Â The fact Mustaine is regurgitating blood because of the brutal and uncompromising way he sings is no real surprise. The thrash metal musician has knocked down anything - and anyone - who ever stood in the way of his success since before joining Metallica.
Backstage at the Hollywood Palladium, carefully choreographed chaos is going on. Huge roadies the size of grizzly bears - only with walkie talkies - wheel in massive cases carrying guitars, drums, cables and all the other parts and pieces necessary to stage a big time Rock show. Techs barely pass each other as they move down narrow hallways. Lanyards drip from tattooed necks and tool belts clank and rattle with dangling flashlights, screwdrivers and hammers. Onstage, various colors of day-glo duct tape cover exposed cables so that when Megadeth finally takes the stage in about three or four hour's time, no one trips or falls once the lights go down. Red tape means caution and green tape with arrows means, Go this way.