Megadeth is an American heavy metal heavy metal music band from Los Angeles, California, 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 Extended play , twenty six singles single (music) , thirty-two music videos, and three compilations compilation album .
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 Anthrax (band) , who were responsible for creating, developing and po***rizing 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 Grammy Award 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 Billboard 200 chart at #18 and #8, respectively. Megadeth, along with their new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, released their twelfth studio album, titled Endgame Endgame (album) , 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 List of Megadeth band 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, personal relationships, and the occult.
Megadeth has sold close to 25 million albums worldwide, with five consecutive albums being certified platinum in the USA. The band has also been nominated for seven consecutive nominations for Best Metal Performance Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance .
Early days (1983–1984)
Two months after lead guitarist Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica due to drinking Alcoholism , drug use, violent behavior and personality conflicts, Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Greg Handevidt, and drummer Dijon Carruthers formed Megadeth in Los Angeles Los Angeles, California . Mustaine later said, "After getting fired from Metallica, all I remember is that I wanted blood. Theirs. I wanted to be faster and heavier than them."
According to Mustaine, the name "Megadeth represents the annihilation of power. We spell the name phonetically because the meaning to us is the same as you get out of the dictionary; it's hypothetical body count after a nuclear fallout. It's a million deaths, and we want to leave our audience shell-shocked wherever we go." Though Megadeth is the first band to use this name, Pink Floyd in their early years used the name with a variation in the spelling ("The Meggadeaths").
Fueled by the desire for revenge, Mustaine elevated the intensity of Megadeth's music, speeding up existing songs such as "The Mechanix", which Metallica's new line-up adapted into the slower paced "The Four Horsemen Kill 'Em All#The Four Horsemen ". After unsuccessfully searching for a vocalist for nearly six months, Mustaine decided to handle lead vocal duties himself, while also serving as the band's primary lyricist, main songwriter, and co-lead and rhythm guitarist.
Early in 1984 Megadeth recorded a three song demo, featuring Mustaine, Ellefson, and Rausch, which contained early versions of "Last Rites/Loved to Death", ( ) "Skull Beneath the Skin", and "Mechanix". Kerry King (of Slayer fame), covered a handful of live dates while a permanent replacement was sought. After just a few shows in 1984, Lee Rausch was replaced by fusion fusion (music) drummer Gar Samuelson.
The album features the first of many cover songs performed by Megadeth; a speed metal version of Nancy Sinatra's classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" ( ), with lyrics altered by Mustaine. The song sparked controversy in later years when the song's original author, Lee Hazlewood, deemed Mustaine's changes to be "vile and offensive",
In the summer of 1985, the group toured the United States and Canada for the first time, supporting Killing Is My Business... with Exciter Exciter (band) . During the tour, new guitarist Chris Poland abruptly left the band, and was replaced by touring guitarist Mike Albert. eventually selling more than a million copies in the US alone.
Considered to be a landmark thrash metal album, Allmusic cited Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? as "One of the most influential metal albums of its decade, and certainly one of the few truly definitive thrash albums." The album's title track "Peace Sells" ( ) was chosen to be the band's first music video, receiving regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball. "Peace Sells" ranked #11 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs and the opening bass line was used for years as the theme for MTV News. Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? was the first Megadeth album to feature art by Ed Repka, who redesigned the band's mascot Vic Rattlehead to the current standard, and designed much of the band's artwork in later years.
In February 1987 Megadeth was added as the opening band on Alice Cooper's Constrictor tour, followed by a brief tour supporting Mercyful Fate in the US. Cooper, alarmed by the band's drug habits, summoned them to his bus one night to warn against constant excessive drug use. In March of that year, Megadeth began their first world tour as a headlining act in the United Kingdom, which featured support bands Overkill Overkill (band) and Necros.
