During a recent interview with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM‘s “Liquid Metal”, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine officially confirmed that Steve DiGiorgio (Testament) was recruited to play bass on the band’s new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!.” That effort is currently expected to be released on July 8.
“We obviously had that weird little…well, it wasn’t little, but we had something happen that we needed to make a decision on, and it set us back a little bit timing-wise, because we needed to recalibrate and find someone to perform the bass parts, and we found who I thought was the perfect fit for us while I decided what to do… Do you know who it was? …It was Steve DiGiorgio. You’re the first person I told.
It was a good choice. I didn’t think about anybody else at the time. I was thinking about ‘who’s the hottest guy out there that can play these new songs?’ [Mustaine’s son] Justis told me one of the fastest songs we’ve ever written is on this record. I don’t care what anybody says — bass may be less strings than guitar, but it’s difficult to play, if you’re like me. I have a real hard time playing the bass. I wrote the riff for ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ for Pete’s sake, but you know… having to jam some of those parts that fast, it just kills your fingers.”
In related news, Mustaine also revealed that the new record will include covers of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck” and Sammy Hagar’s “This Planet’s On Fire.” The latter track will feature Hagar himself. Furthermore, Ice-T (Body Count) will be guesting on a new song called “Night Stalker.” Mustaine said the following about that [via MetalSucks]:
“There’s a song called ‘Night Stalker’…I can’t remember if that was the fastest one or not, but ‘Night Stalker’ is about the 160th Battallion with the U.S. Army, and it’s all the black-ops helicopters that go in at night, nobody knows they’re there, they’re in, they’re out, and…I had my buddy Ice T join me on a part in the middle of it, because Ice was a Ranger in the army, and he did two tours over in Afghanistan…I think that was back in ’91, when I first met him. I know he was a Ranger. “