Formed 1983, Los Angeles, California
Dave Mustaine - born Sep. 13, 1961, La Mesa, California,
David Ellefson - born Nov. 12, 1964, Minn., bassist.
Chris Poland, guitars.
Gars Samuelson, drums.
guitarist Dave Mustaine was booted out of Metallica early
in its career, he formed Megadeth, which continued his
former group’s thrash-metal style with even more speed
was seven when his parents divorced, and his family wound
up living in poverty in the Southern California suburbs.
During his teens, Mustaine’s mother was often away,
leaving him with his sisters and their abusive spouses; he
told a journalist that a brother-in-law once punched him
in the face for listening to Judas Priest. Mustaine’s
revenge was to join a heavy-metal band, and in 1981 he
became a founding member of Metallica, from which he was
fired two years later in a power struggle over leadership
and allegations of his drug use. Mustaine, who is
notorious for his outspokenness and mood swings, formed
Megadeth that same year with Minnesota native Dave
and Ellefson hoped to create a jazz-oriented progressive
strain of heavy metal based on chops as much as emotional
aggression. Megadeth’s first album, Killing Is My
Business... and Business Is Good, succeeded in that
regard and garnered mainly positive reviews, even from
critics normally hostile to heavy metal. Mustaine’s drug
use, meanwhile, deepened with his discovery of heroin.
Still, the band’s subsequent albums, Peace Sells...
But Who‘s Buying? and So Far, So Good... So What?
(#28, 1988), continued in the band’s celebrated
lightning-speed, chops-heavy style.
Mustaine was arrested for impaired driving and went into a
12-step program for his drug and alcohol problems; he has
since remained clean and sober. The same year, Megadeth
released Rust in Peace, which reached #23.
Mustaine’s former band, meanwhile, paved the way for
thrash-metal when its self-titled album of 1991
skyrocketed to the top of the charts; Megadeth followed in
Metallica’s footsteps the next year with Countdown to
Extinction, which went to #2.
newfound sobriety hasn’t kept the guitarist from getting
into trouble: In 1993 Megadeth was dumped from its opening
spot on Aerosmith’s tour when that group tired of
Mustaine’s misbehavior. Megadeth returned in 1994 with Youthanasia
(the album’s press release was written by novelist
Dean Koontz), which debuted at #4.
1985 -- Killing
Is My Business.., and Business Is Good (Combat)
1986 -- Peace Sells... But Who’s Buying?
(Capitol) (- Poland; - Samuelson; + Jeff Young, gtr.; +
Chuck Behler, drums)
1988 -- So Far, So Good... So What? ( - Young; -
Behler; + Marty Friedman [b. Dec. 8, 1962, Washington,
D.C.], gtr.; + Nick Menza [b. July 23, 1964, Ger.], drums)
1990 -- Rust in Peace
1992 -- Countdown to Extinction
1994 -- Youthanasia
THE MEGADETH TIMELINE:
Ulrich and James Hetfield form Metallica.
Mustaine leaves Panic and joins Metallica.
McGovney is hired as Metallica's bassist
Metallica's first gig at Radio City in Anaheim
Metallica opens for Saxon on their "Denim and
Brad Parker (a.k.a. Damian Phillips) is hired as
Metallica's second guitarist. He leaves band after one
gig, Metallica's only as a five-piece band.
James Hetfield takes up rhythm guitar in addition to
"Hit the Lights" is included on Metal
demo album No Life 'til Leather is released.
Cliff Burton leaves Trauma to replace Ron McGovney
Cliff Burton's first gig with Metallica
Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica, Kirk Hammet
leaves Exodus to replace him
first album, Kill 'Em All, is released
Mustaine gets together with bassist David Ellefson,
guitarist Kerry King, and drummer Lee Rash to form
King assists Megadeth on tour and then returns to
Rash is replaced by Gar Samuelson
Poland is hired to fill the gap Kerry King helped
(Marty Friedman's second band) releases One Nation
31st, Mustaine becomes Megadeth's singer
Megadeth is signed to Combat records
releases Loud Wild and Heavy
Megadeth releases Killing Is My Business... And
Business Is Good!
