Megadeth, featuring Dave Mustaine (center), plays Kent's ShoWare Center on Tuesday, Feb. 21.
It's being widely Tweeted/reported today that Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has endorsed former Republican former Senator Rick Santorum's for president. However, when KIRO's Josh Kerns and I spoke to Mustaine yesterday afternoon -- taping a conversation for Sunday's episode of Seattle Sounds -- he told us he was not necessarily voting for Santorum. He is, however, against gay marriage and the idea of playing bass for Metallica.
Here's an excerpt from our conversation. You can hear more of our chat this Sunday at 3 p.m. on KIRO 97.3 FM or online at MyNorthwest.com.
Me: You mentioned you're going to vote for Rick Santorum.
Mustaine: I didn't say that. I said that he's the one that I'm looking at.
Santorum is against gay marriage and supports restrictions on abortions. Does his stance on these social issues bother you?
It doesn't bother me at all.
Do you support gay marriage?
I'm very conservative. So, take it for what it's worth.
Washington State, just this week, the governor signed gay marriage into law. Do you support gay marriage, or is that something you oppose?
Well, since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no.
OK. What about for people who are gay?
Since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no.
Would you support legislation to make marriage between a man and another man legal?
I'm Christian. The answer to that would be no.
You mentioned gas was $1.83 when Obama came into office, now it's almost $4 a gallon. What does that mean for Megadeth?
It means the same thing that's happened to all of our grandparents with their social security being taken away. It means the same thing for all the homeowners who've had their houses ripped out from under them with all these robo-mortgages. America is being emasculated. I think as long as George Soros is going to be president Obama's main mentor, we need to get ready to start wearing red.
Do you have a mortgage on your house?
Yeah, I do.
Are you going to try to refinance to a lower interest rate?
Well, if it's lower than what my interest rate is now, possibly, but I have a jumbo loan because I have a big house.
Would you ever consider playing bass with Metallica?