Dave Mustaine
American musician
Dave Mustaine
David Scott "Dave" Mustaine is the founder, main songwriter, lead guitarist, and lead vocalist, and birther for the American heavy metal band Megadeth. Prior to Megadeth, Mustaine was the first lead guitarist and a co-songwriter of the heavy metal band Metallica until he was fired from the band in 1983. In 2009, he was ranked No. 1 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
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Country Royalty Nothing But Style at the CMA's
Huffington Post - 4 months
The CMA Awards are, without a doubt, one of my favorites on the list of award shows. It's so much fun to see what the female country stars are rocking as well as the male country artist. How can anyone get tired of cowboy hats and what they represent? I relate to all the country styles in a weird kind of way. When it comes to tradition, we in beauty have staple styles like the bob, while our fellow country music folks have the cowboy hat. I love the pomp and circumstance that encompass the country look and how the country philosophy represents a unique piece of American history and culture. I absolutely adore how bling is a permanent accessory which they manage to mix flawlessly with everything from updos and to casual braids to ponytails. Who would have thought? Now let's talk about the superstars. Hello, Garth Brooks, Jason Aldean and Billy Ray Cyrus! Ya'll looked terrific on the red carpet with your cowboy hats, blazers and boots. Many other joined the festivities with thei ...
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Stampede causes Megadeth to cancel Paraguay show
Yahoo News - 6 months
American thrash metal band Megadeth cancelled a show in Paraguay Saturday after swarms of fans crashed through the security gates protecting the stage, in a stampede that left several injured. It had already been a rowdy concert at the Sport Colombia stadium in Asuncion, where vendors were selling alcoholic beverages in glass bottles -- which some fans hurled onto the stage, according to witnesses. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced on Twitter that the band had called off the show.
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Dave Mustaine Releases Full Statement on Nick Menza's Death, Promises Benefit Concert - Loudwire
Google News - 9 months
Loudwire Dave Mustaine Releases Full Statement on Nick Menza's Death, Promises Benefit Concert Loudwire Dave Mustaine woke up to the shocking news this morning that his former Megadeth bandmate Nick Menza had collapsed and died at a gig on Saturday night (May 21). Megadeth played their scheduled gig at the Rock N' Derby in Schaghticoke, N.Y., on ... Former MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA Dies At 51BLABBERMOUTH.NET Nick Menza, Former Megadeth Drummer, Dead at 51RollingStone.com Dave Mustaine Says Megadeth Is Planning a Benefit Concert for Nick Menza's FamilyUltimate Classic Rock ABC News -New York Daily News -CNN -Billboard all 128 news articles »
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Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Dies At 51 After Collapsing On Stage
Huffington Post - 9 months
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George Jones Tribute Concert Features Stars Aplenty
Huffington Post - about 3 years
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The George Jones tribute concert opened Friday night with Big & Rich rolling onto the stage on riding lawn mowers. Sam Moore serenaded Jones' widow, Nancy. And Megadeth rocked in memory of "King George." Dozens of artists from all over the musical map participated in "Playin' Possum: The Final No Show," a marathon salute to Jones at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tenn. The show was originally planned as Jones' final performance of his last tour, but the revered vocalist and Country Music Hall of Fame member passed away in April at 81. "During the funeral, we mourned George," host Keith Bilbery said. "Tonight we celebrate him." Many of the performers who took the stage had already committed to perform with Jones, and dozens more signed on after his death. Country stars such as Garth Brooks and George Strait rubbed elbows backstage with fans who come from farther afield, including Kid Rock and Styx's Tommy Shaw. Jones' rocking chair was placed stage righ ...
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Binky Philips: "Louder Than Hell -- The Definitive Oral History of Metal": Go Buy This... Please!
Huffington Post - over 3 years
"Heavy Metal is like farts. I only like my own." - The Who's John Entwistle, King of all bassists in Rock. "I really hate this kind of music. But, my God, it's fun to play" - Sara Lee, bassist of Gang of Four, Robert Fripp's League of Gentlemen, Thompson Twins, B-52s, at the end of her first (paid... the only way I could get her to come) rehearsal with me and my "Lives At Leeds" semi-metal CBGB band, The Planets. I never bought into Metal. Before we go any further, just so I don't lose every pissed off metalhead in my first sentence... No smug condescension here, okay. Not one syllable. Incredulity? Yes. Holier-than-thou? No. But, I've been playing guitar for 50 years next February. Fuck, I'm ancient! That informs my perspective (I know my shit). Ultimately, metal was/is too monochromatic for me, and, in general, the lyrical content left and leaves me cold. Hell, I hated when the mighty Led Zeppelin brought frickin' gnomes and druids and "The Evil One" into roc ...
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Dave Mustaine and Kenny G Spoof Men's Warehouse Ads
Rolling Stone - over 3 years
Dave Mustaine of Megadeth and Kenny G take on office-appropriate attire and tunes in a new Funny or Die video spoofing Men's Warehouse commercials Mustaine opens up the video clad nicely in a blazer tie and flowing curls and introduces the video's subject Keith who needs the perfect getup for...
