Dave Mustaine's Version of National Anthem to Appear in "America"
Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:58:34
Dave Mustaine x our National Anthem x a movie. Yep! Our National Anthem is getting another metallic makeover.
Dave Mustaine, singer and lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Megadeth, has recorded his version of the National Anthem for the upcoming movie America, which will land in theaters across the U.S. on July 2, before the Independence Day weekend.
The mighty Mustaine was able to watch a cut of the film before heading into the studio to record the song, which will be prominently featured in the film.
"Jimi Hendrix recorded his version at a different time in the history of our nation," noted Mustaine. "Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King had been assassinated, the nation was mired in war and chaos and that is reflected in his guitar. First off, no version of our National Anthem is or will ever be better than the original. 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."
As for the film, it explores the United States' role in the world and its contributions to mankind and features dramatic recreations of key moments in American history including the hypothetical killing of General George Washington in battle by British forces in order to dramatize the idea of a world without America.
The film's producer is not a headbanger, but he admitted that he can appreciate this interpretation by a classic and talented metal guitarist.
"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," noted producer Gerald Molen. "He's a patriot who loves his country as much as he loves music and we were delighted to work with him."
What is your favorite version of "The Star-Spangled Banner" aka our National Anthem?