Megadeth Recording 18 Songs For New Album

Earlier today (June 12), Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames took part in a special “Metal Tour Of The Year” streaming event. During the stream, which was hosted by SiriusXM’s Jose Mangin, Dave Mustaine offered an update on the new Megadeth album. According to him, the band are recording 18 songs for the effort.

Mustaine said the following:

“Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] and David Ellefson [bass] both just finished their parts. And this was probably one of the strongest records we’ve ever had as far as duration. The other records we’ve done have all done been different lengths, and our [record] contract that we have [to deliver] for one company, it’s eight songs, for another company, it’s 11 songs, so, realistically, all we need to do is do an 11-song album and we’re done, right? That’s not the way old Uncle Dave is, though.

“So we got in the studio and we started working and it got to where we were writing all the original parts, and we had 15 of ’em. And then we got to the end, and I said, ‘Shoot, we didn’t think about the cover songs, man.’ We had a couple of songs we wanted to do for this record. ‘Damn, we forgot. What are we gonna do? Do you wanna still talk about it?’ ‘Yeah, we wanna talk about it.’ So we ended up doing 18 songs altogether, and then we had another song that we forgot was part of one of the other songs, so we had 19. [We] ditched one of the cover songs, so now we’ve got an 18-song album that we’re gonna be bringing.”

He continued after being asked about the musical direction:

“I think this is probably in the top four records as far as towards the tip of the spear with our career and everything that we’re doing. It’s up there with ‘Countdown [To Extinction]’, ‘Rust In Peace’ and probably ‘Peace Sells’. The other one I would say is ‘Dystopia’. So that would round up my top five.

“Honestly, it’s kind of lame when guys have new records and they go, ‘Oh, this is my favorite one,’ ’cause, [let’s] face it, we all do that. When we have a new record come out, ‘This is my favorite one ever.’ I mean, this is a good record, but I don’t have any words to it yet, so…”

He also added the following about the lyrical inspiration:

“There’s a lot of stuff to sing about, isn’t there? But I think I’m gonna kind of keep it to myself right now and try and focus on finishing the guitar parts. This is the first time in a really long time that we’ve had a record that the guitar playing and the bass playing was so hard that we had to stop in between parts. Ask Ellefson — he’s the best ambassador — what he’s doing with his [bass] guitar parts, because he’s playing the same thing I’m doing. And we do some really cool stuff. Like, there’s one part in one song that he played parts that are like ‘Five Magics’. And there’s another part where it was full-on ‘Take No Prisoners’ — just shredding on bass guitar. So you’ll have to see for yourself. The guitar playing could totally suck, but I don’t think it will.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dave Mustaine Tracking Vocals For New Megadeth Album

It looks like Megadeth are continuing to work on their new album in quarantine. The band shared the below photo of Dave Mustaine tracking vocals for the effort:

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Laying down some vocals today! #Megadeth16

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Dave Mustaine Says He Is Currently “Putting The Final Touches On A New Book And Working On The New Megadeth Album”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has shared a new video message to check in on fans as everyone continues to face the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The frontman also revealed that he is using his downtime to finish his new book and work on the band’s new album.

Mustaine said the following:

“Hey, it’s Dave Mustaine from MEGADETH. I just wanted to check in with all of you guys and see how you’re doing during the quarantine. I hope you guys are taking the time to stay indoors and quarantine yourselves and especially take time to wash your hands a lot.

Me, I’ve been staying indoors — I’m on Day 12 right now — and I’ve been washing my hands a lot and listening to a lot of MEGADETH music, putting the final touches on a new book and working on the new MEGADETH album. And looking forward to doing our next tour, once this is all over…

I just wanna thank you guys for following us, and check back regularly at Megadeth.com to see what’s going on with us. Until then, wash your hands a lot, stay safe and see you soon.”

As previously reported, Mustaine’s new book “Building The Perfect Beast” will be released on September 8 and it will focus on the making of “Rust In Peace.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Watch Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine And His Daughter Electra Cover The Beatles’ “Come Together”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and his daughter Electra recently shared footage of themselves covering The Beatles‘ “Come Together.” You can watch that below. Electra commented:

“Come together! Right now… QUARANTINE! Here’s a lil’ #MyMusicMoment with my dad, @davemustaine, someone who I’d never want to lose! THAT is why the Mustaine’s stay home. We hope you do too!🖤🏡 🧼 Wash your hands, 😷 practice social distancing, 😊 & stay healthy. The @alzassociation has put together a great compilation of music featuring award-winning artists, from Sting to Anthony Hamilton to Joan Jett to bring us all “virtually together” during this time. Music is medicine! Visit alz.org/MusicMoments to listen and watch the artists’ storytelling videos. Remember…we’re #InThisTogether!!”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Says He Underwent “51 Radiation Treatments And Nine Chemo Treatments” Before Being Declared Cancer Free

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine recently addressed his health during the band’s January 31 show at The SSE Arena in London, England. The frontman says he underwent “51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments” before being declared cancer free in October 2019.

