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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ (1986), ‘Rust in Peace’ (1990), ‘Countdown to Extinction’ (1992), ‘United Abominations’ (2007) Related Artists: Megadeth, Metallica, Lars Ulrich, James Hetfield, Dave Ellefson Further Reading: Megadeth Fans Would be Very Happy Knowing What’s Going on Right Now, 10 Best Megadeth Songs Read More: Dave Mustaine News

Dave Mustaine: Being in a Band Is the ‘Closest You Can Get Without Having Sex With Each Other’

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine talks about the dynamics of keeping a band together and teases an upcoming announcement.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: Bullies ‘Motivated Me to Play the Guitar’

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Megadeth great Dave Mustaine reveals that bullying led to him picking up the guitar as a youth.

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Dave Mustaine: Fans Don’t Want Chris Broderick + Shawn Drover in Megadeth

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Megadeth's Dave Mustaine spoke with Full Metal Jackie about the band's lineup changes and what's currently inspiring him musically.

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VH1 Classic ‘Rock Icons’ Series to Feature Slash, Rob Halford, Dave Mustaine + More

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VH1Classic will launch the new 'Rock Icons' series in February with Slash, Geddy Lee, Rob Halford, Dave Mustaine and more.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Reveals New Signature Dean Guitars at 2015 NAMM

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Mustaine's Zero Punk guitar will retail for $799, while the Stradivmnt will go for $1199 via DeanGuitars.com.

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Dave Mustaine: Megadeth Fans Would Be ‘Very Happy’ Knowing What’s Going On Right Now

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Dave Mustaine just made a public comment on the status of Megadeth, suggesting that good things are in store for the legendary metal act.

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Body of Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine’s Missing Mother-in-Law Found

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Sad news to report this Thanksgiving, as the body of Dave Mustaine's missing mother-in-law Sally Estabrook has been found.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Believes Someone May Have Picked Up Missing Mother-in-Law

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After an extensive search, Dave Mustaine believes his mother-in-law, who is suffering from Alzheimer's Disease, was picked up by a passer-by.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Flies to California to Help Find Missing Mother-in-Law

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Sally Estabrook, 75, was last seen by her husband at the Pinezanita RV Park & Campground in Julian, Calif. on Oct. 4.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine and Family Searching for His Missing Mother-in-Law

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75-year-old Sally Estabrook, who suffers from Alzheimer's disease, was last seen at the Pinezanita RV Park & Campground in Julian, Calif. on Oct. 4.

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