Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has was recently interviewed by 101 WRIF and talked a bit about the band’s songwriting process. Interestingly, when asked if David Ellefson and Kiko Loureiro contribute to the creative process, he revealed that he has them send their ideas to their management and label first. He said the following about that:
“Yeah, everybody does—everybody has great ideas. The problem is there’s so many great ideas. So, for me, I learned a long time ago, instead of putting our friendship on the line and cause any problems between them and myself that when they submit songs and stuff, they just submit it to management and the label, and then, you know, if they like it… ‘Cause, see, it would suck—wouldn’t it?—if they had a great song and I heard it and I was busy during the day or I had something going on that was some kind of hectic bullshit and they played this great song for me and I didn’t hear it and it was gone forever. That would suck, wouldn’t it?”
It looks like Megadeth plan to start working on a follow-up to “Dystopia” later this year. Dave Mustaine recently told KATT Rock 100.5 FM’s “No Brown M&Ms” the following:
“We plan on going back in the studio, we’re probably gonna go back in and start throwing some ideas around at the end of the year. We’re thinking about November or December.”
This will be the groups’ first effort with new drummer Dirk Verbeuren, with Mustaine offering the following about him:
“As good as [Chris] Adler was, Dirk’s feet are more advanced and I didn’t think that was possible because Chris is such a great drummer. There’s a reason why Chris recommended Dirk. I love him for that, he’s a really solid friend for making that recommendation. A lot of guys wouldn’t do that, but he’s a true friend. [Dirk] is one of the most pleasant, easy to get along with guys I’ve ever met in my life … I’ve never, ever, ever seen him not smile.”
During Megadeth’s show in Toyko, Japan, the group paid tribute to the late Chris Cornell with a performance of Soundgarden‘s “Outshined.” You can see footage of that below:
Dave Mustaine said the following:
“Chris Cornell died today. Very sad. Very sad. Chris Cornell from Soundgarden—he died. Very sad. When I found out, I was so, so sad. Chris Cornell, a friend of mine, a friend of all of us from Soundgarden, died today and we have lost one of the most beautiful voices in rock and in history. And I don’t even know what to say other than we’re gonna dedicate this next song to you, our friends in Tokyo, ’cause we’re here with you and we love you so much and we wanna celebrate Chris’ life today.
Now, I don’t sing like Chris, I could never sing like Chris, but we’re gonna sing a song right now. And if you know the words, sing with me. If you don’t know the words, then just make noise.
I love you, Chris. I’ll see you one day up in heaven.”
KnuckleBonz Inc. will be releasing new limited edition statues featuring Dave Mustaine and Megadeth’s mascot Vic Rattlehead later this year. You can preorder Mustaine HERE and Vic Rattlehead HERE.
Megadeth have announced a 2017 tour with Meshuggah, TesseracT, and Lillake. Check out the dates below.
06/23 Big Flats, NY – Tags Summerstage
06/25 Boston, MA – House Of Blues
06/27 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
06/28 Portsmouth, VA – Portsmouth Pavilion
06/29 Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore
06/30 Columbus, OH – Express Live
07/05 Windsor, ON – Colosseum at Caesars Windsor (no Tesseract/Lillake)
07/07 Saint Charles, MO – Family Arena
07/08 Oklahoma City, OK – The Zoo Amphitheatre
07/09 Houston, TX – Reventon Music Center
07/11 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE
Members of Megadeth’s fan club can now play a new “Invaders” video game to win prizes, such as a “Dystopia” Deluxe VR bundle, a signed “Dystopia” poster, a copy of “Dystopia” on vinyl, etc. If you’re signed up, you can play HERE.
Scorpions and Megadeth have officially announced their tour together. Check out the dates for that below.
09/14 Reading, PA – Santander Arena
09/16 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
09/19 Laval, QC – Place Bell (no Megadeth)
09/22 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage Amphitheater
09/23 Chicago, IL – All State Arena (no Megadeth)
09/26 Denver, CO – 1st Bank Center
09/29 Spokane, WA – Spokane Veterans Memorial Arena
09/30 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome
10/03 Reno, NV – Grand Sierra Resort
10/04 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena
10/07 Los Angeles – The Forum
10/08 Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Arena
10/11 San Antonio, TX – Freeman Coliseum
10/12 Dallas, TX – Pavilion at The Music Factory
10/14 Ft. Lauderdale, FL – BB&T Center
10/15 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena