Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently gave an interview to Kerrang! Magazine and talked about the joke he made about the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama.
During the Singapore show in 2012, Dave Mustaine told the crowd that Barack Obama was staging mass murders to ban gun ownership. Also, he mentioned that the United States was turning into Nazi America. These comments created a huge controversy, but apparently, the frontman wasn’t serious at all.
In the conversation, Dave pointed out that he doesn’t regret any of the words he said earlier and mentioned that he would want to live in Singapore if the shooting problems continued in the United States.
Furthermore, Dave touched upon the fact that he joked about Barack Obama and the current state of the United States. As Dave said, people need to be smart enough to know it was not meant seriously.
Dave Mustaine reflects on his controversial comments in the interview:
“I have no regrets. If you weren’t there, you won’t know what happened. We were in Asia and soon discovered that the guy doing our monitors really wasn’t a monitor guy, the first two shows had been disastrous. We got a local guy to help us and it was a fucking mess.
Naturally, I threw caution to the wind and we knew we couldn’t take the gig too seriously. That night I had a couple of drinks and I was really just joking with the audience.“
“What I said was how much I wanted to live in Singapore because it’s beautiful – the streets are immaculate, there’s no graffiti, and hardly any crime at all. It really is a remarkable Asian paradise.
I was drinking and started talking about the shootings in America. All I said was next time it happens, I’d come and live out there in Singapore. Whatever else came out along with that was to soften the blow to the audience about the sound issues.
When I say stuff that I mean, I stick by it and nobody can shake me from it. And when I’m joking around and laughing, people need to be smart enough to know it is not meant seriously.”
Later in the conversation, Dave also talked about his relationship with his former bandmates Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield and revealed the last time he had a conversation with both of these musicians.