Dave Mustaine Slams Bass Players
2008-01-21 by Dr Dave De Sylvia STAFF | 115 Comments
Full-time rocker and part-time high school-level political activist Dave Mustaine has spoken out against politicians who just won't leave music to the "professionals," bass players and kazooists in ABC News interview aired last week.

When shown a video of Republican Presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee jamming with local musicians while on the campaign trail, Mustaine made no effort to conceal his feelings, stating, "This is so bad" and, confusingly, "that's a cardinal sin, you don't talk to the other musicians during the song. It shows you're bored with who you're playing with."

He added: "Besides the bass isn't a difficult instrument to play. It's one step up from the kazoo isn't it?" Dave should know- he's mastered the two most difficult skills in music, playing rhythm guitar and singing in a thrash metal band. He also knows a thing or two about politics, or so he likes to believe. He poured scorn upon musicians who don't back up their political polemics with action in a Metal Edge interview last year, noting that he put his name forward for the draft an impressive seven years after it was discontinued. Now that's commitment.

Said Dave: "I think as far as politics are concerned in music, most musicians shouldn't say anything unless they're willing to get into the trenches and fight. I put in my Selective Service card when I was 18, but I didn't get drafted. In 1992 I went to the White House with the Rock the Vote campaign for the Democratic National Convention coverage. I was a participant in getting a bill passed into law, so I am ingrained in the history of this country. I'm probably one of the very few musicians, and the only one in metal that I know of [to do that]. But I'm also the unofficial elected official of the disenfranchised youth of America. I can get into the focus groups and actually say what is relevant. Even though I'm not 18 anymore or struggling with Stridex and testosterone, I do still have an 18-year-old inside of me."

Dave Mustaine is a wonderful man.
Tagged: Megadeth

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south_of_heaven 11
January 21st 2008
5438 Comments


I like Mustaine.

LifeInABox
January 21st 2008
3709 Comments


lol bass isn't a hard instrument to play

LifeInABox
January 21st 2008
3709 Comments


Commentary inbetween was ace, SoP :lol:

Lunarfall
January 21st 2008
3179 Comments


Lawl at article.

I wonder if he's ever heard of the name Victor Wooten? Or at least Steve DiGiorgio.

I wonder what would happen if we put Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich in a room by themselves for an hour...

Electric City
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2008
15743 Comments


"I think as far as politics are concerned in music, most musicians shouldn't say anything unless they're willing to get into the trenches and fight. I put in my Selective Service card when I was 18, but I didn't get drafted. In 1992 I went to the White House with the Rock the Vote campaign for the Democratic National Convention coverage. I was a participant in getting a bill passed into law, so I am ingrained in the history of this country. I'm probably one of the very few musicians, and the only one in metal that I know of [to do that]. But I'm also the unofficial elected official of the disenfranchised youth of America


What a douchebag. Shut the fuck up, you're the singer of an overrated metal band, not fucking MLK.

NOTINTHEFACE
January 21st 2008
1653 Comments


funny how he supports the party that does not endorse you "getting into the trenches and fighting".

Huckabee is a loser.

south_of_heaven 11
January 21st 2008
5438 Comments


Uh, Spat...I think the Selective Service was reinstated briefly in 1980 under Carter...so Dave could've been drafted. Or am I mistaken?

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
January 21st 2008
17944 Comments


hahah mustaine is such a douche

dtti
January 21st 2008
79 Comments


lol. high-school level political activist

I wonder what would happen if we put Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich in a room by themselves for an hour...


Lars would make him eat his poop while Mustaine sobbed


rattlehead42147
January 21st 2008
1345 Comments


I love Dave, but saying any instrument is easy (unless you've mastered it) is ridiculous.

Reign_In_Blood_89
January 21st 2008
298 Comments


Dave Mustaine is an ass

masscows
January 21st 2008
2236 Comments


Mustaine is the biggest joke in metal ever. His music is good but not that good, but he keeps bringing the absolute hilarity with his retarded comments and general douchebaggery. I can't believe how pompous he is.

Any chances of me going to Gigantour fizzled away a long ass time ago.

Mikesn
Emeritus
January 21st 2008
3709 Comments


You tell 'em Dave!

McP3000
January 21st 2008
3941 Comments


I love Rust in Peace, but he is such a douche bag

lol high-school political activist

gaslight
January 21st 2008
46 Comments


"But I'm also the unofficial elected official of the disenfranchised youth of America."

