Guitarist Jeff Young recently joined Rock Interview Series and revealed his thoughts on former Megadeth bandmate Dave Mustaine‘s possible reaction to the forthcoming Kings Of Thrash tour.
Former Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jeff Young recently announced they would hit the road for the Kings Of Thrash ‘The Mega Years’ tour. Another former Megadeth member, Chris Poland, will accompany them on the dates. Besides, Fred Aching and Chaz Leon will also join them for the tour.
Throughout the tour, Ellefson, Young, Poland, Leon, and Aching will perform Megadeth’s classic hit albums ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!’ and ‘So Far, So Good… So What!’ in their entirety. These records haven’t been played on stage for long, so the tour will allow fans to listen to the albums live.
In a recent interview with Rock Interview Series, guitarist Jeff Young revealed that he wasn’t concerned about how Dave Mustaine would react to the tour. He stated that he didn’t follow Megadeth since the ‘Rest In Piece’ album, and this tour is nothing but a celebration of the music they did with Megadeth.
According to Young, some fans asked them to do this project, and they decided to go for it. The guitarist then argued it’s a win-win for them and Dave Mustaine because Mustaine will make money off the tour. Besides, Young also predicted this tour would make fans go back and buy old Megadeth albums to rediscover the songs, and Mustaine would also profit from that.
During the conversation, Jeff Young explained whether he heard anything from Dave Mustaine about his upcoming Kings Of Thrash tour:
“[I’m] really not concerned. I don’t pay attention; I haven’t really listened, paid attention, or followed Megadeth since I’ve heard the ‘Rest In Peace’ album a couple of times. [Despite] what you might hear on the radio or in the press — I haven’t heard anything. And for us, this isn’t about any spy or retaliation; it’s a celebration of the music we were all a part of. We helped create [it,] and it’s fun for us to do this. It [was] going to take us a while to craft these originals, and we didn’t want to wait around.
People said, ‘Hey, you should do this,’ and we said, ‘Hey, yeah, you’re right. We should do this.’ It’s a win-win; it’s a win for us, and it’s a win for him because any performance for all these, anything if we did include the live tracks, he would make money off that. It’s promoting albums that hopefully fans will go back and buy, which is putting money in his pocket. Especially ‘The Killing’ is my business, and I think a lot of people will go back and want to rediscover that album after this tour.”
You can watch the entire interview below.