The Live Line, a service launched by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine that enables musicians to connect to their audience over the phone, has been updated with a new message from DEVILDRIVER frontman Dez Fafara.
Mustaine spoke about The Live Line during an appearance on Indie 103.1 FM's specialty metal program "Chaos with Full Metal Jackie" on January 13, 2008. "This is not necessarily a new way, but for me, it's definitely a new venture," he said. "I had started doing interactive voice response with fans, which basically is contacting them through their cellphone, with another company [SayNow] last year, and it gave me an idea. We kind of parted ways based on different things — it just didn't work out — so I started this company with the people from SmartReply called The Live Line, and it's just a way for us to contact the fans, to send messages to them, for them to leave messages for us, for them to get updates from the band and texts, and stuff like that. And also a place where they can do things like… The site started off, as it was developing, by having a popularity poll to see who, out of some of the bands that were up for the European MEGADETH tour, [to] see what the fans thought of them and it helped us in deciding who the band was gonna be for our tour — there was a band called EVILE. And even though there was a band called WARMACHINE that actually had more votes, them being in Canada and stuff like that… they would have been a great choice for us to have come over there, but like I said again, it wasn't necessarily who got the most votes — it was a popularity contest and to see what the promoters and what the fans thought. Having said that, we're looking forward to seeing all of these bands that had that first poll at some point. And we thank them for helping with the launch of the site."