Dave Mustaine recently spoke with SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about the upcoming MEGADETH album, “The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead“.
The follow-up to 2016’s “Dystopia” is set to arrive on July 8 and features a cover of DEAD KENNEDYS’ “Police Truck” and Sammy Hagar’s “This Planet’s On Fire”, which includes actual vocals from Sammy Hagar.
Discussing the new MEGADETH album, Dave said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We know that the whole entire thing is scheduled for July 8th. And the hopes are that we stay on schedule with that. And I know that we’ve got a single that is gonna be serviced to radio any day now. It’s a song called ‘Killing Time‘. Obviously, that’s [written about] somebody in my past, but it’s not as obvious as it sounds; it’s wasting your time, not time to kill things. And it had to do with some of the situations that myself and the different band guys have gotten themselves into with the band over time. And I’m sure a lot of people are gonna relate with that. So that one, it’s gonna be sent to radio, gosh, any day now.”
Asked if MEGADETH will perform a new song on the upcoming 2022 leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year“, Mustaine said: “We have this track called ‘Night Stalker‘, and we’re hoping to use that as our new opening track. None of us are together yet, so we haven’t had a chance to sit down and start getting all the hiccups worked out of the track other than when we were in the studio together. But once we use that for our opening track, it’s got some sounds in it that is something we’re gonna incorporate into the beginning of our show. And it’s a track that we have… my buddy Ice-T had guested on.”
Regarding Sammy Hagar‘s appearance on “This Planet’s On Fire“, Mustaine said: “It’s a super-heavy song. And the good thing about this [is] we didn’t just do the song; [Sammy] played on it too. So we’ve got a little bit of some guitar; we’ve got a lot of bit of singing. I think it’s super badass.”
When asked why the decision to cover “Police Truck“, Mustaine said: “It’s no secret I’m a big DEAD KENNEDYS fan, and I had wanted to do ‘Holiday In Cambodia‘, but my friends in LÄÄZ ROCKIT had done that, and I felt that [I would] just let them have their glory off of that rendition of that song, and if the time comes, I’m sure there’s another song that’ll stick out to me. And there was — it was the song ‘Police Truck‘. So we recorded that one.”
Dave Mustaine recently confirmed that TESTAMENT bassist Steve DiGiorgio did in fact play all bass parts on “The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead“.
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