Megadeth Singer Opens Mouth Again

2008-02-24 by Dave de Sylvia EMERITUS | 63 Comments
In the upcoming issue of Revolver magazine, Megadeth frontman discusses the past decade's disinclination towards guitar solos and claims guitarists who don't solo "aren't fully accomplished guitar players"

Asked why he chose the bands he did for 2008's Gigantour tour, Mustaine responded: "I wanted bands that weren't necessarily smash successes but that have been around for a while and built a following. And I wanted bands that have had consistent musicianship. There was a period over the last 10 years where guitar solos weren't popular anymore — they weren't en vogue. Thank God they're back in style, because I look at guys that don't play solos as guys who aren't fully accomplished guitar players. It's like in baseball, the guys in the American League that just bat and don't play, or the ones that just pitch and don't bat. Being a well-rounded guitar player to me is being able to play rhythm and lead and acoustic."

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masscows
February 24th 2008
2230 Comments


I kind of agree with him, but being an "accomplished player" doesn't necessarily have anything to do with writing good music either.

Wolfy
February 24th 2008
101 Comments


I dont agree with Dave on this one. Just because a guitarist doesnt do guitar solos doesnt mean he cant be an accomplished player.

Skyler
February 24th 2008
1084 Comments


That's really not what he was saying at all, chan.

Zmev
February 24th 2008
983 Comments


"...I mean, fuck George Harrison."

Shattered_Future
February 24th 2008
1560 Comments


Maybe Dave should stop listening for solos and start listening to the bands he has on Gigantour, because a good portion of them absolutely suck.

DWittisarockstar
February 24th 2008
1501 Comments


haha. I really don't care for solos tbh so I disagree.

Mikesn
Emeritus
February 24th 2008
3708 Comments


you're an idiot dave, go awayThis Message Edited On 02.24.08

combustion07
February 24th 2008
6500 Comments


Hes an idiot...

Bron-Yr-Aur
February 24th 2008
4405 Comments


well, you know, he was

stoopkid
February 24th 2008
326 Comments


Why does he keep talking?

combustion07
February 24th 2008
6500 Comments


Daves drinkin again.

rattlehead42147
February 24th 2008
1345 Comments


He's such a ****ing idiot. Anyone who only listens to music for solos is a moron.

All he's saying is he didn't want KoRn on the Gigantour '08 bill.


HighandDriving
February 24th 2008
3288 Comments


Dave is God, therefor we shall listen and obey his spoken Gospel.
No jokes.

skullcrusher149
February 24th 2008
560 Comments


All he's saying is he didn't want KoRn on the Gigantour '08 bill.

I didn't know they wanted to/were invited to be on it...?



Iam138
February 24th 2008
76 Comments


realy

rasputin
February 24th 2008
14968 Comments


Being a well-rounded guitar player to me is being able to play rhythm and lead and acoustic.

That's the entirety of what he was getting at, and I agree.

skullcrusher149
February 24th 2008
560 Comments


realy


No, i'm lying. thanks.This Message Edited On 02.24.08

gasmaskman
February 24th 2008
1006 Comments


"It's like in baseball, the guys in the American League that just bat and don't play, or the ones that just pitch and don't bat."
That's one stupid analogy. A person doesn't pick what league or what team to play on...If someone signs you as a designated hitter you're not gonna field, it's not your choice...and then pitching in the AL is harder so that doesn't make any sense...maybe he should actually watch baseball?

Doppelganger
February 24th 2008
3124 Comments


I have yet to find any guitar player who can not play rhythm and acoustic or lead and acoustic.

MoonlightBleeding
February 24th 2008
452 Comments


Dave=SHUT UP!

Yes, I agree.

Still...

SoulReaper
February 24th 2008
193 Comments


i agree with HighandDriving... really....Dave is god.

Ragemachine2112
February 24th 2008
5 Comments


Fall out boy play solos so i'm guessing they're accomplished musicians right?

DerMond
February 24th 2008
126 Comments


::is the only person here who agrees with crazy dave, for once::

Thor
February 24th 2008
10271 Comments


How do other musicians put up with him?

Oh I forgot, he's a self-proclaimed legend.

Killed4less
February 25th 2008
328 Comments


I was under the impression that any guitarist could play rhythm, lead and acoustic in some way. I must be mistaken though, Mustaine was in Megadeth, he knows his guitar shi0t.

kattunlover69
February 25th 2008
1194 Comments


How is this music news? I posted a news art. not long ago about Rody cussing a 47 yr old out, and it got deleted. This is basicaly the same thing.

kattunlover69
February 25th 2008
1194 Comments


How is this music news again?

rasputin
February 25th 2008
14968 Comments


nvmThis Message Edited On 02.24.08

Steerpike
February 25th 2008
1861 Comments


I have to say of all the stupid things Dave has said over the years, this really isn't that bad.

It's getting to the point where Dave could tell you he doesn't like Mexican food because it gives him heartburn and people here would call him a racist.

