Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has claimed that US President Barack Obama was not born in America.
The heavy metal frontman and former Metallica guitar player made the comments during an interview with Canadian chat show host George Stroumboulopoulos, reports The Guardian. Mustaine said: “I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not where he was born. I know he was born somewhere else than America.” He added:
How come [Obama] was invisible until he became, uh, whatever he was in Illinois? They don’t have any record of him.
Mustaine, who recently aligned himself with Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, outed himself as a ‘birther’ during the interview, one of the right wing Americans who deny that Obama was born in the US, even though his birth certificate was released last year and stated that he was born in Hawaii.
In 2011 Megadeth released their 13th studio album, titled ‘Th1rt3en’. The album, was the follow-up to the band’s 2009 LP ‘Endgame’. Last year Mustaine also claimed that he prolonged the life of a cancer-stricken fan by touching him and praying. The guitarist told Spin that one of his most treasured possessions was a certificate given to him by the fan, that had been signed by the governor of Kentucky.
Mustaine, who formed a new band called Red Lamb with ex-Anthrax guitarist Dan Spitz in 2011, said: “I met a fan in Kentucky who had throat cancer. He was only supposed to live a few weeks. For some reason, I reached out, grabbed his throat, and started praying for the dude. He lives long enough to give me [the certificate] on our next tour.”
Mustaine went on to vouch for the legitimacy of the certificate, adding: “It’s signed by the governor and says I’m an honorary Kentucky Colonel. As far as I know, it’s the real deal.”