Hahaha.

Dave Mustaine considering himself any kind of musical authority is hilarious.

Thor
January 21st 2008
10202 Comments


To his credit, some of his riffs are pretty hard to play. But hilarious article otherwise.

Killed4less
January 21st 2008
328 Comments


I used to respect Dave for being less pretentious then the members of Metallica, looks like I was wrong. I like Rust In Peace but Dave is a prick.

BTW you're commentary brings the lulz, Spat out.

Essence
January 21st 2008
3588 Comments


Hmmm what would happen if we put Dickinson and Mustaine in the same room? They might make a movie..... *Jack Swallow: Sailing the Seas of Douchebaggery*

ninjuice
January 21st 2008
6760 Comments


But I'm also the unofficial elected official of the disenfranchised youth of America.

Is pretentious the right word for this statement.This Message Edited On 01.21.08

Tyler
Emeritus
January 21st 2008
7926 Comments


He isnt pretentious, he's more of a, how you say, douchebag.

TheGreatD17
January 21st 2008
1141 Comments


Dave Mustaine is, for me, the Pete Wentz of metal

Det_Nosnip
January 21st 2008
374 Comments


lolz.

Sound
January 21st 2008
3904 Comments


[quote=Dave Mustaine]"Besides the bass isn't a difficult instrument to play. It's one step up from the kazoo isn't it?"[/quote]
Hahahaha. What a stupid fucking ass :lol:

Have yet to hear his music. It better be good after that statement.

McP3000
January 22nd 2008
3941 Comments


start with Rust in Peace and Peace Sells

AmericnZero02
January 22nd 2008
3360 Comments


They say bass is the easiest instrument to pick up but the hardest to master.

And seeing as how bass is my instrument of choice ill extend a big F U to Dave.

Aeksis8745
January 22nd 2008
448 Comments


aww Dave hurt sputnik's feelings lol

Silenius
January 22nd 2008
305 Comments


*Most metal/rock bass is easy.

Dave is a douche.

AmericnZero02
January 22nd 2008
3360 Comments


^word

i am the robots
January 22nd 2008
1027 Comments


its so true, bassists are hacks

sickjesus
January 22nd 2008
163 Comments


he's mastered the two most difficult skills in music, playing rhythm guitar and singing in a thrash metal band.

to be fair not many people could do both, simultaneously, to his standard. nice commentary, taking the piss out of mustaine is insanely easyThis Message Edited On 01.22.08

Omnisonic
January 22nd 2008
119 Comments


Dave Mustaine must have problems with everyone except for Dave Mustaine.

Confessed2005
January 22nd 2008
3314 Comments


lol @ high school political activist. Your news articles are always very amusing.

Mustaine comes across as a dickhead a lot of the time. I still kind of like him though.

HighandDriving
January 22nd 2008
3288 Comments


I loved the funny commentary poking fun at Dave but I still like him.



Doppelganger
January 22nd 2008
3124 Comments


to be fair not many people could do both, simultaneously, to his standard. nice commentary, taking the piss out of mustaine is insanely easy

in after butthurt

TheStarclassicTreatment
January 22nd 2008
2910 Comments


Mustaine is a knob.
I hope the band's bassist shoves his fucking guitar up his arse.

ASberg
January 22nd 2008
2161 Comments


"I am Dave Mustaine! Fear my infinite importance in music and politics! Mohahahaha!"...

sickjesus
January 22nd 2008
163 Comments


in after butthurt

what?

JAD
January 22nd 2008
200 Comments


I laughed a lot at that. Why is he proud to have an 18 year old inside of him?

ToWhatEnd
January 22nd 2008
3172 Comments


Stachatory?

rasputin
January 22nd 2008
14555 Comments


I love Dave, but saying any instrument is easy (unless you've mastered it) is ridiculous.

Compared to rhythm/lead guitar and drums it is. And anyone who can play guitar would have absolutely no trouble playing a bass. That's probably what is meant by saying it's an easy intrument.

Royd Rage
January 22nd 2008
419 Comments


god mustaine your such a stupid dick!!!

even phil anselmo is more mature than you now. your just fucked!



FenderUsa
January 22nd 2008
582 Comments


mustaine ftw

Akira
January 22nd 2008
328 Comments


Man. Meg lawlz.

GG Davey.

botb
January 22nd 2008
9760 Comments


yep, i've lost a lot of respect for him from just this. what an egotistical moron.

