How I pissed off Megadeth, my (former) favorite band

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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 oversized 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.

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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Drew Ailes
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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debpias
debpias

Dave Mustaine has always been a douche, but I have to admit, you sound like kind of a D-bag yourself. 

Trevor Ludwig
Trevor Ludwig

so...you dislike megadeath now because you can't organize yourself well enough to do your job like a professional? Yeah, that makes sense.

Justin Falken
Justin Falken

and then they told you to get fucked. Thats dave.

Connie McDanzz
Connie McDanzz

I'm surprised this ended up here with the obnoxious ignorant reactions it garnered in the other places it was published

Nats Babel
Nats Babel

I want my 10 minutes back. worst. article. ever .

maturemusicfan
maturemusicfan

Drew pisses off one Megadeth Dave with his poor journalism skills, then decides he hates both Megadeth Daves because of his own negligence. If Drew's goal was to prove that he's a 13 year old boy, then mission accomplished. Now I'm pissed off because I bothered to read this.

evikjames
evikjames

What a thoroughly amusing and compelling read! 

Eric Bjornstad
Eric Bjornstad

While it was fun to read about Megadeth (being a fan back in the day), kind of a lame story. A fan of that caliber decides Megadeth is no longer his favorite band because HE completely effs up? Stupid

Rickardo Ehman
Rickardo Ehman

I thought it was a decent read. Thanks for sharing such an embarrassing, shameful moment. I can only imagine your pain. Screw Google voice. Do the interview and go off memory, I'm sure you would have done fine.

brill029
brill029

From now on whenever I screw up I'll take comfort in the fact that at least I (probably) didn't piss off Megadeth.  Better luck with Weird Al dude!

Fluffy Singler
Fluffy Singler

This was a big letdown.  You didn't piss  them off because of your left-wing rantings, but rather because YOU fucked up an interview that was supposed to happen and never did?  So if you had completed the interview you would have still been a fan?  I had high hopes that this would be a good and revealing piece that just went nowhere.  There's a connecting metaphor, but I just don't even feel like putting forth the effort.  


Adron Lamb
Adron Lamb

So lame on so many levels. I feel like a sucker for wasting my time reading such pointless crap. And then even more time writing this pointless post.

bbgunbilly
bbgunbilly

I've got my own "story" about a Prince photo shoot that never happened. 

Still a fan though...(  :


Matt Latterell
Matt Latterell

Read this when y'all RTed it last week. Still don't get it. This comment from VV sums it up best: "I can't wait for the story about how you slept through your interview with Sabbath and the fascinating circumstances behind it."

Josh Lexvold
Josh Lexvold

Just goes to show you, no matter how unprofessional and disorganized you are, you can still get a gig whining, errr writing for a respected publication. Go Megadeth.

Mark Jensen
Mark Jensen

I read this on another site, and the comments were pretty spot on - why consider them a former favorite when its all the fault of the interviewer being unprofessional...

Pat Dougherty
Pat Dougherty

Wasn't this article in the Riverfront Times like a week ago?

Pat Dougherty
Pat Dougherty

Wasn't this article in the Riverfront Times like a week ago?

ReedFischer
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@bbgunbilly send us an email at gimmenoise [at] citypages.com if you want to tell us about it.

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