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.”
“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).