Posted in metal | music on February 15, 2012

Dave Mutaine picks his candidate (more by Dana (Distortion) Yavin)
Megadeth

Megadeth is currently on the road with Motorhead as part of Gigantour. The show came to The Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, and even more recently to the Aragon Ballroom in Chicago. Right before that they stopped in Canada and that's where MusicRadar caught up with frontman Dave Mustaine. Here's part of their chat:

Speaking of news, you were a correspondent for MTV during the 1992 presidential election. What's your take on US politics in 2012?

Dave: "I'm just hoping that whatever is in the White House next year is a Republican. I can't bear to watch what's happened to our great country. Everybody's got their head in the sand. Everybody in the industry is like, 'Oh, Obama's doing such a great job...' I don't think so. Not from what I see.

"Looking at the Republican candidates, I've got to tell you, I was floored the other day to see that Mitt Romney's five boys have a $100 million trust fund. Where does a guy make that much money? So there's some questions there. And watching Newt Gingrich, I was pretty excited for a while, but now he's just gone back to being that person that everybody said he was - that angry little man. I still like him, but I don't think I'd vote for him.

"Ron Paul... you know, I heard somebody say he was like insecticide - 98 percent of it's inert gases, but it's the two percent that's left that will kill you. What that means is that he'll make total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else. I like the guy because he knows how to excite the youth of America and fill them in on some things. But when he says that we're like the Taliban... I'm sorry, Congressman Paul, but I'm nothing like the Taliban.

"Earlier in the election, I was completely oblivious as to who Rick Santorum was, but when the dude went home to be with his daughter when she was sick, that was very commendable. Also, just watching how he hasn't gotten into doing these horrible, horrible attack ads like Mitt Romney's done against Newt Gingrich, and then the volume at which Newt has gone back at Romney... You know, I think Santorum has some presidential qualities, and I'm hoping that if it does come down to it, we'll see a Republican in the White House... and that it's Rick Santorum."

Gigantour continues.

Good thing there was no Megadeth in Obama's Spotify playlist which contains some of what you would expect like Wilco, Bruce Springsteen and Arcade Fire, and at least one "whoah!" aka a fairly small band from Portland who are signed to Knitting Factory Records and that is AgesandAges. Congrats to them! (though of course it should be noted that, to be more specific, the Spotify playlist "features picks by the campaign staff--including a few of President Obama's favorites." Check out the whole thing on Spotify.

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Comments (88)

fuck this asshole

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:27 PM

Clown. Caricature of his former self (which was a douche, too)

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:30 PM

who cares what dave mustaine thinks... let him support a homophobic, sexity, bigot who has been voted as one of the most corrupt politicians in the past decade.

funny how he agrees with 98% of what ron paul preaches but then is taken back by soething that is so outlandish. i don't think he ever compared americans to the TALIBAN.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:31 PM

Good for him. Potentially going against a more liberal fanbase to speak about what he believes in. Sadly, there will be not a single viable candidate this year, incumbent or challenger.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:34 PM

Anyfuckingbody but Obama '12.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:39 PM

Really? Endorsing the man who compared gay marriage to having sex with a dog?

That's pretty damn sad what a fucking joke

Posted by Mark | February 15, 2012 12:39 PM

Politics is Clown Shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:39 PM

I'd rather have Obama than Santorum

Hell I'd rather have Bush again

Posted by Zach | February 15, 2012 12:42 PM

Whatever, not like much is going to change regardless of who wins. Come November 2012, there still be shows at annoying venues like T5, scalpers will still eat up lots of tickets and we'll still be complaining about everything anonymously on BV.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:47 PM

What's funny about this is the fact that when he covered those earlier elections for MTV it was from the position of a staunch Democrat who was against the Republicans because they were such right wing religious nuts. Now the Republicans are even more religious, but since Mustaine has found the lord it's a perfect fit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:47 PM

I was always more of Hirax fan, myself. Also, I don't think metalheads count as "a more liberal fanbase".

And: paging Dan Savage for a new synonym for "Mustaine". This could be amazing...

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:49 PM

I won't vote for Obama again under any circumstances. I may not agree with the right on social issues shit, but only a moron would think that this election is about social issues. That's for elections when the country is fat, stupid and prospering.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:51 PM

Dave Mustaine? Really? The opinion of some idiot from fucking geek rock band? What the fuck does this have to do with Linsanity?

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 12:54 PM

Who cares? The Dark Knight Rises is all that matters this year!

