But these days, as the veteran frontman and reformed addict- alcoholic whos sustained a successful career in his own band, Megadeth, Mustaine longs for more creative outlaw behavior in rock.
Mustaine says too many heavy bands over the past ten or 15 years have become about how many ways and variations the singer can scream fþþþ at the crowd.
Thats why, says Mustaine, hes staging the second annual GIGANTOUR for quality, talented bands that he, as a metal fan, would want to see.
While Mustaine stops short of labeling all so-called nu- metal worthless posing, he does admit that the hair bands of the late-80s probably had something to do with the swing towards, what he calls, bands that are up there to prove they can kick my ass, not play kick ass music.
The GIGANTOUR which features headliners Megadeth and a lineup that includes Lamb Of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy and others kicks off Sept. 7 in San Diego.
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