Dave discusses message that left Megadeth fans reeling – and says he has no hard feelings over bassist’s $18m lawsuit
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has explained the tweet which left fans concerned he was in danger of returning to his former wayward behaviour – just at a time when his band is riding high.
The thrash giants have been enjoying a warm reception after 2009 album Endgame and a series of large-scale shows with their big four fellows Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax.
Mustaine has settled many of the feuds which marred his earlier career and hopes are high their next album, Thirteen, will continue in the vein of Endgame.
But on July 17 he tweeted from a tour with Godsmack and Disturbed: “For the first time in my career, I am considering walking from a tour.”
The comment was retweeted many times in the following hours, and the musician later added: “Thanks to all the amazing people who fixed the problems tonight. The show went off perfect.”
And while he won’t discuss the full details of what went on, he has shone some light on the subject.
Mustaine tells The Aquarian: “We had a couple of small, little glitches that were happening from some people in the production areas, and from some of the other projects that are involved out here.
“There was just some unfortunate untimely mishaps – but we got it all fixed. The people who are actually running the tour are amazing and they’ve worked very hard to make us feel comfortable. I’m honoured to be part of it.”
He confirms relations between the band members are better than they’ve ever been, and reveals he has no hard feelings towards bassist David Ellefson, who tried to sue him for $18m in 2004 after Megadeth had split – then finally returned to the fold last year.
“Thank God the judge dismissed it,” Mustaine says light-heartedly. “I don’t think he did anything wrong, but I think he listened to the wrong person.
“When I met him after it all went down, I told him I forgave him. He probably wasn’t expecting that. But with as many second chances as I’ve had, I shouldn’t prevent someone else from getting one.”
The frontman adds that current drummer Shawn Drover, the eighth man to sit behind the kit, would have been the only one to ever do so had the pair met when Megadeth were being formed.
“We’re just cut from the same cloth,” Mustaine says. “Right now we’re totally blessed, we’re totally covered and we’ve got great players with us. David and I are closer than we’ve ever been.”