Category: Megadeth

Megadeth History


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Megadeth at the Brixton Academy, 2008
Background information
Origin California, America
Genres Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal
Years active 1983–2002
Labels Combat, Capitol, Sanctuary, Roadrunner
Associated acts Metallica, F5, Panic, MD.45
Dave Mustaine
Chris Broderick
David Ellefson
Shawn Drover
Former members
See: Megadeth band members

Megadeth is an American heavy metal/thrash metal band from California, America, formed in 1983. Founded by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson following Mustaine’s departure from Metallica, the band has since released twelve studio albums, six live albums, two EPs, twenty six singles, thirty-two music videos, and three compilations.

As a pioneer of the American thrash metal movement, Megadeth rose to international fame in the 1980s and was ranked as one of the “Big Four of Thrash”, along with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, who were responsible for creating, developing and popularizing the thrash metal sub-genre. Megadeth has experienced numerous line-up changes, due partly to the band’s notorious substance abuse problems. From 1983 to 2002, Mustaine and Ellefson were the only continuous members of the band. After finding sobriety and securing a stable line-up, Megadeth went on to release a string of platinum and gold albums, including the platinum-selling landmark Rust in Peace in 1990 and the Grammy nominated, multi-platinum Countdown to Extinction in 1992. Megadeth disbanded in 2002 after Mustaine suffered a severe nerve injury to his left arm. However, following extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004 and released The System Has Failed, followed by United Abominations in 2007; the albums debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #18 and #8, respectively. Megadeth, along with their new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, released their twelfth studio album, titled Endgame, on September 15, 2009, which debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200.

In the band’s 25 active years, Megadeth has had 20 official members, with Dave Mustaine remaining as the driving force and main songwriter.

Megadeth is known for its distinctive instrumental style, often featuring dense, intricate passages and trade off guitar solos. Mustaine is also known for his “snarling” vocal style, as well as his recurring lyrical themes including politics, war, addiction, and personal relationships.

Megadeth has sold close to 25 million albums worldwide,[1] with five consecutive albums being certified platinum in the USA. The band has also been nominated for seven consecutive nominations for Best Metal Performance.


With over 25 million albums sold worldwide,[1] ten top 40 albums (including 5 top 10 albums),[30] 18 top 40 Mainstream Rock singles,[31] and eight Grammy nominations,[27] Megadeth remains one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time.[113] Of the “Big Four” thrash metal bands (Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax, and Slayer), Megadeth is second only to Metallica in sales and commercial success.

As an early pioneer of thrash metal, Megadeth helped pave the way for the burgeoning extreme metal movement of the late 1980s and early 1990s, and is often cited as an influence by later metal acts, including Pantera, Arch Enemy, Lamb of God,[114] and In Flames.[115]

Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? is considered a landmark in the history of thrash metal, with Allmusic calling the album “One of the most influential metal albums of its decade, and certainly one of the few truly definitive thrash albums”, as well as “one of the best beginning-to-end metal albums ever”.[12] In May 2006 VH1 ranked “Peace Sells” #11 on the 40 Greatest Metal Songs of all time countdown.[13] In addition to this, Rust In Peace was named the 3rd greatest thrash metal album of all time by Metal Hammer magazine. “Peace Sells…But Who’s buying?” was placed 11th. In 2004, Guitar World magazine ranked Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman together at #19 on the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.[116] Megadeth are also ranked 69th on “VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock” list.[117]

Awards and nominations

Award Year Nominated work Category Result
Genesis Awards 1993 Megadeth Doris Day Music Award[118] Won
Grammy Awards 1990 Rust in Peace Best Metal Performance[119] Nominated
1991 “Hangar 18” Best Metal Vocal Performance[119] Nominated
1992 Countdown to Extinction Nominated
1993 “Angry Again” Nominated
1994 “99 Ways to Die” Best Metal Performance[119] Nominated
1995 “Paranoid” Nominated
1998 “Trust” Nominated
2010 “Head Crusher” Nominated
Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards 2007 Dave Mustaine Riff Lord[120][121] Nominated
2008 Won
Megadeth Best Live Band[122] Nominated
Revolver Golden Gods Awards 2009 Dave Mustaine Golden God[123] Won


List of Megadeth band members

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Megadeth band members
2008–2010 line-up, performing live at Metalmania in Spodek, on March 8, 2008

