Dave Mustaine has revealed that Megadeth are hoping to offer fans some new material soon, with at least a couple of songs set for release soon.
As most fans would be aware, the last year has not exactly been kind to Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine.
While the band entered 2019 with intentions of finishing recording their new album and playing a bunch of shows, plans were put on hold following Mustaine’s cancer diagnosis.
As family, friends, and fans showered the rocker with support, Mustaine quickly underwent treatment, revealing recently that he was feeling positive after his results were said to be “amazing”, and stating he’s eager to hit the road again next year.
Now though, a new interview with Rolling Stone has seen Dave Mustaine reveal that Megadeth might have new material coming in the new few months, with these “early offerings” set to preface the release of their forthcoming 16th album.
Explaining that Megadeth had composed “nine really crushing songs” prior to his diagnosis, Mustaine revealed that after presenting them to management, three songs were chosen as the first tracks they would release, with only a few things left to polish before they’re ready to be heard.
“All we need to do is get in the studio and capture them,” Mustaine added. “We’ve got scratch drum tracks. We just have to get Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] to play through the songs once or twice and then it’s up to me and David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar] to finish.”
While some track titles have been thrown around for the songs, it’s not clear just how many songs Megadeth will release in the coming months. “It might be two, it might be four,” Mustaine added.
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Most interestingly though, it appears as though the new record might feature a bit of a surprise, with Dave Mustaine revealing he’s been trying to convince David Ellefson to record a ballad focusing on their contentious relationship over the years.
“I said to him, ‘What was the biggest song that Kiss ever had?’” Mustaine explained. “He goes, ‘Beth.’ I said, ‘Yeah, we should write a song like ‘Beth,’ where it’s a ballad and it’s just you singing it.’
“‘I think you should write a song about what it’s like being in Megadeth with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You’re upset. So why don’t you write about it?’”
However, at this stage, the song is still in the early stages, and it remains to be seen whether or not the tune will make the cut for their upcoming album.
“I’m going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn’t get on this record, I’m going to try to work on it on the next record,” he added. “Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing.”
While there’s no word as to when we might see the new Megadeth album, or an Aussie tour from the group, the band are currently gearing up to embark upon a European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves in 2020.