I sometimes question the collective IQ of this community.

Eakflanderyof
February 25th 2008
2542 Comments


I have to say of all the stupid things Dave has said over the years, this really isn't that bad.


Only because this pales in comparison to some of his other incredibly laughable statements.

It's getting to the point where Dave could tell you he doesn't like Mexican food because it gives him heartburn and people here would call him a racist.


No, I think he is just an idiot and this statement further cements that claim.

I sometimes question the collective IQ of this community.


So do I, but not for disliking morons like Mustaine.

I've never been an avid supporter of guitar solos. Most of the time they suck ass and come across as forced or just "HEY LOOK AT ME I RULE AT GUITAR." There are many reasons that this statement is stupid:

1. Solos usually suck, including many of his, although RIP had some great ones
2. Decent/standard/mediocre solos are not hard to write at all.
3. It's much more difficult to try and write a good song than wank like hell and hope people think you're god for playing so fast
4. I could just as easily say most drummers suck because they don't have some poorly placed 45 second drum solo in the middle of a song where it doesn't belong, but that would be stupid
5. Inno a Satana owns Mustaine

sickjesus
February 25th 2008
163 Comments


i basically agree with what he's saying about being a well-rounded player, but he most definitely isn't one. anyone who's seen the cringeworthy version of cemetery gates that he did with dream theater at gigantour 06 will know dave is all speed and bum notes.

AngelPhoenix
February 25th 2008
2761 Comments


[quote=Eakflanderyof]Satana owns Mustaine[/quote]

I don't know enough about Dave, or even Megadeth's library of music to determine whether or not there's some merit to his statement. But I've heard enough of it to know that the above quote is true. Carlos Santana, Jimi Hendrix, and Jimmy Page = Mustaine ownage.This Message Edited On 02.25.08

MadnessUnhallowed
February 25th 2008
403 Comments


Dave Mustaine is a fool. He's been bitter ever since he was kicked out of Metallica.

You can be a good player regardless of your shredding abilities. Granted, I prefer solos but there are many accomplished guitarists in other styles which don't require soloing.

Let's see him play some jazz or blues.

McP3000
February 25th 2008
4049 Comments


I always enjoy a good laugh in the early morning

Altmer
February 25th 2008
5701 Comments


Seriously guys, what are you getting worked up about? So Mustaine thinks guitars should solo and in his band, they do, and he picks bands he likes to go with him on his festival package tour. It doesn't really change anything about the way he runs Gigantour or whatever.

I'm not saying there should be solos on every record, it's just what he *wants* to hear from the music he listens to, and it's *why* he listens to the music he does?

Saying " to me being an accomplished musician you have to forego solos because it's wankery" is equally stupid. That's what YOU want to hear.

VicariousIntent
February 25th 2008
1626 Comments


This guy is so amazingly stupid it's hillarious.

gimo80
February 25th 2008
230 Comments


Honestly, you cannot FORCE solos into a song for the sake of proving that you're an 'accomplished' guitar player. It has to work in context of the song, not just to show off your guitar skills. Ever heard of the phrase 'less is more??'
There is a BIG difference between a good guitarist and a good songwriter. Writing a good song is much more challenging to do than just to rip a 'phat' solo.
Dude.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 25th 2008
7925 Comments


Dave can barely play rhythm, lead or acoustic, so I mean whatever.

HighandDriving
February 25th 2008
3288 Comments


Umm I think he's actually pretty dope when it comes to rhythm guitar.

McP3000
February 25th 2008
4049 Comments


Yeah, his riffs aren't exactly easy...especially while he "sings"

or deflates the helium in his head

DekWannaBFlea
February 25th 2008
284 Comments


GUITAR SOLOS GOOD! UNITED NATIONS BAD.

Steerpike
February 25th 2008
1861 Comments


And you'd probably lead the pack, seeing as you're more reactionary than anybody.

Spare me. I'm just calling 'em as I see 'em. Explain to me what in Dave's statement was really all that stupid? I read that article and shrugged. I don't fully agree with him, but I do think there's merit to the last sentence.
So explain to me why Dave's statement warrants the reaction it's getting. I would love to hear this.

Omnisonic
February 25th 2008
129 Comments


Mustaine = cunt.

xxbattery21xx
February 25th 2008
64 Comments


mustaine is a wash up. megadeth isnt even good anymore.

ukrocker21
February 25th 2008
63 Comments


I like megadeth alot (untill hearing their new album) but mustaine has always been a bitch. On a completely different matter, i am new- how do i get my pic to show on my coments? It is their on my profile page and says its been sucessfully loaded. But its not there. Some reason im not privilaged enough to use the forum for help either. Can someone help me please?!

TheIronWeasel
February 25th 2008
123 Comments


The funniest thing about all this is that he chose Job for a Cowboy to go on tour with him, JFAC has the worst solos I've ever heard.

