May 292014
 

Mustaine_2014According to The Hollywood Reporter, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine will mark the 45th anniversary of Jimi Hendrix‘s rendition of ‘The Star-Spangled Banner’ with a version of his own that will appear in “America”, the new movie from Dinesh D’Souza, the creator of “2016: Obama’s America”.

“Jimi recorded his version at a different time in the history of our nation,” Mustaine said. “Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated, the nation was mired in war and chaos and that is reflected in his guitar.”

“America” is described as “a journey of discovery that will bring you face-to-face with the heroes who built America, in the times in which they lived, bled, and sacrificed in order to build a great nation: Christopher Columbus, George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Frederick Douglass, and others. You’ll be there as Columbus sets foot on American soil, as bullets whiz by Washington’s head, as Douglass demands that America live up to the promises of her Founding Fathers, and as Lincoln sacrifices thousands of lives, including his own, to right a great wrong of history.”

“First off, no version of our national anthem is or will ever be better than the original,” Mustaine said. “My inspiration and take on the song for the film was our Founding Fathers and wondering what they would think of us today if they saw what we had become. My hope for America is that we’ll become a nation they’d be proud of again and I tried to capture that with my guitar.”

The video below consists of audio of Mustaine playing guitar to snippets of the movie, and it acts as a teaser trailer for “America”.

“Although I can’t say I’m a fan of heavy metal, I am a fan of greatness in every genre and I am delighted that a great musician like Dave Mustaine gave us such a beautiful rendition of a song that belongs to all of us,” “America” producer Gerald Molen said. “He’s a patriot who loves his country as much as he loves music.”

Megadeth has canceled immediate tour plans [until June 20th] as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who passed away on May 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after battling cancer. A private family funeral service will be held. Read the bands statement here.

Upcoming Shows:
Jun 20     Amnesia Rockfest     Montebello, Canada
Jul 15     Artpark     Lewiston, NY
Jul 17     Rock USA     Oshkosh, WI
Jul 18     The Venue at Horseshoe Casino     Hammond, IN
Jul 19     Casino Rama Entertainment Centre     Longford, Canada
Jul 24     Metaldays Festival     Tolmin, Slovenia
Jul 26     Qstock     Oulu, Finland
Jul 28     Aurora Concert Hall     Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation
Jul 29     Arena Moscow     Moscow, Russian Federation
Jul 31     Resurrection Fest     Viveiro, Spain
Aug 01     Skogsrojet Festival     Rejmyre, Sweden
Aug 02     Wacken Open Air Festival     Wacken, Germany           Sold Out    
Aug 04     Rock Off Festival     Istanbul, Turkey
Aug 06     LV Convention Center     Tel Aviv, Israel
Aug 09     Oldehoofsterkerkhof     Leeuwarden, Netherlands
Aug 10     Bloodstock Open Air Festival     Derbyshire, United Kingdom
Aug 16     Summer Sonic     Tokyo, Japan
Aug 17     Summer Sonic     Osaka, Japan
Sep 22     Motörhead’s Motörboat     Miami, FL

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