Why Dave Mustaine Abandoned the Serial Killer Song

Dave Mustaine explained why he abandoned his concept for a Megadeth song about serial killers and recycled “Night Stalkers” to be about military specialists instead.

The track appears on the new album The sick, the dying… and the dead! and features guest vocalist Ice-T, who once served in the US Army. In a new interview with Kerrang!Mustaine said his original inspiration was similar to what inspired The Rolling Stones to write “Midnight Rambler” about the Boston Strangler.

“‘Night Stalkers’ actually started as a song about the Midnight Rambler and the Night Stalker,” he said. “I hitchhiked a lot when I was a kid and going up the Pacific Coast Highway could be a scary thing when they had the Hillside Strangler out there. I thought it might be cool to have a song about that period and how sketchy it could be for young people hitchhiking up and down the highway.”

He added: “But when I started looking into the Night Stalker, the crimes he had committed were so heinous that I couldn’t write about them. There was no reason to give that guy any more [attention]so I abandoned the idea.”

However, that was not the end of the song. “[A] while after that, a friend of mine told me about this helicopter division that’s based in Kentucky, right above where we live in Franklin,” Mustaine noted. “When I found out about this special operations division of helicopter pilots that go into shelter of the darkness to carry out their missions – whether it’s saving people or clearing out the bad guys – it was perfect. Ice-T also features in the song. I’ve known Ice forever, since back in Rest in peace days, and we’ve been friends for a while.” He said that Ice-T’s past service “meant that he was perfect for this song.”

Listen to Megadeth’s ‘Night Stalkers’

Another memory helped form the song “Sacrifice”, which deals with black magic. “It’s about the things I was riding around with when I was a kid: putting people on edge, or at least thinking that’s what I was doing,” Mustaine said.

“Seeing things change. Hanging out with people who were gullible and who believed in the power of the black magic. Whether you believe it’s real or not, a lot of the power of those things to do with the person looking at it. up,” he added. “If you put enough into something, there’s a power in the mind to make you believe it’s real.”

Listen to Megadeth’s ‘Sacrifice’

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