“It would be predictable to say this is the best line up. If you go down the list, it was great to play with James LoMenzo and James MacDonough to remember how good I had it and to see different playing styles.
"They were both really good players but Dave [Ellefson] is the right bass player for Megadeth. Shawn [Drover, drums] has been in Megadeth longer than Nick Menza was and I think on this new record he’s played better than he ever has in his life.
"It sounds like he’s a certain metal drummer with a lot of Dave from the Foo Fighters. He was pretty flattered. I didn’t want to say, ‘Hey you sound like Dave Grohl’ and he be like, ‘I hate alternative!’ You never know with drummers, they’re unpredictable creatures.
"Then you’ve got Chris Broderick. We had other guitar player come in after Chris Poland and there always was resistance in that shotgun position. They had to play other people’s guitar solos and a lot of the time they would complain and want to improvise it. There is no improvising in Megadeth. These fans love these guitar parts.
“What would you think if someone went up to do Comfortably Numb and did Twinkle Twinkle Little Star? I remember when Ozzy had come out after Randy Rhodes died. A couple of guys filled in for him and they were good players but they wouldn’t play Randy’s solos and I thought, ‘Shame on you guys. You can do these solos, respect his legend by learning his stuff.’ Chris plays all the solos note for note.”