So Far, So Good... So What! (1987–1989)
With a major label recording budget, and producer Paul Lani behind the desk, Megadeth spent five months recording their third album, So Far, So Good... So What! The recording process was again plagued with problems from the beginning, due in part to Mustaine's ongoing battle with addiction. Mustaine later said: "The production (of So Far, So Good...) was horrible, mostly due to substances and the priorities we had or didn't have at the time." Mustaine also clashed with Lani, beginning with Lani's insistence that the drums be recorded separate from the cymbals (an unheard of process for rock drummers). So Far, So Good... featured the song "In My Darkest Hour", ( ) with music written by Mustaine as a tribute to fallen Metallica bassist Cliff Burton. The song remains a fan favorite, and has been performed at nearly every Megadeth show since. So Far, So Good... also featured a cover version cover song of the *** Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK", with lyrics altered by Mustaine (who later admitted to hearing them wrong).
Megadeth began their world tour in support of So Far, So Good... opening for Dio Dio (band) in Europe in February 1988, later joining Iron Maiden's Seventh Son of a Seventh Son summer tour in the US. Noticing problems developing with drummer Chuck Behler, Mustaine brought drummer Nick Menza in to act as Behler's drum technician roadie . As with Gar Samuelson before him, Menza was to be ready to take over for Behler in the event that he could not continue with the tour.
In August 1988, Megadeth appeared at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donnington in the UK, alongside Kiss Kiss (band) , Iron Maiden, Helloween, Guns N' Roses, and David Lee Roth, performing to an audience of more than 100,000 people. The band was soon added to the "Monsters of Rock" European tour, but dropped out after the first show. Shortly after that appearance, Mustaine fired both Chuck Behler and guitarist Jeff Young, and canceled their scheduled 1988 Australian tour. "On the road, things escalated from a small border skirmish into a full-on raging war" he later recalled, "I think a lot of us were inconsistent (on the 1988 tour) because of the guy we were waiting for after the show."
In July 1989, Nick Menza was hired to replace Behler on the drums. Unable to find a suitable lead guitarist in time, Megadeth recorded a cover version of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" ( ) as a three piece band. The version later appeared on the soundtrack to the 1989 Wes Craven horror horror film movie Shocker Shocker (film) . While the band was holding auditions for the new lead guitarist in the summer of 1989, Mustaine was arrested for driving while intoxicated and possession of narcotics, having crashed into a parked vehicle occupied by an off-duty police officer. He entered court ordered rehab soon after, and got sober for the first time in ten years. Loomis later saw Cacophony Cacophony (band) with Marty Friedman Marty Friedman (guitarist) and Jason Becker on tour, and told Friedman, who had just released his first solo effort, Dragon's Kiss in 1988, of the experience. Friedman eventually auditioned for the spot, but was initially rejected by Mustaine for having multicolored hair. However, after undergoing what Mustaine called "Rock School 101," Friedman officially joined Megadeth in February 1990.
A revitalized Megadeth entered Rumbo Studios in March 1990 with co-producer Mike Clink to begin work on what would become their most critically acclaimed album to date, Rust In Peace. For the first time in their career, the band worked sober in the studio, alleviating many of the problems faced recording previous albums. Clink was also the first producer to successfully produce a Megadeth album from start to finish, without being fired.
Released worldwide on September 24, 1990, Rust In Peace was a hit with fans and critics alike, debuting at #23 on the Billboard Billboard magazine Top 200 in the US, and #8 in the UK. The album showcased a much tighter sound, with Mustaine's writing style adopting a rhythmically complex progressive progressive metal edge, prompting Allmusic to cite Rust in Peace as "Megadeth's strongest musical effort." The album featured the singles "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due", ( ) and "Hangar 18 Hangar 18 (song) ", ( ) both of which received music videos, and remain live staples. Rust in Peace went on to sell more than a million copies in the US, and received Grammy nominations in 1991 and 1992 for Best Metal Performance. The band spent four months in the studio with Norman, writing and recording what would become Megadeth's most commercially successful effort, Countdown to Extinction. The album was the first to feature writing contributions from each band member, and was even named by drummer Nick Menza.
On July 14, 1992, Capitol Records released Countdown to Extinction. The album was an instant hit, debuting at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts in the US, and #5 in the UK. Anchored by the Mainstream Rock Mainstream Rock Tracks hits "Symphony of Destruction" (#29), "Foreclosure of a Dream" (#30), and "Sweating Bullets" (#27), the album quickly went double platinum in the US, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1993.
