Superstitious Dave Mustaine Refuses to Sing The Conjuring

I remember when Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine first came out with the announcement that he was Christian. Bob Larson, the fundie radio show host who expels demons over the air, questioned if Mustaine was sincere and dismissed him. Mustaine’s version of Christianity also may not be in sync with fundamentalist views either. He probably tells the devil to go fuck himself rather than exorcise a demon with “out in the name of Jesus.” If you think good Christian Dave doesn’t swear then please realize he’s a heavy metal star (plus when I read the articles on him they have to delete the expletives). Christian civility does not apply to heavy metal stars turned Christian, or for that matter even Christian rock stars.

Now Celebrity Buzz reports that Mustaine refuses to sing the track “The Conjuring” when playing live. “The Conjuring” is off of one of the best selling Megadeth albums Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? The reason apparently is that when Mustaine wrote it he was fascinated with witchcraft and the lyrics are in conflict with his newer Christian views. After all, the Bible says in Exodus, “Thou shalt not suffer a witch to live,” and Mustaine can’t very well kill himself when he growls out that particular tune.

Mustaine told Guitar Magazine in his list of reasons not to sing “The Conjuring,” “because there’s a lot of instructions for hexes in that song.” Let’s take a look at these instructions:

Welcome to out sanguinary sect of worship.
Feel at home in our black conventicle,
As we anathematise
All of those who oppose us.

Don’t summon the devil,
Don’t call the priests,
If you need the strength
The conjuring. Obey!!!

Behold the flames rise
From the compass’ cardinal points.
Burn the sacred oil,
And, with the ashes you’ll annoint.

Arrange the symbols,
Of the wizard, and, magician.
Light the candles,
Place the parchment paper in position.

Between its leaves place
The lash from a black cat’s eye,
A straw of a broom,
Fold, and, burn, and, centralise.

Don’t summon the devil,
Don’t call the priests,
If you need the strength,
The conjuring.

I am the devil’s advocate,
A salesman, if you will
You know my name. [You know my name]

I met your father years ago,
Gave him what he’d please.
He called my name, you’ll do the same.

I’m claiming what is mine by right,
It’s time to close the deal.
You’re bought and sold, bought and sold.

Come join me in my infernal depths,
Mephisto’s hall of fame.
I’ve got your soul, I’ve got your soul.
The conjuring. Obey!!!
…Alright, so for my shopping list I need a candle, parchment, eye lash from a black cat, and a broom straw. Oh and sacred oil.
Poor Dave, this song is for teenagers who want to play fantasy games with the occult and he’s bought into the superstitious nature of it all. Meanwhile, I was never a big fan of Megadeth because I thought Mustaine’s voice was too whiny compared to James Hetfield’s tough voice heading up Metallica, BUT I may just pick this album up for my collection as I love to listen to banned music (especially when the artist himself is afraid of it).

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