Posted by Sam | February 15, 2012 12:55 PM

I think Mustaine has been warped by years of too much therapy.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:00 PM

so 12:51 you will be happy to see Mitt in the White House pushing thru tax breaks for the rich(aka him). The Republicans have nothing viable to run on this year and the guys running are so wacko they make GW sane.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:00 PM

12:51 I'm glad to know that I don't have to worry about minorities, women, gays, and the poor anymore!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:02 PM

Looks like 1:00 and 1:02 get their political sophistication from reading children's books.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:09 PM

Linsanity > Feist > Dave Mustaine's Opinion > Dave Mustaine

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:17 PM

Dave Mustaine likes 9 inches of spicy sausage in his rear

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:19 PM

Feist is worse than everyone and everything.*


* Except for tUnE-yArDz

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:21 PM

Rick Santorum brought his stillborn baby home from the hospital, introduced it to his kids,cuddled with it, and played with it for a few hours. No that's not a joke.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:22 PM

You're clearly stupid, because this election will be about social issues. It's already started with birth control.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:26 PM

this election's about the size of government. social issues is just a galvanizing -- and temporary-- sideshow. wake up, if only just a little. geez.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:31 PM

then again, social issues are also about the size of government--how much say some bureaucrat has in how you run your life in your own house.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:32 PM

None of them ACTUALLY want to shrink the size of government. Except for Ron Paul, but that's not going to happen.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:32 PM

Wow, this thread may be the biggest troll-baiter in BV history, and that's saying something.

Maybe Dave Mustaine, the Nuge, Bocephus, and a few faceless GAK performers can go on a media-ignored pro-Santorum tour.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:33 PM

What a stupid piece of shit.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:35 PM

I would generally assume this election would be about the economy (which sucks) like every other election. Of course, the Republicans could nominate a nut job like Rick Santorum and make it about social issues. Good work!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:36 PM

1:32 #2 just hit the nail on the head.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:37 PM

Republicans need to start thinking about 2016 they already lost 2012.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:45 PM

I doubt it would be Santorum making the election about social issues. But he would most assuredly make it easier for the left to make it about that. He's a bit of an odd duck, but I'd still take him over the incompetent loser duck soiling the oval office right now.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:45 PM

Typical left wing knee jerk trust fund hipsters. You fools are like trained parrots "BARACK OBAMA! BWHAAA! BARACK OBAMA!"

It's gonna make the 1st Wednesday in November that much sweeter

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:45 PM

Hey, where's that Tea Party guy who usually comments on these threads? He's funny (to poop on).

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:47 PM

This post is all about the internet traffic; lots of right-wingers trolling BV lately, and here's their food.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:49 PM

Social issues are a wedge issues in this election, IMO. Let's get back to the shitty economy that was GWB's gift to us. Both parties are indulging in magical thinking, but Republicans have really just been dicks about it since Obamas got in. Republicans have had this huge hard-on for reducing government spending during a recession, which is totally contrary to Keynesian economics. Meanwhile the "stimulus" they want to reinvigorate the economy is loosening all regulations (ignoring hidden costs, which don't stay very well hid for long) so that the market can just take care of it already. Oh like the market took care of it in 2008? Yeah that was awesome how the Invisible Hand fingered us all in the butthole. But the real kicker is that this in-fighting goes on while Patriot Act 2 and NDAA go through with flying colors. The one thing both parties seem to agree on is that we should rob everybody of their rights. (I am a self-confessed left-leaner, so take it with a grain of salt, you jerks.)

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:53 PM

1:45 This is not a positive or negative statement but just a reality check for you. If you really think there is even a stones throw chance in hell Obama is not going to be reelected this year you are seriously, truly, amazingly very delusional.

Get over it stupid along with the rest of the idiots who are kidding themselves. This is a done deal.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:54 PM

Contrary to Keynesian economics? Good Lord.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:54 PM

1:53 here... Keynesian economics: Government needs to continue spending money that it doesn't have in order to stimulate the economy during the downturns. Did I get this wrong? Is this no longer the dominant economic theory? Did we go back to Goldsmith? I wasn't that great at Macroeconomics because I though it was BORING.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 1:58 PM

It's always the straight white males who are not interested in social issue. Of course none of them are affected by the issues. Soon as they are however, it is a "WAR ON... " by the Conservative media.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:08 PM

Th only change will be from Ron Paul. All the other politicians (Obama included) are the same. All supporting military/industrial complex, and secret deals with international banks. RON PAUL 2012

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:09 PM

This should be the easiest election for a Republican to win and they've already thrown it away. It's fascinating to watch.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:09 PM

Obama voted for the Patriot Act and FISA while a Senator. FACT.

His recovery policies are identical to GWB's.

