Aniruddh "Andrew" Bansal of Full Metal Rock conducted an interview with MEGADETH guitarist Chris Broderick on December 13, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada. A couple of excerots from the chat follow below.
Full Metal Rock: On this tour you've been touring the smaller markets. How has it been in terms of the crowd response?
Chris: Its been great, you know. One of the places that I psyched is Billings, Montana where it was almost like going somewhere where they don't really get many live concerts, because they were fanatical, almost fanatical to a point about the show and it was awesome. But you get the feeling that they really don't get a lot of acts. There were other places like Florida where a lot of bands don't travel down there because its just not economical to bring your crew, to bring all the rigging and stuff like that to travel that far down there. So it was good to get to those places for people that have supported us for so long.
Full Metal Rock: This tour you've been playing some of the new songs, songs that you recorded yourself for the first time. Has it been easier than previous tours to play your own songs for a change?
Chris: Yes and no. I identify with them may be a little bit more because they are my compositions but at the same time I personally think they are pretty demanding, so its always like going into an Olympic contest and seeing if you can come out with the gold. I'll put it that way.
Full Metal Rock: What is your opinion on the support bands you've been taking out on this tour?
Chris: Honestly I really like ARCANIUM. They're a really cool bunch of people and I like the style of music that they are doing. WARBRINGER is fairly new on here. They definitely carry the thrash torch, so its pretty cool to hear that. Its so resurgent in such a younger band, you know. And of course we had SUICIDE SILENCE on; they are not playing tonight but I had a huge respect for them since they were doing their own kind of thing and definitely turning it up to 11. They are definitely heavy and the drummer was really good. So I have respect for them. Of course, MACHINE HEAD is just awesome. I was sad to see them go. They are a great live band.
Full Metal Rock: I don't think many people out there in the line know that SUICIDE SILENCE are not playing tonight! What happened there?
Chris: I don't really know. I don't know the full story, so I would rather not say because I could say something that is absolutely incorrect.
Full Metal Rock: Dave Mustaine keeps saying in his interviews that you are the best guitarist ever to have played in MEGADETH. What is going through your mind when he says stuff like that?
Chris: Two things, one is that it's so awesome that he would say something like that and the second thing is, "Oh, crap. I have to live up to that." So it's humbling and at the same time I guess it's very encouraging, in a sense. But ultimately it's for you guys, the fans, to decide and hopefully you feel the same!
Read the entire interview from Full Metal Rock.
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