Megadeth Lives On

The metal band’s Dave Mustaine isn’t moving to Canada, but is ready to rock Atlantic City at the House of Blues.

By Ed Condran

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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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1. Frittering Away said... on Nov 14, 2012 at 08:50PM

“I knew he wasn't gonna go to no f-in canada ... he's a hustler, just like Romney.”

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2. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 12:41PM

“Shut the fuck up Dave Mustaine.”

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3. Anonymous said... on Nov 16, 2012 at 09:08PM

“I have always enjoyed listening to Dave ever since day one.”

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4. jumpin jac said... on Nov 17, 2012 at 03:16AM

“One of our country's greatest bands”

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5. Anonymous said... on Nov 18, 2012 at 03:05PM

“Dave is speaking the truth. Our country is in real trouble. So sad that 51% are to blind to see this”

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6. Five Magics said... on Nov 19, 2012 at 09:17AM

“Don't you dare to speak to Dave's interview in such a manner. He's right in a lot of aspects, but his affiliation with Alex Jones makes it a little easier to brush it aside. I've been a megadeth fan since 1994...when I was 6. I have a megadeth sleeve that is near completion and tuesday will be my 4th time seeing Megadeth, and the second time meeting Dave. That being said, I think his views are a little too radical to hold too much truth. We as Americans are too content with our flat screens and our On Demand to ever revolt.”

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7. SugarMan said... on Nov 19, 2012 at 04:47PM

“Just dig the music man, that's what it's all about”

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8. BoilerMan said... on Nov 24, 2012 at 12:50AM

“Music for the disenchanted, disenfranchised, disgusted many”


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