That Metal Show (Season 12, Episode 5 featuring Queensryche’s Scott Rockenfield/Todd LaTorre & Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine)
The following is a recap of this week’s show…
MUSICAL GUEST – Carmine Appice (announced that there will be a new King Kobra record coming out with Paul Shortino on vocals)
IN-STUDIO GUESTS – Scott Rockenfield / Todd LaTorre & Dave Mustaine
Scott Rockenfield & Todd LaTorre
First time guests on the show.
Interview began with a video clip of Geoff Tate saying what he wants from the rest of Queensryche…
“I’d like to sit in a room with those gentlemen and have them explain their actions. I’d like to know and understand their point of view. I’d like to see them talk to me face-to-face, rather than through the Internet.”
Rockenfield – The simple answer is that we tried multiple times to meet before making the lineup decision change. Tate went to the attorneys first. The infamous last meeting took place in Brazil on 4/14/12. The meeting resulted in a falling out on stage during that show.
LaTorre – Talked about how he ended up in Queensryche. He met Michael Wilton at NAMM show, and the two got to talking about a handful of dates that the band wanted to do, but Tate was doing his solo stuff at the time. The project started out as a band called Rising West. He spoke about how Queensryche was his favorite band next to Iron Maiden since he was 14. He said that the new Queensryche album is a throwback to the old days that he thinks will hold up 20 years from now like the old stuff does today.
Mustaine discussed the newer, slower sound on the new Megadeth album “Super Collider.” He talked about Gigantour, told a story about how festival lineups are so eclectic overseas and how Megadeth has headlined festivals with no similar bands. He then presented the guys with matching guitars with TMS logo on it.
Eddie posed a question to all of the in-studio guests…
“What do you think about the state of the music industry right now with all of the changes that have been made?”
Mustaine – This generation has grown up to believe that music should be free. We focus on the live shows now. People are very song-focused now. Because of all of the digital audio workstations, and people being able to use computer software to make songs, there are a lot of talentless people out there who don’t deserve to be recording. “When you go and see some of these bands whose music is homemade from their bedroom, it’s kind of like that joke about what people say about the Grateful Dead at their concert when they run out of drugs…these guys suck!” He revealed that he grew up as a poor kid in the welfare/food stamp system, and he will never put out his fans with jacked up prices for everything tour-related.
Rockenfield – Records are different these days, they are good calling cards for us to continue our legacy. Bands can’t earn a lot of money in record sales anymore. We started out as a live band. A lot of new bands don’t have that.
METAL MODEM – Johann Hegg (Aman Amarth) live from his home in Sweden.
TAKE IT OR LEAVE IT – Rush finally being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame after 14 years! Obviously, Eddie Trunk, Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine all said take it. Trunk has been openly campaigning for years for Rush to be inducted. Trunk is annoyed even though he is satisfied that Rush finally made it, saying that the induction will always be tainted because it took so long. He is glad that Rush fans gave the band a deafening ovation at the induction ceremony, and booed the powers that be just as loudly.
BEHIND THE MUSIC VIDEO: Megadeth – “Sweating Bullets”
Recorded at Eddie Murphy’s studio. Mustaine started out the video shoot sober, got very drunk by the time it was over, which led him to kicking a hole in the wall. Mustaine’s wife thought that song is about her, but it’s not. She had a friend with an anxiety disorder, which is the real inspiration for the song. Mustaine told his wife…“It’s not about you. You’re crazy, but not that crazy!”
ON THE FRINGES: The guys highlight albums that are outside of the wheelhouse of That Metal Show, or ones that haven’t popped yet.
- Eddie – Kyng “Trampled Son”
- Don – Woods Of Ypres “Grey Skies & Electric Light” (Like Type-O Negative, but not as cheery is how Don describes the album)
- Jim – BLACKBERRY SMOKE “The Whipporwill” (Cross between Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Crowes. Good old southern rock is how Jim describes the band)
ROCK & ROLL LANDMARKS – L’Amour in Brooklyn
Who’s who of metal played at L’Amour back in the day. True fans always referred to it as L’Amours (which Jim pointed out with a strong accent).
HARD ROCK DADDY NOTE: L’Amour was the ultimate metal club. If you lived with an hour or so, you made the trip to hang out there. Eventually, the club became so popular that they opened L’Amour East in Queens and L’Amour Far East on Long Island. Most memorable L’Amour show was Tyketto. They are unheralded, but the fans in Brooklyn loved them.
Dave Mustaine Ranks Megadeth Albums
- Countdown To Extinction
- Rust In Peace
- Peace Sells
- Killing Is My Business
- So Far, So Good, So What