releases The Natives Are Restless
Burton dies in bus accident
Megadeth releases Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Records signs Megadeth, gets rights to Peace
Sells... but Who's Buying? from Combat
opens for Megadeth on "Wake Up Dead" tour
Poland and Gar Samuelson are fired after last show of
tour in Hawaii
Megadeth opens for Alice Cooper's
tours with Mercyful Fate
Behler hired as Megadeth's drummer
Reynolds of Malice helps out Megadeth until they find
a suitable replacement for Chris Poland, guitarist
Friedman's and Jason Becker's Cacophony releases Speed
Megadeth releases So Far, So Good... So What!
opens for Dio on European tour
featured in acclaimed documentary, Decline of
Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years
Megadeth plays Castle Donnington with KISS, and Iron
Maiden as the headliner
opens for the "Monsters of Rock" tour.
Friedman releases his first solo album, Dragon's
cancels Australian tour
Mustaine helps produce Sanctuary's Refuge Denied
releases Go Off!
Young and Chuck Behler are fired
is arrested for impaired driving, forced to clean up
in 12-step program
Nick Menza, is hired as Megadeth's drummer
Megadeth covers Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice
Guy" for Wes Craven's Shocker soundtrack,
their only song as a three-piece band
Becker is diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs's disease,
Cacophony officially breaks up
Marty Friedman is hired as Megadeth's lead guitarist
Megadeth releases Rust in Peace
Megadeth joins Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and
Testament for "Clash of the Titans" tour
Megadeth opens for Judas Priest, in support of their
new album Painkiller
Dave Mustaine gets married to Pamela Anne Casselberry
Rusted Pieces video is released
Megadeth's "Go to Hell" featured on Bill
& Ted's Bogus Journey soundtrack
"Clash of the Titans" tour featuring Slayer,
Anthrax, Megadeth, and opener Alice in Chains
Megadeth's "Breakpoint" featured on Super
Mario Bros soundtrack
Megadeth releases Countdown to Extinction
Exposure of a Dream video is released
tours the USA with Stone Temple Pilots
Mustaine covers Democratic national convention for MTV
Friedman releases Scenes, with Nick Menza on
Mustaine's son, Justis, is born
Mustaine makes a guest appearance on Diamond Head's Death
Dave Mustaine overdoses in a getting high attempt. The
quote on MTV's "Night of the Living Megadeth"
regarding it was a joke.
plays Milton Keynes Bowl with Diamond Head and
opens for Iron Maiden for a few dates on their
kicks Megadeth off their American "Get A
Grip" tour, Jackyl takes their place
opens for Megadeth's "Countdown to
Megadeth's "Angry Again" featured on Last
Action Hero soundtrack
Megadeth's "99 Ways to Die" featured on The
Beavis and Butthead Experience soundtrack
Megadeth releases Youthanasia, plays on MTV's
"Night of the Living Megadeth"
Megadeth covers "Paranoid" for Nativity
in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
Megadeth's "Diadems" featured on Tales
from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight soundtrack
to February, "Youth" worldwide tour with
Corrosion of Conformity
Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation
- May, Evolver:
The Making of Youthanasia video is released
Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation
in USA and Japan
to August, "Reckoning Day" tour with Flotsam
and Jetsam, Korn and Fear Factory
Friedman releases Introduction, with Nick Menza
Mustaine collaborates with Lee Ving of Fear on MD.45, The
Marty Friedman releases True Obsessions (Shrapnel
Ellefson's son, Roman Alexander, is born
Ellefson produces Helstar's reunion album, Multiples
Megadeth releases Cryptic Writings
of Megadeth's "Almost Honest" included on Mortal
Kombat Annihilation soundtrack
28th, Dave Mustaine's daughter, Electra, is born
takes part in "Ozzfest'98"
Nick Menza and Megadeth have parted ways
Jimmy DeGrasso is hired as Megadeth's drummer
23rd, David Ellefson's daughter Athena is born
enters the studio with producer Dann Huff in Nashville
to record their follow up to Cryptic Writings.
spend the summer playing radio shows, and eventually
join Iron Maiden for a European tour in September.
'Em" is released on the Universal Soldier 2
Soundtrack and eventually makes its way into NHL
arenas and WCW.
released on August 31, 1999, and is certified gold a