Headbanging Hurt Us All

Dave Mustaine says headbanging has brought pain all thrash musicians and he compares the act to giving yourself chronic whiplash.

Headbanging Hurt Us All
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Dave Mustaine says headbanging has brought pain all thrash musicians and he compares the act to giving yourself chronic whiplash. The Megadeth mainman recently underwent surgery for a neck and spine condition known as stenosis, after struggling through the pain barrier to complete the band's US Mayhem Festival tour. He tells Decibel: "I knew I was hurt, but I didn't know how bad. Nobody knew the writing was on the wall. "I pretty much thought, Well, I'm hurt, but I'll just take it easy, have a couple of glasses of wine. I'll get through it, get a couple of trigger point injections, get an epidural.' "There were a couple of times they gave me a shot in my neck that numbed me up. I saw chiropractors and masseuses all the time. "It inevitably gets to the point where you're starting to take medication, and that's never good because if you're taking something you never feel the pain." Mustaine believes many thrash artists could tell similar stories of neck problems, and it's to do with the way headbanging became part of performing the music. "I'm an athlete, as a guitar player and an onstage persona," he says. "I don't think most musicians, when they start playing music, think that they're going to be playing this demanding-type music that those of us who are part of the Big 4, and all the bands we influenced, created. "That whole headbanging thing that came around it's hurt a lot of us. What is headbanging anyway? It's kind of like chronic whiplash syndrome, isn't it?" He's well on the road to recovery, while fellow Big 4 frontman Tom Araya of Slayer now has metal plates in his neck which prevent him from headbanging ever again. But despite his health issues, Mustaine says everything is good with him and his band. "Megadeth has given me so much joy and taken care of my family, and given us a really comfortable and really truly magnificent life," he reflects. "I totally got the feeling right now that this is my season. "Now it's like, I can't wait to take the stage. I feel like a caged lion right now." Thanks for the report to RockNewsDesk.com.

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    Simothesimo
    metal heads are known to care a great deal about our health, and treating our bodies like temples, by not smoking, drinking, or taking drugs.
    Skuzzmo
    Undead Rat wrote: I like news of Dave Mustaine getting hurt, gotta admit.
    You're bit of a dick then aren't you.
    Gee Halen
    House: Our patient is a 50-year old guitarist known by the world as Dave Mustaine of the band Megadeth. Chase: Catchy name. Taub: Should be called Megadeaf instead. House: Charming discussion, Bieber and father of zero-to-two, but what's more interesting he's a metalhead. Well... Soon to be metalhead... In fact he's psychologically one now but will literally be one soon after the implant. Chase: Headbanging? House: Interesting you should mention that because Taub has just beaten you - or I should say - quite possibly beat you in "banging" with living proof by zero-to-almost-certainly-two to zero. Taub: Can we move on? House: Absolutely. Make an X-ray while I do my homework. ["Set the World Afire" blasts out of the office's stereo speaker]
    MegaGreg
    I've also heard headbanging causes brain damage. Wat eye tink of tat is juse bulcrop,
    Sean-Man
    lvd1 wrote: Iliekgitaz wrote: ACTING LIKE A MANIAC.... WHIPLASH!! dave has good foresight too. changing whiplash to the mechanix. now he can fix his own neck. maybe this is how he came up with: "acting like a robot his metal brain corrodes you try to take his parts before the head explodes"
    Didn't Metallica change the mechanix to the fourhorsemen?
    Anchr
    Iliekgitaz wrote: ACTING LIKE A MANIAC.... WHIPLASH!!
    RATTLE YOUR GOD-DAMN HEAD! would be more appropriate here imo
    JB95
    If metalheads that headbangs alot get kids again, and so on for generations... can people develop super neck muscles and a neck that's invulnerable? It's worth trying.
    billthugs
    Mootallica wrote: If anything, Tom Araya now is a better metalhead than ever before.
    I see what you did there sir.
    Jdaniels2011
    I know headbanging would cause neck problems. Here's the thing, I don't give two shits. When I hear metal music, I can't help but headbang, its like a natural reflex.
    markvdhaar
    I've seen pieces of this creepin' around here ... so ... there you have it ... Late at night all systems go You have come to see the show We do our best You're the rest You make it real you know There is a feeling deep inside That drives you ****in' mad A feeling of a hammerhead You need it oh so bad Adrenaline starts to flow You're thrashing all around Acting like a maniac Whiplash Bang your head against the stage Like you never did before Make it ring Make it bleed Make it really sore In a frenzied madness with your leather and your spikes Heads are bobbing all around It's hot as Hell tonight Adrenaline starts to flow You're thrashing all around Acting like a maniac Whiplash Here on the stage the Marshall noise is piercing through your ears It kicks your ass kick your face Exploding feeling nears Now is the time to let it rip To let it ****in' loose We're gathered here to be with you Cause this is what we choose Adrenaline starts to flow You're thrashing all around Acting like a maniac here we go (guitar solo) WHIPLASH!!! (guitar solo) The show is through the metal is gone It is time to hit the road Another town Another gig Again we will explode Hotel rooms and motorways Life out here is raw But we will never stop We will never quit cause we're Metallica Adrenaline starts to flow You're thrashing all around Acting like a maniac
    JimBonJovi
    Gee Halen wrote: House: Our patient is a 50-year old guitarist known by the world as Dave Mustaine of the band Megadeth. Chase: Catchy name. Taub: Should be called Megadeaf instead. House: Charming discussion, Bieber and father of zero-to-two, but what's more interesting he's a metalhead. Well... Soon to be metalhead... In fact he's psychologically one now but will literally be one soon after the implant. Chase: Headbanging? House: Interesting you should mention that because Taub has just beaten you - or I should say - quite possibly beat you in "banging" with living proof by zero-to-almost-certainly-two to zero. Taub: Can we move on? House: Absolutely. Make an X-ray while I do my homework. ["Set the World Afire" blasts out of the office's stereo speaker]
    That's funny bro.
    Tonyborbony
    Mootallica wrote: If anything, Tom Araya now is a better metalhead than ever before.
    +1
    Exwic
    Corpsegrinder's moose neck is just going to be replaced with a big metal ball and socket joint some day.
    Skiny boy89
    I must admit I didn't really like Mustaine when he was younger, I much prefer him now he's matured and gotten older. A true Metal head!
    cory_i
    ADRENALINE STARTS TO FLOW THRASHING ALL AROUND ACTING LIKE A MANIAC WHIPLASH!
    nightruler666
    Bang your head against the stage Like you never did before Make it ring Make it bleed Make it really sore
    CronoMagus
    lvd1 wrote: Sean-Man wrote: lvd1 wrote: Iliekgitaz wrote: ACTING LIKE A MANIAC.... WHIPLASH!! dave has good foresight too. changing whiplash to the mechanix. now he can fix his own neck. maybe this is how he came up with: "acting like a robot his metal brain corrodes you try to take his parts before the head explodes" Didn't Metallica change the mechanix to the fourhorsemen? yeah dave wrote it and it didnt have the soft bridge section till after he left but the song was still "the four horseman". i was going more for the title/ lyrics change, not so much and music and tempo.
    No it wasn't. If you listen to the No Life Till Leather version when Mustaine is still in Metallica, they play the Mechanix. Metallica didn't change the lyrics or add the soft bridge until after Mustaine was booted. Mustaine never played "The Four Horsemen" in Metallica. Only "Mechanix".
    Anjohl
    I don't really headbang anymore, I did a bit when I was a a teenager and had long hair...but it didn't take me long to realize that head bopping gives the same level of immersion without hurting you.
    atomic667
    Man i dont give a F U C K if headbangings gonna fry my brain or break my neck, then ill be in the nursing home, crooked as hell, blasting SLAYER.
    postmortemspasm
    MegaGreg wrote: I've also heard headbanging causes brain damage. Wat eye tink of tat is juse bulcrop,
    that actually sounds jamaican lol
    lvd1
    Iliekgitaz wrote: ACTING LIKE A MANIAC.... WHIPLASH!!
    dave has good foresight too. changing whiplash to the mechanix. now he can fix his own neck. maybe this is how he came up with: "acting like a robot his metal brain corrodes you try to take his parts before the head explodes"
    stondagain
    "I pretty much thought, Well, Im hurt, but Ill just take it easy, have a couple of glasses of wine. Ill get through it, get a couple of trigger point injections, get an epidural.
    Couple glasses of wine, eh? And the on the wagon / off the wagon train continues. Next week you'll hear him say "I've been clean & sober since '91." Can't have it both ways, chief.
