Said crew member was doing something with a guitar, which in turn, interrupted Megadeth’s set. Mustaine initially says to the crowd, “We’ll wait till he’s done checking his guitar over there.”
Mustaine eventually flips the bird at this individual, returning to his microphone and sharing the following with the audience: “The last night of the tour — we went all the way to the last fucking night, and then some pussy over on the stage next to us has to start playing while we’re playing. How fucking pathetic, amateur piece of shit you are.”
He then follows this up with, “Can we proceed now?” and then, “Fucking cunt.”
“I’ve gotta defend Dave Mustaine on this one, in some way. Look, I’ve done a lot of festivals — not as much as him — but it’s super annoying when you’re playing the show and you hear the other stage next door, just doing the line check. You’re supposed to have a silent line check. You’re not supposed to have an amp blasting next door that you can hear while you’re playing…It’d become pretty annoying. You’re doing a show, it takes you out of the game, you start making mistakes…
Judas Priest are obviously higher up on the bill than Megadeth, because they’re playing afterwards. They’re probably thinking, Well, we’re the headliner. Or maybe they were late — they couldn’t soundcheck earlier. Usually, the headliner soundchecks earlier in the day, because they’re the headliner. But with the flight cancellations and delays happening these days around the world, especially in Europe this touring season, they probably didn’t get there on time, and they said, Well, we’re the headliner, we gotta go…
In defense of Dave, that’s super annoying! I know you’re a headliner, but I’m doing a show right now! I need to play! If I play shit because some guy’s blasting guitar on the side, it’s not fair, and it’s not something you should be doing, especially at that level.
He probably shouldn’t have flipped that guy off in front, and gotten the fans to talk shit about him, but God, c’mon! We’re musicians, when we’re in the moment, we react.”
You can find a link to watch the original incident below, followed by Herman’s response/reaction video.