The band released their second home video Exposure of a Dream, in November 1992, continuing in a similar to fashion to Rusted Pieces, the release featured all music videos previously released from Countdown. Megadeth began their world tour in support of Countdown to Extinction in December 1992 with Pantera and Suicidal Tendencies, followed by a North American tour beginning in January 1993 with Stone Temple Pilots. Just one month into the North American tour, however, the band was forced to cancel all remaining shows, including dates scheduled in Japan, as Mustaine again fell into substance abuse, and ended up in the hospital emergency room. After a seven week stint in rehab, Mustaine emerged clean once again, and the band returned to the studio to record "Angry Again", ( ) a song which was featured in the 1993 film Last Action Hero, and later nominated for a Grammy in 1994.
Following their canceled US tour, Megadeth returned to the studio to record "99 Ways to Die", ( ) a song that appeared on The Beavis and Butt-Head Experience, a compilation album featuring songs intercut with commentary by Beavis and Butt-head, released in November 1993. The song was later nominated for a Grammy in 1995 for Best Metal Performance. While still retaining core metal elements, the album focused on stronger vocal melodies and more accessible, radio friendly arrangements. The band even enlisted noted fashion photographer Richard Avedon to further their new image, dropping their jeans and t-shirts for a more style conscious look.
A sticker on initial releases of Youthanasia advertised the then-new concept of a band website, affectionately known as "Megadeth, Arizona". Fans could chat in the "Mega-diner", correspond with the band through email, request songs to be played live, and read columns and tour diaries written by band members. "À Tout Le Monde A Tout le Monde " also received a music video, which MTV refused to play, thinking its lyrics were an endorsement of suicide. Cryptic Writings scored Megadeth their highest charting single to date, the #5 Mainstream Rock Track Mainstream Rock Tracks , "Trust Trust (Megadeth song) ", ( ) which was also nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy in 1998. but the album would go on to score four top 20 Mainstream Rock Tracks Mainstream Rock Chart , including "Almost Honest Almost Honest (Megadeth song) " (#8), "Use the Man" (#15), and "A Secret Place A Secret Place (Megadeth song) " (#19) .
After more than a year away from the stage, Megadeth returned as a live act in June 1997, beginning a world tour with The Misfits Misfits (band) , and later touring in the United States with Life of Agony and Coal Chamber. In July Megadeth joined Ozzfest 98 Ozzfest , but halfway through the tour, drummer Nick Menza discovered a tumor on his knee, and was forced to leave the tour to undergo surgery. He was replaced by Jimmy DeGrasso, temporarily at first. Following the tour, however, DeGrasso replaced Menza permanently, after Mustaine claimed that Menza had "lied about having cancer."
In 1998, computer game development company 3D Realms announced that they would be using two unreleased Megadeth tracks on their promotional album Duke Nukem Duke Nukem (character) : Music to Score By. First was a rendition of the Duke Nukem theme song "Grabbag", originally composed by Lee Jackson, and second was a Megadeth song originally recorded in 1995, "New World Order", which later appeared on the remastered edition of Hidden Treasures. A demo version of this song had already featured on the 1994 Japanese edition of Hidden Treasures, but this was included on the remaster of Youthanasia instead.
Following the band's first real radio success with Cryptic Writings, Megadeth opted to again work with country pop producer Dann Huff in Nashville Nashville, Tennessee on their eighth studio album, which began in January 1999. The writing of the album was again supervised by manager Bud Prager, credited with co-writing on five of the album's twelve songs. Prager convinced Mustaine to grant producer Dan Huff more control over the recording process. "When it comes to Risk," Mustaine later wrote, "there'd been people in there playing and I wouldn't even know who they were or where the parts came from, and I'm not used to that. I was a little bit intimidated by the success we had with Cryptic Writings, so when it came to creating new material after that, it's like being "power-drunk" - you want more. After the success with "Trust," I thought to myself "wow, we've had a number one hit." We'd had four top five hits in a row, so why would I not want to give Dan even more control when it comes to the producing part on the next record? So I did, and it backfired."
