Dave Mustaine Passively ‘Slags’ Former Megadeth Members; Chris Adler Mulls Future in Band
As has been seen over the years, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is one to definitely speak his mind and there are times he's more diplomatic than others. In a new interview, Mustaine sings the praises of his relationship with the band's new guitarist Kiko Loureiro, while during an acceptance speech at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods, he passively took a swipe at some of his band's former members.
While speaking with Guitar World, Mustaine stated of the guitarist change from Chris Broderick, who exited the band last fall, to Loureiro, his new replacement, "Chris and I had a good chemistry, but we weren't really as close as I would have wanted us to be. Kiko, I feel like I've known him for years."
And while that's a very diplomatic response to a question about the guitarist switch, Mustaine offered something with a little more bite during an acceptance speech at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods. During his speech for the Golden God Award, Mustaine stated, "I made myself some notes today. I was talking with my management, and I have a knack for getting myself in trouble. So I made some notes of what I wasn't gonna say. I'm not gonna slag anybody. So the list is: Don't slag Metallica; don't slag the Rust In Peace lineup; don't slag the two quitters; don't slag Obama. So there's not really a lot to say. But I do wanna thank… I wanna thank Universal; I wanna thank 5B, my management; I wanna thank Alex Milas and Chris Ingham from Metal Hammer. And I especially wanna thank all of you, because… People calling me golden. You guys are golden. Thank you very much. God bless you all."
In other Megadeth news, Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler, who joined the band for their album sessions, revealed that there may be a future for him with the band beyond the recording. During the Metal Sucks podcast, Adler stated that it was widely assumed that he was only on board for the sessions, but that no official announcement was made.
"Lamb is doing fairly well, and we have a record coming out, and nobody is in jail currently, so I think everybody thought that it would just be a session deal," says Adler. "And I think that's probably fairly accurate in the long run. But I'd really like to work it out. I'd really love to play drums in Megadeth. I can't do that instead of Lamb, so the two have to be, kind of, massaged, and I don't know if that's possible. And if it's not, obviously, I'm gonna stay with Lamb of God, because that's my baby. But I would absolutely love to do it."
As for being named drummer after Mustaine reportedly tried to reunite the Rust in Peace lineup, then decided against it, the drummer explains, "I've talked to Dave [Mustaine] about it. And I told him… Even when he called me and said, 'Hey, Chris, do you wanna make a record with me?' I said, 'You know what?! Of course I do, Dave, but everybody wants Nick [Menza] and Marty [Friedman] in it. I think you should take the time and try to make that work.'"
He adds, "I have nothing but respect for Nick. I think he's an amazing drummer. I'm stepping into enormous shoes, and I was not trying to take his job. But, after talking to David, it just seemed obvious that, for whatever reason — personality-wise, playing-wise, money-wise — it just was not the right fit at this time." He adds that he's also aware that something could always work out with Menza and if he were asked to step aside, he'd be first in line to see Menza perform with the group.
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