say he had to personally bail out Megadeth for their current tour to avoid cutting corners on stage effects.
In an interview with Patch
, Mustaine said they didn't want the same old pyro effects, so they brought in video director Charles Terrell who has worked with Trent Reznor and Bruce Springsteen to reinterpret their songs and design the stage show.
"Doing something like this has always been a matter of affordability and I finally just said, 'I don't care what happens, I'm successful, I've had a great run. If we go in a hole and I have to use up my savings to change this band from being a normal band with a backdrop to having really incredible production, I'm going to go for it.
It's one thing to see Megadeth and one thing to hear it, but it's another thing to feel it."
are currently celebrating the 20th anniversary of their album "Countdown To Extinction"
. During the interview, Mustaine talked about what drove them to make a record like "Countdown..." amid the grunge revolution:
"The music industry was very confused with the success of Nirvana and all of the grunge bands. The only real hope in metal was what we were calling poseur metal, like Def Leppard.
"Were we going to listen to the labels, who wanted us to write an alternative album, or go the way of the Def Leppards? We didn't want to do either; that wasn't who we were. The only choice we had was to follow our hearts and do what we thought was right, which was an experiment for us, a melodic, though not commercial, metal record."
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