Mustaine said the following:

“About a year ago, we were working on our new album back in Franklin, Tennessee, and I started to feel some pain over here [points to his throat]. So I went to the doctor and he said, ‘Dave, you have cancer.’ And I went, ‘Fuck! I have cancer.’ And I was so shocked.

At first, I thought, ‘Am I afraid?’ And then I said, ‘No. I’m fucking pissed.’ And we stopped the record; we stopped everything. I went into treatment for cancer. It was 51 radiation treatments and nine chemo treatments. And when it was all said and done, every day I would think, ‘I can’t face not playing again. I can’t face not playing again.’

So I would pray. I know a lot of you guys know that I pray. I say that in ‘Peace Sells‘. I pray every day. I say that in the song. I’ve said it since the second record. But I thought about you guys every day too. And I thought about my family. And I got this power from you guys. And I just kept thinking about it. And on October 16th, I went to go see the doctor, and he said, ‘You’re 100 percent free of cancer.’”

[via Blabbermouth]

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine To Discuss The Making Of “Rust In Peace” In New Book “Building The Perfect Beast”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has announced that he will be releasing a new book titled “Building The Perfect Beast” on September 8 via Hachette Books. The book will focus on the making of the band’s 1990 album “Rust In Peace.”

Here’s a synopsis of the book:

“‘Building The Perfect Beast’ details the making of Megadeth’s iconic record ‘Rust In Peace’, which was released in 1990, at an incredible time of flux and creativity in the rock world. Relayed by Mustaine, the book covers the process of hiring the band and supporting cast, of trying to handle the ensuing success, and ultimately the pressure of fame and fortune-which caused the band to finally break-up. In short, it’s a true story of groundbreaking anti-pop that was moving toward the mainstream (or the mainstream that was moving toward the band), at a time of great cultural change, power, ego, drugs, and other vices that went hand-in-hand with rock and roll, circa the late eighties-early nineties.

Little did Mustaine know that the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to the oncoming pain and torment that would surround it. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies the band was told by the industry — and the lies they told each other — were just beginning, and much like rust in real life, these factors would ultimately eat away at the band’s bond until only the music survived.

‘Building The Perfect Beast’ is a story of perseverance, of scraping off the rust off that builds over time on everything: ourselves, our relationships, pop culture, art, and music.”

Watch Megadeth Perform “À Tout Le Monde” With Dave Mustaine’s Daughter Electra

During Megadeth’s set in Paris, France last night (January 28), the band were joined onstage by Dave Mustaine’s daughter Electra for a performance of “À Tout Le Monde.” You can see footage of that below:

Megadeth Share Footage From Rehearsals For Upcoming European Tour

Megadeth have shared some official footage from the rehearsals for their European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves. That trek will be the band’s first since frontman Dave Mustaine underwent treatment for throat cancer.

Megadeth May Release Several New Songs Before Their Upcoming European Tour

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Mustaine talked a bit about the new material that Megadeth have been working on. According to him, the band may release two or more songs before their upcoming European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves.

Mustaine said the band submitted “nine really crushing songs” to their management, before taking a break due to his throat cancer diagnosis, and that a number of the people that they talked to chose the same three tracks to release. He continued:

“All we need to do is get in the studio and capture them. We’ve got scratch drum tracks. We just have to get Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] to play through the songs once or twice and then it’s up to me and David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar] to finish.”

He also shared a few working titles including “The Dogs of Chernobyl,” “Faster Than Anything Else,” and “Rattlehead, Part Two.” He then added the following when asked how many tracks they plan to release before hitting the road: “It might be two, it might be four.”

On top of that, Mustaine also revealed that he encouraged David Ellefson to write and sing on a ballad about their complicated relationship:

“I said to him, ‘What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?’ He goes, ‘Beth’. I said, ‘Yeah, we should write a song like ‘Beth’, where it’s a ballad and it’s just you singing it. I think you should write a song about what it’s like being in Megadeth with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You’re upset. So why don’t you write about it?'”

“I’m going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn’t get on this record, I’m going to try to work on it on the next record. Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On His Battle With Throat Cancer: “I’m On The Other Side Of The Majority Of The Treatment, And I Feel Really Strong”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine offered an update on his battle with throat cancer. The frontman said he is “on the other side of the majority of the treatment” and that he is feeling “really strong.”