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Omnisonic
January 22nd 2008
119 Comments


Just realized the title of this news item can be hilarious if you're mind's in the gutter (like mine).

mattb91
January 22nd 2008
68 Comments


what an asshole. megadeath sucks balls for one thing. mustaine obviously made a biased statement against huckabee just because he is a republican.
Mustaine is a big dick.

Huckabee for president!

FriendofTheDevil70
January 22nd 2008
384 Comments


lol megadeth

but yeah, any small amount of respect i had for Dave Mustaine was lost after that comment.

RoshanC
January 22nd 2008
219 Comments


Reznor, as a bassist i would argue that anyone who can play the bass can easily pick up a guitar. Its far easier to sound like a good guitarist than a good bassist. I agree the bass can be easy to pick up and play root notes etc, but to master the bass you need to be inventive and free thinking, much more so than on the guitar

hegster90
January 22nd 2008
96 Comments


Well most instruments are easy to pick up. To master any instrument is hard. Dave probably would have said any instrument he was playing is "easy to play" unless it was guitar, and if it was, he'd just say it sucked. There's really no logic behind that statement at all.


Killed4less
January 22nd 2008
328 Comments


Have any of you who are saying bass is an easy instrument heard Steve DiGiorgio, Sean Malone and Jaco Pastorious to name is few? It may be easy to pick up but to get that good is quite a task.

samthebassman
January 22nd 2008
2164 Comments


Dave Mustaine, what a fcuk knuckle, loving your av south of heaven!

Wizard
January 22nd 2008
19618 Comments


part-time high school-level political activist

Funniest shit ever!

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CeeBone
January 23rd 2008
213 Comments


Bass is a very very easy instrument to pick up quick, and (this may be because i played bass for 4 years before guitar) harder to master.. his band is a joke anyway.. one good album (good at best) does not qualify this guy to be this much of a cunt

ASberg
January 23rd 2008
2161 Comments


^^he should get a bit more credit then that.
stupid comments none the less but he has made some damn good albums.

SoulReaper
January 23rd 2008
185 Comments


as a bass player my self iam very offended..... but i love Megadeth to much to be mad at Dave

KILL
March 9th 2009
72131 Comments


lol bass players lol oj bass is fun

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Merkaba33
March 9th 2009
702 Comments


I wonder what would happen if we put Dave Mustaine and Lars Ulrich in a room by themselves for an hour...

There acually IS a video of this. I was watching it last week after I read about his note to James and Lars. It just shows Dave bitching that he never got a second chance and that he lost his one family when he was kicked out. He also mentions that he protected Lars at a party or something. The whole video was kind of homo. Here's the link.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CKoXcJaylAo
The whole argument about which instrument is hard and not hard is a pointless one. I mean all instruments are hard to master. Actually impossible. Dave's comments were obviously retarded.

Scoot
July 21st 2014
17887 Comments


well he did write perhaps the best metal album of all time but still

stfu

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tommygun
July 21st 2014
25142 Comments


slamz

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ShadowRemains
July 21st 2014
21369 Comments


nice bump scott

lol

ResidentNihilist
July 21st 2014
1171 Comments


cliff burton would approve of what dave said

deathschool
July 21st 2014
10088 Comments


Isn't it just music culture to make fun of bass players? 90 % chance he was joking.

Scoot
July 21st 2014
17887 Comments


oh fuck off lol

Cimnele
July 21st 2014
360 Comments


"musicians shouldn't voice political opinions unless they are soldiers" good stuff Dave you thought that shit through hard

Madbutcher3
July 21st 2014
1169 Comments


Bass is easy to play at a very rudimentary level but getting good is hard as hell and doing all the weird technical crap that a load of bands do is crazy

ignorethefashion
July 21st 2014
7 Comments


Well I'll slam Dave for being a complete and total fucktard. Bad politics aside, the guy who is responsible for "Super Collider" doesn't deserve an opinion on music.

Betray
July 21st 2014
4374 Comments


"the guy who is responsible for "Super Collider" doesn't deserve an opinion on music. "

how about the guy responsible for Rust in Peace?

fucking dolt

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fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 21st 2014
22034 Comments


I think as far as politics are concerned in music, most musicians shouldn't say anything unless
they're willing to get into the trenches and fight.

dumbest thing i have ever read


thank you for bumping this so i now know dave mustaine is a retard

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evilford
July 21st 2014
22947 Comments


"I do still have an 18-year-old inside of me."

oh I don't doubt that he does..

