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Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine

By any measure, Dave Mustaine has been one of the biggest names in heavy metal, and especially thrash metal, over the past few decades; but perhaps even more than that distinction, the brash and outspoken leader of Megadeth has generated a remarkable volume of conversation in a genre dominated by somewhat media-shy, quiet types. David Scott Mustaine was born in the San Diego suburb of La Mesa, California on September 13, 1961 and revealed his go-getter instincts at an early age, when he left home at 17, rented his own apartment, and began supporting himself as a drug dealer while pursuing his dream of music and developing his guitar playing skills. This innate independence would serve the lead guitarist well when he was later fired from his first major band, future thrash metal giants Metallica, in 1983 — on the cusp of the group’s record-ed debut on ‘Kill ‘em All’ (which was rife with Mustaine co-songwriting credits). Briefly shell-shocked but determined to exact his revenge, by 1984 Mustaine had assembled a new band named Megadeth with David Ellefson (bass), Chris Poland (guitar) and Gar Samuelson (drums), before setting off in hot pursuit of his former bandmates, eventually gaining worldwide recognition as two of thrash’s ‘Big Four,’ platinum-selling bands. But Megadeth’s ride was anything but smooth for the remainder of the decade, as Dave showed a penchant for trouble (including rampant drug abuse, a relentless motor-mouth, and very short patience for hiring and firing bandmates) commensurate with his formidable talents. As a result, Megadeth wouldn’t enjoy some measure of stability until the 1990s, when guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza joined a (mostly) reformed Mustaine and Ellefson for a string of acclaimed LPs, including 1992’s ‘Count-down to Extinction’ and ‘94’s ‘Youthanasia.’ But that license on stability sadly expired along with the 20th Century, but after briefly disbanding Megadeth following a serious 2002 arm injury, Mustaine returned with a vengeance and has carried on business as usual ever since: replacing henchman after henchman and releasing album after album (over a dozen, at last count), without interruption. Indeed, only God can tell when the workaholic, now devout Christian, Mustaine will finally retire the Megadeth moniker; but no matter when he does so, he will go down as one of heavy metal’s all-time most innovative guitar technicians, as well as a true original.

 
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Dave Mustaine Releases Full Statement on Nick Menza’s Death, Promises Benefit Concert

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.

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Dave Mustaine: If Vivaldi Played a Dean Guitar, He’d Probably Be in Megadeth

Dave Mustaine offers up some surprising musicians who have influenced him over the years.

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Near-Riot at Megadeth Show in Ireland Inspires ‘Holy Wars’ – Epic Rock Tales

In this animation, Dave Mustaine describes how a hostile night in Northern Ireland led to the creation of Megadeth’s opus, 'Holy Wars… The Punishment Due.'

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Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine Talks Dystopian U.S. Future, New Megadeth Lineup + Tentative Gigantour Plans

We recently caught up with Dave Mustaine before Megadeth's show in New York City, and we had the chance to speak with the metal legend on a number of topics.

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Dave Mustaine on Whether He’s the Godfather of Thrash Metal [Exclusive Video]

In his book, 'I'm the Man,' Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian wrote this about Dave Mustaine: "The guy is arguably the godfather of thrash metal." But what does Mustaine think?

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33 Years Ago: Dave Mustaine Fired From Metallica

The end of Dave Mustaine's stay in Metallica came on April 11, 1983, and it came without warning.

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Dave Mustaine Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 2)

In this edition of our signature game, Dave Mustaine proves what’s true and false about what’s written about him on Wikipedia.

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Dave Mustaine Plays ‘Wikipedia: Fact or Fiction?’ (Part 1)

Megadeth legend Dave Mustaine proves what’s true and false about what’s written about him on Wikipedia.

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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

High on Fire’s Matt Pike Calls Dave Mustaine ‘Innovative,’ Doesn’t Think ‘Metallica Would Sound Like Metallica’ Without Him

Matt Pike has let his admiration for Dave Mustaine's guitar playing flow, saying Metallica wouldn't sound the same without having had him in the band.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: This Is the Scariest Time That America Has Been in My Lifetime

In a recent interview, the thrash frontman called the current political climate 'by far the scariest time that America has been in my lifetime.'

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