“We’re not yelling at people, ‘Wear your fucking mask'”
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine started an anti-mask rant during a concert in New Jersey last night (September 15).
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Before the band’s final song, “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, at the Metal Tour of the Year in Camden, the frontman denounced the enforcement of masks in the US.
He said: “I want to tell you how cool it is. Look around you, guys. Look to your right, look to your left, and see how wonderful it is. We’re all here together. We don’t panic. And we’re not yelling at people, ‘Put on your fucking mask.’
“Listen, it starts with the kind of sensation we make now. We feel together, we feel like [there’s] strength in numbers. We think we are invincible. People won’t be able to stop us.”
He continued: “Right now, what is happening is atrocities. This is called dictatorship. Check it out when you get home. And tyranny is not only in the government. Torture is now in schools and torture is in the medical profession.
“We have the power, especially we … heavy metal fans, we have the power to change things.”
Frontman had previously confirmed that Megadeth’s 16th studio album would be titled The Sick, the Dying and the Dead.
The album’s release date is yet to be confirmed.
Meanwhile, Megadeth will be performing at Slipknot’s upcoming one-day festival, NotFest Iowa 2021.
Set to take place on September 25 at the National Balloon Classic Field in Indianola, IA, Megadeth will join the likes of Faith No More, Lamb of God and of course Slipknot.