Dave Mustaine Talks New Album Inspiration, Cites Jack Bauer and Health Care Issues

"I'm a freakin' millionaire, and I have to ask somebody to get an X-ray?" Megadeth frontman asks.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine gave specific details regarding the band's new album for the very first time, discussing a new track titled "Why We Lie to You" and the inspiration behind it.

Chatting with Hangar 19, Dave kicked off by discussing Megadeth's fast work pace and creating metal music in general. "Believe it or not, I've been up since 6:45 editing drum tracks [on a demo version of a new Megadeth song] in my studio...

"Sometimes bands wait a long time in between [releasing albums]. We've never really had that problem, because there's so many people that, when they make a record, they kind of rest on their laurels. And I think that's really great if you make a great record, but if you're a musician and you've got it inside of you, share it, man - share it with the world," the frontman continued (via Blabbermouth).

"In heavy metal, it's not like we're writing songs like U2 where they're all something that's gonna be evaluated by the entire world and you live and die by your songs. Heavy metal's more fun, I think, where you can have your friends listening to music and jam and solo and stuff like that. It's just, for me, I enjoy [composing original heavy metal music] more than when I was playing cover songs when I was a kid doing rock songs. It's a totally different mentality."

Switching to specific album details, Mustaine brought up "24" lead character Jack Bauer and the recent issues he had while appointing a CT scan, saying that even as an "international rock star" and a "freakin' millionaire" he had to wait for an approval.

"The track I'm working on right now is called 'Why We Lie to You', and it's another friendly little political song about the stuff that they keep from you - kind of like if Jack Bauer was in a band, what he would sing about," he said.

"Anybody that watches the news nowadays ... I watch the news, I read voraciously, I am a New York Times best-selling author, so obviously I know a little bit about writing and reading, and when you think about what's going on in our world as we know it, especially our nation here, it has totally changed, and it's not the same country that it used to be. It's really a drag, and the gutless people in Congress won't do anything about it. You see what's going on with our borders.

"I live in San Diego, and I can get along peacefully with any nationality and anything like that, because I'm an international rock star, but when it comes down to destroying a country for pandering to lobbyists and stuff like that?! Hum-um. The Supreme Court rules 9-0 against the President overusing his powers? Hello?! In 2008, I said that [President Obama] was gonna be the most divisive president ever, and I was right. He's got the lowest approval ratings in the history of America," Dave continued.

"That's one of the things that's a bummer, because people said that I was a Republican. I'm not a Republican. Go back and look at the history when I covered the Democratic National Convention and helped get Bill Clinton into office. I met him at the White House. We went up there to do the 'Rock the Vote' thing. I mean, I didn't get stoned on the roof like Willie Nelson or anything, but ... [chuckles] I was very active in what I thought was a promising new America and we had a great economy at the time, but God, I mean, look at the way things are right now.

"I had the surgery on my neck and I was going to get a doctor's appointment yesterday to get a CT scan, 'cause I've got a pinched nerve, and they said, 'Well, we've gotta apply to see if you can get approval for a CT scan.' And I said, 'You know what?! I'm a freakin' millionaire, and for me to have to go in there and ask somebody to get an X-ray? Shame on you, guys. 'Cause if you're doing this to me, what are you doing to the middle-class, what are you doing to the lower-class people?' I was a poor kid, but that stuff p-sses me off. And that's gonna come out in the [next Megadeth] record, trust me!"