    Tylern1
    dudefood123 wrote: .... Am i the only one who sees this as HIS fault? Just because you're in metal doesn't mean you ABSOLUTELY HAVE to have to headbang. He's just whining about something that's his own fault again. This is the only reason i don't like Mustaine
    He probably was just answering a question in an intrview
    link no1
    Undead Rat wrote: I like news of Dave Mustaine getting hurt, gotta admit.
    I love Metallica and Megadeth fangirls bashing on the other band showing that most of them don't have a braincell between them. OT His neck problems have been known for years, it's just such a shame he now has metal plates in his neck stopping him from headbanging ever again. It's a shame for things like this to happen to people when it's one of the things they need for the job D:
    explosionate
    Sean-Man wrote: lvd1 wrote: Iliekgitaz wrote: ACTING LIKE A MANIAC.... WHIPLASH!! dave has good foresight too. changing whiplash to the mechanix. now he can fix his own neck. maybe this is how he came up with: "acting like a robot his metal brain corrodes you try to take his parts before the head explodes" Didn't Metallica change the mechanix to the fourhorsemen?
    yes
    Pippers
    the only time i ever headbanged was after seeing Waynes World movie when we put that Queen song on come on, admit it, you did it too
    gbrooks2
    MegaGreg wrote: I've also heard headbanging causes brain damage. Wat eye tink of tat is juse bulcrop,
    This absolutely made my afternoon, hahaha
    Mazan
    Headbanging Hurt Us All... Capitan Obvious strikes again.
    zalant
    MetallicaFan44 wrote: My dad is a chiropractor, so I'm alllll set.
    "My old man's a TV repairman. He's got an ultimate set of tools. I can fix it"
    Mustaine said: I totally got the feeling right now that this is my season.
    Am I the only one who thought,"I think this matches your season, Pedro"?
    CronoMagus
    stondagain wrote: "I pretty much thought, Well, Im hurt, but Ill just take it easy, have a couple of glasses of wine. Ill get through it, get a couple of trigger point injections, get an epidural. Couple glasses of wine, eh? And the on the wagon / off the wagon train continues. Next week you'll hear him say "I've been clean & sober since '91." Can't have it both ways, chief.
    He's said since 2002 that he drinks a glass or two of wine here and there. Educate yourself.
    LedZepFan543
    Gee Halen wrote: House: Our patient is a 50-year old guitarist known by the world as Dave Mustaine of the band Megadeth. Chase: Catchy name. Taub: Should be called Megadeaf instead. House: Charming discussion, Bieber and father of zero-to-two, but what's more interesting he's a metalhead. Well... Soon to be metalhead... In fact he's psychologically one now but will literally be one soon after the implant. Chase: Headbanging? House: Interesting you should mention that because Taub has just beaten you - or I should say - quite possibly beat you in "banging" with living proof by zero-to-almost-certainly-two to zero. Taub: Can we move on? House: Absolutely. Make an X-ray while I do my homework. ["Set the World Afire" blasts out of the office's stereo speaker]
    Maybe its Lupus
    D-Min
    When my hair was norse-god long, i was invited to a friend's birthday bash. I stayed off the dance floor until the last two songs, where i was dragged out. I banged my head for two songs straight, my head did not stp moving. it was a feeling no other. Until the end. I laid down on the floor as people packed up and left. I was congratulated. But My neck could not support my head. On the drive home I pinned my hair between my back and the seat so that I could look straight ahead. On that fateful night, I understood the term "whiplash." It was worth it.
    zomgguitarz1234
    It probably is going to create some major issues if you've been doing it for 30 years for every tour date, music video, and in your spare time.
    Ibeanez
    stondagain wrote: "I pretty much thought, Well, Im hurt, but Ill just take it easy, have a couple of glasses of wine. Ill get through it, get a couple of trigger point injections, get an epidural. Couple glasses of wine, eh? And the on the wagon / off the wagon train continues. Next week you'll hear him say "I've been clean & sober since '91." Can't have it both ways, chief.
    Having a couple glasses of wine does not end or even affect sobriety, chief.
    200tommo791
    Skuzzmo wrote: Undead Rat wrote: I like news of Dave Mustaine getting hurt, gotta admit. You're bit of a dick then aren't you.
    My God, that literally just made my day. Hahahaha.
    krakkrox
    postmortemspasm wrote: MegaGreg wrote: I've also heard headbanging causes brain damage. Wat eye tink of tat is juse bulcrop, that actually sounds jamaican lol
    That sounds like it came from riiite neer tha beechh... boyyeee