Scott Borchetta today announced the signing of Megadeth to a three-record deal with Big Machine. Lead singer Dave Mustaine was on hand for the press conference, wearing a Megadeth logo-emblazoned (now in the Bleeding Cowboys font) pearl snap shirt and cowboy hat.
“We’re just excited to explore this awesome genre. For years, Megadeth has been a mainstay in hard rock and thrash metal, but we’ve always had a soft spot for the music that truly makes this country great,” explained Mustaine. “If you look back at uh, well… the liner notes for Peace Sells… you’ll see that we’ve always thanked people for their support… and uh, that kind of appreciation is a tenet of country music.”
The newly clean-shorn Dave continued: “I’ve got all of Johnny Cash’s records, except for that new one, which I’m trying to win from The 9513, and I just love the subject matter of country. Murder, drinking, death, spirituality, murder… you know, those are things I love to sing about.”
“We’ll have to maybe dial down some of the political rhetoric and bloodshed a bit, but I think this established band’s work translates well to the country market,” said Borchetta. “Besides, most of the older demographic we’re shooting for grew up listening to Metallica and Megadeth, so that’s where the money is!”
He added: “Oops, did I say that out loud?”
Megadeth’s single “Sweating Budweiser” will be sent to country radio on April 1, with a full album entitled Vic Rattlehead Loves America to be released in early summer. A supporting tour for Rascal Flatts will follow.