Fight To The 'Deth: Lamb Of God Vs Megadeth
It’s the biggest showdown of 2015, as Lamb Of God and Megadeth face off on their crushing co-headlining UK tour. We sat down to talk about their impending symphony of destruction...
This month, two of metal’s heaviest hitters are coming to your town.
The tour dates will see Lamb Of God debut songs from this year’s VII: Sturm Ung Drang, new material from Megadeth’s anticipated 15th album getting an airing, and LOG drummer Chris Adler pulling double-duty. We caught up with Dave Mustaine and Randy Blythe for a chinwag about what’s about to go down. Killing might be Megadeth’s business, but Lamb Of God’s Randy is throwing down the gauntlet by saying he’ll make Dave “work for his money”. Will the bands be sweating bullets over the competition? Read on...
Hi, Dave. What’s your relationship like with Lamb Of God? Do you hang out much?
Dave Mustaine: “Not so much with the entire band, but with Chris. Unbeknownst to me, and very flatteringly so, Chris was influenced a lot by me and my band, so when we did the Lamb Of God tour [in 2006] I hung out on their bus a little bit. I was on their bus one time, going from Canada to the United States, and Chris has this funny story, like, ‘Man, you were in the back, completely out cold, and we’re all going, ‘Dave, wake up! Where’s your passport?’ I wouldn’t wake up, but then the customs guys came on and I sat right up and went, ‘Hi guys! You’re doing a remarkable job, I just wanted to let you know that somebody appreciates you!’ I went from being passed-out to full-on ambassador, but if you cross enough borders in your lifetime, you figure it out! A long time ago I got a DUI [driving under the influence] and I had a really hard time getting into Canada, so I know what it’s like when you’re at the border and you’re the one that’s keeping everybody from crossing it!”
Will there be an element of competition on this tour?
Dave: “Well, I would hope so! [But] I’d be kidding myself if I said I’d never thought, ‘I wouldn’t want to have to follow us’, because there’s been some times when we’ve been opening for other bands and it didn’t work out so well for them...”
Randy Blythe: “I want any band we go out with to be competitive. I want them to go out onstage every night and say, ‘We’re going to fuck Lamb Of God up!’ I don’t wanna bring some soft band out – someone who’s gonna make us look good. Of course, when you’re booking tours there’s all sorts of different considerations like ticket sales and who’s gonna bring what to the bill, and the bottom line is you’re trying to make a living out of this. But you’re also trying to put on a good show, so I really like it when a band comes out and just crushes! We have that attitude towards any band we’ve opened for – it doesn’t matter who it is. Not in a disrespectful way or a ‘fuck you’ way, more like, ‘We’re gonna make you work for your money tonight!’ We’ve been doing that since the very beginning when we first went out with GWAR.”
Do you guys have a workout regime to keep your energy levels up?
Randy: “No. I surf a lot when I’m not on the road, and I skateboard, but out here the show is a cardio workout. People I respect, who are pretty active frontmen, have been telling me I should work out before the show because I’ll have more energy, so I might have to pick that up. But my back hurts... I think my vertebrae is compressed from flying around like a moron like I’m 17 years old. I wear an ankle brace and a knee brace, and I think I’m gonna have another ankle brace because that’s starting to hurt, too.”
Dave: “Well, there’s a form of yoga that a lot of mixed martial artists do, called Tai Chi, and that’s a part of my routine – I don’t do a lot of physical training anymore because of the plate that’s in my neck, but as far as exercising, strength and flexibility are the two most important things. If you start getting sedentary, regardless of your age, the party’s over. Stay moving!”
Randy: “Duff McKagan has been encouraging me to do yoga, and I’m hearing that from a lot of people, so I guess it’s a sign!”
Randy, are LOG gonna be playing more new songs on this tour?
Randy: “Well, we’ve only played two new songs: Still Echoes and 512. I enjoy playing 512 the most, because I like the groove of it and it’s not as fast. We play it fourth in the set right now, and we’re coming out with some fairly rapid-hitters, so it’s a nice dynamic shift in the set, but really I enjoy playing anything new. I’d be fine with doing a different set every night, but that would melt people’s brains, I think.”