Mustaine Dave

Name Dave Mustaine
Birth date 13 September 1961
Country USA
City La Mesa

David Scott Mustaine(born September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California, United States) is the lead/rhythm guitarist, songwriter, and singer for the speed/thrash metal band, Megadeth. He grew up in various Southern California suburbs. As the central figure of Megadeth and a former Metallica lead guitarist and co-songwriter, he is one of a handful of people considered to have pioneered thrash metal and speed metal.

In 1981 Dave Mustaine left his first band Panic to join Metallica as the lead guitarist. Metallica's drummer had posted an ad in a local newspaper, called The Recycler, looking for a lead guitarist. In his own words, Mustaine remembers his first meeting with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich: "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, 'Well? 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."

Mustaine's membership in Metallica, however, would last less than two years. Brian Slagel, an early manager of the band, recalls in an interview: "Dave was an incredibly talented guy, but he also had an incredibly large problem with alcohol and drugs. He'd get wasted and become a real crazy person, a raging maniac, and the other guys just couldn't deal with that after a while. I mean, they all drank of course, but Dave drank more... much more. I could see they were beginning to get fed up of seeing Dave drunk out of his mind all the time."

One night, in a drunken state, Mustaine poured a full can of beer into Metallica's then-bassist Ron McGovney's bass. When McGovney tried to play it, he received an electric shock and, in his own words, was "blown across the room." Having enough of Mustaine's antics, he left the band. Shortly after that, during another night of drinking, Mustaine kicked James Hetfield's dog, which was the last straw as far as Hetfield was concerned. In April of 1983, Mustaine was officially fired from Metallica for his alcoholism, cocaine abuse, and because of his personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, also because he refused to attend AA meetings. The band packed up Mustaine's gear, drove him to a Greyhound bus station in Rochester, NY, and put him on a bus bound for Los Angeles.

During his short time in Metallica, Dave Mustaine toured with the band, co-wrote several songs (and did the guitar-work for each song) which were later featured on the albums Kill 'Em All and Ride the Lightning (as well as, according to Mustaine, "Leper Messiah" on Master of Puppets). He also recorded several songs with the band including the No Life 'Till Leather demo tape. A few of the songs he had written with Hetfield and Ulrich later went on to be re-recorded by Megadeth. The most well-known of these is the song "The Four Horsemen" from Kill 'em All which Mustaine wrote and later released with the original lyrics on his debut album as "Mechanix".

The Eighties

In 1983, Mustaine was extremely angry after being kicked out of Metallica; he concluded that one of his goals in life should be to create a band more successful than Metallica. In April of that year he formed a band called Fallen Angels, which did not last. That summer he met bass player Dave Ellefson and formed Megadeth, enlisting guitarist Greg Handevidt and drummer Dijon Carruthers. Mustaine elected to become Megadeth's singer, and not just guitar player, on New Year's Eve after a series of unsuccessful vocalist auditions. In 1984, Megadeth cut a 3-song demo with drummer Lee Raush. Slayer's Kerry King joined the band for a few shows however he opted to leave Megadeth after less than a week. Jazz-influenced drummer Gar Samuelson replaced Raush. In November, the band signed a deal with Combat Records, a month before guitarist Chris Poland came onboard and the band played their first shows in New York.

In May 1985, Megadeth released their first album Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! on Combat Records. That summer the band toured the U.S. and Canada with Exciter, with guitarist Mike Albert replacing Poland for the tour. Poland rejoined the band in the studio in October and the band began recording their second album for Combat. On New Year's Eve of that year Megadeth played in San Francisco with Exodus, Metal Church, and Metallica.

In 1985, after recording Killing Is My Business..., Mustaine approached Jackson Guitars for a custom built guitar. Jackson modified their already existing Flying V model for Mustaine. Following this the company began mass-producing a Dave Mustaine series Jackson King V. This line continued into the early 2000s.

The following year, major label Capitol Records signed Megadeth and obtained the rights to their second album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?, from Combat. Megadeth opened a U.S. tour with King Diamond and Motörhead. Their second album, released in November, is regarded as a landmark metal album, producing 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.

In February 1987, Megadeth opened for Alice Cooper on his Constrictor tour. The band also toured with Mercyful Fate, who were a huge influence on Megadeth. In March, Megadeth's first world tour began in the UK. Mustaine and Ellefson guested on the band Malice's License To Kill album. Megadeth re-recorded "These Boots" for a movie soundtrack and that summer went on tour with Overkill and Necros. Amid drug problems and suspicions of stealing the band's equipment for drug money, Mustaine fired Poland and Samuelson after their last show in Hawaii.

Chuck Behler, who had been Gar's drum tech, became Megadeth's drummer with a virtuoso named Jeff Young replacing Poland. Megadeth released their third album, So Far, So Good... So What! in January 1988. The album contains the song, "In My Darkest Hour", which was composed after the tragic death of Metallica's bass player Cliff Burton. (Mustaine said this in the liner notes of So Far, So Good... So What!). "Hook In Mouth" attacked the PMRC with gusto, although their cover of The Sex Pistols "Anarchy in the UK" — despite a guest appearance from ex-Pistol Steve Jones — was ill-advised in the eyes of All Music Guide's critic.

Later that year, Megadeth opened for Dio and then Iron Maiden on tour, before playing the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the UK with Kiss, Iron Maiden...

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