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Dave Mustaine

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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Evil Robb Photography, Loudwire

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine: The Riff in ‘Loved to Deth’ Is the One I’m Proudest Of

In a recent interview, Dave Mustaine was asked which Megadeth riff he's most proud of.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images
Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine Lists His Favorite Megadeth Guitar Players in Order

In a tweet earlier this year, Dave Mustaine listed Megadeth's guitar players beginning with his most favorite and working his way down the list.

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Jesse Grant / Suhaimi Abdullah, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine Reveals ‘Breadline’ Solo Snafu Among Reasons Marty Friedman Left Megadeth

During a discussion about guitar solos, Megadeth's Dave Mustaine reveals how a communication snafu factored into why Marty Friedman may have left the band.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine: Megadeth Plan on Returning to Studio in Late 2017

Following the success of Megadeth’s 2016 full-length, 'Dystopia,' the thrash legends are excited to start creating another record.

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Combat Records
Combat Records

32 Years Ago: Megadeth Unleash ‘Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good’

After being fired from Metallica, Dave Mustaine would go on to form Megadeth and release one of the best thrash debut albums ever.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Dave Mustaine’s Vineyards Score Platinum + Gold Honors at Recent Wine Competitions

Congrats to Dave Mustaine, as his She-Wolf Tempranillo Rose has been a hit on the wine competition circuit of late.

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KnuckleBonz
KnuckleBonz

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine + Mascot Vic Rattlehead Collectible Figures in the Works

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine and the band's mascot Vic Rattlehead will get their own KnuckleBonz figures this fall.

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Grant Lamos IV, Getty Images

Alice Cooper to Reunite With Original Band Members Again; Talks Dave Mustaine Relationship

Alice Cooper will reunite with his original band members again in Nashville. The shock rocker also discusses his relationship with Dave Mustaine.

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Frazer Harrison, Getty Images

Megadeth Announce Summer Tour With Meshuggah; Dave Mustaine in Studio With Joey Jordison

Megadeth will hit the road with Meshuggah and more this summer and Dave Mustaine + Joey Jordison were working together in a Nashville studio.

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Metallica.com

34 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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