MEGADETH‘s Dave Mustaine has named “Holy wars” and “Wake Up Dead” like the songs that contain two of his favorite guitar solos that he has ever written.
Mustaine discussed his lead guitar playing while filming a new video message on Cameo, which lets users hire celebrities to record short, personalized video messages on just about any topic.
Addresses a fan by name Nick who had a question regarding Mustainefavorite solos, Dave said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It’s a little hard to say [which one is my favorite], because there are certain solos that have a good return, but we have not played them live for so long, I have forgotten so many of them – two hundred songs and all the solos and such. Out of the songs we play live that I’m really familiar with, the solos we play that we like, I like ‘The threat is real’. I love ‘Holy wars’. ‘Wake Up Dead’ is also a good solo for me to play; I really like that. It was one of my first really great solos that got everyone interested MEGADETH. They took ‘[In My] Darkest Hour ‘ also.
“I will be to show people here at Cameo how to do those solos – piece by piece, a little at a time, so it’s not too much for anyone to handle, “he added.” I do not really give guitar lessons, so this is not a structured kind of format for lessons or the like. . So I hope if I do this and I hope if you do it with me that we will have fun together. If not, just say it’s someone from another band. “
Ranked # 1 by Joel McIver in “The 100 best metal guitarists” Order, Mustaine is credited by some with godfathering fast-heavy-metal guitar generations, first as the original lead guitarist for METALLICA, and then as the founder of MEGADETH.
Asked in an interview in 2009 with Classic rock how it felt to be No. 1 in McIvers book, Mustaine said: “It was especially sweet when I found out Joel has written books about METALLICA. I looked at my copy of the book – I was neither on the front nor the back. I figured I would be somewhere like No. 69. So I flipped through it; it’s a really comprehensive, good book. I came to No. 50 and I thought, ‘Am I in here?’ I had been told I was, but not what position. So I got No. 16 and I saw [James] Hetfield. I thought ‘Wow’ because I respect James. I’m a better lead player than he is, but he’s one of the top three rhythm players in the world. [the other two being] Malcolm Young [of AC/DC] and myself. Malcolm kept the basics but brought a whole new style of rhythm playing to the world. So I got to the Top 10 … I was still not in there. For every page I turned, I became more excited. I’m coming to No. 5 and that’s it Kirk [Hammett], and I thought, ‘Thank you, God.’ At the time, it was just as much [which position I was]. To be better than both of them [Hetfield and Hammett] meant so much – it’s been one of the pets of my career and I never knew how to handle it. I was not aware that it has had so much impact on my life. Then I came to No. 2 and that was it John Petrucci [of DREAM THEATER] and I froze. I was No. 1. What made it even better is that the guy wrote, ‘This is not about Dave as a person because he has been a cock. These four pages are about his guitar playing, which is the best. There are people who are better at one thing Mustaine do, and others who are better than another, but no one who is equally good at everything. ‘ The only thing I thought was … I win. “
In the past, Mustaine has several times taken the credit for coming up with the guitar solos that were played by the various lead guitarists in MEGADETH. In the March 2008 issue of Revolver magazine, he said: “I sang almost every note of Marty Friedman‘s guitar solos. “He doubled those claims in a 2009 interview with Guitar world, where he said, “You know, people have heard me say I ‘sang’ solos to Marty in the studio, and I did. I did it [former guitarists] Jeff [Young], Chris [Poland] and Eel [Pitrelli], also. But [then-MEGADETH guitarist] Chris Broderick? I only did it twice [on MEGADETH‘s 2009 album ‘Endgame’], and there are literally hundreds of thousands of banknotes on it ‘Endgame’. Now it’s a testimony to a guy who studied his partner. ”
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