Dave Mustaine

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May 23, 2022

David «Dave» Scott Mustaine (La Mesa, California, September 13, 1961) is an American musician, known for being the founder, guitarist, vocalist and main songwriter of the thrash metal band Megadeth, as well as for being previously the guitarist for Metallica band.

Biography

David Mustaine was born on September 13, 1961, in La Mesa, California, the son of John and Emily Mustaine. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. In the late 1970s, Mustaine began playing electric guitar, notably a B.C. Rich, and formed the band known as Panic, which he left in 1981, when he would go on to become an early member of Metallica. His fellow Metallica expelled him from the group due to his heavy drinking and drug use, and sent him back home on a forty-eight hour bus ride, during which he got the idea of ​​creating the band himself. of the. While traveling, Mustaine read in a political pamphlet the term megadeath ('mega-death', a unit of measurement equivalent to a million human deaths used in calculations by the US Army), and that is where the name of this exponent of thrash metal came from. He later stated that one of his goals in life should be to create a more successful band than Metallica: "After I got fired from Metallica, all I remember is that I wanted to be faster and better than them." Previously, Mustaine had been toying with the name Fallen Angel, the name of a short-lived project established in 1983 with bassist Matt Kisselstein. That summer he met bassist David Ellefson, with whom he formed Megadeth. He then brought in Greg Handevidt as guitarist and Dijon Carruthers as drummer. After a series of unsuccessful auditions for a vocalist, Mustaine chose to take on the duties himself, in addition to playing guitar. In 1984, Megadeth recorded a three-song demo with drummer Lee Rausch. Kerry King joined the band for a few shows. However, he opted to leave Megadeth after less than a week to work in his band Slayer. Gar Samuelson, a highly jazz-influenced drummer, replaces Rausch. In November, the band signed a deal with Combat Records, a month before guitarist Chris Poland joined the band and they had their first show in New York. In May 1985, Megadeth released their first album, Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good! ("Killing is my business... And business is good!") on Combat Records.[1] That summer, the band toured the US and Canada with Exciter, a tour in which Poland he was replaced by Mike Albert. Poland rejoined the band in the studio in October of the same year, and thus began the recording of their second album for Combat. On New Year's Eve of that year, Megadeth performed in San Francisco with Exodus, Metal Church, and Metallica. In 1985, after recording Killing Is My Business..., Mustaine approached Jackson Guitars for a custom guitar. Jackson modified his Flying V model for Mustaine. The company subsequently began mass-producing the Dave Mustaine Jackson King V series, which was manufactured until the early 2000s. The following year, Capitol Records signed Megadeth and obtained the rights to their second album, Peace Sells... But Who's Buying? ('Peace is sold... but who buys it?'), by Combat Records. Megadeth opened a US tour with King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Motörhead. Their second album, released in November, is the record that put Megadeth on the thrash map and is considered a monument to metal. In February 1987, Megadeth performed alongside Alice Cooper on his Constrictor tour. The band also toured with Mercyful Fate. In March, Megadeth's first world tour kicked off in the UK. Mustaine and Ellefson were invited