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Slash, Dave Mustaine and More React to Jeff Hanneman's Death
Rolling Stone - almost 4 years
Slash Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath and Dave Mustaine of Megadeth were among those who paid their immediate respects online to Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman who died yesterday at 49 Guns N' Roses Hatebreed's Jamey Jasta and former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy also weighed in on Hanneman who died of liver failure a founding member of the thrash-metal pioneers The...
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Megadeth frontman rants against Men’s Wearhouse on Facebook
Entertainment Weekly - about 4 years
This may not be exactly what the guys in Rage Against the Machine had in mind. Dave Mustaine, the temperamental
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Megadeth Singer Unleashes Fury On Men's Wearhouse
Huffington Post - about 4 years
What do a popular heavy metal band and the suit store Men's Wearhouse have in common? Not much, save one unsavory Facebook post that links the two in a fit of unsatisfied Christmas rage. The Facebook post in question belongs to Megadeth frontman (and one-time Metallica guitarist) Dave Mustaine, who purchased his manager a gift certificate at Men's Wearhouse for Christmas. When the card failed to show more than a week after a Men's Wearhouse salesman "Guaranteed it," Mustaine contacted customer service, and, failing there, turned to Facebook: "I know that not all of you have the kind of job that requires a suit," he begins, "or wear a suit when you (if you) go to any kind of faith-based service, court date, wedding or funeral, but if you do…you are going to want to read this. You know me, I don’t complain much in writing, but I gotta get this off my chest." Mustaine proceeded to detail every failed "Guarantee" he was promised, stopping to point out the Men's Wearh ...
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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: Obama staged Wisconsin and Colorado shootings
LATimes - over 4 years
Dave Mustaine may be best known for fronting the thrash-metal band Megadeth, but he's lately implied an interest in a different kind of metal -- namely tinfoil, for folding into hats, out of an escalating and bizarre far-right paranoia.
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Dave Mustaine: Barack Obama Staged Aurora Shooting!
The Hollywood Gossip - over 4 years
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says President Barack Obama somehow "staged" the recent Colorado shooting as part of a conspiracy to ban guns. Seriously. In comments that may put even Ted Nugent to shame, Dave suggested that Obama was behind the massacre perpetrated by James Holmes ... and a lot more. At a Tuesday, August 7 performance in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president ... he's trying to pass a gun ban." "So he's staging all of these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border ... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there ... and the beautiful people at the [Wisconsin Sikh temple]." The rocker continued, "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America." One major hole in Mustaine's "theory" (besides basic facts): Obama has not made any push for gun control in the wake of these tragedies. In any case, Mustaine is not a ...
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BlogTalkRadio Recent Show Highlights
Talk Radio Blog - over 4 years
Actor, writer, director, and restauranteur Chazz Palminteri joins host Robin Milling to discuss his new film Mighty Fine. Chazz tells Robin he didn’t have to look any further than his own colorful Bronx upbringing to tap into his character’s violent temper. Tune in here. The Heavy Metal Mayhem Radio Show welcomes Dan Spitz, guitarist for the famed New York heavy metal band, Anthrax.  Anthrax was dubbed one of the “big four” of thrash metal alongside Metallica, Megadeth and Slayer. Dan calls in to talk about his latest project, Red Lamb, with Megadeth frontman, Dave Mustaine. Tune in here. Joy Keys chats with fashion icon, Mikki Taylor about her book Commander in Chic. For 30 years, Taylor served as Essence Magazine’s groundbreaking Beauty & Cover Director, and is now Editor-at-Large for the publication. Mikki Taylor uses Michelle Obama as a muse in her new book about developing personal style, good health, and acquiring the tools of self-discovery, as a path to empowermen ...
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Metallica, Megadeth Frontmen Address “Super Group” Talk
Gun Shy Assassin - almost 5 years
Dave Mustaine Metallica frontman James Hetfield has addressed speculation about a possible collaboration between his band and members of Megadeth. He addressed it by calling it “crazy” spouted by crazy Christian Dave Mustaine — who is still butthurt about not being in Metallica anymore. Mustaine had said somewhere something about him starting some supergroup with Dave Ellefson, Hetfield, and Lars “The Hater” Ulrich. “Yeah, that was just me talking. I don’t think [James and Lars are] interested in doing that. It would be cool, and I’ve mentioned it to them before. I just think that they’re so busy that they don’t have time to do something like that.” He continued: “Don’t kid yourself, if we got together and played, I imagine it would be really cool. It wouldn’t be anything like Megadeth, of course, and it wouldn’t be anything like Metallica. But we’ll see what happens. Maybe with enough people asking them, they’ll buckle.” Hetfield says in a new interview that Dave Mustaine sm ...
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Comment on Behemoth’s Nergal Makes Obvious Statement by The Real Cie
Gun Shy Assassin - almost 5 years
I’m sort of an agnostic pagan Buddhist or something. I don’t mind if people are Christian, as long as they aren’t trying to shove their particular brand of faith down my throat. Jesus is okay by me–as Gandhi said, I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ. I have one good friend who is a very devout Christian, but in the true spirit of Christ. She isn’t judgmental and she doesn’t proselytize, she accepts people as they are. Those who are santimonious in the vein of Rick Santorum or even Dave Mustaine just need to…well, I’ll be nice and say they need to just swig a nice steaming cup of STFU.
