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Megadeth are one of heavy metal’s most successful and prolific groups, with frequently released new albums and constant touring worldwide; yet they will always be most closely associated with the ‘80s thrash metal movement, which they helped pioneer as one of the so-called Big Four, alongside Slayer, Anthrax and eternal nemesis, Metallica. It was, in fact, after his 1983 dismissal from Metallica that guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine launched Megadeth, with the help of bassist David Ellefson and, later, guitarist Chris Poland and drummer Gar Samuel, both of whom exited following 1986’s water-shed second album, ‘Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?’ Personnel flux and substance abuse continued to afflict Megadeth until the early 1990s, when new members Marty Friedman (guitar) and Nick Menza (drums), helped Mustaine and Ellefson enjoy a dec-ade of creative and commercial prosperity, off the back of acclaimed albums like ‘Rust in Peace’ and ‘Countdown to Extinction.’ A change of direction and musicians, followed by a serious arm injury sustained by Mustaine temporarily stalled Megadeth’s career, but as of 2004, the tenacious guitarist has been driving Megadeth and its ever-revolving cast of backing musicians onward with his usual tenacity and talent, now widely recog-nized as one of heavy metal’s all-time most inventive guitarists.

 
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Megadeth, Foo Fighters + Nickelback Lead 2015 Festival D’Ete De Quebec Lineup

Megadeth, Foo Fighters and Nickelback lead the rock contingent at the 2015 Festival D'Ete De Quebec.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on Failed ‘Rust in Peace’ Lineup Reunion + Drummer Situation

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine discusses the band's decisions replacing Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover and offers an album update.

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Nick Menza Asks Dave Mustaine to ‘Quit Ripping Me Off’ Regarding His Megadeth Royalties

Drummer Nick Menza has accused Dave Mustaine of ripping off his Megadeth royalties.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine on Kiko Loureiro: ‘Definitely the Best Guitarist We’ve Ever Had’

Dave Mustaine offers high praise to Megadeth's new guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

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Drummer Nick Menza Opens Up More About Why He Didn’t Rejoin Megadeth

As previously reported, drummer Nick Menza is not a part of the new lineup for Megadeth’s next album and tour.

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32 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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Marty Friedman Says He Turned Down Megadeth Return; Band Offers New Album Pre-Order Deals

In a new interview, former Megadeth shredder Marty Friedman claims he was asked to come back.

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Talks About New Album: ’15 Songs Finished Being Written’

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine has offered more insight on the recording of the band's next album in a series of tweets.

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David Ellefson: ‘Faith’ Has Brought Megadeth Closer Together

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson says faith is a common ground he shares with frontman Dave Mustaine.

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Drummer Nick Menza Cites ‘Unfair Deal’ as Reason for Not Returning to Megadeth

According to drummer Nick Menza, the reason he's not recording with Megadeth is because he was not offered a fair deal to return.

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