Megadeth Likely to Perform 'Youthanasia' in Full on Tour

Dave Mustaine also remembers recording "Holy Wars" solo in a single take.

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Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine recently dropped a big hint, stating that the thrash titans are very likely to perform their 1994 record "Youthanasia" live in full during one of the future tours. When asked by the Examiner whether there's a chance for Megadeth to tour the entire "Youthanasia," Dave replied: "Very big chance. In fact funny that you mention that, we were just talking about the part where David Ellefson used to play the extra floor tom during 'Reckoning Day,' because the video we did for that song was filmed in Finland and Finland is right next to Russia, so the taxi cab I was in was an old cab from the Russian days back during the cold war." Mustaine explained further, taking a brief jab at alternative metal along the way. "And a lot of the footage from that video, it's a really, really old video, was from all those concerts back in the day when metal was just huge and before the whole alternative new metal things confused things and f--ked up our business." During the rest of the chat, Dave discussed the favorite solo he's ever recorded, singling out the "Holy Wars" track. He also shared an interesting story behind the solo, pointing out it was recorded in a mere single take. "My favorite studio solo would've been the solo for 'Holy Wars,' because that was the only time I've ever done a solo in one take," he explained. "And basically what happened, when we were doing that solo, we were getting ready to record and we were having problems at the time, the guy who was producing the record with us, his dog had just knocked over my guitar and I was p-ssed.

"So we went in there to track everything, I said just turn everything all the way f--king up. So I turned every knob on the Marshall all the way up, even the ones that shouldn't be turned up, and I said 'Do me a favor, when the song starts I'm just going to open my volume up and go from there. It's going to feedback because there's so much gain coming through.'

"So that's why in the beginning of the solo you've got that squealing feedback sound, because that amplifier was vibrating while we were doing that solo." Megadeth already released "Rust in Peace: Live" in 2010 and "Countdown to Extinction: Live" this year on September 24, so "Youthanasia: Live" definitely seems like a logical step.

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    I hope they bring this to Europe when it's going to happen, Youthanasia is the record that got me into Megadeth and it's still one of their finest imo.
    finally, Addicted to Chaos live!
    But if they are going to do this, they need to go back and play KIMB and Peace Sells in full, if Dave doesn't like the lyrics of certain songs play them instrumentally, or stop being a bitch and play them for the fans.
    That's really cool. Youthanasia is my favourite Megadeth album. The Killing Road has the best Megadeth solo ever.
    I was just thinking about this! I was disappointed because it looks like Megadeth won't be coming to Columbus for Super Collider, but they did for the 20th Anniversary for Countdown and it was amazing. High hopes!
    Of course, what Dave needs to record a solo in one take is someone or something pissing him off.
    Awesome! Hopefully they'll tune up to Eb when they play this album album. I don't like that they're playing everything in D live now. The songs just dont sound the same. I dont mind going from E to Eb but E to D, thats a big difference.
    Not to hate...I love Youthanasia... but why doesn't Dave play Supper Collider in its entirety? He said it's their best.?????
    My Last Words
    (Deep inside, dave knows that RIP or Peace sells or CTE was his best record, but guess what?)Hello me, meet the real me! SALES.
    "Megabread's albums Foodinasia and Supper Collider..." I kid, I kid, but in seriousness I would like to see Super Collider live as much as I'd like to see Youthanasia.
    Seeing all the people in these comments who's favorite Megadeth album is also Youthanasia makes me happy. Definitely going to try and catch this tour.
    I love the short story about Holy Wars, i knew there was something different about it from anything else on that record. That solo..... blew me away when i first heard it, the ****ing INTENSITY...