MEGADETH Frontman Dave Mustaine On Super Collider - "The First Record In My Career I’ve Actually Said 'Baby' In A Song Other Than When I Was Mocking The Girl In 'Love It To Death'"
July 6, 2013, a year ago
Gary Graff recently spoke with MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine for the Oakland Press. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
For Super Collider, Mustaine — who co-produced the album — changed the focus to “a little bit more about human politics this time, like my mother-in-law having Alzheimer’s and things like that. Not everybody watches the news, so when you tell somebody that this is going on, that’s going on, this guy is part of a cover-up, this guy is a philanderer, they don’t want to hear it. But if you say, ‘Hey, my mother-in-law has Alzheimer’s,’ or something they might have going on in their life, too, all of a sudden you’ve got that bond. So I figured I would write about what goes on inside my heart instead of inside my head this time, and I think it really came across that way.”
He also notes with a laugh that the track 'Burn!' is “the first record in my career I’ve actually said ‘baby’ in a song other than when I was mocking the girl that was the subject matter of the song 'Love It To Death' on my first record (1985’s Killing Is My Business ... ). It’s just so weird to sing that and know that I’ve never done it before.”
Super Collider also sports a cover of THIN LIZZY’s 'Cold Sweat' as well as a guest appearance from DISTURBED and DEVICE frontman David Draiman on 'Dance in the Rain'. The two have known each other for years, but recently became closer as Mustaine and his family contemplated moving to Texas and consulted Draiman, who lives near Austin.
“We’re horse people. We want to go to the country, so we hooked up with (Draiman) to see what it was like where he was,” Mustaine recalls. “And I went to listen to his band, Device, to see about having them on Gigantour and loved them. So I’m listening to him and wanted to ask him to sing on 'Dance in the Rain,' going, ‘Do it, do it, do it. Ask him, you big chicken!’ So I did, and two days later we cut the track and it was great.”
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Megadeth have released the first video and title track from their new album, Super Collider, which hit the Top Ten in both the US and Canada last month. In the footage below, go behind the scenes with Dave Mustaine on the set of the new video.
'Super Collider' was filmed on Friday, May 10 in the Los Angeles area. California-based model, actress, singer and songwriter Hunter Elizabeth was cast in the lead role in the clip, which she says is "about a high-school couple still loving each other after all the years after graduation, and at the ten-year reunion, both characters find themselves successful (a model and a mathematician) and still very in love."
Super Collider was recorded at the band's Vic's Garage Studio in San Marcos, California and mastered by Ted Jensen at Sterling Sound in New York. The album is available as a limited edition CD with 3-D cover and bonus tracks, regular CD, regular LP, limited LP plus 7" vinyl and digital download.
“Well, it was a real simple song,” leader Dave Mustaine explains 'Super Collider' - the track. “I think that a lot of people... and you know, I’m a very polarizing figure. People will find fault in anything I do, no matter what it is. It’s the nature of the business and who I am. Was I apprehensive about that song? Sure I was. Was I apprehensive to put out ‘Built For War’ too, and that’s one of the most aggressive songs on the record? Sure. But I think that’s probably just that little tiny seed of self-doubt that we all have. I mean, the whole reason I got into playing guitar was because I wanted to fit in. I was picked on in school, and I was a skinny little kid, and as soon as I started playing guitar, I mattered. And deep down inside, I still want to do songs that matter. I don’t get the same kind of… It doesn’t reward me in the same way, because that hole’s been filled a long time ago, but you still want it to matter, and you still want people to like them. And there’s a lot of guys that make records to get out of record deals that are just rubbish. I can never do that.”
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