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Dave Mustaine explains how Sammy Hagar ended up on new Megadeth album

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Dave Mustaine explains how Sammy Hagar ended up on new Megadeth album

Megadeth will release their new album “The Sick, The Dying and The Dead” next September 2 and one of the special bonus tracks is a cover of Sammy Hagar‘s “This Planet’s on Fire (Burn In Hell)”. The band’s leader Dave Mustaine explained in an interivew with Full Metal Jackie (Transcribed by Ultimate Classic Rock) why he chose the song and how Sammy himself ended up singing on the track. Mustaine recalled he is a big fan of the Red Rock’s singing and guitar playing ever since he was part of Montrose.

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Dave Mustaine explains how Sammy Hagar ended up on new Megadeth album

“A lot of people didn’t know Sammy before he did his time in Van Halen. I know him from back when he played in Montrose and, after that, in his solo career. I never really was convinced with the Van Halen tracks because I’d heard Sammy sing on Montrose, and that man can sing … oh, my God. He was one of my favorite singers, forever and ever. ‘I Got the Fire’ is one of my favorite Montrose songs. It’s such a heavy song; even Iron Maiden covered it. I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to do ‘This Planet’s on Fire’ by Sammy?'”

“I contacted him and asked him, ‘Would you mind singing on it and maybe putting down some guitars? So he came back and said, ‘Sure, I’ll sing on it. I ain’t playing guitar because I heard you two shredders and you just leave the stuff like it is.’ I was really flattered because I think Sammy’s a great guitar player,” Dave Mustaine said.

The track chosen by Dave Mustaine was first released on “Street Machine” (1979), Sammy’s fourth solo studio album. The lyrics might fit well with a Thrash Metal song, since it says: “Ooh, this planet’s on fire, Oh, Satan’s desire. We’ve seen the rise, we’ll see the fall. He’s here to see us all, Burn in hell. Burn in hell. We’ve seen the rise, we’ll see the fall. He’s here to see us all, Burn in hell.”

“The Sick, The Dying and The Dead” tracklist

  1. The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!
  2. Life In Hell
  3. Night Stalkers (Featuring ICE-T)
  4. Dogs Of Chernobyl
  5. Sacrifice
  6. Junkie
  7. Psychopathy
  8. Killing Time
  9. Soldier On!
  10. Célebutante
  11. Mission To Mars
  12. We’ll Be Back

According to Blabbermouth, the album will also have “Police Truck”, 0riginally recorded by The Dead Kennedys.

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