MEGADETH's previously announced gigs in Greece — on June 17 and 18 in Athens and Thessaloniki, respectively — appear to be in jeopardy over the participation of one of the scheduled support acts, Greek black metallers ROTTING CHRIST. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is reportedly willing to cancel MEGADETH's Greek dates (to be more specific: wherever ROTTING CHRIST are set to appear as support) due to his known dislike for black/death metal bands that depict religious issues in a negative light. Here's what a member (Nickname: April3rd) of MEGADETH's official forums posted concerning this issue and what Dave Mustaine posted in response (as found on the band's forums):
- April3rd: "Well, MEGADETH will be playing Greece this summer. Both Athens and Thessaloniki. Although it is not yet on the Killing Road the company that organizes the concert announced that the support act for the gig in Athens will be the Greek black metal band ROTTING CHRIST. We all know Dave's beliefs and his opinion about black metal. ROTTING CHRIST, as you can easily understand, don't actually go to church every Sunday, instead they had taken part in the 'Fuck Christ Tour' along with MAYHEM and other Satanic bands a few years ago.
"Hey, Dave, do you mind them opening for you?"
- Dave Mustaine: "Well, if they are on it, I certainly don't want to kick them off. We will just have to pass and play Greece another time or place. I have informed my management and they know what I feel."
(Thanks: Orpheus Spiliotopoulos / Metal-Temple.com)