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band formed by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine—after he was fired from Metallica—along with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Greg Handevidt, and drummer Dijon Carruthers, in 1983.[1] Early in 1984, Megadeth recorded a demo that featured new drummer Chris McClure, who replaced Carruthers. Slayer guitarist Kerry King covered live dates while a permanent replacement was sought.[1] This lineup was short-lived and after a few shows in 1984, Lee Rausch was replaced by jazz fusion drummer Gar Samuelson, in addition of the second guitarist Chris Poland.[2] During the Megadeth’s 1985 tour promoting their debut, Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good!, Poland left the band and was temporarily replaced by Mike Albert. Poland then rejoined Megadeth in October of the same year, shortly before they began work on Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?.[1] After years of problems stemming from substance abuse, Mustaine fired both Poland and Samuelson before recording the third album So Far, So Good… So What!; being replaced by Jeff Young and Chuck Behler, respectively.[2]

During their world tour in support of So Far, So Good… in February 1988, Mustaine noticed problems developing with Behler.[3] Six months later, Mustaine fired both Behler and Young.[2] In July 1989, Nick Menza was hired to replace Behler on the drums.[1] After a lengthy search for a new lead guitarist, Megadeth enlisted Marty Friedman, who officially joined in February 1990.[4] The lineup remained unchanged for almost eight years, until Menza discovered a tumor on his knee, which forced him to leave the tour to undergo surgery. He was replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso, temporarily at first. Following the Ozzfest tour in 1998, however, DeGrasso replaced Menza permanently, after Mustaine claimed that Menza had “lied about having cancer”.[5] Following the release of Risk, the band began a new world tour in September 1999. Three months into the tour, Friedman announced that he would be leaving the band, citing “musical differences”.[1] Megadeth enlisted guitarist Al Pitrelli as Friedman’s replacement in January 2000.[1] In early 2002, Mustaine suffered several injuries, which led him to announce in a press release that Megadeth had disbanded.[6] Following nearly a year of recovery, Mustaine began work on what was to be his first solo album.[7] The new material was recorded with session musicians Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Sloas, but the project was put on hold when Mustaine agreed to remix and remaster Megadeth’s eight-album back catalog with Capitol Records.[2]

In May 2004, Mustaine returned to his newest recordings, intended as a solo effort, but because of outstanding contractual obligations with the band’s European label EMI, he was forced to release one more album under the “Megadeth” name.[7] Mustaine decided to reform the band, and contacted the Rust in Peace line-up to re-record backing tracks on his latest songs. While drummer Nick Menza initially signed on, Marty Friedman and David Ellefson were both unable to come to an agreement with Mustaine.[8] Chris Poland was hired by Mustaine to contribute only with guitar solos to the new album.[1] Megadeth began a world tour in October 2004, enlisting touring bassist James MacDonough, and guitarist Glen Drover.[1] While in rehearsal for the tour, newly returned drummer Nick Menza once again parted ways with the band, as he was unable to prepare for the physical demands of a full U.S. tour.[9] He was replaced five days before the first show by Shawn Drover, brother of new guitarist Glen Drover. In February 2006, MacDonough left the band, citing “personal differences” for his decision, and was replaced by bassist James LoMenzo.[10] Two years later, Dave Mustaine announced that Glen Drover had quit Megadeth to focus on his family. He was replaced by Chris Broderick.[11] On February 8, 2010, David Ellefson rejoined the band, replacing James LoMenzo.[12]



Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
Dave Mustaine Dave Mustaine 1982–2002 2004 onward guitar, vocals All Megadeth releases
Dave Ellefson David Ellefson 1982–2002 2010 onward bass, backing vocals All Megadeth releases from Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! (1985) to Rude Awakening (2002)
Shawn Drover Shawn Drover 2004 onward drums, percussion That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (2007), United Abominations (2007), Endgame (2009) and Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego (2009)
Chris Broderick Chris Broderick 2008 onward guitar, backing vocals Endgame (2009) and Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego (2009)


