This interview was made in Clisson (France) the 24th of june 2007.
Manu and O.S. have met Shawn Drover, the drummer.
First, how is this new European tour going?
Its going great! Were doing some festivals, next thing were
doing some headlining shows in between the festivals and stuff. Yeah
all the shows have been awesome so were really excited about everything.
Yeah that show was film for a DVD, it was recorded for a live CD, it was on national television, and national radio, it was all kinds of stuff going on that night, and yeah we just thought that, that show would be a really good show, for us to film a Megadeth concert so we did, and it turned out really great, we have really great fans in Argentina, we just decided to film there, and record there and thats what we did, and there you have it, turned out very well, very proud, of it.
"United Abominations" your new record has been released a few weeks ago. What was the reaction from the fans and the medias in general about it?
The reaction almost everywhere that we hear has been great you know a lot of people have been saying "Yeah you know the best megadeth record I heard in ten years dadada " stuff like that and yeah the reaction has been awesome you know we were top ten in America on billboard charts you know and many places around the world were on the billboard charts. So pretty much everybody really like the record and we like it as well also so its all good.
And all the members contributed to the writting of the record?
Yeah of course yep. I mean Dave wrote pretty much of all the material over the course of some stuff that he had from awhile back, some stuff we did through rehearsals, yeah of course we made contributions of the record and stuff absolutely.
I heard that you used John Bonhams drum...
Yes absolutely, yeah! 26 bass drum, yeah it was awesome! It was little surprise that Dave had for me. You know he said "I got something for you", we get to England and so you know when I got there yeah so I used John Bonhams kit mixed in with the kit that I had there as well. So you know I will use parts of John Bonhams kit depending on the song and stuff. Yeah it was fantastic.
Was that an original John Bonhams drum kit?
Yeah it was old 1975, very old! Yeah it was an old, old, old kit, sounded great, so that was a lot of fun, i enjoyed that.
To me this new record, especially on the guitar riffs, sounds sometimes like "So Far, So Good, So What?"...
You think so?
You know a lot of people want to compare something to something, from the past but you know a band like Megadeth, so some people say it sounds like oh yeah a little bit of "Rust In Peace" or "Countdown To Extinction" this and that "Peace Sells...". Of course thats possible you know but everyone has a different opinion about that you know what I mean. So yeah weve a lot of comparisons we didnt try to do that, we didnt try ok lets make this song sound like you know something off "Killing Is My Business" or "So Far, So Good, So What? ", or anything like that. But its just that the songs are a little heavier now then they were from probably ten years now, I think its natural that some people are going to think because its sounds like some stuff sound like music from the past theyre going to say like you know "Peace Sells..." or "So Far, So Good, So What?", yeah I think its normal. But i dont think it does... (Laugh)
Artistically, this new record seems to be better, I mean the songs seem to be less radio oriented than those we could find on "Risk" or on "The World Needs A Hero" for exemple...
Right! So less commercial, thats one way to put it! Yeah but we didnt go in there and Dave didnt say "lets write a bunch of songs that could be hits on radio" it was just lets go write a bunch of good tunes, we knew it was going to be, we wanted it to be somewhat heavy and stuff you know and we just went In there and did it you know, there was no direction like I said we didnt write a radio hit, we didnt write anything that sounded like anything else we just went in and did a bunch of songs thats what we did.
Megadeth has a new label which is Roadrunner now. Why this choice and why those changes from Capitol to Sactuary, Sactuary to Roadrunner?
Well Dave left Capitol before I went into the band, he was on Sanctuary which released "The World Needs A Hero" & "The System Has Failed", and after I joined the band, he had left that label as well, Im not really sure why to be honest, thats more of business thing Im not involved in the record company, meetings and all kinds of stuff like that... But I think that was good that he did. And I think thats great that we signed to a company like Roadrunner, theyre totally focused on metal and all that stuff and so far theyve done a great job for us so Im really happy that he did go over there you know so its been very good, they do great promotions for us and so far theyve done an amazing job so Im very glad to be with Roadrunner.
And now Megadeth is maybe their biggest band?
