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We’ll play songs our fans love: Megadeth

Vaishali Bhambri, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, October 12, 2012
First Published: 19:32 IST(12/10/2012) | Last Updated: 00:41 IST(13/10/2012)

American heavy metal giant Megadeth, who will take the city by storm this Sunday, promise they’ll play the songs that their fans love. “We will be playing songs from the new album that we’ve released, but we also play the classics and the songs our fans love,” says Shawn Drover, 46, the drummer with the band.

The metal men are excited about their maiden performance in Delhi. “We haven’t ever played in New Delhi before and whenever we travel to a new place, we like to go out and explore it a little. We’re very excited about going to New Delhi and playing a great concert,” says Drover. The four-piece ensemble last performed in India in Bangalore in 2008.

 Though they are not going to stay in Delhi for long, getting a sneak peek into the city’s culture and try the local cuisine is on their minds. “Whenever we travel to a different place, we always try out the local cuisine and try to absorb as much of the local culture as we possibly can,” he says.

 They have not heard any Indian rock musician so far. “We haven’t really heard anything from Indian rock musicians or bands. When we last performed in India, the festival we played at had some Indian bands performing. I remember hearing one play when we reached our dressing room at the festival but we didn’t really catch anyone playing,” he adds.

Our songs are aggressive: Megadeth
Formed in 1983 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Dave Mustaine after he left heavy metal band Metallica, Megadeth shot to fame with its debut, Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good. The band will be headlining at the multi-genre music festival Bacardi NH7 Weekender, on Sunday.

 The band is known for its aggressive, politically and socially relevant lyrics. “The songs are aggressive because that’s just how heavy metal works. We don’t write only about politics and drugs and war. There are a lot of songs that we write and they all have different themes and ideas. We write about things that you see on news channels, but we also write about a lot of other things. There aren’t any common lyrical themes,” says Shawn Drover, the drummer of the band.

One of the Big Four of Thrash Metal, a list that also includes metal legends such as Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, Megadeth has been instrumental in shaping the face of metal over the last three decades.

The band has 10-Grammy nominations to its credit and has released 13 studio albums so far. Talking about the change in heavy metal scene in the last 20 years, Drover says, “Well, things change as time goes on but mostly everything remains the same. The thing that has changed the most is technology. The availability of new technology has made everything a lot easier.”

Catch them live:
What: Megadeth live in concert
When: October 14
Timing: 8.30pm
Where: Buddh International Circuit, Greater Noida
Entry fee: Rs. 1,500 (Saturday), R2,000 (Sunday)
Tickets available at: www.nh7.in/weekender

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