Image Name  ↓ Years active  ↓ Instruments  ↓ Release contributions
King, KerryKerry King 1983 guitar none
Handevidt, GregGreg Handevidt 1983 guitar none
Carruthers, DijonDijon Carruthers 1983 drums, percussion none
Rausch, LeeLee Rausch 1984 drums, percussion none
Samuelson, GarGar Samuelson 1984–1987 drums, percussion Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! (1985) and Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? (1986)
Poland, ChrisChris Poland 1984–1985, 1985–1987, 2004 guitar Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good! (1985), Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? (1986) and The System Has Failed (2004)
Albert, MikeMike Albert 1985 guitar none
Behler, ChuckChuck Behler 1987–1988 drums, percussion So Far, So Good… So What! (1988)
Reynolds, JayJay Reynolds 1987 guitar none
Young, JeffJeff Young 1987–1989 guitar So Far, So Good… So What! (1988)
Menza, NickNick Menza 1989–1998, 2004 drums, percussion All Megadeth releases from Rust in Peace (1990) to Cryptic Writings (1997)
Marty Friedman.jpg Friedman, MartyMarty Friedman 1990–2000 guitar All Megadeth releases from Rust in Peace (1990) to Risk (1999)
Jimmy DeGrasso by bigdrumthump.jpg DeGrasso, JimmyJimmy DeGrasso 1998–2002 drums, percussion Risk (1999), The World Needs a Hero (2001) and Rude Awakening (2002)
Pitrelli, AlAl Pitrelli 2000–2002 guitar The World Needs a Hero (2001) and Rude Awakening (2002)
Vinnie Colaiuta.jpg Colaiuta, VinnieVinnie Colaiuta 2004 drums, percussion The System Has Failed (2004)
Sloas, JimmyJimmy Sloas 2004 bass The System Has Failed (2004)
MacDonough, JamesJames MacDonough 2004–2006 bass That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (2007)
Drover, GlenGlen Drover 2004–2008 guitar That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (2007) and United Abominations (2007)
Metalmania 2008 Megadeth James LoMenzo 01.jpg LoMenzo, JamesJames LoMenzo 2006–2010 bass, backing vocals United Abominations 2007, Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego (2009) and Endgame 2009
Current line-up
  • Dave Mustaine – lead vocals, lead & rhythm guitar (1983–2002, 2004–present)
  • David Ellefson – bass, backing vocals (1983–2002, 2010–present)
  • Shawn Drover – drums, percussion (2004–present)
  • Chris Broderick – lead & rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008–present)


Megadeth discography
  • 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)
  • Youthanasia (1994)
  • Cryptic Writings (1997)
  • Risk (1999)
  • The World Needs a Hero (2001)
  • The System Has Failed (2004)
  • United Abominations (2007)
  • Endgame (2009)

1985 – Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!(re-issue)

1. “Last Rites/Loved to Deth” – 4:40
2. “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” – 3:06
3. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” – 3:47
4. “Rattlehead” – 3:43
5. “Chosen Ones” – 2:55
6. “Looking Down The Cross” – 5:04
7. “Mechanix” – 4:22
8. “These Boots” – 4:42
9. “Last Rites/Loved To Deth” (demo) – 4:18
10. “Mechanix” (demo) – 4:01
11. “The Skull Beneath The Skin” (demo) – 3:11

1986- Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying? (re-issue)

1. “Wake Up Dead” – 3:40
2. “The Conjuring” – 5:05
3. “Peace Sells” – 4:03
4. “Devil’s Island” – 5:05
5. “Good Mourning/Black Friday” – 6:40
6. “Bad Omen” – 4:06
7. “I Ain’t Superstitious” – 2:45
8. “My Last Words” – 4:55
9. “Wake Up Dead” (Randy Burns mix) – 3:40
10. “The Conjuring” (Randy Burns mix) – 5:01
11. “Peace Sells” (Randy Burns mix) – 4:00
12. “Good Mourning/Black Friday” – 6:39

1988- So Far, So Good… So What! (re-issue)

1. “Into the Lungs of Hell” [Instrumental] (Dave Mustaine) – 3:22
2. “Set the World Afire” (Mustaine) – 5:48
3. “Anarchy In The U.K.” (Glen Matlock/Johnny Rotten/Paul Cook/Steve Jones) – 3:01
4. “Mary Jane” (Mustaine/Ellefson) – 4:25
5. “502″ (Mustaine) – 3:29
6. “In My Darkest Hour” (Mustaine/Ellefson) – 6:26
7. “Liar” (Mustaine/Ellefson) – 3:20
8. “Hook In Mouth” (Mustaine/Ellefson) – 4:49
9. “Into the Lungs of Hell” (Paul Lani mix) (instrumental) Mustaine 3:31
10. “Set the World Afire” (Paul Lani mix) Mustaine Mustaine 5:52
11. “Mary Jane” (Paul Lani mix) Mustaine, Ellefson Mustaine 4:08
12. “In My Darkest Hour” (Paul Lani mix) Mustaine, Ellefson Mustaine 6:16

1990 – Rust In Peace (re-issue)
1. “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due” – 6:32
2. “Hangar 18″ – 5:11
3. “Take No Prisoners” – 3:26
4. “Five Magics” – 5:40
5. “Poison Was the Cure” – 2:56
6. “Lucretia” (Mustaine, David Ellefson)– 3:56
7. “Tornado of Souls” (Mustaine, Ellefson) – 5:19
8. “Dawn Patrol” (Mustaine, Ellefson) – 1:51
9. “Rust in Peace…Polaris” – 5:44
10. “My Creation” (Music: Mustaine, Nick Menza) – 1:36
11. “Rust in Peace… Polaris” (demo) – 5:25
12. “Holy Wars… The Punishment Due” (demo) – 6:16
13. “Take No Prisoners” (demo) – 3:23