Well they got Slipknot and Slipknot is a very big band and of course Nickelback, but Nickelback is not a metal band theyre rock, but overall the biggest band because they sold millions of records, but we were certainly one of the biggest bands up there thats completely true. Stone Sour, the guys from Slipknot, theyre a big band as well, were definitely one of the more popular bands on the label, for sure.
I didnt think about the Nickelback because its not the same here...
Are they as big in France Nickelback?
Not so big...
Theyre not big ? Like in America and Canada theyre so big.
did you choose to record a new version of the "A Tout Le Monde"
The most negative critic we could make about the record is about this song because Megadeth is not as big as it was a few years ago and this song could be seen as a way to become more popular again, to catch the attention of the old fans and also to touch another audience which is not yours, with Christina on it...
Thats completely not true another thing I forgot to mention, when that song was released in America we released the video, the video was banned by MTV because they thought the video was too I cant remember what the exact thing was but they thought some sort or part of the video was offensive and they didnt think it was a good idea so they banned the video, when they banned the video the single on the radio just died. So I think its another reason why he wanted to do it again was to give it the chance that it deserve and another reason why and it has nothing to do with wanting to be popular, if we wanted to do that wed make an album full of pop songs, you know what I mean so much for that its completely not true.
How did you end up joining Megadeth with your brother?
that was weird, as you know Glen got in the band first and he was in
the band couple months before we went on tour and they got Nick back
in the band for whatever reason Im really sure why it didnt
work out with Nick, Nick and Dave was working out. So I guess Dave mention
Glen what do you think of getting Shawn in the band? So they called
me on the phone and I was on a plane 12 hours, 6 days later were
on tour. And I joined the band in 6 days we rehearsed 4 days traveled
one day and were on tour just like that. (Laugh)
And what did you do before?
I played in a band with my brother called Eidolon. We had a bunch of records on Metal Blade in Europe and stuff it was a much much smaller band, we didnt tour we did a couple of festivals in Germany you know Wacken festival, Bang Your Head festival you now 4 or 5 years ago, very very small amount of live shows. And that was it we just recorded albums, thats how really Glen got the gig as well, he got the gig because people who were looking for Dave for musicians, one guy said (the webmaster for Megadeth) "What about this guy Glen Drover from Eidolon, I got his record, hes good... " , and thats how it happened, and thats basically Glen the whole wheel got turning with Glen getting into Megadeth because of Eidolon, which is good.
makes you continue doing this kind of music personally and with Megadeth?
Is it something related to social or political stuff? The lyrics are
a bit about politics...
Megadeth has recorded a lot of b-sides and rare tarcks. Do you plan to do something like "Hidden Treasures" like ten years ago?
You know thats a good question. We recorded 14 songs, 11 made the record, in Japan theres 12 songs we have the Zeppelin song we did "Out on the Tiles", so that where that song went. Then theres 2 more songs that we recorded, and you know what I dont know whats going to happen. Maybe it could be a b-side if we release a single, our next single or whatever, I really dont know but thats a really good question. I dont know about that now but it maybe like you said it could be saved for something later like "Hidden Treasures" or a "Greatest hits plus bonus track" something like that. But for right now its going to end up somewhere, I just dont know where and dont know when. And theyre actually very good songs I like them very much but that one Led Zeppelin song we did, "Out on the Tiles" is on the Japanese version of the record. I havent heard it yet I dont have it either, I want to get it, Ill get it but I dont have it yet, but I will.
During the past few years you did a couple of acoustic shows like in Buenos Aires... You never thought about releasing an MTV Unplugged or something like that?
no plans, but anything could happen. That was something we did, it was
like "Lets go to a park! " and we knew there was a bunch of
fans around and Glen was there Dave brought acoustic guitars & did
a bunch of songs and fans were singing all the words and we were there
for 15 minutes and we packed up and left. It was just something Dave
wanted to do "ok cool lets go", and we filmed it of course.
To finish whats your plans for the next month?
We have on and off for the next year we have touring plans I dont know what they are yet I think were going to take a month off next month theres all the business stuff to work out where we going to go and when but would assume we would go around the world and Im sure well do a full European run, not during festival seasons, well do a proper tour same with America, Japan, Australia all those places you know, definitely South America of course we just dont know when but Its all coming were all planning.
Manu & O.S