David Scott "Dave" Mustaine was born on September 13, 1961, in La
Mesa, California., Dave was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness.and by
age 17, he had rented his own apartment and was surviving financially
by dealing drugs. He left home to escape an alcoholic and abusive
father. In the late 1970s, Mustaine began playing a B.C. Rich electric
guitar with the band Panic until drummer, Mike Leftwych, and sound man
were killed in a car crash after Panic's first show.
According to Joel McIver, British author of The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists
TH1RT3EN celebrates the band's thirteenth album as well as Dave's
50th birthday (released on September 13, 2012). Also on the horizon is a
new 20th Anniversary Edition of the band's most popular album, 1992's
double Platinum-certified Countdown to Extinction due out November 12,
2012. Dave has personally overseen the remixing of this Megadeth
classic. The 2 CD set pairs the remastered original album with a 1992
concert, recorded live at San Francisco's Cow Palace, which has never
before been released in its entirety.
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After wrapping up their "TH1RT3EN World Tour" this fall, Megadeth
will perform the acclaimed album in its entirety on their "Countdown
to Extinction Tour" this November and December. Here's an
exclusive interview with Dave from Rolling Stone.
In 1981, Mustaine left Panic when answering Lars Ulrich's ad in LA's
Recycler for a lead guitar player for a new heavy metal project, for
Metallica. He was hired without so much as audition. Due to excessive
drinking and the craziness that set in when he got out of control soon
Mustaine, Ron McGovney (bassist) left Metallica. Cliff Burton was
recruited as his replacement.
After a short-lived stint with a band called Fallen Angels, Dave hooked up with Dave Ellefson, Greg Handevidt and,
later,,Dijon Carruthers, to form the first incarnation of the band, Megadeth. In May 1985, Megadeth released their
The following year, Capitol Records signed Megadeth and released their second LP, Peace Sells-But Who's Buying?
The album is regarded as a landmark metal album. It produced the notable title track (the opening bass lick of which
was used by "MTV News" segments) as well as the thrash anthem "Wake Up Dead". The videos for both songs became
staples on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.
Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! (1985)
Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986)
So Far, So Good... So What! (1988)
Rust in Peace (1990)
Countdown to Extinction (1992)
Cryptic Writings (1997)
The World Needs a Hero (2001)
The System Has Failed (2004)
United Abominations (2007)
Rude Awakening (2002)
That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (2007)
Rust in Peace Live (2010)
The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria (2010)
- "I'll tell you what I won't sing any more: 'Anarchy In The UK'. That says: 'I am an antichrist' - and I'm not."
In addition to reissuing the 1986 thrash classic, Peace Sells-But Who's Buying?, Dave
has given time to his humanitarian interests and giving back as a born again Christian.
Grateful for going from addiction to glory, Mustaine planned to open Megadeth's
California recording studio to under-privileged children to teach them about rock 'n'
roll. The band owns a building in San Diego which has housed their recording gear for
years. In an interview with Kerrang, Davew claimed he wanted to make better use of
the studio by turning the space into a learning center for under-privileged children and
teach them how to play instruments.
In 2002, Dave thought his career may be over when he suffered a nerve injury
to his left arm. He disbanded Megadeth that year, only to reform it in 2004 after
extensive physical therapy for the injury.
As Dave matured as a songwriter he found a release for demons of
anger he held against former bandmates. He wrote about bandmates
that let him down like "Liar" from Megadeth's third album, So Far So
Good So What (1988) about Chris Poland, the guitarist he had recently
been forced to fire. He carried the grudge against Lars of Metallica into
the lyrical "Something I'm Not" from The System Has Failed (2004)
directed at Lars' perceived "betrayal" of Dave. Yet he compassionately
wrote "In My Darkest Hour" in reaction to hearing the news about the
death of Metallica's bassist ,Cliff Burton.. Many of his later songs also
reflected his interest in politics and the social causes he advances. In
1992, he covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV News.
Craven's horror flick, Shocker, totally baked. He couldn't even sing and play guitar at the same time. Later that year, in
March, Dave was arrested for "impaired driving" with seven drugs in his system. He was sentenced to enter his first of
what would be 17 visits to drug rehab.
After Rust in Peace (1990) featuring onr of Megadeth's all-time favorite concert
jams, "Hangar 18", Dave produced Megadeth's most commercially successful
effort in July, 1992, with Countdown to Extinction. The more collaborative
songwriting Mustaine co-wrote "Symphony of Destruction", "Sweating Bullets"
and "Skin o' My Teeth" with his band members. The end result was an album
that debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 100 album chart. But it was
Youthanasia (1994) that became the quickest album to go gold in Canadian
history and eventually went globally platinum with a Grammy nomination. It was
a more melodic vibe with songs like "Train of Consequences", which became
the band's most popular video.
Arsenal of Megadeth, a 2-DVD anthology, was released in March, 2006 with
work starting on United Abominations,at SARM studios (David Gilmour's
house),the following month. ("Burnt Ice" was always a Guitar Maniacs' favorite).
A twelfth Megadeth studio album, Endgame, was released in September, 2009.
In 2010, Dave finally mended fences with Metallica and Slayer. It paved the way for the first time ever "The Big Four" of
Thrash" (Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax) to all take the stage together in in Warsaw, Poland on June 16,
2010. The historic event toured Switzerland, U.K, Greece, Germany and Sweden before finishing in Yankee Stadium in
on September, 2011.
Dave is the only member of the band to have played on every album Megadeth has
ever released. Follow Dave on Megadeth's official website.
Dave's thrashing solo work has influenced many young metal guitarists. But who did Dave look up to as an influence?
Page, Michael Schenker, Angus Young. Hot players. You can't name one guitar player in any of the new bands that is a
virtuoso.” Maybe they should take a picking lesson from Dave courtesy of Guitar Center TV.
Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years (2000)
Still Alive... and Well? (2002)
Greatest Hits: Back to the Start (2005)
Anthology: Set the World Afire (2008)
YES, THEY SAID IT...
- "The true story about Dave Mustaine will never be told, because there's something of a pact
between Dave, Metallica, and myself." --- Johnny Z
- "I was convinced that I should be in the band and went to rehearsal. I was tuning up when all the
other guys in the band went into another room. They weren't talking to me, so I went in and said,
'What the fuck? Am I in the band or not?' and they said, 'You've got the gig.' I couldn't believe how
easy it had been and suggested that we get some beer to celebrate.
Dave also co-wrote two songs that would appear on Ride the Lightning.
The title song showed Dave's attitude yoward the criminal justice system
written from the perspective of someone who is anticipating
death-by-electrocution. "Escape" is the other Dave was credited for
His membership in Metallica lasted less than two years. On April 11,
1983, the rest of the band fired Dave, packed up his gear and put him on
of Dave's firing. During the trip West, Dave scribbled the lyrics to what
would later become "Set The World Afire" from the 1988 Megadeth album
So Far, So Good... So What!
Metallica,1982, (L-R) Rob, Dave, James, Lars
Original Megadeth lineup, 1985 (Dave 2nd from Left)
- "Moving on is a simple thing... What it leaves behind is hard."