FNM Exclusive: Dave Mustaine of Megadeth Has Harsh Words for Critics, Lots of Love for Southern Fans

As the driving force behind Megadeth for over thirty years, thrash-metal pioneer Dave Mustaine has learned a valuable lesson about critics. Namely, that they "don't know what they're talking about."

"I think there's a lot of people out there that are probably overly harsh in their criticism," Mustaine tells FNM in an exclusive video interview (above). "It's like the old saying, 'Dogs with no teeth bark the loudest.' You find that the meanest critics are people with no real musical education, and they're just bitter."

Regardless, the critics aren't being so harsh. Megadeth's latest release, "Dystopia," has already earned praise as a "first-rate" and "damned good" album, thanks in no small part to its blistering title track.

"It's such a strong song that it overall changed the outlook of the whole project," says Mustaine. "A lot of the songs had topics and themes that touched on one another … but nothing really strong enough to be a title track like that one."

Mustaine is also eager to start shredding through his new tracks in concert. In fact, Megadeth is currently on a worldwide tour with several stops planned for cities throughout the South, where some of the band's biggest fans — or "droogies" — reside.

"All I know is that Megadeth music has a little bit of something in it for everybody," says Mustaine when asked about Megadeth's popularity down South. "Because of the diversity of the music, it matches the diversity of the fanbase."

"Every crooked nut has found its crooked screw, you know what I mean?"

Watch the rest of Dave's interview for more about "Dystopia" (and to learn its original title), then click here for Megadeth tour dates.