Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke in an interview with The Opus podcast, and revealed how he got involved upcoming Jimi Hendrix tribute tour, “Experience Hendrix”.

Here’s the statement:

Just like doing the classical performance with the [San Diego] Symphony [in April 2014], it’s getting out of my wheelhouse. When these guys asked me to do this, I myself was very flattered, because, to me, Jimi is the status which I aspired to be my whole life.

I wanted to be a guitar legend, and granted, I am considered a legend right now, but I still think Jimi is so much more grand than I am. I love his legend, I love how people revere him, and this is one of the, if not the most flattering thing outside of Megadeth I’ve ever been able to do.”

He continued:

“I think when you look at the people who are playing here, paying respect to Jimi, it can’t help but pique your curiosity. It certainly piques my curiosity. I was a little bit apprehensive to take this gig, because knowing how extremely talented Joe Satriani is, and I’ve been a fan of Eric Johnson’s for years — ever since the ‘Cliffs Of Dover’ song came out.

So I was a little bit nervous, but then I thought, ‘God, I’m gonna be in the presence of these guys walking the earth and the spirit of Jimi Hendrix. How can I lose?'”

You can watch the entire interview below. Click here to source of the statement (Blabbermouth).