Business is good but focus is key to continued success for Megadeth
Rock and heavy metal may seem like a young man’s game, but thrash metal veterans Megadeth are in town this weekend to prove the old ones are still the best.
One of rock’s biggest cult bands, Dave Mustaine and Co have released some epic thrash and speed metal classics from seminal 1985 debut album ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good” onwards.
For the uninitiated, the sound is heavy. But while the youngsters and metal heads get down in the moshpit, the ‘Peace Sells’ boys have a different approach to playing live.
Drummer Shawn Drover has been pounding the skins for eight years now and explains: “I’m 46 now, not a kid anymore and more prone to injury - dumb stuff though, not anything that happens on stage! So I do make a conscious effort and sometimes I succeed a bit better than other days in terms of a big health regime.
“The days of partying for us are way over. We don’t need to partake in that anymore although I never really did anyway, that wasn’t my thing.
“As you get older it gets a bit more difficult to sustain and maintain the level you want to be at, but that’s the same for everyone in life. When you were younger you could just jump on stage and that was it, regardless of what you were doing the night before but now - the fact we’re in this game after 25 years we want to work at it and it makes it worthwhile to give a good show.”
Those days of partying are certainly over for main man Mustaine. The rocker had a real reputation in the past and was even thrown out of Metallica in the early days for his wild-man antics. But he’s a reformed man now, a born-again Christian.
You might think that might jar somewhat with a thrash band.
But it’s an attitude that actually helped pave the way for a massive sellout tour with former band Metallica as well as Anthrax and Slayer as part of the ‘big four’.
The four played to over 100,000 baying fans in Poland in 2010 - one of Drover’s career high points. And he believes it is Mustaine’s attitude that helps keep the band - who play Gulf Bike Week this weekend - in the big league.
He adds: “There’s input from everyone but Megadeth is ultimately Dave’s baby. He’s a great ringleader. He knows what he wants and he wants things done with the utmost professionalism - that’s what I want.
“I’ve been onboard for eight years now and I think part of the success of that is being so focused. If you all have the same vision then you have greater success and less chance of arguing over those stupid things that break bands up. There’s less chance of potential problems and in many instances we share the same vision - it makes things much more enjoyable and much more focused.
“We’re an extremely professional unit and you have to be at this level, especially when you want to do it long term. We are a detail oriented band and there is a pay off for that as well. We care about everything we do from top to bottom.”