Chile’s Radio Futuro recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine. You can now watch the chat below.
On whether he sees MEGADETH’s new lineup as a “new beginning” for the band:
Mustaine: “Kind of. But I think people make too big of a deal about lineup changes. IRON MAIDEN had a bunch of lineup changes. They’ve had more than one singer; they’ve had three singers. We’ve only had one. SLAYER’s had lineup changes, METALLICA’s had lineup changes, so I don’t really put too much importance on lineup changes. If somebody doesn’t wanna be here, then fuck ’em! You know what I mean? But I look at it like this: Kiko Loureiro [guitar] has been a breath of fresh air, and Dirk Verbeuren [drums] was recommended by Chris Adler, who played on the ‘Dystopia’ record and is a great friend of mine and the band. And the record is very exciting. I think that it’s really given us a breath of fresh air, going back to what we wanted to do: playing thrash music. After ‘Risk’, I said something to Marty Friedman. I said, ‘We’ve gotta go back to our roots,’ and he quit. So it kind of shows you where he was going — to Japan. And, for me, slowly but surely, we changed the band and got the direction back to where we’re at with [MEGADETH’s latest album] ‘Dystopia’. And I’m excited to see what the next record’s gonna be like.”
“I don’t wanna make any changes anymore. I want this to be my band lineup until the end.