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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine pays tribute to Britain's oldest rocker

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: September 04, 2013

By Tina Rowe

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tina.rowe@b-nm.co.uk

Angels may need ear plugs following the death of Britain's oldest rocker, Owen Brown.

Dave Mustaine, founder of American thrash band Megadeth reckons Mr Brown will be turning up the volume in heaven.

The retired farm worker died last month, aged 87, an enthusiast for the ear-splitting passion of heavy metal to the end.

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In the past he had spent hours at a time in his garden shed listening to bands such as Megadeth, Judas Priest and Iron Maiden. In later years he listened in the comfort of his Herefordshire home.

His heroes had recognised his passion and honoured him as one of the rock world's most devoted fans.

Now Megadeth frontman Mustaine has paid a poignant final tribute after the Western Daily Press reported Mr Brown's passing. Speaking from the United States on the eve of a seven-show tour of the country with Iron Maiden he said: "I was deeply honoured when I first heard Mr Brown's story, and understandably, I was equally saddened to hear of his passing. My sincere condolences to the family, and I can't help but think old Owen is happy blasting Megadeth in heaven somewhere."

Thousands of people have visited the Western Daily Press website to read Mr Brown's story.

Speaking at his home in Burghill, Hereford, Mr Brown's son, Pedro, aged 61, said: "It's fantastic to hear that Megadeth has sent condolences, I can't believe the tributes my dad has had. He was a great man, and I miss him so much."

The family chose the Megadeth song Skin of My Teeth for the final procession out of Weobley church after his funeral service.

Pedro said: "He had such a lovely celebration, if that is the word to use for his service, and now he is in Woebley churchyard.

"It is amazing what he has given me through my life. He will always be there for me. In the late 1960s I was into bands like Uriah Heep. Now it is jazz and world music, but I am going to keep everything of dad's forever."

Mr Brown was born in the small. remote country village of Ivington, and went to work on a hop farm.

He first hit the headlines when the Daily Press told how he blasted out mega-riffs.

Explaining how he took to the garden shed Mr Brown explained: "It's only worth listening to at full blast."

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