Everythingsmagic2
July 21st 2014
149 Comments


I'm sorry when's the last time Megadeth's done anything noteworthy?

And I think that 99.9% of the disenfranchised youth of America want nothing to do with Dave Mustaine and his good-for-three-songs-joke-of-a-band

Betray
July 21st 2014
4374 Comments


"Nothing makes up for "Super Collider." As for you, anyone "digging" some generic djent band doesn't deserve an opinion either. Please, go back to fantasizing about being the meat in a Mustaine/Santorum sandwich and let the grown ups talk. "

ye even crafting two of the greatest metal albums of all time and making several other influential and critically acclaimed metal albums in the 80s and 90s doesnt make up for a misstep of an album 30 years later agreed ahrd more like pooper collider am i rite elite music taste represent m/

not sure where the santorum comment came from, because I also think that mustaines assbackwards political views are downright idiotic, but to say that dave's one truly BAD album discredits ANY opinion he has on music is extremely foolish on your part.

DrJohn
July 21st 2014
489 Comments


If the article is valid:

"Besides the bass isn't a difficult instrument to playā€¯

Thorough analysisā€¦ befitting intellectual capability of a six year old.


deathschool
July 21st 2014
10088 Comments


I taught my retarded Pug with arthritis to play bass.

DrJohn
July 21st 2014
489 Comments


You knowā€¦ they say, pets over time acquire or mimic the attributes of their respective owners.

deathschool
July 21st 2014
10088 Comments


That's ridiculous. I would never play bass.

TalonsOfFire
July 21st 2014
9170 Comments


As someone who's been playing bass for 7 years and guitar for only a couple, I can say bass is much harder to play. You need to be way stronger, it requires more endurance, more dexterity, and more skill especially if both guitar and bass are playing the exact same line. This is Dave mustaine once again proving what a &$%#ing idiot he is

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zaruyache
July 21st 2014
7283 Comments


Dave's horrible vocals made it almost impossible for me to enjoy his so-called "classic" albums. And even then they're still pretty uninteresting. Rip thrash metal

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PickleVai17
July 21st 2014
155 Comments


I don't give a fuck about dave mustaine, and megadeth being "Overatted" has nothing to do with how mediocre, IMO, is. He came out with great music back in the day, but to say that bass isn't difficult to play, he's a fuckin idiot. Hey man, you ever heard of Victor Wooten, or John Myung, or Billy Sheenan, or Ryan Martini? I could go on with incredible bassists that would be very difficult for others to cover. I think that Dave is just stuck in his thrash metal bubble, and doesn't wanna except the fact that bass is important too, and more than just a background with a couple notes here and there.

Imperial
July 22nd 2014
1738 Comments


Now I don't feel bad for hating everything he's done with Megadeth.

deathschool
July 22nd 2014
10088 Comments


You shouldn't have felt bad in the first place. If you don't like it, you don't like it. This shouldn't have an effect on your opinion of the music.

Totengott
July 22nd 2014
1404 Comments


Mustaine is an idiot.

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someguest
July 22nd 2014
21264 Comments


No shit he's an idiot - he plays thrash metal.

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Totengott
July 22nd 2014
1404 Comments


Hey, nothing wrong with thrash.

someguest
July 22nd 2014
21264 Comments


The genre has some gems. Idiots play it though.

Thunderkat
July 22nd 2014
576 Comments


"Well I'll slam Dave for being a complete and total fucktard. Bad politics aside, the guy who is responsible for "Super Collider" doesn't deserve an opinion on music."

But the guy responsible of "Rust In Peace" does deserve an opinion on music.

Slut
July 22nd 2014
2476 Comments


this is most viewed lmao

Betray
July 22nd 2014
4374 Comments


""Well I'll slam Dave for being a complete and total fucktard. Bad politics aside, the guy who is responsible for "Super Collider" doesn't deserve an opinion on music.

But the guy responsible of "Rust In Peace" does deserve an opinion on music."

is there an echo in here

DikkoZinner
July 22nd 2014
3361 Comments


He's still mad @ 'tallica

zaruyache
July 22nd 2014
7283 Comments


Comparing it to the kazoo was obviously a joke tho so idk why people are mad about what was obviously tongue-in-cheek. Just another "lol bass players" quip.

