David Draiman (DISTURBED, DEVICE) joined MEGADETH on stage this past Saturday night (July 13) in Lubbock, Texas to contribute guest vocals on MEGADETH's song "Dance In The Rain" from the album "Super Collider". This was the first time MEGADETH played the track live. After the show, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson called Draiman's performance "powerful and amazing, as you would expect from David Draiman."
Fan-filmed video footage of the "Dance In The Rain" debut from the Lubbock concert can be seen below.
In a recent interview with Loudwire, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine stated about the band's collaboration with Draiman on "Super Collider": "Well, David had come out to the studio and we looked at four different songs and his ideas were all great but some of them made MEGADETH sound more like DISTURBED or DEVICE and it wasn't really a suggestion I could pull off. It would sound like me trying to be like David. But there were a couple moments where he did something and I would be like, 'Ooh, I like that,' and one of them was the little whispering part in 'Forget To Remember'. Right before the choruses, there's kind of a scat, adlib kind of thing and I never really did that kind of stuff. Then the chorus for 'Dance In The Rain', he and I came up with a melody for the chorus which I thought was a risk for me, because I don't sing and hold notes for very long — I'll do a bunch of different notes, because I don't have a huge lung capacity from my years of smoking as much as I did. I'm not going to tell people not to smoke, but man, if I had to do it over again, I never would have done it, because it affects my singing. We were just in Switzerland, and God, talk about needing an iron lung, but I digress.
"Dave lives out in Austin and I hooked up with him out there because we had talked about him doing Gigantour with us, and I love his new project. We had dinner, went over to his house and he wanted to show me some band he produce,d and I like TRIVIUM, so I listened to it and he plays his new DEVICE stuff, and I'm like, 'Do it, Dave. Do it. Go and ask him. Don't be a chicken.' And so I'm like, 'What do you think about singing on 'Dance In The Rain'?' and he goes [in his best Draiman voice] 'I would be delighted. It would be an honor.'
"I had told him that I was changing one word because one word has the power of changing the interpretation of something. People are so obsessed with everything I say right now, trying to dissect it and turn it into something awful and so I was just taking a look at how I'm wording stuff. The implication is still there, but it can't be misinterpreted. I told him about it and he re-sang it and I loved his part.
"The ending of 'Dance In The Rain', I wanted to give the impression that all hell has broken loose and we're living in that Orwellian kind of future where we're being told what to do with all intensive purpose with all the monitoring and everything that's going on it's looking like that's happening. I had done the part that he sang and I liked it, it was good enough, but when he did it, it just took on a whole new character and it was cool because I just pictured Dave in his normal vibe. If that song connects with the public and ends up being a video, I can imagine his participation, and I'm sure he'll be just as great visually as he is vocally.