Released on August 31, 1999, Risk Risk (Megadeth album) was both a critical and commercial failure, and led to a backlash from many longtime fans. Although recent Megadeth albums had incorporated mainstream rock elements alongside a more traditional heavy metal sound, Risk was virtually devoid of metal, featuring instead dance, electronica, and disco influences. Singles were made out of Crush 'Em, Breadline Breadline (song) and Insomnia Insomnia (Megadeth song) .
In July 1999, Megadeth recorded a cover version of the Black Sabbath song "Never Say Die Never Say Die (song) ", which appeared on the second Nativity in Black tribute album.
They began their world tour in support of Risk in September 1999, playing alongside Iron Maiden during the European leg. Three months into the tour, longtime guitarist Marty Friedman Marty Friedman (guitarist) announced that he would be leaving the band, Megadeth enlisted guitarist Al Pitrelli, formerly of Savatage, Alice Cooper, and currently of Trans-Siberian Orchestra, as Friedman's replacement in January 2000. Mustaine fired manager Bud Prager, and decided to self-produce Megadeth's next album. The World Needs a Hero, the first Megadeth album since Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? to be written entirely by Mustaine (with one contribution from Al Pitrelli on "Promises"), was released on May 15, 2001 to mixed reviews. While the album marked a return to form following the attempted mainstream rock direction featured on Risk, some critics felt the album fell short of expectations. Mustaine himself likened the album to be the first major turn of a huge ship at sea, trying to right itself and get back on course. The album's lead off single, "Moto Psycho", ( ) reached #22 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock charts,
In January 2002, Mustaine was admitted to the hospital to remove a kidney stone. While undergoing treatment, he was administered pain medication, which triggered a relapse. Following his hospital stay, he immediately checked himself into a treatment center in Texas. For the next four months, Mustaine underwent intense physical therapy five days a week. Slowly, Mustaine began to play again, but was forced to "re-teach" his left hand.
In order to fulfill contract obligations with Sanctuary Records, Megadeth released a compilation album, Still Alive... and Well? on September 10, 2002. The first half of the album contains live tracks recorded at the Web Theatre in Phoenix, Arizona, on November 17, 2001. The second half of the album contains studio recordings taken from The World Needs a Hero.
Following nearly a year of recovery, including physical and electric shock therapy, Mustaine decided to reform the band, and contacted the fan favorite "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. Menza was dismissed shortly after he began rehearsing with the band again. Mustaine states, "It just didn't work out. We tried for two weeks to get everything to happen, and it just didn't click. Five days before the tour started, I had to send him home." Regarding longtime bassist Ellefson not returning to the band, Mustaine said: "David lied to me in the press, he said that my arm injury was fake, went around town and slandered me. We made him a really good offer (to rejoin the band) and he said no. I mean, if I give you an offer and you don't take it, it means no, right?" The new album would be the first ever Megadeth recording not to feature Ellefson. Original lead guitarist Chris Poland (from the 'Killing is My Business' and 'Peace Sells' era) was hired by Mustaine to contribute guitar solos to the new album; the first time the two musicians had worked together since Poland's dismissal from the band in the 1980s. Poland opted to serve as a studio musician only, as he wished to remain focused on his own jazz fusion project OHM Ohm (band) .
On September 14, 2004 Megadeth released their comeback album, The System Has Failed on Sanctuary Records in the US and EMI in Europe. Heralded as a return to form, Revolver Revolver (magazine) magazine gave the album four stars, calling The System Has Failed "Megadeth's most vengeful, poignant and musically complex offering since Countdown to Extinction." The album debuted on the Billboard 200 chart at #18, He was replaced just five days before the first show by Shawn Drover, brother to new guitarist Glen Drover, and also a member of the Canadian thrash metal band Eidolon Eidolon (band) . The band toured the US with Exodus Exodus (band) , and later in Europe with Diamond Head Diamond Head (band) and Dungeon Dungeon (band) . He was replaced by bassist James LoMenzo, who had previously worked with David Lee Roth, White Lion and Black Label Society.
