A few rockers have now weighed on on the recent statements made in Singapore on August 7th by Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. Nikki Sixx of Motley Crue/Sixx A.M., Craig Locicero of Forbidden, former RIP magazine editor Lonn Friend, Testament’s Chuck Billy and more have shared their feelings in regards to Mustaine telling the concert audience “Back in my country, my president is trying to pass a gun ban. So he’s staging all of these murders, like the Fast And Furious thing down at the border and Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there. And now the beautiful people at the Sikh temple.” Then adding “I don’t know where I’m gonna live if America keeps going the way it’s going because it looks like it’s turning into Nazi America.”
Nikki Sixx posted a link on his Facebook page to a Los Angeles Times article about Mustaine’s coments and added these comments: “Dave Mustaine is a fucking asshole. I can’t even imagine how deep this cuts the victims’ families of these shootings. He owes every family an apology as well as our great country. Hey, Dave, if you think America is turning into ‘Nazi America,’ as you are quoted saying… Then move the fuck out…”
Craig Locicero of San Francisco Bay Area band Forbidden posted this on his Facebook page, which takes a different angle on the comments:
“So everyone wants to pile on [Megadeth mainman] Dave [Mustaine], who definitely has douchy tendencies.
“I don’t know of anyone that has all of their facts straight on [James] Holmes [the alleged shooter in Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre], but I STRONGLY believe there is the possibility that he was a patsy. But not summoned by Obama himself. That is where I think Mustaine was ignorant and gives him too much credit/blame. But used by those who control the ebbs and flows of society.
“Take a long view of this upcoming dog-and-pony show called our ‘free’ election. If you do, you can see where the lines of division on race, sexuality, religion, freedom of speech and our rights to assemble are being drawn.
“Things are uglier than they have been in any recent history.
“Whichever side wins the fake election in November, there will be a backlash from the polarized extremists on the other side. This government and military are fully anticipating it as a certainty.
“So what does that mean in this very subject?
“These shootings are a possible catalyst to eradicate the right to bear arms in this country. It makes most people say, ‘Hey, enough is enough. Let’s make guns illegal here!’ That sounds dandy to some folks, but it’s beautiful music to the ears for those who crave division amongst our citizens.
“Take away the guns from all of the radicals and eradication becomes much easier. But nowhere near everyone with a gun is a radical.
“So while Dave supposedly shoved his feet into his mouth once again, I say he’s close to the truth. A lot closer then most people want to accept.
“One thing is certain. People suck.
“Watch these videos for a little more [insight] and go ahead and hate the messenger if you wish.”
Testament vocalist Chuck Billy told the New York Daily News, “I think he must be back on drugs to even think what he is saying makes any sense. There is freedom of speech and there just putting your foot in your mouth.” Testament has toured many times in the past with Megadeth.
Broken Hope guitarist Jeremy Wagner said, “I’d like to see Mustaine face any of the victims from either tragedy and tell them that Obama did this to them. In fact, Mustaine, tell that to Ashley Moser who had a bullet lodged in her throat, a gunshot wound to her abdomen, and lost her 6-year-old daughter Veronica Moser-Sullivan when James Holmes fired upon them.
“I’m one of thousands who wish Mustaine would just keep his volatile mouth shut,” added Wagner.
“I find it hard to accept this diatribe at face value,” former RIP magazine editor Lonn M. Friend told the Daily News. “I go back 25 years with Mustaine and have long found him to be both a creative and conscious artist, a spiritual man who has battled and survived some pretty savage demons. These accusations are lunacy and just don’t sound like the evolved rocker I know. Maybe he broke a string.”
“ To speak in such a way is to take focus off of the true face of this problem – the victims,” says Eye Empire’s Donald Carpenter. “It is ignorant, irresponsible and a part of the problem.”
Mustaine, who once wrote the lyrics to the anti-George H.W. Bush administration song “Foreclosure of a Dream,” has swung sharply to the right since he ditched alcohol and drugs and became a born-again Christian.
“This is why people should never get sober,” deadpanned Metalocalypse’s Brendon Small.