Dave Mustaine Doesn’t Headbang or Practice Guitar Anymore

Dave Mustaine revealed in a recent interview with Hong Kong newspaper the South China Morning Post about Megadeth’s first Hong Kong show that he doesn’t headbang or practice guitar anymore due to prior injuries:

The hardest thing was not headbanging – I just do it without thinking. You don’t know what it’s like to be in my body. There are some days when my left hand can’t even play. I don’t practise – I save it all for the tour.

Mustaine famously gave himself radial neuropathy by falling asleep with his arm over the back of a chair back  in 2002. Megadeth went on an eighteen month hiatus while Mustaine went through physical therapy to defy doctors’ expectations and play guitar again. Megadeth was then reformed in 2004 and the band has released mostly forgettable output since.

Every major speed metal band should have stayed broken up long ago to keep fan’s memories positive. Selling out to play radio rock and release everflowing streams of forgettable, awful releases has diluted the fond memories fans cherish of the bands’ older material. Metallica, Sodom, Kreator, Slayer, and Megadeth all should have called it quits over a quarter century ago if they cared about preserving any semblance of metallic credibility. Every single band proved in the 90s that they did not want to play metal music, they wanted to be rock stars and the Americans and Sodom sort of succeeded. Most of the bigger underground metal bands attempted to do the same with death/black ‘n’ roll albums whether they admit them as such or not and even fewer achieved any sort of mainstream popularity.

Since Megadeth aren’t even trying to prepare to put on the best possible show for their fans, why should anyone see them? Their older 1980s speed metal material from their heyday is often heavily simplified live with reduced amount of riff variations and melodic fills. Mustaine’s voice is more awful than ever and always turned down in the mix. The newer albums are heavily budget riffed with minimal amount of artistic effort spent per composition to even write them. That is when Megadeth even feels like playing speed metal and not pandering to all the thirty somethings who ate up “Symphony of Destruction” on MTV in the mid 90s. Why doesn’t Mustaine just release a fraction of the amount of albums he has released this millennium, consolidate his better material, and make something that his fans will not forget about in a month or two? For the same reason that Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, and Metallica do not edit themselves at all anymore: rock star egoism.

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18 thoughts on “Dave Mustaine Doesn’t Headbang or Practice Guitar Anymore”

  1. GGALLIN1776 says:

    Do you remember the interview when Dave said he signed up for the draft in the Korean war? It was during one of his Alex Jones butt fests.

    1. canadaspaceman says:

      Mustaine’s martial arts skills are no match for bullets

      1. GGALLIN1776 says:

        Mustaine vs Steven Segal would be something that I would pay to see, taking bets on who runs out of breath first.

        He also claimed he showed up to fight Jon Nodveidt but he never showed….I have a feeling this never happened either.

        1. Mustaine’s biography is him claiming to have beaten everyone up.

          1. GGALLIN1776 says:

            How christian of him.

            1. It’s a great, egotistical toilet read.

              1. GGALLIN1776 says:

                I’ll be sure to download it then. It would be highly irresponsible of me to send money where it would eventually fund churches/church activities. That would be like giving money to People’s Temple members without the entertainment at the end.

  2. Attention Defecate Disorder says:

    Why is this news, you fuck?

  3. Syphilis says:

    At least ol’ Dave has reasons to be cranky.

  4. Every shitty band about their newest steaming shit pile says:

    I honestly think it’s our best album ever.

  5. aol instant messenger says:

    Don’t look to crazy bloated middle-aged conspiracy theorists for quality albums or energetic live shows. Mustaine is a humorous personality first and an artist last.

  6. canadaspaceman says:

    Hetfield, Araya, and Mustaine, have all had neck surgery, mainly due to headbanging all their lives.

    1. Syphilis says:

      Should have listened to their parents.

    2. GGALLIN1776 says:

      Kerry claims that Tom’s neck issues stem from being hit by an 18-wheeler in the 90’s but the sole culprit is probably that coke fueled headbanging.

      Didn’t know Hetfield had neck surgery, thought it was gender reassignment surgery. He looks like a butch dyke with streak of greaser now.

      1. Altarboys of Madness says:

        Mustaine’s neck surgery stems from cock-fueled dicksucking synergy in the ’80s.

  7. Sikof Urshyt says:

    What a piece of shit “article”. It starts out with an interview snippet and then turns into the usual “blah blah they donut make good metal nemore” droll. If you don’t like Megadeth or any of those bands, then quit giving them fucking attention you trash. Stick your tabloid journalism up your ass, you aren’t worthy of having metal up there.

  8. left coast path says:

    pretty lame article bitch

  9. canadaspacecock says:

    Daniel (really Brett in disguise) always talks about the same bands. He bores me to death. He should contract some STD from fucking his canines behind bushes like a zoophile fuck and die.

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