The Collapse of Gigantour: One More Thing That Wasn’t Dave Mustaine’s Fault

  • Axl Rosenberg

Metal Injection reports that during his recent appearance on Jamey Jasta’s podcast, Dave Mustaine said that Megadeth are hoping to revive Gigantour in some form or another in 2018. And I’d like to offer some analysis, but I got exactly as far as this quote from Mustaine when I had to stop reading, because a person has limits, goddamnit:

“But you see, the problem with Gigantour is it started out great when it was just purely my idea. The manager I had at the time there was very un-metal and consequently year after year it kind of lost its steam.”

Goddamn that un-metal manager who dared to book steamless bands like Motörhead and Black Label Society in Gigantour’s final years!!! If only Dave had had any say whatsoever in who was on the tour or how the tour would operate, everything would have been great. It just makes you realize how much more successful Metallica would be if they’d never fired Dave. They could be HUGE! HOW COME NO ONE EVER LISTENS TO DAVE?!?!

Seriously, if that quote doesn’t make you roll your eyes so hard that they go flying right the fuck out of your skull, go get a dictionary and check to see if your photo appears next to the definition of the word ‘naive.’ I mean, it’s possible that nothing has ever been Dave Mustaine’s fault, ever, but statistically speaking, something that went wrong in his life was likely the result of his own actions. I bet if Mustaine poked you in the eye, he’d say it’s your fault for allowing your eye to get so close to his finger. Or it was his manager’s fault for not instructing you to wear glasses in Mustaine’s presence. Or it was Marty Friedman’s fault because reasons.

Mustaine’s entire quote is below. Good luck trying to get through the whole thing without vomiting in your mouth.

“Well, I know that we’re gonna be doing something next next summer out in the Pennsylvania area, where we’re trying to pull together something like that. But you see, the problem with Gigantour is started out great when it was just purely my idea. The manager I had at the time there was very un-metal and consequently year after year it kind of lost its steam. You know you need to have – the very first Gigantour, it I had everything I wanted, two stages, rotating bands, everybody got along. It was an absolute success.

“And then from there you know you can’t take a tour called Gigantour and have it be three bands, that ain’t Gigantour, that’s a Mini Me Tour [laughs]. You know, we have talked about Gigantour. The choices we’re trying narrow down is is it at one place festival that shows up on the east coast and west coast for the year or is it a moving festival? Like at a very large tour.

“So for me, both choices have merit. The festival would be much larger undertaking, as you know. But I also think that if it was touring, it would give us an opportunity, if we did that second stage, going to have a lot of local talent grace that stage and that’s one of the coolest things when you go on tour that I’ve always tried to do is take, you know, give us slot to a local band.

“We would have never gotten signed if we didn’t go out there and play whenever we could, and we played with some pretty horrible bands. “

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