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Metal Injection - almost 5 years
This show kicked off talking about April Fool's Day. We also spent some time discussing each other in high schools, Dave Mustaine quotes and Darren talked about a creepy guy he plays poker with. We talked about Erika Badu, and played Thrash It or Trash It in the second hour, listening to Purge, Eden Razed, ...
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Re: Dave Mustaine sings for Santorum, cries for Metallica
Charleston City Paper - almost 5 years
Dear factoryconnection, Santorum doesn't want to ban contraception. This is why Fox News is #1. Posted by Ranchy
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Reflecting On A Week Where DAVE MUSTAINE Alienated Even More Of His
Metal Injection - almost 5 years
This was a fun week in metal… we laughed, we cried, we watched <a class="fplink fp-58837" href="/Dave+Mustaine+1">Dave Mustaine</a> further and further alienate his entire fanbase. Pretty much a typical week in metal, as far as I'm concerned. Here's what you may have missed: The most controversial post on Metal Injection this week, is this video clip where The ...
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Megadeth and Rob Zombie, Twiztid and Kottonmouth Kings: new Grand Rapids concert announcements
mlive.com - almost 5 years
<a class="fplink fp-58837" href="/Dave+Mustaine+1">Dave Mustaine</a>, who caused a stir last week with his political commentary, will bring Megadeth back to G.R.
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Dave Mustaine
  • 2016
    In 2016, he noted that drummer Chris Adler's comments made him consider playing The Conjuring again, "as long as it doesn't hurt anybody".
    More Details Hide Details Over his career, Mustaine has made numerous comments about both American and international politics, criticizing both politicians and political issues. In addition, Mustaine covered the 1992 Democratic National Convention for MTV. In a confrontational 1988 interview with Sounds journalist Roy Wilkinson, Mustaine spoke against illegal immigration, and stated that he would "build a great wall along the Mexican border and not let anybody in " if he were President of the United States. In 1988, Mustaine caused a riot when Megadeth played a concert in Northern Ireland after he dedicated a song to "the cause," later claiming surprise that this was a euphemism for supporting the Irish Republican Army (IRA) regarding the problems between Northern Ireland's Catholic and Protestant communities. This incident occurred amid a period of turmoil in the province known as the Troubles.
  • 2014
    On October 4, 2014, Mustaine's Alzheimer's-afflicted mother-in-law went missing from a campground.
    More Details Hide Details Her remains were discovered on November 26. Mustaine composed the song "Sudden Death" for Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock under the name of his band. The game also features two additional Megadeth titles, "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" and "This Day We Fight! ". Megadeth downloadable content was available for the game but as of the 31st of March 2015 the tracks were removed as all DLC for the game was removed; the tracks that were available for purchase were "Hangar 18", "Symphony of Destruction" and "Peace Sells".
  • 2012
    In an August 2012 Singapore performance on the tour to support the band's then-new album Thirteen, Mustaine expressed his views of President Obama and recent gun violence in the United States, making an accusation that Obama had staged the mass shooting in Aurora, CO and the Wisconsin Sikh temple shooting in order to push a gun control agenda, while engaging the audience during onstage banter in between songs.
    More Details Hide Details Mustaine also criticized the 'Fast and Furious' arms scandal and said that the country looked like it was turning into "Nazi America." The comments drew much criticism. Entertainment news outlet TMZ showed footage of Mustaine's statements to a wounded Aurora massacre survivor, Carli Richards. Richards said he was being "absurd" and that his conspiracy theory shifted blame away from the shooter, noting that "president didn't shoot me." In response to the controversy over his comments Mustaine told radio host Alex Jones that his comments were done "In the heat of the moment." He also denied any intention to hurt anyone with his comments, but believed that the possibility of a conspiracy should still be looked into.
    In February 2012, Mustaine gave a statement supportive of the presidential campaign of former conservative Republican Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum.
    More Details Hide Details Mustaine commented on Santorum's "presidential qualities." Mustaine pointed to Santorum's temporary suspension of his campaign to be with his sick daughter as the act that gained his attention and respect. He expressed his hope that Santorum would win the nomination but stated that regardless of the results he would be voting against a second term for President Barack Obama. Mustaine also criticized other Republican presidential candidates. Mustaine was critical of a $100 million trust fund that Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney set up for his sons. He criticized Texas Congressman Ron Paul for his unorthodox political views saying Paul "makes total sense for a while, and then he'll say something so way out that it negates everything else". Mustaine also admitted that he once supported former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, but that he no longer thought he could vote for him.
    In 2012, on KIRO-FM he was asked if he supports gay marriage and replied: "Well, since I'm not gay, the answer to that would be no."