It feels like 2004 again. Terrible incumbent, but the challengers are not great either.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:11 PM

kinda wish his parents had used contraceptives

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:16 PM

i hate this site

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:24 PM

Kinda wish yours did 2:16

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:24 PM

Its pretty sad that this guy bases his decision on from whom to vote by the fact that Santorum went home to visit his sick daughter and that he hasn't run attack ads (actually he has, but that's another issue).

Hello? How about his policies, experience, history, leadership? Whatever your political leaning, at least base your voting decisions on actual substance.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:26 PM

Thanks for showing your racist, bigoted colors 2:08. Now, go the fuck away and never come back, you test tube baby.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:26 PM

I am proud to say that I never liked Megadeth and that the early Metallica recordings with Dave suck balls. I would, however, vote for Dave to be mayor of Brooklyn. That way all you assholes would have to listen to him whine more often.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:31 PM

1:22, I wouldn't vote for Santorum in a million years, but the pot shot you took at him for bringing his dead baby home was cheap. You've probably never had a miscarriage yourself I guess? Anyway, what he did is actually not all that weird or outside the mainstream. The strange thing is probably that he talked about it publicly.

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/rick-santorum-dead-baby-critics-lambasted-families-grieve/story?id=15306750

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:40 PM

"It's always the straight white males who are not interested in social issue. Of course none of them are affected by the issues. Soon as they are however, it is a "WAR ON... " by the Conservative media."

LOLWUT? I tend to be liberal/libertarian, but as someone who reads everything, I always feel a tinge of sadness when I encounter people who so are so insular.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:42 PM

I can see Russia from my house!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:44 PM

So the lead singer of Megadeath doesn't like Obama? Could someone show me a person in 2012 (without a mullet) that likes Megadeath and isn't wearing some crappy 80s metal band t-shirt? Megadeath! LOL LMAO

Posted by David | February 15, 2012 2:45 PM

Dave's a stupid redneck who is still bitter he was kicked out of Metallica. Get over it old man.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:47 PM

@2:42

UHH LOL WUT?

Good on your reading. It is a true statement. Libertarian is great in a perfect world. However, most people are dicks and there are reasons why such protective laws are required. Ask an average mid-western hetero male about gay marriage. Do you really think he would care one way or the either? Most people care about work and money. The ones fighting for social change are the ones affected by it.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:48 PM

@ 2:48 have you been to the midwest? I doubt it...

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 2:54 PM

I would agree with the statement that the average hetero midwestern male could care less about gay marriage.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:04 PM

I really don't think that most people care that much about gay marriage. Some people are more resistant than others, but it's pretty obvious to me that it'll be universally accepted sooner rather than later, and that's pretty amazing considering how counter that is to pretty much all of human history. Even the most hardened bigots today are more tolerant than pretty much everyone was in the not so distant past.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:13 PM

End the drug war! VOTE RON PAUL 2012!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:16 PM

Intelligent debate going on here.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:29 PM

who gives a shit. politics are for pussies

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:41 PM

2:48-Americans only care about money. Most really don't give a shit about their jobs only their paycheck.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:45 PM

If you think that the most prescient issues we are facing now are gay marriage or birth control, you really missed the memo. If you think that this current clown shit we're stuck with has any clue how the fuck an economy works (or even cares) , than you don't deserve to vote again, for 20 years.

I will vote for an empty can or orange juice over Obama in November, and compared to idiots like Obama, Biden, Pelosi, Reed, or criminals like Holder, Frank, Waters, Rangle ... Compared to them, Santorum seems like an actual choice.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:49 PM

You "social issue" people understand that for every dollar spent $0.40 is outstanding debt, $0.20 of which is held by a single country (China), and that we have passed the point where our outstanding debt exceeds our ability to earn? You want to call that "just worrying about money", you go ahead - the rest of us see the ship sinking and know that if we don't plug the hole then it won't matter who gets to sit at the captain's table for dinner since we'll all be dead.

Trust fund children.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 3:55 PM

What hypocrites- both Mustaine AND BV commenters.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 4:09 PM

"One of the things I will talk about, that no president has talked about before, is I think the dangers of contraception in this country.... Many of the Christian faith have said, well, that's okay, contraception is okay. It's not okay. It's a license to do things in a sexual realm that is counter to how things are supposed to be." - Rick Santorum.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 4:19 PM

"Well, just tell them that The President said that they need to hire more people now, or else I'll sick Holder on them". Barack Obama

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 4:25 PM

Just reposting 1:53 because they are right:
"Social issues are a wedge issues in this election, IMO. Let's get back to the shitty economy that was GWB's gift to us. Both parties are indulging in magical thinking, but Republicans have really just been dicks about it since Obamas got in. Republicans have had this huge hard-on for reducing government spending during a recession, which is totally contrary to Keynesian economics. Meanwhile the "stimulus" they want to reinvigorate the economy is loosening all regulations (ignoring hidden costs, which don't stay very well hid for long) so that the market can just take care of it already. Oh like the market took care of it in 2008? Yeah that was awesome how the Invisible Hand fingered us all in the butthole.

