Being a rock star isn’t all limo rides, free beer and amps that turn up to 11. Sometimes, it means being the convenient target of aggression. Just ask Megadeth screamer/guitar-slinger Dave Mustaine, often a lightning rod for controversy and also, it seems, a handy magnet for rocks and other debris.
During Megadeth’s set earlier this week at a rock festival in Croatia, the band was driven from the stage by fans pelting stuff and screaming for an appearance by dodgy 80s-era metalheads W.A.S.P. which, let’s face it, is not something you hear about every day. The action, such as it is, begins at around the 9:20 mark in the fan-made video below.
While no official statement has been released, the webiverse is rife with speculation that concert-goers somehow discovered W.A.S.P. - also slated to perform at Croatia's MetalFest - had suddenly cancelled their appearance following a disagreement between singer Blackie Lawless and Mustaine who, as a born-again Christian, has a long-held policy of not performing alongside any band perceived as being satanic or evil.
Whether or not W.A.S.P. is actually satanic is pretty much debatable, but fan cries for their appearance during Megadeth’s set are very real (almost laughably real in fact), as the video demonstrates. After Megadeth left the stage, a hapless spokesman for the band appeared and said, in English: "Guys, Dave's been hit in the head with a rock."
He too was drowned out with calls for W.A.S.P. before adding: "I apologize. He's been hit in the head." He endured his own barrage of missiles before leaving the stage.
Having traveled extensively in Croatia - one of the loveliest spots of Earth – this seems really out of character with the populace at large but hey, throw a bunch of rock fans together, mix liberally with booze and what-have-you, turn up the testosterone and crowd mentality and bang-o: anything goes.
Luckily for Megadeth, those above-mentioned limos were no doubt idling backstage. Another day, another gig in the life of a rock star.
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