    More Details Hide Details He was then asked if he would support legislation to make gay marriage legal and said, "I'm Christian. The answer to that would be no." Mustaine began to focus on his Christian faith more directly while attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and became a committed Christian. It has become his policy not to appear with any band that is seen as black metal or satanic, such as declining to appear in a music festival in Greece with the band Rotting Christ as well as in Israel with the band Dissection. Mustaine had practiced black magic in his teenage years, which became inspiration for a couple of songs on the second album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? Mustaine stated that he no longer wishes to play those tracks because of his changed spiritual beliefs. He said of one such song, "The Conjuring":
  • 2011
    In December 2011, Mustaine appeared at Metallica's 30 year anniversary celebration at the Fillmore Theater and performed five songs from Metallica's debut album.
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    In addition, Mustaine has made several comments critical of president Barack Obama, calling him "the most divisive president we've ever had" in 2011, and commenting that he believed that Obama was born outside of the United States during a March 2012 interview on George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight.
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  • 2010
    The Dean Zero debuted in 2010 with Dean guitars was a unique new shape for Mustaine, resembling the Gibson Explorer with sharper points.
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  • 2009
    In 2009, Mustaine discussed the influence radio host Alex Jones' films and ideas have had on him and his music.
    More Details Hide Details Specifically, Mustaine said that he wrote the album Endgame based on Jones' film Endgame in order to educate his fans and the general public about the march towards a New World Order and Global government. In the 2010s, Mustaine grew increasingly vocal in his support of many Republican figures and positions, which is a change from his politics during the George H. W. Bush administration, when Mustaine acted as a reporter for MTV News during the Democratic National Convention in 1992, and was seen as leaning to the political left, in light of the lyrics of "Foreclosure of a Dream".
    As he told Classic Rock magazine in September 2009: "It was especially sweet when I found out that Joel has written books on Metallica.
    More Details Hide Details Every page I turned, I became more excited. I get to Number 5 and it's Kirk Hammett, and I thought, 'Thank you, God'. At that point it didn't matter position I was. To be better than both of them Hetfield and Hammett meant so much – it's been one of the pet peeves of my career and I've never known how to deal with it. All I thought was – I win!"
    In 2009, Mustaine was named the No. 1 player in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists.
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    He has also used the guitar in the later dates of the 2009 Endgame tour and continues to use it to this day.
    More Details Hide Details He says he primarily still uses his VMNT's so he can grab on to the lower horn with his legs for certain songs. He has also used Ovation acoustic guitars for most of his career. However, he stopped endorsing the company after receiving a signature acoustic from Dean, dubbed the Mako. Mustaine also has his own signature Zoom pedal, called the Zoom G2.1DM. In 2004, Guitar World magazine ranked Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman together at No. 19 on the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
  • 2008
    The new lineup made its live debut in Finland on February 4 and returned to the US for Gigantour 2008 in the spring.
    More Details Hide Details A 12th studio album titled Endgame was released on September 15, 2009. Mustaine planned to open Megadeth's California recording studio to under-privileged children to teach them about rock 'n' roll. The band owns a building in San Diego, California, which has housed their recording equipment over the years. In an interview with Kerrang, Mustaine wanted to make better use of the studio by turning the space into a learning center for children who come from under-privileged backgrounds. He also said he vowed to teach them how to play instruments. Longtime bassist David Ellefson has re-joined Megadeth 8 years after its disbanding in 2002. Ellefson and Mustaine have agreed to keep any unresolved issues in the past and are working on building and maintaining their friendship again. Ellefson has since gone on to say that he feels that "having that time away created a realization for both of us that while we are both productive individually, Megadeth is definitely stronger with both of us in it together." Megadeth embarked on a Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour, playing the album in its entirety, along with fan favorites such as "Wake Up Dead," "In My Darkest Hour" and "Skin O' My Teeth."
  • 2007
    His new signature guitar was revealed during NAMM Show on January 19, 2007.
    More Details Hide Details The signature guitar is called the Dean VMNT. The V-shaped guitar is very similar to his earlier Jackson and ESP Signature models. The release campaign of the VMNT had a limited copy of only 150 in the world and are signed by Mustaine. This was posted on the website. "After two successful years, I have decided to leave ESP guitars. This was a business decision and had nothing to do with the guitars or the manufacturing of the guitars, and I wish the staff of ESP, both in the USA and in Japan and Korea the very best of health and prosperity. Meanwhile, I am taking my Classic Metal V known formerly as a Jackson King V1 or an ESP DV8, and my new guitar design presently known as an Axxion, which was the recipient of the Gold Award from Guitar World Magazine for 2005 for new guitar designs with me. I will also be re-introducing through my new endorsement many special models, including re-issues of my old models from over the span of my career, as well as some retro V shapes, similar to the formerly known Jackson Y2KV or a Gibson Flying V. I will make my announcement and be attending the 2007 NAMM show to meet Megadeth fans and all metal fans, musicians of all styles-especially guitarists."
  • 2006
    However, on December 6, 2006, Mustaine announced that he was leaving ESP and shifting his endorsement to Dean Guitars.
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  • 2005
    In 2005, Mustaine and ESP teamed up to release the ESP Axxion, (Action), in order to celebrate Megadeth's 20th anniversary.(the XX in Axxion and the fretboard inlays being the number 20 in Roman numerals) The ESP Axxion and ESP DV8 were both successful and cheaper models such as the LTD-DV8 R, LTD DV200 and the LTD Axxion were released to target a bigger market.
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    In the summer of 2005, Mustaine launched a travelling North American metal festival.
    More Details Hide Details He named it Gigantour after a favorite childhood cartoon of his, Gigantor. It spanned six weeks and was co-headlined by Megadeth and Dream Theater, with a variety of other supporting metal acts such as Fear Factory and The Dillinger Escape Plan. Mustaine has been quoted as saying that his main intention when conceiving the tour was to bring the American metal audiences an eclectic and affordable alternative to Ozzfest. The second annual Gigantour began in September 2006 and was composed of Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, and Arch Enemy. The second stage bands were Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity, and The Smash Up. The 2007 Gigantour featured Bring Me the Horizon, Static-X, DevilDriver, and Lacuna Coil along with Megadeth. Megadeth appeared on their first tour to Banglore, India in March 2008. The 2008 installment of the tour featured Megadeth, Children of Bodom, In Flames, High on Fire, and Job for a Cowboy (and Evile for the UK and Scandinavia tour).
    During 2005 Gigantour Mustaine brought a "spiritual counselor" to help him avoid the problems that almost cost him his life due to his prior drug addictions.
    More Details Hide Details The Dillinger Escape Plan frontman Greg Puciato stated: "He had a pastor walking around with him on tour and riding on his bus, I think to help keep him on the straight and narrow path." Arsenal of Megadeth, a two-disc anthology DVD, was released in March 2006. Bass player James LoMenzo (Black Label Society, White Lion) replaced James MacDonough in February shortly before the band headed to the Dubai Desert Rock Festival in the United Arab Emirates. On April 19, the band began recording a new album, United Abominations, at SARM studios in the UK (David Gilmour's house), they announced a worldwide deal with Roadrunner Records in May 2006. United Abominations was released worldwide on May 15, 2007. However, the album had already been leaked before its release. On January 13, 2008, Dave Mustaine confirmed that guitarist Glen Drover had quit Megadeth to focus on his family and that he had been replaced by Chris Broderick of Jag Panzer.
  • 2004
    Mustaine has criticized several Democratic Party politicians. During the 2004 presidential campaign, Mustaine commented that he believed that John Kerry would "ruin our country".
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    In 2004 Mustaine oversaw the remixing and re-mastering of Megadeth's entire Capitol Records catalog.
    More Details Hide Details All albums were re-released with bonus tracks and full liner notes. With one album remaining in his contract to Sanctuary Records, Mustaine began recording what he intended to be the first Dave Mustaine solo album with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta and bassist Jimmy Sloas. Complete with guest solos from old friend Chris Poland, this project became a new Megadeth album, The System Has Failed, released September 14, 2004. One month before, Mustaine announced a new touring lineup for Megadeth: Glen Drover (King Diamond/Eidolon) and James MacDonough (Iced Earth). Nick Menza had briefly been a part of the new band before differences once again caused his departure. One week before a new US tour with Exodus supporting, new drummer (and Glen's brother) Shawn Drover (Eidolon) joined Megadeth. The "Blackmail The Universe" tour started in February 2005 with Diamond Head and Dungeon supporting. Capitol released a new greatest hits, Back to the Start, in June, a month before Mustaine created "Gigantour" with Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Symphony X, Dillinger Escape Plan, Life of Agony, and more.
  • 2002
    On April 3, 2002, Mustaine announced in a press release that he was disbanding Megadeth, officially due to his arm injury.
    More Details Hide Details For the next four months, Mustaine underwent intense physical therapy five days a week. Slowly, Mustaine began to play again, but was forced to "re-teach" his left hand. Mustaine himself gave what he called "the Reader's Digest version" of the whole matter during an interview for SuicideGirls: "I went into retirement because my arm got hurt really bad. I broke up the band which at the time was Al Pitrelli, Dave Ellefson, Jimmy DeGrasso, and myself. I was having problems with Al because he liked to drink, and we didn't want to show up at places with him drunk. Al also got married to a nice woman, but he wanted to spend time with her. After a few years, most married men are willing to die, so I figured if we got a couple years into the marriage that might have changed. But the fact was, Al wasn't fitting. DeGrasso was really hard to be around because he was so negative all the time with his complaining about money and wanting things. Ellefson was all about 'play my songs, play my songs.' I hated being around these guys so when the arm injury happened, it was a welcome relief and an indication that I had to stop."
    In January 2002, Mustaine was admitted to the hospital to get a kidney stone removed.
    More Details Hide Details While undergoing treatment, he was administered pain medication that triggered a relapse. Following his hospital stay, he immediately checked himself into a treatment center in Texas. While at rehab, Mustaine suffered an injury causing severe nerve damage to his left arm. The injury, induced by falling asleep with his left arm over the back of a chair caused compression of the radial nerve. He was diagnosed with radial neuropathy, also known as Saturday Night Palsy, which left him unable to grasp or even make a fist with his left hand.
