Megadeth played its 1986 song “The Conjuring” live for the first time since 2001 Tuesday night (June 12) at the Home Monitoring Aréna in Plzeň, Czech Republic, where the band was the support act for Judas Priest. Megadeth also played “The Conjuring” on June 13 in Katowice, Poland, and footage of that performance is available as well.
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine said in a 2016 interview that he was reconsidering his decision to never play “The Conjuring” again, explaining that he wouldn’t mind reintroducing the track at Megadeth’s live shows “as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody.”
Mustaine wrote in his autobiography, “Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir”, that he practiced black magic as a teenager, and that the experience — which inspired “The Conjuring” — affected his life for years after.
Speaking to “The Morning Blaze With Gus & Izzy” show on the Fresno radio station 105.1 The Blaze, Mustaine was asked about his refusal to play “The Conjuring” at Megadeth’s concerts. He said: “I used to do black magic when I was a kid, and I put a hex on a dude and his leg kind of got messed up. The other one was I put a sex hex on this girl and the next night she was in my bed, so I think that it worked.”
He continued: “But the funny thing [is] Chis Adler drummer, who played on 2016’s ‘Dystopia’ album] just said, ‘Hey, dude, can we re-record ‘The Conjuring’ with different lyrics?’ And I was, like, ‘Nah. You know what? Maybe I should re-think this whole thing.’ Because when I first did the whole, ‘You know what? I’m not gonna be a heathen anymore. I’m gonna clean up my life’ thing, I kind of put some brakes on things I would and wouldn’t do. And as I grow, I evolve in my outlook and my personal journey here, being a positive person and being a positive influence on other people’s lives. So as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody, I wouldn’t mind doing the song again, ’cause it is a good song.”