Wizard
February 25th 2008
20209 Comments


And I wanted bands that have had consistent musicianship.


Job for a Cowboy certainly fits his bill than (they only know how to play one song!)

As for Dave, I can see where hes going with this. But at the same time there are some phenomenal guitarists out there who play alot of atmospheric stuff and don't necessarily cater to Dave's opinions on what a good guitarist should be. For that, I say shame on you Dave for not recognizing skill outside of guitar solo. This Message Edited On 02.25.08

botb
February 26th 2008
12959 Comments


dave is a waste of oxygen. this honestly rivals the comment that paris hilton made about admiring african children because they were starving. i enjoy megadeth but dave mustaine is an idiot.

Royd Rage
February 26th 2008
419 Comments


or i can do whatever the fuck i want and you will just have to swallow it dave.

guitar is not religion it's a hobby. some use it to get money but since when are there rules?

one guy won guitar world's guitar competition thing (can't remember the name) by using his guitar as a percussion instrument and making it sound like drums. DRUMS. in front of other successful guitarists. they voted for him cause he did something new and took a big chance in a competition that was mostly all about solos and chops. something different. do you know what that means? no last time i check your "band" was still jocking mettalica's sound from freakin' 20 years ago. so,suck my balls dave.

i wish you would just shut up and stop talking all together.

that said i still though the system has failed was pretty good.

so just shut up and do what your good at.



This Message Edited On 02.26.08This Message Edited On 02.26.08

BrokenChains
March 11th 2008
34 Comments


Mustaine has a point in that...if you don't play ANY guitar solos, I think you're lacking something. No, every song shouldn't have a guitar solo...but I think some should. They're an important part to metal.

funkymango
July 18th 2008
60 Comments


Mustaine should have made his explanation clearer.

Doesn't Mustaine mean the ability to play solos and that those who don't have the ability don't solo?

Of course it all depends on the style of music, but he's a metal guitarist so he would be referring to metal I believe only.

Actually if a so called 'accomplished metal guitarist' never does solos, I wonder if they would have the ability to solo if asked on the spot? Or maybe all they can do is hold a whammy bar or make their guitar sound like a drum? Who knows? Put it to the test!

By the way, why all the hostility in the comments? The Contributing Reviewers sound the most bigoted. Stick to reviewing only guys please!This Message Edited On 07.19.08

ironzeppelin789
July 28th 2008
134 Comments


i disagree with him even though i like solos

SansSentient
August 30th 2008
4 Comments


Been a Dave Mustaine fan since I saw him in Metallica at The Boat House in Norfolk, Virginia as an opening act for Motorhead. Let's just say I've listened to them for a long while. I was glad when Metallica kicked him and gave him the courage -- or anger -- to start Megadeath. Perhaps that courage and success led him to kicking heroine addiction. But on this one....one of the reasons I was glad the 80's were in the past was the guitar soloists adding what many times amounted to useless bulk in otherwise great songs. The 90's music that held on to driving rhythms as their guitar work isn't in anyway inferior to shredding in a solo. In fact, many of the 90's and 2000's guitarists reserve soloing for the stage alone. Just because songs aren't built around solo breaks doesn't make the performing artists inferior musicians, either. Dave likes solos. Great! But in this case if he doesn't like rhythm-based bands, so what. He's just another guy with another opinion. He's certainly no authority on good modern music!

KILL
May 6th 2009
81232 Comments


i think mustaines a bit up his ass but hes an awesome player man

Lunarfall
May 6th 2009
3178 Comments


KILL why the hell did you bump this thread

KILL
May 6th 2009
81232 Comments


feels good thats y

absurdismwine
May 6th 2009
304 Comments


I get what he's saying

but it doesn't apply to people that don't play the style that incorporates solos

burnafterbreeding
May 6th 2009
1529 Comments


E-minor sweeps ftw.

KILL
May 6th 2009
81232 Comments


mustaine cant sweep olololol

FadeToBlack
May 6th 2009
11044 Comments


This news must mean that a new megadeth album is coming out soon. Stuff like this normally coincides with a new album lol

CoRpSeSlAyEr
May 6th 2009
855 Comments


How come when players shred "too much" it's considered "wankery" and stupid, but when someone plays, say the same notes as a "wankery" guitar solo, on a piano it's considered brilliant and beautiful? When u transpose some of the great classical pieces to guitar it'll sound like wankery and mindless shredding, but on piano, it's an incredible piece of music. U never here anyone say, "yeah, that Vivaldi is just a violin wanker or, Beethoven is just piano wankery.

I love all instrumental pieces from Vivaldi to Pagannini, to Michael Angelo Batio to Jason Becker. I just consider it all incredible musicianship and not "wankery".

FadeToBlack
May 6th 2009
11044 Comments


k that's nice

CoRpSeSlAyEr
May 6th 2009
855 Comments


True that. Have u heard Chris Broderick play Classical guitar? It's quite impressive.



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