Anthrax’s Charlie Benante on His Favorite Song by Megadeth
In honor of the hugely anticipated Big 4 Festival in Indio, California, on April 23, Revolver has put out The Big Four special collector’s issue, chronicling the history of thrash metal’s most legendary bands. The magazine is on newsstands now, as well as available online here. While making the issue, we talked to some of the Big Four’s most heralded musicians about their favorite songs from the other bands. Today, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante (second from right) tells us about his favorite Megadeth song.
“I’m going to say ‘The Conjuring’ [off 1986’s Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying?]. Megadeth’s drummer at the time was Gar Samuelson, and I always thought Gar threw in this jazz fusion-y kind of style to Megadeth. I always loved it. I never became close with him because he was quiet but I always enjoyed his playing. He played for the songs. And when I hear that song, ‘The Conjuring,’ it’s just so great, so well-crafted. And I think it’s one of their best songs. And I know Dave doesn’t do it anymore because he’s Christian now, but I wish he would just play it once in a while.”
Photo by Andy Buchanan