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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Got Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt Totally Baked

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Well this is surprising.

One might have safely assumed that Opeth’s Mikael Åkerfeldt has at least a passing familiarity with weed, since he has never written a song shorter than seventy-two hours in length and has spent most of the past decade transitioning the band into a straight-up 70s-style prog rock outfit. But apparently the dude is actually a total lightweight.

The lauded Opeth mastermind made the revelation during a recent interview with New Jersey’s 90.3 WMSC FM,  in which recalled getting baked with Dave Mustaine on the 2006 iteration of Gigantour (transcription via Metal Injection):

“I was pretty drunk at the time. We were touring with them on Gigantour [in 2006]. I think Dave took a liking to me a little bit. Every now and then he would not say ‘hi’ to me, depending on his mood, but we talked a lot. He’s a good guy, a fun guy to talk to, contrary to what a lot of people think about him that he’s a big narcissistic type of guy who’s just moody as hell. Yeah, he could be a bit moody, but he’s fun. What happened was I got to his dressing room, or their dressing room. I can’t remember what I was doing there, to be honest. He was smoking this thing and I had never seen it. He was, like, ‘Do you want a hit?’ And the other guys too, like the crew, some people in there, and I was, like, ‘Yeah, I’ll try it.’ But it’s not for me. I don’t smoke weed and that kind of stuff. I got really high, actually. I haven’t tried anything. I’m Swedish. We drink beer. I’m a wine guy. I never tried all the classic-type drugs. I never tried anything.”

Which is pretty amazing. Åkerfeldt may be the first-ever drug-free Yes fan.

In relate news, Dave Mustaine is really not that chill for a dude who smokes weed, huh?

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