In a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian talked about the current place of metal music.
“So you think it’s a mixed bag for metalheads right now? What do you think of the general vibe around the scene at the moment?”
“There are no more rockstars. You know what you got? You got a lot of snot-nosed kids that work at music magazines – no offence.
But there used to be an honour code between the bands and the music magazines. Then the internet came out and started tearing bands apart, and it became normal happenstance where people would make a story just to destroy the bands.
It became more important about who the writer was rather than the bands they were covering. I yearn for the days when it was about the music and not about the reviewer.”
When asked ‘What do you think of where metal is right now?’, Scott responded:
“Well, it’s good! We’re still out, we’re making records, we’re selling tickets, we’re having fun in so many ways. In some ways, nothing has changed from 30-something years ago because we’re still doing the same thing and playing a lot of the same songs. The only thing that’s changed is that the audience has got a lot younger!”
“I agree with Scott that the audience is younger, perception-wise, but for me, the spirit in our bands is still very young. We love playing this music, because we love that interaction with the fans.”
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