DAVE MUSTAINE ON NEW ALBUM, TOURING WITH HEAVEN AND HELL
Recently, Steve Newton from Straight.com conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. Few excerpts are follows:
On a common bond that keeps heavy metal popular:
"Let's go back to where it's just metal. There's a common theme for all of these bands, and what is it? It's guitar. Love that!"
On MEGADETH guitarist Glen Drover, who joined the band in 2004:
"He's a better guitarist than I am, but the beauty of having Glen Drover play with me right now is basically like [racehorse] Seabiscuit, you know — he just needed to have that amazing talent focused."
On the "United Abominations" cover illustration, which portrays the United Nations building being bombarded by fiery drums of petrol:
"Those are barrels of oil that they were trading, "'cause it's the oil-for-food scandal with Kofi Annan's son. The barrels are lit on fire and they become the very undoing of the U.N."
On the reworking of "A Tout Le Monde" (which originally appeared on the 1994 CD, "Youthanasia"), featuring LACUNA COIL's Cristina Scabbia:
"The first singer didn't work out, the second one didn't work, and the third one was Lisa Marie Presley. She was on the way to the airport, and we had to call and say, 'Sorry, we changed our minds.' I would have loved to have heard what Lisa Marie Presley would have done, but because of the demographics of the LACUNA COIL fan base, and Cristina's reign in the heavy-metal business, it was the right thing to do."
On touring with HEAVEN AND HELL, the post–Ozzy Osbourne lineup of BLACK SABBATH:
"My favorite song by them was 'Never Say Die'. I wasn't really a big fan of the other stuff because it was so unbelievably heavy at the time, and I was just a kid...I went back through the catalogue and that's when I discovered how great they were."
RHINO BUCKET, the Bon Scott-era AC/DC sound-alike band that recorded two albums for Warner Bros./EMI back in '90 and '92 and an independent album in '94 with former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright, has lined up the following dates:
Mar. 10 - Little Fox - Redwood City, CA
Mar. 23 - Route 33 Rhythym and Brews - Wapakoneta, OH
Mar. 24 - RPM's - Bridgeville, PA
METALLICA NEW BOOK 'METALLICA AND PHILOSOPHY' DUE IN MARCH/APRIL
Blackwell Publishing has announced the release of METALLICA and Philosophy - A Crash Course In Brain Surgery. This 272 page paperback, edited by William Irwin, Assistant Professor of Philosophy at King's College, Pennsylvania, will hit store shelves in Europe in March, the United States in April and Australia in May.
ANTHRAX guitarist Scott Ian calls the book, "The most elucidative dissertation on Metallica ever written. And a kick-ass read to boot!"
The official description from the publisher is as follows:
Hit the lights and jump in the fire, you're about to enter the School of Rock! Today's lecture will be a crash course in brain surgery. This hard and fast lesson is taught by instructors who graduated from the old school - they actually paid $5.98 for The $5.98 EP. But back before these philosophy professors cut their hair, they were lieutenants in the Metal Militia.
- A provocative study of the 'thinking man's' metal band
- Maps out the connections between Aristotle, Nietzsche, Marx, Kierkegaard, and Metallica, to demonstrate the band's philosophical significance
- Uses themes in Metallica's work to illuminate topics such as freedom, truth, identity, existentialism, questions of life and death, metaphysics, epistemology, the mind-body problem, morality, justice, and what we owe one another
- Draws on Metallica's lyrical content, Lars Ulrich's relationship with Napster, as well as the documentary Some Kind Of Monster
- Serves as a guide for thinking through the work of one of the greatest rock bands of all time
- Compiled by the editor of Seinfeld and Philosophy: A Book about Everything and Nothing and The Simpsons and Philosophy: The D'oh! of Homer