Mustaine said the following about his current health:

“I’m on the other side of the majority of the treatment, and I feel really strong. After the radiation, the guy said all of my test results looked amazing. ‘You look like you’re in a stage 1 and you’re supposed to be in stage 3 right now.’ And then the oncologist said the same thing: ‘You look really strong.’ So we kept moving through the process.”

He also revealed how he found out about the cancer:

“I was on tour, and I just had some dental work done when I was at home. My teeth are really, really, really sensitive, because I’m a redhead. When I had a temporary crown replaced with a permanent one, I told the dentist, “It feels like they broke off one of those little pointy tools in my gum.” It just felt like something was wrong in my tooth area. So the dentist goes, “Well, you should go see an oral surgeon.”

So I see the oral surgeon, and he was such a cock. I was in the chair, and he looks at me and then he takes off. And I’m sitting there, and I’m waiting and waiting and waiting, and he comes back in and he goes, “It looks like the Big C. You need to go see an ear, nose, and throat doctor.” I was just stunned with his bedside manner; he was just such a dick. So I went out into my car and I was obviously very upset. And then I went back out on to the Experience Hendrix tour.

The friend of a guy I have an endorsement deal with is an ER guy, and he came out on tour to look at my throat. And he goes, “Oh, I see this 20 times a day. There’s nothing there. Just get it checked out when you get home.” And I went, “Thank God.” So I went and played the Hendrix stuff. I was having a blast. So when we were playing Florida, we go see an ENT and get checked out. Two weeks go by. I thought, “No news is good news, right?” So I finally get him on the phone, and he goes, “Oh, yeah. You have cancer.”

He added the following when asked if he is cleared to tour:

“Well, they didn’t say that. But they’re freaking out over how well I’ve healed. I’ve got people around the globe praying for me. I take good care of myself, and I don’t know how anybody can expect any other outcome than this, knowing me. I never settle for anything but complete success or, in this case, victory.”

Mustaine also talked about the support he has been receiving from friends, fans, and family, including fellow musicians:

“…It came as quite a surprise. A lot came from people that I knew but I didn’t know cared. Most notably, I got a text message back from my old brother, James Hetfield, and I was so, so happy to hear from him. Contrary to what anybody says and contrary to any of the act that we put on, I love James and I know that James loves me and cares about me. You can see that when the moment of truth is here and I’m telling the world that I’ve got a life-threatening disease. Who comes to stand next to me? James.

And I got a text message from Ozzy, and one from Paul Stanley. It was great to get one from Ozzy; I didn’t expect it from Paul Stanley. That was super bitchin’ because in the beginning, when Kiss first came out, I was just a kid and I loved them.

I’m really grateful for everybody. Even the people who have a hard time with my behavior and my big mouth, I’m just so grateful for them showing care for me. Like they say, at the end of the day, all we’ve got is each other here in this crazy metal community.”

He also revealed that Iron Maiden’s Bruce Dickinson, who previously had throat cancer, has given him support and advice as well:

“I didn’t sing yet. I spoke with Bruce [Dickinson] from Iron Maiden, and he said when he had his disease [a cancerous tumor on the back of his tongue], after his treatment was done, he was told that he needed between three to six months of rest. He said to me that he didn’t listen and had a little bit of trouble, so then he realized he needed to listen. So he did and his voice came back stronger than ever. I care so much about Bruce; he was another really supportive brother to me during this whole thing. He explained to me how he did it, and it really helped. I’m just looking forward to if there’s ever a circumstance where this happens to another one of my peers, I can return the favor and help them. It’s a tricky disease, but they’ve got doctors all over the place that are figuring this shit out.”

Mustaine went on to say Megadeth might release some new material around their European/UK tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves:

“We were planning on making a new record, but because of the cancer visiting our camp, we’ve had to recalibrate things. The management had suggested we record a few songs prior to going out with the Five Finger Death Punch guys. They had suggested we record three songs as “early offerings.” The other thing, too, is I’ve been going over my new book with my cowriter Joel Selvin. We’re talking about the making of ‘Rust in Peace‘. So I’m reliving that and listening to the music.

So right now, I’m bleeding Rust in Peace. That’s one of the reasons why I can’t wait to get ahold of my guitar because I’m just so excited and so thrilled that I’ve got this adrenaline stuff that’s going on right now like crazy. I just finished the part in the book where I started doing the whole skydiving, and I don’t know if you’ve ever skydived, but what a fun thing to do. What a rush.”

You can read more from Mustaine over at Rolling Stone.