On October 22, Mau Alvarado of Costa Rica’s “80s Y Mas” conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine when the band played at Estadio Nacional de Costa Rica in San José as the support act for BLACK SABBATH. Check out the chat below. A couple of excerpts follow.
On where he sees MEGADETH five or ten years from now:
Mustaine: “There was a period about ten years ago when I was really unhappy with the way things were going in the music business and with MEGADETH in general. And there was a lot of internal turmoil with the band — a lot of fighting and stuff like that — and a lot of times, I would ask myself: ‘Is this really what I wanna do with the rest of my life?’ And once we had the breakup after I my arm got injured and I re-evaluated my career, it changed things, and meeting up with Shawn [Drover, drums] and Chris [Broderick, guitar] really made me, I believe, a much more grateful player. So I think right now the best is yet to come for us. We really have gotten a lot better in the last, probably, two years even. We’re playing better now than, I think, we’ve ever played.”
On whether he will still be rocking like THE ROLLING STONES when he reaches the age of 65 or 70:
Mustaine: “Like THE ROLLING STONES? [laughs] Let’s see. I hope so. I hope better, actually, because I think I am in better shape than they are at… When they were 52, I think I’m in better shape than they were. And I have tremendous respect for THE ROLLING STONES, but I think it’s all relative. I mean, look at Bruce Springsteen; he’s just as old as they are, but nobody says anything about it, ’cause he takes of himself. I take care of myself. A lot of people say stuff about my age because of the whole ‘Big Four’ thing and what it stands for, or they [mention] the injury to my neck. But if I didn’t have those two things, nobody would say, ‘Oh, God, he’s 52.’ They wouldn’t even care.”