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“SPRINTING DOWN THE PATH TO SOCIALISM,” says Dave Mustaine. NIKKI SIXX SAYS, “We have to actually say something that matters.” RUSH’S “VAPOR TRAIL’S,” to get remix! “SUBDIVISIONS,” video bonus!

“Metal Zone” host Nikki Blakk of the 107.7 The Bone radio station conducted an interview with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine on August 31, 2010 when the band played at the Cow Palace in San Francisco, California during the “American Carnage” tour with SLAYER and TESTAMENT. You can now watch the chat below.

When asked if he was still “avid in following politics,” Mustaine replied, “I have tried not to say anything right now because I’m so freaked out about what’s happening to our country. I mean, it looks like we’re sprinting down the path to socialism and I don’t understand where the American people are right now. You wanna impeach a guy for getting a blowjob yet you have a guy that’s destroying our country and you just let him run rampant. I don’t understand that. I know a generation ago that this wouldn’t have happened. It seems like we’re just — like I said — sprinting towards socialism, and I don’t wanna be a socialist. I like living in a free America. The idea that if you have a chicken in a democracy is that it’s your chicken; if you’re in socialism, it’s everybody’s chicken. It’s like a communist country. And the idea of the U.S.S.R.A [laughs], it just doesn’t have a good ring to it. . . My God, look at the marketplace right now. This president promised 500,000 new jobs, we have 500,000 less jobs, so he missed that by one million. And I just think, ‘God, how can you be so out of touch?'”

MEGADETH‘s “Rust In Peace Live” CD — which captures the final night of the band’s historic month-long “Rust In Peace” 20th anniversary tour — sold around 3,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to debut at position No. 161 on The Billboard 200 chart. Meanwhile, the DVD version of “Rust In Peace Live” shifted around 2,600 units to land at No. 3 on the Top Music Videos chart.

Earlier this week, Adam Savage of the Farmington, New Mexico radio station 96.9 The Dog Rocks conducted an interview with MÖTLEY CRÜE/SIXX: A.M. bassist Nikki Sixx and Kerri Kasem, the co-host of Nikki‘s nationally syndicated radio show “Sixx Sense With Nikki Sixx”.

On the topic of Metal Sludge, the hard rock and heavy metal web site founded in 1998 by Stevie Rachelle, frontman of glam metal band TUFF, Nikki said, “What I love about [the people that post comments on] Metal Sludge is that they hate everything. I think there’s, like, 200 14-year-olds and they, like, ‘METALLICA sucks,’ and then the next guy [goes], ‘You suck,’ and the [guy after that goes], ‘You suck more.’ In the old days, you could get on that site, but you can’t get on [the Metal Sludge message board] anymore unless you’re a member, so I haven’t been on there. But the other [site like that] is Blabbermouth. I think it’s the same [type of] people [that post on there].

“In the end, the whole Internet thing kills me, because you can use it as a positive thing or you can read into all the negativity. And I think you’ve gotta put out positive energy, put out cool viral stuff and then just stay out of people’s opinions. Because it’s so easy for someone to just… Some kid gets his first iPhone, signs up to Twitter and then tweets, ‘Nikki Sixx sucks.’ And I’m supposed to take that personally. So you just kind of have to move past that and go, ‘You know what? I’m trying to do good stuff with this.’

“People have gotta stop shoving negative energy out into the fucking world; it’s just really a waste of time. And that’s what the ’70s music was all about — it was positive music doing positive stuff. There was no way to interact with the bands. And then the ’80s came and there was more magazines and we had MTV and then the ’90s and now we’re here and we have a way to actually communicate with people and we’ve gotta be careful what we’re saying — it can’t just be bullshit. We have to actually say something that matters.”

According to U.K.’s Classic Rock, Canadian rock legends RUSH are planning to remix and re-release their 2002 album “Vapor Trails”. Guitarist Alex Lifeson told the magazine, “We were never happy with the production. Perhaps we should have taken more time over the record. But now we’ve got the chance to improve things.” He added, “There will be no re-recording, just a remix.”

The seventeenth studio album by RUSH, “Vapor Trails” was produced by Paul Northfield and released in May 2002. According to the band, the entire developmental process for the LP was extremely taxing and took approximately 14 months to finish, by far the longest the band had ever spent writing and recording a studio album.

Despite controversy surrounding its production and sound quality, the album debuted to moderate praise and was supported by the band’s first tour in six years, including first-ever concerts in Mexico City and Brazil, where they played to some of the largest crowds of their career. The album was certified gold in Canada in August 2002.

The “Vapor Trails” song Ghost Rider appeared on the album and was written by drummer Neil Peart as a tribute to his travels around America after his tragic loss (on August 10, 1997, Peart‘s 19-year-old daughter, Selena Taylor, was killed in a single-car accident on Highway 401 near the town of Brighton, Ontario while his common-law wife of 22 years, Jacqueline Taylor, succumbed to cancer only 10 months later), while “One Little Victory” served as the first single in order to announce the band’s return from hiatus.


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