Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Says Religious Abuse Inspired Early Songs

(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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