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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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Ex-Megadeth Guitarist Chris Poland Recalls Dave Mustaine’s Reaction to Death of Cliff Burton

In an interview, Chris Poland reflects on the 'Peace Sells' album and shares a bit about Dave Mustaine's reaction to the death of former bandmate Cliff Burton.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Enjoys Family ‘Slip ‘n’ Slide’ Party for 55th Birthday

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine posts footage of his family and associates enjoying a Slip 'n' Slide 55th birthday party at his Tennessee home.

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Facebook: The History of Metal and Horror

Dave Mustaine, Corey Taylor, Alice Cooper + More to Appear in ‘The History of Metal and Horror’ Documentary

A new documentary delving into the conjoined connection of metal music and horror needs your help to get off the ground.

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Dave Mustaine on Megadeth’s Future: ‘I Want This to Be My Band Lineup Until the End’

Dave Mustaine stated he hopes the current incarnation of Megadeth, featuring drummer Dirk Verbeuren, will be the one which sticks until the band’s eventual end.

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Dave Mustaine to Launch New A Tout Le Monde Beer At Birthday Bash

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has invited fans to join him for the launch of A Tout Le Monde ale at his birthday bash.

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Dave Mustaine Hopes to Record Two More Megadeth Albums, Plans to Visit Hospitalized Fan

Dave Mustaine did some more checking in with Megadeth fans over Twitter, revealing some must-read details about his future.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine ‘Grateful’ to Chris Adler, But Drummer ‘Has Nothing To Do With Us Anymore’

During a news conference in Tel Aviv, Dave Mustaine revealed that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler is no longer playing with Megadeth.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine ‘Overwhelmed With Emotions’ Over Nick Menza’s Death

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine shares his love for former drummer Nick Menza and how it hit him after Menza's death earlier this year.

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31 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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Kevin Winter, Getty Images / Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Hank Shermann: Dave Mustaine Forbade King Diamond From Joining Volbeat Onstage at 2012 Gigantour

Guitarist Hank Shermann recalled when Dave Mustaine forbade King Diamond from joining Volbeat onstage to perform a Mercyful Fate classic at Gigantour in 2012.

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