During an interview with Heavy, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked about how he adjusts his stage performance considering the possibility that he may not be able to perform certain actions as well as he did forty years ago.
“Well, I don’t really know what I cannot do that I used to do 40 years ago,” he responded. “I think that probably the only thing I have any difficulty doing is getting up in a certain pitch now that I’ve had my neck operated on and had a metal plate put into my spine because of the damage that happened to my neck.
“It’s a wonder, based on everything that’s happened, the guy upstairs is even letting me continue to do what I love. I don’t wanna be a victim — I can’t stand people who play the victim — so I’m not gonna give you a litany of all my injuries. But suffice to say, I feel great right now, and I don’t really think there’s anything that I cannot do.
“I won’t jump out of an airplane anymore because of the plate in my neck,” he continued. “And because… you may have seen something about this, but I’m gonna be an Opa [grandfather]; my son [Justis] is gonna be a dad. I remember when I found out we were gonna have Justis, I stopped skydiving. That’s one thing I don’t do anymore.
“I think given what’s happened to me with the stenosis and the broken neck bone, and I’ve got another broken bone in my back from riding horses, playing polo… ‘Cause I don’t know how to play polo, and for some stupid reason my wife convinced me to get out there and do it. And I ended up with a broken bone in my back. Go figure. Love makes you do some strange things, man.”
MEGADETH has recently announced their 2023 Canadian tour. The tour will consist of 13 cities and will begin on April 26 in Everett, Washington. The Canadian leg of the tour will commence on April 28 in Abbotsford and will conclude on May 15 in Halifax. The band will be joined by BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE and ONI as support. Full list of dates can be found here.
MEGADETH‘s 16th studio album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, was released in September 2022 via UMe.