MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE Says He Is 100 Percent Satisfied With TEEMU MÄNTYSAARI Right Now

MEGADETH’s DAVE MUSTAINE Says He Is 100 Percent Satisfied With TEEMU MÄNTYSAARI Right Now

In a recent conversation with Sakis Fragos of Rock Hard Greece, Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine shared his enthusiasm for the band’s latest guitarist, Teemu Mäntysaari. Mustaine’s confidence in Mäntysaari’s abilities and potential contributions to the band’s future projects was evident. When asked if Mäntysaari would be involved in the songwriting for Megadeth’s next studio album, Mustaine responded affirmatively, highlighting the guitarist’s deep understanding of the band’s musical essence.

Mustaine praised Mäntysaari’s knowledge of Megadeth’s repertoire, noting that the band is now performing more songs than before. This, he emphasized, is not a slight against previous lineups but rather a testament to Mäntysaari’s grasp of the band’s metal roots. Mustaine explained that having a guitarist who is inherently a “metal guy” brings a unique advantage. He contrasted this with the diverse musical backgrounds of former guitarists like Chris Broderick, who excelled in progressive rock, and Kiko Loureiro, who had a flair for bossa nova.

Reflecting on Loureiro’s departure, Mustaine expressed understanding and support for his decision to prioritize family. He acknowledged the challenges of balancing a rock star career with family responsibilities and commended Loureiro for choosing to be there for his loved ones. Mustaine’s empathy as a fellow father was clear, as he recognized the courage it took for Loureiro to step back from the band.

Addressing the persistent rumors about former guitarist Marty Friedman rejoining Megadeth, Mustaine clarified that there are no plans for a reunion. Despite Friedman’s guest appearances with the band last year, Mustaine emphasized that Friedman has evolved and is focused on his own projects in Japan. Mustaine reiterated his satisfaction with Mäntysaari, stating that he is the band’s new guitarist and that fans should not expect Friedman’s return.

Mäntysaari joined Megadeth last September, stepping in for Loureiro during the “Crush The World” tour. Since then, he has become a permanent fixture in the band, with Loureiro showing no signs of returning. Mäntysaari’s addition has been well-received, and Mustaine is excited about the chemistry and energy he brings to the group.

In an interview with Italy’s Poisoned Rock webzine, Mäntysaari shared his excitement about joining Megadeth. He recalled his first show with the band in Albuquerque, New Mexico, describing it as a smooth and enjoyable experience. Mäntysaari felt well-prepared and confident, thanks to the support and camaraderie of his bandmates.

Looking ahead, Mäntysaari mentioned that the band has been working on incorporating new songs into their setlist, including some that haven’t been played in a long time or ever before. He has been in regular communication with Mustaine, discussing song arrangements and ideas. Mäntysaari is eager to contribute to the band’s creative process and is looking forward to collaborating on new material.

Mäntysaari’s journey to joining Megadeth began with a recommendation from Loureiro. Mustaine acknowledged that Loureiro’s endorsement made the transition smoother and expressed gratitude for his support. Mäntysaari’s background as a guitarist in bands like Wintersun and Smackbound, along with his ability to adapt quickly and learn new material, made him a perfect fit for Megadeth.

In an interview with Guitar World magazine, Mäntysaari discussed his approach to playing Megadeth’s music. He emphasized the importance of understanding the nuances of the band’s sound, from picking techniques to song dynamics. Mäntysaari’s attention to detail and dedication to capturing the essence of Megadeth’s music have earned him Mustaine’s approval.

Mustaine’s praise for Mäntysaari has been consistent. In various interviews, he has highlighted the guitarist’s skill and the positive impact he has had on the band. Mustaine has even compared Mäntysaari’s playing to that of former guitarist Marty Friedman, noting the similarities in their styles.

As Megadeth continues to tour and work on new music, Mustaine’s confidence in Mäntysaari remains unwavering. The band’s future looks promising with Mäntysaari on board, and fans can look forward to hearing his contributions to Megadeth’s evolving sound.