MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has posted a new video message on Periscope in which he gives fans a tour of the band’s new stage setup and gear ahead of the kick-off of the group’s “Dystopia” world tour. Check it out below.
Mustaine ended the video message by saying: “It’s good to be on the road again talking to you guys. I sure hope that you’re having a great day wherever you’re at. Just remember: you can do anything no matter what anybody tells you. We just did it again with [MEGADETH’s new album] ‘Dystopia’. And for the haters out there [extends middle finger to the camera].”
Mustaine recently spoke to Westword.com about why he thinks he is “openly despised” on “a handful of web sites.” He said: “I think a lot of it goes back to the breakup from METALLICA. There are people that have picked up that feud, and they don’t even know why they’re choosing sides.”
He continued: “I have nothing against METALLICA fans. I was in both bands. I like Lars [Ulrich] and I like James [Hetfield] and, contrary to what people say, I do think Kirk [Hammett] is a good guitar player.”
Mustaine added: “In the beginning, when I was bitter, yeah, there was shit going back and forth. They were justifying firing me, and I was telling them that they were wrong. That’s just been perpetuated over and over again. It’s been put to bed. I’ve got no beef with those dudes. We’re two totally different bands.”
Mustaine, who was a member of METALLICA for less than two years, from 1981 to 1983, before being dismissed and replaced by Kirk Hammett, was not inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with the band during the April 2009 ceremony at Cleveland, Ohio’s Public Auditorium.
“Dystopia” debuted at No. 3 on The Billboard 200, having shifted 49,000 equivalent album units in the week ending January 28.
In terms of pure album sales, “Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH’s highest-charting album since 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year. “Dystopia” also logged the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.