Dave Mustaine talks about COVID + “Medical Tyranny” on stage
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine spoke on stage about the ‘medical tyranny’ over the COVID-19 pandemic last night (September 15) at the Camden, NJ stop Metal tour of the year. Along with the government, Mustaine voiced his opinion on the tyranny infiltrating schools and the medical sector.
Megadeth and Lamb of God co-headline the Metal Tour of the Year with support from Trivium and Hatebreed. This is one of the few tours that hasn’t been interrupted by a COVID infection, even with the bands mingling (and even practice jiu-jitsu) with each other.
With the four-gang trek more than half over, Mustaine addressed the New Jersey audience last night before diving into “Holy Wars”. “I just want to tell you how awesome it is. Look around you guys. Look to your right, look to your left and look how wonderful it is. We’re all here together. We’re not panicking, and we don’t yell at people, “wear your fucking mask.”
He continued, “Look, it starts with this kind of feeling that we’re building right now. We feel together, we feel the strength in numbers. We feel invincible. People won’t be able to stop us.”
“Right now what is happening is tyranny. This is called tyranny. Watch it when you get home. And the tyranny isn’t just in government. Tyranny right now is in the schools and tyranny is in the medical field. We have the power, especially us heavy metal fans, we have the power to make a difference. If you look at what’s been going on in the Middle East right now… I said it a long time ago with this next song, ‘Holy Wars’.
Dave Mustaine on Mask Tyranny, Plays “Peace Sells” + “Holy Wars” in Camden, NJ 09/15/21
Shortly before the start of the pandemic, Mustaine was able to announce on stage that he was “100% cancer free”. Megadeth has used her spare time since to release a book and work on a highly anticipated new record.
In recent weeks, rockers such as Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden), Corey Taylor (Slipknot), Jonathan Davis and Munky (Korn), Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley (KISS), Sean Killian (Vio-Lence), Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row) and members of Tesla and Lynyrd Skynyrd have all tested positive for the virus that triggered a global pandemic in March 2020. Musician Eric Wagner died last month after being hospitalized with COVID pneumonia.
Vaccination efforts are underway; 53 percent the US total is fully vaccinated as of September 9. But with Delta at stake, the fate of many US concerts and festivals is at stake. In the tourism industry, positions such as “COVID Compliance Officer” are becoming a reality.
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