: lololololol the world started 14 billion years ago via a mass explosion of matter, get used to it
    It's just a model/theory. There are still plenty of problems with it.
    jurnag12
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    I'm an atheist, and I never really feel the urge to deny the existence of god if someone wants to believe in him. Something more Atheists should remember is that while people may believe in God while you don't, it shouldn't be a reason to bash them. If it's what works for them in life, then so be it, leave them to it.
    Rattlenix
    Why he just doesn't make new lyrics for the conjuring, and instead of "I'am an antichist", he could sing "i'am the god"
    GhostRider666
    skylerjames13 wrote: Oh boo. Most religious people don't hesitate to shove their shit down our throats.
    +1
    bustapr
    dont really care since i dont like neither of those songs. If he has beliefs i dont give a crap, i just want him to keep playing good music. Religion didnt stop UA from being awesome, its not getting in his way. If he was satanic, half the people here wouldnt be complaining, just a bunch of tools against christianity.
    Kevin19
    To all those bashing him, just respect his beliefs as you would want others to respect yours. I mean, really.
    GrungeHippie26
    Kevin19 wrote: To all those bashing him, just respect his beliefs as you would want others to respect yours. I mean, really.
    thank you, i was begining to think everyone here was a selfish jerk who only cared about themselves. These musicians tour constantly to please us the fans, and we are here making fun of him. Way to support the band.
    proguit933
    BigMikeBDD wrote: Amazing how fast self proclaimed "atheists" jump to bash anyone who believes in God hoping others will join in. What's amazing is i've known several "atheists" who have passed and spent their last moments praying to that "imaginary friend" you speak of. Think before you open your mouths and judge.
    Religion was born out of a need to comfort those who had problems with mortality, so to say they asked for comfort from god is quite normal. Sure humans are weak right before they die, thanks for pointing that out. I learned in an anthropology class that in a time of crisis everyone does irrational things like curl up into the fetal position or kneel down (both as a way to try and get closer to the ground). But while we still have our wits about us, logic and reason hold true. I for one am not on my death bed, so **** this non-sense you suppose justifies your statement.
    bassplayer2493
    jackdude500 wrote: why would he play anarchy in the uk anyway hes a member of metallica not the sex pistols last time i checked
    nalga_leprosa wrote: so dave mustaine is kirk cameron now?
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHa. i super lold
    Randomrings
    So you won't play "the conjuring" because you don't believe in black magic. But you played "sleepwalker"? so you kill people in your subconscious and dispose of the bodies? It's just entertaining. Otherwise every member of Iron Maiden pretty helps satan everyday. And half of the black metal genre is made of demons. This is my opinion. enjoy internet
    coheed_kyle08
    Colter wrote: Science flys us to the moon, religion flys us into buildings
    Pretty sure Science flew a megaton atom bomb into Hiroshima and Nagasaki.