Is it Endgame for Megadeth?
Megadeth recently released Endgame, their strongest album in years. But it’s not just the album title – in interview after interview mainman Dave Mustaine has made vague comments that suggest he’s thinking about a future without the band he’s led since its inception.
Rock Radio has pointed it out before, but this time Mustaine’s gone further than before. It’s a matter of record he’s been unhappy with the US part of his label, Roadrunner Records, for some time. It’s also a matter of record he’s suffered hand and spine problems in recent years, which at one point threatened to end his playing career.
Now, responding to fan comments on the Megadeth forum, he’s stated that Endgame might be their last album, and that if folding
the band has to happen, he’ll accept it in the spirit of becoming a better person afterwards.
He says: “The president of Roadrunner came out and said this was the last record but if we didn’t re-sign with them for more records they were going to stop selling Endgame.
“I’ve always known there’s another record owed. I’m a man of my word and I’m going to fulfill my contract – rest assured, though, that I’m not going to release a compilation record or a live record for my final record with Roadrunner.
“I really wish Endgame was handled differently. I can tell you that while it’s destroying our tenure with Roadrunner, I’m not going to let this bother me any more. I’m completely prepared to work, so we’ll see where it goes now.
“I hate talking about this because it’s not fair to the other guys in the band when it suggests no job security.
“But I also face physical problems. If my neck or spine say, ‘You’re done, Dave’, then I’m done. I love my relationship with a lot of the people I’m working with. I know it seems selfish sometimes to say I’m going to stop. But if the body or the hands say that’s it, well, that’s it.
“If I’m meant to suffer another blow to my ego, my pride, my legacy and so on, in order to be a better person and closer to God – then I will soldier on and complete my time with grace and honour.”
Going into detail, Mustaine criticises Roadrunner’s attitude to single releases, radio play and publicity: “We have no radio presence. My own hometown plays nothing from Megadeth – but they sure do play my last band [Metallica] every hour.
“All I’ve been able to do in the past was have a number-one single, five top five singles, many top ten, dozens of top 40… yet we can’t get anything played from this new record. I would say the radio person at Roadrunner has a very different approach to radio than I do.