In a new interview with Music Radar (via Blabbermouth), Dave Mustaine has been talking about Megadeth's approach to live performances. Specifically, he doesn't want guitarist Chris Broderick to play around with the guitar solos:
"We had other guitar players come in after Chris Poland and there always was resistance in that shotgun position. They had to play other people's guitar solos and a lot of the time they would complain and want to improvise it. There is no improvising in Megadeth. These fans love these guitar parts.
"What would you think if someone went up to do 'Comfortably Numb' and did 'Twinkle Twinkle Little Star'? I remember when Ozzy [Osbourne] had come out after Randy Rhoads died. A couple of guys filled in for him and they were good players but they wouldn't play Randy's solos and I thought, 'Shame on you, guys. You can do these solos, respect his legend by learning his stuff.' Chris plays all the solos note for note."
Mustaine also stated that the band doesn't want to simply rewrite their classic material on new albums:
"We have a two-album thing that we do with people. We try to keep things fresh. Sometimes when you have an artistic relationship, it can be chemical in nature and it can become predictable and lose its artistic merit.
"Some people don't want music, they want me to record 'Black Friday' 12 times on a record for the rest of my life. I get it, that's a ferocious song, but there's some great stuff on ["Super Collider,"] like 'Built For War' I love that. I don't know how Im going to sing it live, but I love it!"
Agree with Mustaine's no improvising rule? Or do you think that the band's guitarists should be given more freedom with the material? Let us know in the comments.