A while back, September, or maybe it was October of last year, I read Megadeth founder’s autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir”. I’ve never been a big Megadeth fan. I think I was intimidated by the band’s art work. I’m not sure why I chose to read it.
I did dare to own a couple of songs. Of those, my favorite is Sweating Bullets. I think because it has a simple beat which is overlaid with some of the most complex sounding guitar riffs this girl has ever heard.
I didn’t know any of the backstory of his “days” with Metallica. At times, the theme of Dave trying to surpass Metallica’s popularity and achievements was a little too much, but hey, it’s his story, he can tell it however he wants. Objectively, I can look at his firing from the Mighty Met as a blessing. Though I was never a big fan of either Megadeth or Metallica, I can say with a high degree of certainty that, creatively Megadeth beats Metallica, hands down. I never “got” Metallica, their message just doesn’t resonate with me. Yup, my opinion, so there you have it.
After finishing this book, I had two thoughts. One, if I had grown up in a different place and time, I could’ve been friends with Dave. Regrettably, I was born a little later, and on the wrong coast. Oh, the parties we could’ve had!
And, two, I have to buy some more Megadeth! If I remember correctly, the song he is most proud of is A Tout Le Monde. It’s a beautiful message, and it comes from a place that really resonates with me, made me think a little differently. Heavy metal for the mind.
Yup. Dave is cool! He’ll even answer your questions on Twitter. What a rock star!