When he finally grows tired of doing the rock and roll thing, Megadeth singer/guitarist Dave Mustaine might have a second career as an evangelist. Make that a miracle evangelist who heals the sick, Benny Hinn-style.
In a recent interview with SPIN, where Mustaine was asked to list his 10 Most Prized Possessions, Mustaine reveals that he helped prolong the life of a Megadeth fan with throat cancer with a touch of his hands. Really.
Tucked between Most Prized Possession #10 (his Miniature horse, Rocky) and Possession #2 (a crossbow he shoots with son Justis) is item #6, a “certificate.”
Of this item, Mustaine says: “I met a fan in Kentucky who had throat cancer. He was only supposed to live a few weeks. For some reason, I reached out, grabbed his throat, and started praying for the dude. He lived long enough to give me this [certificate] on our next tour. It's signed by the governor and says I'm an honorary Kentucky Colonel. As far as I know, it's the real deal.”
OK, so we know Mustaine was raised as a Jehovah's Witness (he says so in the same SPIN article) and that he is now a born-again Christian, so maybe this miracle healing stuff isn’t so much of a stretch.
As the NME notes in its weirdly dry reportage of this rather bizarre item, “The former Metallica man is renowned for his spiritual views and has been famed in the past for his refusal to share festival bills with Satanic bands. In 2007, he told Metalundeground.com: ‘I've never believed in singing about Satan and thinking he's cool, because he's not.’”
Could it be The Man upstairs is showing his approval of Mustaine’s choices by giving him special powers so he can build a flock and lead them towards more righteous rock? (Note to flock: Megadeth's just-released 13th studio album, smartly titled Th1rt3en, is now available in digital and CD formats).
That’s anyone’s guess. Still, the fact that Mustaine has a miniature pony IN ADDITION TO magic hands leads me to believe a higher power just might be involved. After all, no one could be that lucky.