Dave Mustaine recently put a halt to Megadeth’s concert in Bloomington, Illinois on Wednesday, September 27. The band frontman defended a fan who had been “bullied” by security.
Toward the end of “Symphony Of Destruction”, which was the second-to-last song of Megadeth’s set at Grossinger Motors Arena, the Megadeth frontman berated several security guards mid-song to protect a fan in the crowd.
“I’m not gonna play anymore until those guys are escorted out of the building, so just hang on a second,” Mustaine told the audience after he and his bandmates stopped playing.
Addressing the security guards directly, he continued: “That was so f***in’ unnecessary. That was so fuckin’ unnecessary, you guys. You’re supposed to make… What’s on the back of your shirt? Safety? It should say, ‘No Fuckin Safety’, because you guys are punks, and you shouldn’t have f***in hit that guy. Four of you on one guy. What a bunch of pussies… Get ’em out of here or I’m leaving. I don’t wanna fucking hear that they’re in the back. I want them out of here.”
After the security guards in question were apparently escorted out of the venue, Mustaine returned to the mic and said: “These motherfuckers wrecked my song,” before adding, “Sorry, that stuff just makes me so mad. I hate bullies. I f***ing hate bullies.”
Megadeth went on to play one more song, “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due”, to finish out the set.
Megadeth played its first concert with new touring guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari on September 6 at Revel in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Teemu is filling in for the band’s longtime axeman Kiko Loureiro, who announced earlier this month that he would sit out the next leg of Megadeth’s “Crush The World” tour in order to stay home with his children back in Finland.