Thrash metal titans Megadeth have released the music video for "The Right To Go Insane", off their 2009 album Endgame. It's the second video off the album, following in the footsteps of "Head Crusher", and the first video to feature bassist David Ellefson since his return to the band in February 2010.
The video is an interesting one, featuring Dave Mustaine (lead guitars/vocals) having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad, day. His wife divorces him and his house is foreclosed. Naturally, he does what any red-blooded male in his shoes would do - he steals a tank and takes to the streets.
The premise is based on the actual events of May 17th, 1995, when Shawn Timothy Nelson, a U.S. Army veteran with mental problems stole an M60 Patton tank from a National Guard armory in San Diego. Nelson destroyed cars, fire hydrants, telephone poles and an RV, and was in the process of crossing a freeway median into the path of oncoming traffic when the tank got stuck. Police officers stormed the tank, and, when Nelson refused to surrender, shot him. Nelson was the only fatality in the incident.
"The Right To Go Insane" mixes scenes of Dave stealing and driving the tank with archived news footage of Nelson's rampage. As he drives, "camera" footage from inside the tank captures him singing the lyrics to the song. There are no performance scenes, and fellow Megadeth members Chris Broderick (lead guitars) and Shawn Drover (drums) are reduced to cameo appearances, as is Ellefson (who appears twice).
The video ends as the real-life incident did, with police officers climbing onto the tank to force its occupant to surrender. We don't actually see Dave get shot (heh), but the song ends with Ellefson placing flowers at a headstone.
I had dismissed "The Right To Go Insane" as one of the more mediocre songs off Endgame, but the video helped elevate its status in my ears; the chorus is catchy and it's got a good solo. The video itself, however, is disappointing. Given that Megadeth have two of the best guitarists in heavy metal today (Mustaine and Broderick), seeing them perform (even if only miming actually playing) would have been more entertaining. For those of us who might not see David Ellefson on-stage with the band for a while, seeing him play alongside the other Dave would have been a treat. As it is, we're treated to close-ups of Mustaine singing, archived news footage of Nelson's rampage…and not much else. Heavy metal videos are usually hit-or-miss affairs, and Megadeth have made better videos.