I Pissed Off Megadeth, My (Former) Favorite Band

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These guys are not happy with me.
When I began interviewing bands eight years ago, my ultimate goal was to interview one person: Dave Mustaine from Megadeth, my favorite band since I was thirteen years old. Sitting in front of my parents' computer and ruining my ears through a pair of oversize headphones, I listened and loved Mustaine's snarling vocals and impossibly fast guitar solos. I sat in school and drew pictures of their strange skull mascot, which looked like it was wearing evil braces. I even bought some stupid-ass comic books that were based around the band.

I grew older and found out about smoking pot. I had a phase where I listened to nothing but gabber music. I had a phase where I was into late-'90s industrial metal. I even had a hip-hop phase when I managed to catch P.O.S.' first show at the Triple Rock Social Club in Minneapolis.

See also: Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 9/8/13

Throughout all of these segments of musical distraction, one thing stayed constant: my love of Megadeth.

Even to this day, I can still be found stumbling through bars or yelling from rides at amusement parks, debating Megadeth's superior status in the realm of heavy-metal music. In 2009 Metallica played at the Target Center in Minneapolis. On my way home, I stopped people outside of the arena to ask them who they were going to see. After they said, "Metallica," I'd force-feed them my rehearsed answer of, "Oh, you mean that Megadeth cover band?" (For anyone who participated in activities outside of doing drugs in high school, Megadeth's lead singer used to play in Metallica until he got kicked out. He formed Megadeth out of spite and swore to become better and more well-known than Metallica.)

Shortly after the heated exchanges that occurred outside of the downtown venue, I took my status as a Megadeth tried-and-true dirtbag one step further. On a crisp morning before heading out to my job working for the federal government, I keyed "Megadeth" into the side passenger door of my 1998 Mazda 626. I had already keyed the word "car" into one of the doors earlier that week and realized that if I was just keying things into my car, I should key in something meaningful.

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An actual photo of my actual car.

On a bright summer day, I still catch glares from my elders and giggles from my peers. I see them mouth the word "MEG-GUH-DETH" as I drive by, and I wonder if they know what it means.

Once, I deliberately thought about Megadeth every day for 27 days in a row.

It wasn't that I am or ever was Megadeth's No. 1 fan by any means. While I listen to the first four albums weekly, I stopped following the band after 1997's Cryptic Writings. But I continued to be intrigued by the band and in particular by its frontman, Dave Mustaine, who had become a born-again Christian and seemed even more "uneven" than the rock & roll tabloids I read about him in when I was young. Once, he said that women in Africa who have too many kids should "put a plug in it." He made "birther" remarks about Obama and claimed that the Sandy Hook Massacre was a conspiracy to take away our guns.

It was fascinating to see a man who once wrote openly Satanic songs and cover the Sex Pistols become a right-winger. But while all of the websites called him a bigoted moron, I stayed with Megadeth.

"I bet he's just trying to get a rise out of people. I bet once you talk to him alone, he's real caring and genuine," I thought.

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17 comments
jmcguinness
jmcguinness

I'm not sure I can trust a music writer who stops liking a band because his feelings are hurt. You might have to grow a thicker skin.

Goats_udder
Goats_udder

Well, we all have to learn the difference between good music and a Dave Mustaine project--Carving Zappa would have been better ;)

This was a fantastic article either way, best one I've read in a very long time. I had a similar situation when I attempted to interview Bruce Dickinson about The Trooper beer--PR people don't give a shit about you or your writing; they only care about their job.

Good read :) 

Eric Barnes
Eric Barnes

haha I had a good laugh about it.. just thought it was funny OC Weekly called you their writer.. since you live so close to orange county lol

Drew Ailes
Drew Ailes

easily the best article ive ever read

Varjo Kriegshammer
Varjo Kriegshammer

No one was really at fault here. Junior is very busy, and they are on an important tour with Maiden. He did his best to accomidate, but you were just having bad luck, it happens. As for the judgemental assholes who feel they have a right talk bad about Mustaine. I HAVE met him, and he is a very cool guy. Funny,nice and completly approachable. He never let fame go to his head. Maybe you guys should actually meet someone before you pass judgement.

Eric Barnes
Eric Barnes

Drew Ailes wasn't this your article?

Richard
Richard

This same article was published last week, I'm confused as to why it was published a second week in a row. To the author of the article, while it's never fun to feel reprimanded by a member of a band you love, a lot of the blame for Ellefson's reaction falls squarely on your shoulders for failing to understand the equipment you were recording with beforehand. Sorry, I know shit happens but there's no reason for Ellefson not to be upset about that. These guys are busy, and they don't have all the time in the world to do interviews, particularly when it seems the interviewer doesn't know what he's doing. Writing this article only adds to the notion that you don't act very professional (seriously, do you really want to highlight your downfalls as an interviewer on a blog for potential employers/people you may work with to see?) and concluding the article by announcing that you are now an ex-Megadeth fan is simply puerile.

reviews2
reviews2

I was once tricked into making Weird Al think I was an idiot. I might be an idiot but not for the reason Weird Al thinks.

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Tim Earley Illustration

I think the problems is that both LA Weekly and the OC Weekly have writers that try way to hard to be relevant .....I've noticed this in the age of "Hipsters"....all flash and no substance...as for Dave of Megadeth....$&@# the born again Cracker....

Cris Whetstone
Cris Whetstone

The story of two drama queens who couldn't work it out. IOW, nothing new to see here.

Avery Huxley
Avery Huxley

I don't blame Dave Ellefson for being mad at you. You were completely unprofessional.

Anthony Helmer
Anthony Helmer

What an idiot. Must be nice to throw away an opportunity in as competitive a field as journalism. Dude should be fired.

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