Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Talks ‘Super Collider,’ ‘Dimebag’ Darrell And, Yes, Politics

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To many metal fans, a band that featured both Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and the late ‘Dimebag’ Darrell Abbott of Pantera would have been a dream pairing. And it almost happened.

In our news interview (below), Mustaine explained that he invited Darrell to join Megadeth, but Darrell said that he was a package deal with his older brother, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul (Vincent Paul Abbott). Megadeth had just hired a different drummer (Nick Menza), so Darrell had to decline the offer.

“It would have been pretty monstrous,” Mustaine admitted.

Mustaine, though, remained friends with the brothers. This summer, for instance, Vinnie Paul’s current band Hellyeah will be on the bill of the 2013 edition of Megadeth’s traveling heavy metal festival Gigantour. This year’s tour also includes Newsted (the band of former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted), Device, Death Division, and  Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society. (Wylde joked with about the lineup: “It’s like a high school reunion gone wrong!”)

Megadeth’s new album Super Collider is the band’s first  for a major label (Universal Music, via their imprint Tradecraft Records) since 1999′s Risk. It’s also the second new Megadeth album in a row to feature original bassist Dave Ellefson, who played on the band’s first nine albums. For years, Ellefson was involved in a bitter lawsuit with Mustaine, but, happily, they have resolved their differences.

“Dave’s a good friend of mine,” Mustaine confirmed to “Unfortunately he got some bad direction and followed it. He apologized. I forgave him. That’s the kind of guy I am.”

After discussions about his band’s internal politics, our conversation briefly swung around to the national version. Mustaine after all has taken a lot of heat for comments made about President Obama (just Google “Dave Mustaine Obama” if you want to learn more about that). But as Mustaine explained to, he doesn’t claim affiliation with either democrats or republicans. “I’m neither party, I’m an American citizen who votes however he damn well pleases.”

Megadeth’s Gigantour kicks off July 3 on Gilford, New Hampshire.

(Interview conducted by’s Scott Sterling)

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