MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was interviewed on the latest episode of the GUNS N' ROSES-centric "Appetite for Distortion" podcast. You can now listen to the chat using the SoundCloud widget below.
Asked if he embraces being called a "guitar god" or "heavy metal god" by some people, Mustaine — who is taking part in this year's "Experience Hendrix" tour — said: "I don't fancy being called a god. That makes me uncomfortable, 'cause I'm just a guy. But I love my job, and I take pride at being good at it. But I also know that there's guys that are so much better than me… Zakk [Wylde], for example — Zakk's an amazing guitar player. But then, who else is there [on the 'Experience Hendrix' tour]? Eric Johnson — one of my personal favorites. And Joe Satriani, one of the best in the world. And Dweezil Zappa, who is probably, to me, the biggest surprise — a great guitar player and a sweetheart of a guy. He's been helping me with my sound. I went to the show the other day, and Dweezil is working on my amp and Eric Johnson is playing my guitar, and I'm thinking, 'Man, I died and went to heaven. Look at this.'"
Mustaine was also asked if it is true that GUNS N' ROSES guitarist Slash once tried out for MEGADETH. Dave responded: "Yes, we're most definitely friends. [But] he didn't try out [for MEGADETH]. But he had an invitation. He and [MEGADETH bassist] David Ellefson had played together several times, so that was fun. And he liked playing with Dave, and he liked the idea of playing with me, and I thought it was a great idea too. That's probably where we became such great friends. Although we don't see each other a lot, whenever we see each other, it's [like], 'Hey, what's up, man?' And there's, I think, a deep, deep, deep mutual respect for each other."
The 2019 edition of the "Experience Hendrix" tour, a celebration of Jimi Hendrix's legacy and musical genius, kicked off in Pompano Beach, Florida on March 3 and will run through April 6 when it finishes in Wallingford, Connecticut.
Along with Mustaine, Satriani, Wylde, Zappa and Johnson, Jonny Lang is performing with the all-star tribute led by Jimi's BAND OF GYPSYS bandmate Billy Cox.
Since its inception as a single tribute show at the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2000, "Experience Hendrix" has become an anticipated fan experience.