Megadeth frontman and ex Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, has always been pretty much a straight shooter when it comes to interviews. In a recent interview with Full Metal Jackie he explained the first time he was introduced to Black Sabbath when they were blasting out as he was buying marijuana from a friend.
Knowing that Megadeth will be touring with Ozzy Osbourne this summer he was asked the question: “What aspects of his music that appealed to you as a kid still affects you now?”
Mustaine explained: “I’ve always told the truth about things with Black Sabbath as a kid for me — I didn’t really discover them until later. A friend of mine would listen to them all the time who I used to go and get my pot from.” Adding: But that was the only place I’d ever hear Sabbath was at Alfie’s. So, when I would go to my brother-in-law’s to go play guitar and hang out and stuff like that, they always played Zeppelin and KISS and Ted Nugent.
He also talked about the influence of guitarist Tony Iommi: “Once I started to get into Sabbath, I was like wow Tony Iommi is really — he has a sound and a heaviness all his own.
Then you add the I don’t know if I would say prolific is the right word or maybe poignant, but Ozzy’s lyrics, I think a lot of people think they’re really simple, but they’re really meaningful. Especially to a songwriter, like Ronnie James Dio, his songwriting, a lot of it relied on rhyme but the premise was on all medieval stuff. So that was really cool.
That was his wheelhouse and he was really great at it. Ozzy’s singing about all kinds of different stuff which I think is really cool. It kind of gave me the guts to do it.”
Ozzy Osbourne + Megadeth 2019 North American Tour Dates:
05/31 – Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
06/02 – Tampa, Fla. @ Midflorida Credit Union Arena
06/04 – Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/06 – Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
06/08 – Hershey, Pa. @ Hershey Concerts
06/11 – New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
06/13 – Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBan Pavilion
06/15 – Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/20 – Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre
06/22 – Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
06/26 – Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
06/28 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Spirit Center
06/30 – Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/04 – Milwaukee, Wis. @ Summerfest / American Family Insurance Amphitheatre
07/06 – Saint Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
07/09 – Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
07/11 – Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
07/13 – Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
07/16 – Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
07/18 – Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
07/20 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
07/23 – Chula Vista, Calif. @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/25 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/27 – Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/29 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl