Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On Nü-Metal Era: “We Would Laugh About The Bands That We Were Forced To Take Out On Tour”

It looks like Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine wasn’t a big fan of the metal scene in the 1990s and early 2000s. While discussing that era with WSOU 89.5 FM, the frontman said that the group “would laugh about the bands that [they] were forced to take out on tour with [them], especially during the nu-metal period.”

Mustaine said the following:

“You know, in 1992, when Nirvana and Def Leppard and Pearl Jam and Soundgarden all happened to radio in America, radio in America changed. You either had to be an alternative band, or you needed to be a glam kind of band. Remember Warrant, Poison, Def Leppard, all these bands — God, there’s millions of them.

All these glam bands, and then you think about all the alternative bands — well, what happened to the metal bands that were on the radio at the time? Well, they kind of got swept up into the dark, and only the strong survived.

For us, we went through a period where like I said, admittedly so, we were trying to do what we were told. And it backfired. I mean, why would you pay a manager if you’re not going to listen to them?

And so, there were several situations where we would make decisions [that] were presented to us in a way kind of, like, ‘You got to do this,’ or ‘That’s just how it is.’ I can’t tell you how much we would laugh about the bands that we were forced to take out on tour with us, especially during the nu-metal period that we went through years ago. You know, all these bands that wouldn’t play solos and stuff.”

[via Metal Injection]


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