Rod Hunt of Australia's Time Off recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. A few excerpts from the chat follow:
On touring Australia:
"There was a long drought in-between [tours]. We want to make Australia one of our regular territories. It's not about the money for us. There are a lot of territories where it actually costs you to go and play, but in some circumstances, it's not about the cost, it's about the relationship you build, by starting to go down there and playing more often."
On MEGADETH's collaboration with SayNow — a service that enables celebrities to connect to their audience over the phone — and the kind of calls that he receives:
"You get some good ones and there's some that are not so good. We have people to filter them out, so I don't hear them. So people who go to all this effort to make [abusive] calls, I don't even hear them. They may as well just talk to their hand. But their other hand is probably already busy doing other things."
On choosing the lineup for Gigantour and the diversity that's on offer this time:
“It's so easy to get four or five of the same bands — 'Ah, let's play it safe, get five of the same bands, or just get one band and five different backdrops and just change it, no one will know.'"
On what fans can expect from the band's live set:
"There's going to be four songs off the new record, and we're going to play for about an hour and a half. I don't talk a lot during the set, so it's almost like and hour and 45 minutes, for other people.
"I think it's unnecessary to talk a lot live onstage, unless you're Henry Rollins. I'm not, I get a little shy. I could be telling the greatest story and someone will yell something out and I'll be like, 'Oh my God, you ruined my story, you made my brain short out'.
"And I'll have to say something like, (puts on a tough guy voice) 'I'm going to kill you!' to cover up the fact that you've broken my train of thought and I don't know what I'm saying anymore."