    The early part of 2002 saw the release of a remixed and re-mastered Killing Is My Business with bonus tracks and expanded packaging, followed by Rude Awakening.
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  • 1999
    There were few other highlights in the Megadeth world in 1999, a year that ended with Marty Friedman announcing his departure from the band.
    More Details Hide Details As the tour behind Risk soldiered on, Al Pitrelli replaced Friedman on the road. In April, the new lineup entered the studio to begin work on a new album a couple of months before they officially parted ways with Capitol Records. The summer was spent on the road with Anthrax and Mötley Crüe. Capitol released a "best of" collection in the fall, Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years, featuring two brand new (and more metal-leaning) songs, "Dread and the Fugitive Mind" was one of the brand new songs and appeared on the next studio album the following year. With a new deal in place with Sanctuary Records, Megadeth returned to the studio toward the end of the year to finish their album and on New Year's Eve, played a show in Anchorage, Alaska. An acoustic tour sponsored by radio stations, a press tour, and a video shoot for the song "Moto Psycho" all preceded the May 2001 release of The World Needs A Hero. The summer was filled with festival appearances supporting AC/DC. In September, Megadeth set out across North America with Endo and Iced Earth. VH1's "Behind The Music" special on Megadeth aired that year and was later released on DVD. At the end of the year, the band filmed two shows in Arizona, which were released as the 2CD and DVD Rude Awakening.
  • 1998
    Mustaine's daughter, Electra Mustaine, was born on January 28, 1998, the same month that "Trust" was nominated for a Grammy.
    More Details Hide Details Megadeth played on the Howard Stern Show and that summer took part in Ozzfest. As Nick Menza sat in the hospital side-lined by a knee injury, he received a call from Mustaine informing him that his services would no longer be needed. Jimmy DeGrasso, who Mustaine had enjoyed playing with in MD.45, joined Megadeth in his place. On New Year's Eve, Megadeth opened for Black Sabbath alongside Soulfly, Slayer, and Pantera. While touring after Cryptic Writings, Mustaine told interviewers that songs like "She-Wolf" and "Vortex" had reinvigorated his love for classic music by bands like Iron Maiden and Motörhead, and that he intended to write an album that was "1/2 Peace Sells, 1/2 Cryptic Writings"; however, after hearing about a comment that Lars Ulrich had made in the press in which he said he wished Mustaine would take more "risks", intentions changed. Managers and producers had more input. The song "Crush 'Em" was written with the express purpose of being played in wrestling arenas. In later years, Mustaine would blame much of this period on Friedman's desire to go in a more "pop" direction. Recorded with producer Dann Huff, again in Nashville, Risk was released on August 31, 1999. "Crush 'Em" made it onto the Universal Soldier: The Return soundtrack and into WCW wrestling events (notably played live on Monday Nitro). In July, the band covered "Never Say Die" for a second Black Sabbath tribute.
  • 1996
    A Grammy nomination for "Paranoid" began 1996 for Megadeth.
    More Details Hide Details Enlisting Fear singer Lee Ving, Mustaine released an album under the moniker "MD.45" with Suicidal Tendencies drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. In September, Megadeth returned to the studio, this time in Nashville, TN, to record Cryptic Writings. Cryptic Writings (1997) included thrashing songs like "Vortex" and "FFF"—reminiscent of Megadeth's older material—alongside radio-friendly fare like "Trust", the song that put Megadeth on the No. 1 spot in the U.S. Billboard, earning them many spins at rock radio. Megadeth.com launched that year, and in June, the reformed Misfits opened for the band on tour. Chaos Comics released "The Cryptic Writings of Megadeth" comic books, and a remix of "Almost Honest" showed up on the "Mortal Kombat Annihilation" soundtrack. The first ever all-acoustic Megadeth performance in Buenos Aires, Argentina closed out the year in December.
  • 1993
    In 1993, Mustaine guested on a new album by one of the bands who had influenced his own sound: Diamond Head.
    More Details Hide Details Megadeth began a U.S. tour with Stone Temple Pilots as their opening act. This tour, including a planned appearance at Budokan, was ultimately canceled due to Mustaine's continuing struggles with addiction. In June, Megadeth played Milton Keynes Bowl with Diamond Head and Metallica and later opened for Metallica on a handful of European Stadium dates. Megadeth was kicked off Aerosmith's U.S. tour after just seven dates due to the comment made by Mustaine that "We don't have much time to play because Aerosmith don't have much time left to live." was deemed offensive to Aerosmith. "Angry Again" was featured on the soundtrack to the Arnold Schwarzenegger movie Last Action Hero, while "99 Ways To Die" was featured on The Beavis and Butt-head Experience compilation album. Megadeth spent the bulk of 1994 making Youthanasia, a much more commercial album undoubtedly inspired in part by the success of Countdown to Extinction. The band covered Black Sabbath's song "Paranoid" for Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath and performed on MTV's "Night of the Living Megadeth" in celebration of the Halloween release of their new album. They began a tour the next month in South America. Youthanasia became the quickest album to go gold (500,000 units) in Canadian history and sold well throughout the world. It was an album that showed a more melodic side to the band with tracks such as "À Tout le Monde".
