The metal band’s Dave Mustaine isn’t moving to Canada, but is ready to rock Atlantic City at the House of Blues.
Much has changed and much has stayed the same in the 20 years since Megadeth released Countdown to Extinction. Megadeth vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Dave Mustaine took some time to AC Weekly talk about why the classic metal album, which will be showcased in its entirety Friday, Nov. 16, at the House of Blues at Showboat, is still resonant today. He also expounded on the similarities and differences between this era and when grunge broke. The revered metal figure also commented on his recent claim that if President Obama were elected, he would leave for Canada.
It’s such a different world from when Countdown was released.
There’s no doubt about that. It’s totally different in some ways. It’s an era of instant gratification. Things are done in a nanosecond. We don’t take the time and look out the window where we’re going. We just have to get there. But what’s similar about now and then is that it’s a difficult time for our country. There’s extreme tension now and there was extreme tension then. Maybe that’s why Countdown to Extinction is still resonant today.
How much was the writing impacted by what was happening in Los Angeles when you wrote and recorded Extinction?
It had a massive impact. But first off, I want to go back to what was happening then. Grunge was really popular and we weren’t grunge. We were metal. We always were metal and we still are metal.
You were recording during the Rodney King riots, correct?
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