The Grammy awards are underway, and finally there is some good sense of taste, as Megadeth has won a Grammy this evening (February 12th) for “Best Metal Performance” for their latest studio album “Dystopia.” What a great feeling, and a well deserved honor for one of heavy metal’s finest.
Upon hearing they’re name called in relation to the win, the band, filled with excitement rushes the stage to gather their award, as the house band, begins to play none other than……….Metallica’s ‘Master of Puppets?’ Someone clearly dropped the ball on this one. However, it didn’t seem to bother former Metallica guitarist Dave Mustaine, as he headed toward the stage, even doing movements of air guitar to the tune.
Front man Mustaine took center stage alongside fellow bandmates, bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren to provide his acceptance speech on behalf of the band. “Fantastic! Only took twelve tries to get this. Last time we were here, we were talking to Kenny G, and he asked me how many times we were here and he goes, ‘Well, eleven isn’t that bad.’ I said, ‘How many times did it take you?’ And he said, Twenty-one.’ And I was, like, ‘Oh, my god. If it takes twenty-one times… I don’t know if I’ll live that long.'”
Mustaine continued: “I want to thank Jesus Christ, I want to thank my wife, my children, all the band’s wives and kids, I want to thank our management, our label, our agent, our attorney, our crew, all of you, especially the metal community. It’s a little weird that we ended up being category 69, but somebody’s got a sense of humor.”
Megadeth beat out four other bands, including Korn for their album “Rotting in Vain.” In relation to their nomination, Mustaine spoke with Detroit radio station WRIF, stating, “I’m really, really excited. You know, it’s hard, after getting nominated several times, to not become a little bit jaded, ’cause this is our twelfth nomination. It’s great to be nominated — don’t get me wrong; I love it — but it’s also very bittersweet.
“A lot of people would question, ‘Do I wanna go there again and not get chosen to win?’,” he continued.
“I think it’s great to be nominated, even if you don’t win, because you get that recognition from all of your peers, and people get to see it that may not know who you are.”
Mustaine added: “I do think that it’s kind of a drag sometimes when people win that are so obvious that they weren’t supposed to win. There have been some times over the years — not just the ones that I was in, but some other ones — where the bands won and they had nothing to do with metal. I think the most famous one was the Jethro Tull one,” referring to the time in 1989 when Metallica lost the “Best Hard Rock/Heavy Metal Recording” Grammy to flute-driven progressive rockers Jethro Tull.
As for the house band, there clearly needs to be a better form of communication and planning with the music being played for these bands to ensure that they actually play the RIGHT music. It’s quite surprising that Mustaine didn’t say something regarding the issue, but I guess he’s got the last laugh at the end of the night. What a great night for heavy metal, and the heavy metal community.
JT “Doc” Berry \m/