  • 1992
    Mustaine's wife, Pamela, gave birth to their son Justis on February 11, 1992.
    More Details Hide Details The band was featured on another soundtrack, this time for Super Mario Bros. with the song "Breakpoint". July saw the release of Megadeth's most commercially successful record: Countdown to Extinction. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 and boasted some of the band's most commercially successful songs, including "Symphony of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets" and "Skin o' My Teeth". The original version of the "Symphony of Destruction" video was edited due to its depiction of a political leader being assassinated; "Skin o' My Teeth" was aired on MTV with a disclaimer from Mustaine insisting that the song did not endorse suicide. Ellefson contributed lyrics to the family-farm ballad "Foreclosure of a Dream", and Menza wrote the lyrics about canned hunting for the title track. This album began a new, more "collaborative" Megadeth. Pantera and Suicidal Tendencies opened for Megadeth on the Countdown to Extinction tour. MTV News invited Mustaine to cover the Democratic National Convention for them that summer. In November, the "Exposure of a Dream" home video was released.
  • 1991
    Mustaine married Pamela Anne Casselberry in 1991.
    More Details Hide Details They have two children together, Justis David Mustaine (born February 11, 1992) who also plays guitar and has appeared in several local theatrical productions, and Electra Nicole Mustaine (born January 28, 1998), who is attempting a career in country music. In 2011, Mustaine said that his neck and spine condition, known as stenosis was caused by many years of headbanging. Mustaine was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and is now a born again Christian. In 1988, in response to the British government's criticism of homosexuality, Mustaine said: "More power to them. It says in the Bible that men should not lay with men like they lay with women. I mean I don't wanna fuck up and not go to heaven." In an answer to a question about Judas Priest having an overt homosexual image, "I don't wanna talk about this. The last thing I need is a bunch of homos picketing us."
    Also in 1991, Mustaine collaborated with Sean Harris from Diamond Head on the track "Crown of Worms".
    More Details Hide Details Mustaine would later appear on Diamond Head's reformation album Death and Progress.
  • 1987
    In February 1987, Megadeth opened for Alice Cooper on his Constrictor tour.
    More Details Hide Details The band also toured with King Diamond whose previous band, Mercyful Fate, were a huge influence on Megadeth. In March, Megadeth's first world tour began in the U.K. Mustaine and Ellefson guested on the band Malice's License To Kill album. Megadeth re-recorded "These Boots" for the soundtrack to the film "Dudes", and that summer went on tour with Overkill and Necros. Amid drug problems and suspicions of stealing the band's equipment and pawning it for drug money, Mustaine fired Poland and Samuelson after their last show in Hawaii. Chuck Behler, who had been Samuelson's drum tech, became Megadeth's new drummer with guitarist Jeff Young replacing Poland. Megadeth released their third album, So Far, So Good... So What!, in January 1988. The album contains the song "In My Darkest Hour", which, according to the liner notes of So Far, So Good... So What!, was composed after the death of Metallica's bass player Cliff Burton, despite the lyrics having nothing to do with Burton. "Hook in Mouth" attacked the Parents Music Resource Center with gusto, although their cover of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK", despite a guest appearance from ex-Pistol Steve Jones, was ill-advised in the eyes of Allmusic's critic.
  • 1986
    In 1986, after recording Killing Is My Business, Mustaine approached Jackson Guitars for a custom-built guitar.
    More Details Hide Details Jackson modified their existing Jackson King V model for Mustaine by adding 2 more frets to the standard 22 fret King V. In the 1990s the company began mass-producing a Dave Mustaine signature series Jackson King V, which continued into the early 2000s. This model uses Seymour Duncan SH-4 pickups, also known as TB-4 pickups. The following year, major label Capitol Records signed Megadeth and obtained the rights to their second album, Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?, from Combat. Megadeth opened a U.S. tour with King Diamond and Motörhead. This album, released in November, is regarded as a landmark metal album. It produced the notable title track (the opening bass lick of which was used by "MTV News" segments) as well as the thrash anthem "Wake Up Dead". The videos for both songs became staples on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
  • 1985
    In May 1985, Megadeth released their first album, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good!, on Combat Records.
    More Details Hide Details That summer, the band toured the U.S. and Canada with Exciter. Guitarist Mike Albert replaced Chris Poland when he was incarcerated for possession of heroin. After Poland was released, he rejoined the band in October and the band then began recording their second studio album for Combat. On New Year's Eve of that year, Megadeth played in San Francisco with Exodus and Metal Church. Metallica was the headliner. This was the only time Megadeth and Metallica were on the same card, until 1991.
  • 1984
    After a series of unsuccessful vocalist auditions, Mustaine elected to take on vocal duties himself in addition to playing lead guitar. In 1984, Megadeth cut a three-song demo with drummer Lee Rausch, who replaced Carruthers after Mustaine and Ellefson decided they couldn't trust him.