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    Oman1095
    I'm expecting lyrics like "I don't have time to explain!" And of course a bunch of "Dammit!" If it's truly based on Jack.
    acglee
    Or changing lyrics from "Hello me, meet the real me" to simply "Hey, it's me". Just an aside, but whenever Jack mumbled "Hey, it's me" down the phone did anyone else want the person on the other end to say "Who the **** is me?" or even, "Bobby - is that you??!! Wassup mutha****er!! How are you dude?" No? Ok just me. Night night.
    dorpzot
    I'm looking forward to their record..Super Collider wasn't their best but I'm sure he can put out a decent record. Endgame and Th1rt3en prove that he's still got it.
    Crofty89
    He's got the lowest approval ratings in the history of America
    Only he hasn't. On average, Jimmy Carter, Gerald Ford and Harry S Truman have lower approval ratings, and Obama's lowest rating (38%) is higher than the lowest ratings of Bush Sr. and Jr. (29% and 25% respectively), Clinton (37%), Carter (25), Ford (37), Ronald Reagan (35) and Truman (22). His highest rating (69%) is higher than Reagan's (68) and Nixon's (67). Not sure where Mustaine's getting his claims from.
    KJP
    Fox.
    entropicxdisson
    funny thing is Fox has the highest ratings of all the cable news shows...
    EricSchC1
    "Fox has the highest ratings of all the cable news shows" And shitty artists sell a lot of records. Are you suggesting high ratings (meaning number of viewers) automatically makes them a more accurate news agency?
    UncleBluck
    Mustain is no different than any other low information human being/voter. When you educate yourself via The University of FAUX you are going to sound just like what you are....a dummy. Check your facts Dave cause your just spewing the garbage that you pick up on that story telling network...and his claim to being an international rock star is laughable as well. Yea people in other countries listen to your lousy brand of music but to think you acre up there with true international rock stars is laughable at best....
    georgi.artakov
    I trust you Dave.
    UncleBluck
    Yea Dave like you never had to get a doctors approval for a scan just like everyone else in the country Dave. Been that way for decades Dave. Insurance company policy Dave. Wake up and smell the coffee Dave. How bout commenting on what your brothers over in Israel are doing to the Palestinians Dave!!
    Velcro Man
    "and helped get Bill Clinton into office." His ego will never stop growing.
    UncleBluck
    I guarantee you if some body was to interview Bill Clinton and ask him if he knew Mustaine, he would have no clue who he is.....I also guarantee you he would know who Willie Nelson is...
    NikFire89
    Reminded me of the Jack Bauer reference in the United Abominations booklet
    seance
    This whole "America isn't the same country it used to be" notion is so ridiculous. What exactly is his criteria for justifying this claim? I would hate to be an American at any other point in time than the one I'm living in now. And I'd imagine in 20 years time, I'll be glad I'm not living in these times anymore. You should think that things are and will keep getting better (as they generally have been), because we have a pretty shady past.
    Jmoarguitar
    I remember that time my government let America spray Agent Orange all over the grass as a "weed killer" in a small military town a few hours away and gave everyone cancer. That was kind of them
    BVSocialClub
    Yep, that's what we need. Another metal song about healthcare. I thought that was what Motley's Dr. Feelgood was about. "In heavy metal, it's not like we're writing songs like U2 where they're all something that's gonna be evaluated by the entire world and you live and die by your songs." DUDE... You are a musician on an international renown act. You DO live and die by your songs! Do you think people go to your shows just to stare at your face?
    Spenner2810
    I dont like to say this about a prolific, high profile musician but he really does come across as being an unpleasant self-promoting, arrogant tool that doesnt really think as deeply as he pretends to. I can just imagine the attitude of nurses in the UK if you tried to jump the queue by saying "Dont you know I'm a freakin' millionaire" !!! I'm sure he mentioned that he used to be in Metallica..... :
    NWD2100
    When I hear about a new Megadeth album I get inspired too. I can relate to Dave a lot. The world is a mess and sometimes the best way to deal with it is to write a song about the things you see going on all around you.
    cfhdomination
    This dude loves reminding everyone that he's a New York Times best-selling author.
    seance
    If you're famous and then release any kind of book, chances are you'll make it on the New York Times Best-Selling Author list. For that reason, I don't think it's indicative of anyone's exceptional writing abilities.
    vikkyvik
    'You know what?! I'm a freakin' millionaire, and for me to have to go in there and ask somebody to get an X-ray? First-world problems....
    guitarist5477
    well he basically said if someone with a lot of money/insurance has a hard time getting an x-ray than he can't imagine how impossibly hard it would be for someone of a poor class. Not saying I agree or disagree with him but you're twisting his quote like UG does with many interviews.
    soulgrenade
    I wish Dave would make a record and have some of his former bandmates sit in on the songs. A couple of songs with Menza, Friedman, Young, Poland, Etc. Megadeth has been around long enough now that Dave should be able to do something like that without a bunch of backlash.
    Archer250
    ". . . And I think that's really great if you make a great record, but if you're a musician and you've got it inside of you, share it, man - share it with the world" I thought you said no sour grapes...