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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Says Religious Abuse Inspired Early Songs

03/10/2016
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(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine has recalled how severe religious abuse inspired his early lyrical output. The Megadeth mainman says his mother's devotion to the Jehovah's Witness movement had a profound impact on his view of the world.

He tells Paste: "I think probably as a kid who wrote my first lyric for Mechanix when I was very, very young, and then Jump In The Fire around the same time, those were the writings of a young male who was not quite 21 yet and had been severely religiously abused from my mom's religion.

"She was a Jehovah's witness and I don't believe in it. My opinion is that it's a cult, and my family's still in that religion, and it's a bummer. You grow up learning certain things like you can't do the pledge of allegiance, you can't have a birthday party, or any of that, and that kind of stuff really affected my myopic view of the world and the prism that I saw it through." Read more here.

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