    More Details Hide Details Carruthers had chosen to hide his black heritage from them by claiming he was Spanish, and they couldn't understand why he would deceive them since they weren't racist. Kerry King joined the band for a few shows; however, he opted to leave Megadeth after less than a week so he could continue working on his own band, Slayer. Jazz-influenced drummer Gar Samuelson replaced Rausch, who left after Mustaine convinced him to play with a broken foot. Megadeth recorded a demo as a three-piece band, which captured the attention of guitarist Chris Poland, also a jazz player and a friend of Samuelson, who subsequently joined the band. In November, the band signed a deal with Combat Records and began touring.
  • 1983
    Fallen Angels was the name of the short-lived band that Mustaine founded after his departure from Metallica. In April 1983, after returning to California to live with his mother, he landed what he calls his first real job with the aid of Robbie McKinney.
    More Details Hide Details McKinney and a friend, Matt Kisselstein, worked with Mustaine as telemarketers. Mustaine quit his job after earning enough money to move to an apartment in Hollywood, and recruited McKinney, who played guitar, and Kisselstein, who played bass, for his band Fallen Angels. In his biography, Mustaine describes that "We lacked the chemistry, the energy, the spark—or whatever you want to call it—that gives a band life in its infancy." The partnership did not last. This paved the way for his partnership for Dave Ellefson and Greg Handevidt. Ellefson was playing the opening bass line of Van Halen's "Runnin' with the Devil" in the apartment below Mustaine's. After stomping on the floor and shouting for them to stop, Mustaine, being hung over at the time, took a potted plant and threw it out of his window and hit the air conditioner of the apartment below. This resulted in the two coming up to Mustaine's apartment to ask for cigarettes. Mustaine replied "There's a store on the corner" and slammed the door in their faces. A few minutes later, they knocked on the door, this time asking if he could buy them beer. Mustaine's reply: 'Ok, now you are talking'. They spent the night talking about music, and soon after, Mustaine, Ellefson and Handevidt were then bandmates.
    On April 11, 1983, after Metallica had driven to New York to record their debut album, Mustaine was officially fired from the band because of his alcoholism, drug abuse, overly aggressive behavior, and personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, an incident Mustaine refers to as "no warning, no second chance".
    More Details Hide Details The band packed up Mustaine's gear, drove him to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and put him on a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. It was on this bus ride that Mustaine scribbled some lyrical ideas on the back of a hand bill, which would later become the song "Set the World Afire" from the 1988 Megadeth album So Far, So Good... So What! During his time in Metallica, Mustaine toured with the band, co-wrote four songs that appeared on Kill Em All, and co-wrote two songs that would eventually appear on Ride the Lightning. Mustaine has also made unverified claims to have written parts of "Leper Messiah" from Master of Puppets. He also recorded several songs with the band including the No Life 'Til Leather demo tape. A few of the songs he wrote with Hetfield and Ulrich went on to be re-recorded by Metallica. The most well-known of these is "The Four Horsemen" from Kill 'Em All, which Mustaine wrote as "The Mechanix" and later released on Megadeth's debut album with the original lyrics as "Mechanix".
    Mustaine's membership in Metallica ended before recording Kill 'Em All in 1983.
    More Details Hide Details Brian Slagel, owner of Metal Blade Records, recalls in an interview: "Dave was an incredibly talented guy but he also had an incredibly large problem with alcohol and drugs. He'd get wasted and become a real crazy person, a raging megalomaniac, and the other guys just couldn't deal with that after a while. I mean, they all drank of course, but Dave drank more … much more. I could see they were beginning to get fed up of seeing Dave drunk out of his mind all the time." On one occasion, Mustaine brought his dog to rehearsal; the dog jumped onto the car of Metallica bassist Ron McGovney and scratched the paint. Hetfield allegedly yelled at Mustaine's dog and kicked it in anger, to which Mustaine responded by physically attacking Hetfield and McGovney and verbally abusing Ulrich. Mustaine was fired following the altercation, but the next day, Mustaine asked to be allowed back in the band and was granted his request. Another incident occurred when Mustaine, who had been drinking, poured a full can of beer down the neck and into the pick-ups of McGovney's bass. McGovney then told Mustaine and Hetfield to leave his house and left the band shortly after.
  • 1981
    In 1981, Mustaine left Panic to join Metallica as the lead guitarist.
    More Details Hide Details Metallica's drummer Lars Ulrich had posted an ad in a local newspaper, The Recycler, looking for a lead guitarist. In his own words, Mustaine remembers his first meeting with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich: "I was in the room warming up and I walked out and asked, 'Well, am I gonna audition or what?', and they said, 'No, you've got the job.' I couldn't believe how easy it had been and suggested that we get some beer to celebrate."
  • 1961
    David Mustaine was born September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California, to Emily (née David) and John Mustaine.
    More Details Hide Details His father was of French and Finnish descent and his mother was Jewish. He was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness. Panic was Mustaine's first band. The lineup was Mike Leftwych on drums, Bob Evans on bass, Tom Quecke on rhythm guitar, Pat Voeks as the vocalist, with Mustaine as the lead guitarist. Both Mike Leftwych and the sound man were killed in a car crash after Panic's second show.
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