ShadowRemains
July 22nd 2014
21369 Comments


I'm sorry when's the last time Megadeth's done anything noteworthy?


ever heard a thing called endgame?

Betray
July 22nd 2014
4374 Comments


"idk why people are mad about what was obviously tongue-in-cheek"

AHRD.

deathschool
July 22nd 2014
10088 Comments


People wanna add to that shit list they've got for Mustaine.

Fieryfenderz
July 22nd 2014
1477 Comments


"I do still have an 18-year-old inside of me."

Phrasing

ResidentNihilist
July 22nd 2014
1171 Comments


no frip this is a better image

http://www.cringechannel.com/2013/09/30/picture-fedora-lover/

Froot
July 22nd 2014
1406 Comments


Glenn Beck of the music industry.

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NonApplicable
July 23rd 2014
2009 Comments


Nothing makes up for "Super Collider." As for you, anyone "digging" some generic djent band doesn't deserve an opinion either. Please, go back to fantasizing about being the meat in a Mustaine/Santorum sandwich and let the grown ups talk.

Oh man! You have no idea how embarrassing you sound. Calling Fallujah a random djent band is also pretty ridiculous.

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Rickislost
July 23rd 2014
21 Comments


I havent really heard much Megadeth except a few of their more well known songs, but this makes me never want to hear anything more.

As a talented musician Mustaine should be embarrassed by what he has said. An instrument can be as hard or a simple as you want to make it, the style and new ways of using an instrument make using it more difficult. Playing guitar is very easy if you play "One note song" by Tenacious D, but he chooses to up the complexity by playing speed metal. Likewise bass is very simple if you decide to play 3 note songs, but I am pretty sure playing any Dreamtheater, Jaco Pastorius etc, takes extreme skill and talent.

Just because he chooses to play an instrument a certain way does not make it simple and he of all people should realise this.

Everythingsmagic2
July 23rd 2014
149 Comments


@ShadowRemains "Ever heard of a thing called Endgame?"

I said noteworthy

deathschool
July 23rd 2014
10088 Comments


Watch your mouth.

Betray
July 23rd 2014
4374 Comments


"Oh man! You have no idea how embarrassing you sound. Calling Fallujah a random djent band is also pretty ridiculous."

To be fair, I was digging Volumes - No Sleep when I made the first comment, so that's where the 'generic djent band' comment came from.

Still doesn't change the fact of how retarded he actually sounds, but yeah.

PappyMason
July 23rd 2014
1274 Comments


Dave sure likes to toot his own horn....

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PorcelainRain
July 23rd 2014
537 Comments


Megadeth has to be the most irrelevant band ever now, and I like some of their stuff even.

gordodustin
July 23rd 2014
124 Comments


Anything can be easy to play or hard to play depending on your skill range. Guitar can be one step up from a kazoo as well if you only wanna learn 3 chords and call it a day. Also, the two most difficult challenges aren't rhythm guitar and singing at the same time. People have been doing that for a long time and it's really common. Just shut up Mustaine.

Emim
July 23rd 2014
26675 Comments


Classic article

krthll1
July 24th 2014
94 Comments


I like how he talks trash about bass players while also relying upon them in the balance of the music his band releases. If they are that worthless to him, why not have one? Metallica has always been more enjoyable than Megadeth to me, even if both are annoying with their political exploits in the media. Metallica has taken more risks with their sound(failed most times) while I find a limited change over time with Megadeth.

krthll1
July 24th 2014
94 Comments


why have one?*


Sauce
July 24th 2014
719 Comments


"he's mastered the two most difficult skills in music, playing rhythm guitar and singing in a thrash metal band"

lol'd

ReAnimator
July 24th 2014
326 Comments


Dave and Kanye should be introduced

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PorcelainRain
July 24th 2014
537 Comments


Whatchu talkin bout Willis Kanye jokes around Dave Mustaine is metal and has to always be serious

Apollo
July 24th 2014
10365 Comments


Dave Mustaine needs to foad. What a loser. BTW Megadeth sucks!

BMDrummer
July 24th 2014
9575 Comments


why is thread getting bumped all the time now

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Apollo
July 24th 2014
10365 Comments


Didn't look at the date of the article...still...MEGADETH SUCKS

Slut
July 24th 2014
2476 Comments


bass players suck

Everythingsmagic2
July 27th 2014
149 Comments


dungee

Thunderkat
July 27th 2014
576 Comments


Rust In Peace rules



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