Posted by Jack | February 15, 2012 4:26 PM

The same crazy-eyes liberal fruitcake, the same old tired opinions of failed philosophies, the same old crap over and over and over and over.

THE SAME CRAZY APOLOGIST FOR OBAMA, CLUTTERING UP THE ATMOSPHERE WITH TALKING POINTS.

Hey genius, since your so smart, who are the UNIVERSALLY ACCEPTED top 3 causes of the financial crisis, with references? I'll give you a hint - Bush isn't even in the top 5. Congress controls the money, dipshit. But we've been through this a zillion times on here, and you have yet ONCE to produce a single qualified source to support your florid fantasies.

Until you can actually discuss issues in an informed and referenced manner, please go away and scream on a street corner with the others in need of anti-psychotic medication.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 4:40 PM

http://youtu.be/s7tWHJfhiyo
If you hate the two party system, here is a good video for you.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 4:54 PM

you guys really nailed it!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 5:03 PM

"The same crazy-eyes liberal fruitcake, the same old tired opinions of failed philosophies, the same old crap over and over and over and over."

And over and over and over and it COMES FROM BOTH SIDES. My point was that in the two party system, which is fucked because it consolidates power and divides the populace between two choices that aren't even very much liked by most of the population, I still find myself having to choose the presumed Democratic nominee in spite of the fact that he's helping to pass some reprehensible legislation (NDAA and Patriot Act 2) that is helping to reshape this country to look at lot like 1984. I am 3:53 and I also posted the youtube link above.

Sorry if my economic arguments are lacking, I also said economics are boring. But GWB was president for 8 years and had a party majority in congress for a long bit in there right? Yeah, that's his economy. So please inform me about the top three universally accepted causes of the financial crisis. I'm curious about whether or not any of them involve rampant speculation in a deregulated market.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 5:11 PM

Brooklynvegan users talking about politics

Amazing just incredible

Posted by Peter | February 15, 2012 5:34 PM

stupid rich rock star... he probably plays golf with the motor city madman...

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 6:32 PM

Mustaine is a stupid motherfucker. No wonder Metallica fired his ass. Santorum is a joke, man. So far, noone is impressing me enough to get my vote, but Santorum... NO!! just NO!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 6:38 PM

End The Fed!

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 7:06 PM

12:34 (near the top):

you must still be livin on Mom and Dad's dime, cuz you don't have a clue. you will end up voting for some Republican, just "so you can say you voted"

you proud 'merican

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 7:21 PM

"Hey genius, since your so smart"

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 7:21 PM

4:40

you are not so smart. please learn to use the correct form of your/you're

and Bush/Cheney created this mess, by starting two wars, and having NO MISSIONS ACCOMPLISHED

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 7:24 PM

5:11 - Bravo. You finally shut that annoying guy up.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 7:51 PM

Rock musicians should never ever, ever comment publicly about about politics- stick to what you know: drugs + groupies.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 8:18 PM

7:24 - you are entitled to your own opinion, but not your own facts.

Clinton bears a greater share of blame than Bush. Every legitimate source acknowledges that. Clinton repealed Glass–Steagall, which most feel was one of the 3 primary reasons for the collapse.

As for your irrational anger, you need to calm down, take some deep breaths,and get some professional help for that. You are unbalanced, getting so worked up over an anonymous posting on a blog, which makes you loose all semblance of logic.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 10:09 PM

"you are not so smart. please learn to use the correct form of your/you're"

That's the best you got? Silly hipster.

Posted by Anonymous | February 15, 2012 10:10 PM

Remember how awesome Rust in Peace was? What the fuck happened to this guy?

Jesus.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2012 2:37 AM

10:09 and 7:24 - Both of you are correct, somewhat. Depends on what you're talking about.
If you're talking about the collapse in September 2008, then 10:09 is correct; the Graham-Leach-Bliley Act undid major parts of Glass-Steagall, which basically allowed banks and insurance companies to become "too big to fail".
If you're referring to our massive debt right now, yes a large chunk of it has to do with getting into 2 expensive wars and putting it on the China credit card. In that regard, 7:24 is correct.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2012 6:25 AM

dave mustaine for the win

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 2:50 PM

dave rules

Posted by jordon | August 6, 2013 2:52 PM

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