Megadeth Fan Arrested For Shooting Spree Threat

artist: Megadeth date: 09/02/2011 category: general music news

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While the vast majority of heavy metal fans are often willing to take the lyrics of their favourite groups with a pinch of salt one hardcore Megadeth follower might have taken the words of Dave Mustaine too literally. Blabbermouth is reporting that a 44 year old Megadeth fan from Wisconsin has been arrested on charges of unlawful use of computerized communication systems and disorderly conduct after requesting one of the band's songs via the forums of The MeltDown Show. The listener, logged in as "Watch_The_National _new_tomorrow_ I_am_going _to_go _a_ shooting_spree_ in_Appleton_WI.", requested the title track of Megadeth's 1983 debut Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good, informing the show's hosts Trevor Fenton and Pat Ryan, that the track would be good music to go postal and kill a bunce [sic] of people to. Ryan and Fenton contacted the local police department, helping an officer identify the man by tracking an IP address to a computer in a public library. Ryan had the following to say regarding the incident; "We had to take that threat seriously, we couldn't ignore him. That was something we just couldn't ignore and not report. It could have been a prank. But if he was serious and something happened, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself." The same man has a previous conviction for unlawful use of computerised communication from back in 2000. Megadeth, meanwhile, are set to release Th1rt3en, their first album to feature original bassist Dave Ellefson in a decade, on November 1st, 2011. Meanwhile, Megadeth front man Dave Mustaine has stated that the band's touring Metal event Gigantour can be expected to return in 2012.
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