Dave Mustaine not making radio songs, says other members weren’t what fans want

Posted by on January 30, 2015


Megadeth master-mind Dave Mustaine gave some details to Full Metal Jackie about the recording process for a new album, and it sounds like good news for die-hard ‘Deth fans.

Video of the interview can be seen above, but here’s some of what Mustaine had to say:

“I’m going in the studio March 2 no matter what. And the songs that we have right now, we talked to the label, and I said, ‘I’m not making another radio song ever.’ ‘Cause that’s what record companies want. And I think that was the bane of MEGADETH’s existence. When ‘Countdown [To Extinction]’ came out, we had so many radio songs… From ‘Countdown’ to ‘Youthanasia’ to ‘Cryptic [Writings]’ to ‘Risk’ and going down and down and down, it was more radio, radio, radio… You know, I love all those songs, but it’s not really what MEGADETH fans wanna hear; they wanna hear stuff like ‘The Conjuring’, like ‘Set The World Afire’, like ‘Devil’s Island’, stuff like ‘Holy Wars’, stuff like ‘Take No Prisoners’… And I get it — I wrote those songs, [and] I can do that in my sleep — but when you’re having someone else say, ‘This is what you have to do,’ either you listen or you don’t.”

At the present moment Megadeth is just Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson, since drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick left the band late last year. “Junior” recently laid out the time-line for announcing any new band-mates:

“I can’t talk about it yet; I can’t say anything. Most importantly, we’re moving forward with writing a new album. Once we get into the studio to record it, then the lineup will naturally evolve around that.”

Drummer Nick Menza, who appeared on four studio albums, including Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction, recently dropped some vague hints about the possibility of a return to the band, but in the interview, Mustaine was dismissive of many of his former bandmates. “James Lomenzo, James MacDonough, Glen Drover, Shawn Drover, Chris Broderick… all those guys… the fans don’t want those guys in Megadeth.” That’s pretty dismissive to a lot of the other members, especially Drover and Broderick. It also suggests that he will take back what the fans would want, which is of course two musicians he didn’t mention – Menza and guitarist Marty Friedman.



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