United Abominations (2006–2009)
In May 2006 Megadeth announced their eleventh studio album, entitled United Abominations, was near completion. Originally scheduled for release by Roadrunner Records in October 2006, Mustaine announced in August 2006 that the band were "putting the finishing touches on it," and it was rescheduled for release on May 15, 2007. United Abominations is the band's first studio release to feature members Glen Drover, Shawn Drover, and James Lomenzo. In March 2007 Dave Mustaine announced at the Megadeth forums that a new version of "À Tout le Monde (Set Me Free) À Tout le Monde#2007 remake " would be released on the album. It features a duet with Cristina Scabbia of the band Lacuna Coil, and was to be the first single from the album until it was replaced by "Washington Is Next!".
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United Abominations was released on May 15, 2007. It debuted a week later at #8 in the US, the band's highest charting position since 1994's Youthanasia, and sold 54,000 copies in its first week. In March 2007 Megadeth commenced a tour through Canada and the United States as an opening act for the newly-reformed Heaven and Hell Heaven and Hell (band) , along with Down Down (band) on Canadian dates and Machine Head Machine Head (band) on US
dates, followed by a summer festival tour through Europe. In September 2007 Megadeth returned to the United States as the headline act on their Tour Of Duty tour, which also included the Pacific rim and the third installment of Gigantour which was launched in Australia in November 2007, line up included Static-X, Lacuna Coil, DevilDriver and Bring Me the Horizon.
On January 13, 2008, Dave Mustaine confirmed that Glen Drover had quit Megadeth to focus on his family, and was replaced by Chris Broderick (formerly of Nevermore and Jag Panzer).
The new line-up made its live debut in Finland on February 4, went on Tour Of Duty tour in Europe as the headline act and returned to UK the same month and US in the spring for Gigantour 2008. Dave Mustaine wanted a shorter lineup so each band had a good chance to put on a show. The 2008 installment of the tour featured In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job for a Cowboy, and High on Fire (and Evile for the UK and Scandinavia tour).
Also Megadeth did Tour Of Duty tour in South America and Mexico in May and June 2008. Commenting on leaving the band, Drover said "I am aware of the rumors that I left Megadeth to focus on family life. My family life has always been my priority. In the end, I was unhappy with the situation, which magnified me wanting to spend more time with my family and realizing that it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in my musical career, I have a lot of great memories and met a ton of great people along the way, both fans and people in the industry."
Mustaine said he is happy with Drover's decision and is pleased that his replacement is Broderick. Mustaine also said "Chris is doing just fine." Former Nevermore bandmate Van Williams Van Williams (musician) commented that Megadeth is "getting one hell of a good player, more importantly they're getting a great guy to hang out with and a true friend." Broderick said "I realize I have some big shoes to fill and I will do my best." With regards to what kind of an addition Chris Broderick will be for Megadeth, Dave Mustaine in an interview said "...thoroughly thrilled with Chris... it reminds me a lot like when Ozzy Ozzy Osbourne found Randy Rhoads." A compilation album called Anthology: Set The World Afire was released on September 30, 2008.
Endgame (2009 onward)
Dave Mustaine stated that a new studio had been built named "Vic's Garage" and that pre-production for a new album started in late September 2008, with Andy Sneap producing. Dave also mentioned he expected the album to be completed by September 2009, and that a new tour promoting the album was to start in March 2010, but due to difficulties with Andy Sneap's visa, the release day was pushed back. However, in February 2009, Mustaine told on The Live Line that he had finished his rhythm guitar and lead vocal parts for the new album. It will be Chris Broderick's first album with Megadeth.
Andy Sneap will also be mixing the band's forthcoming DVD titled Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego that will contain a complete concert recorded on May 20, 2008 at the Cox Arena in San Diego during Gigantour 2008; the other acts on the bill were offered a chance to be part of the DVD but declined. Megadeth embarked on the "Priest Feast" European tour with headliners Judas Priest and openers Testament Testament (band) in February and March 2009. One new song title for the album was named "1,320", the subject matter of which is drag racing.
Dave Mustaine was invited by Metallica to attend their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction; Mustaine congratulated them respectfully and stated due to winding down European tour with Judas Priest he would be unable to attend the ceremony. Megadeth and Slayer co-headlined Canadian Carnage, the first time they had performed together in more than 15 years. Opening acts for the four shows that occurred in late June were Machine Head Machine Head (band) and Suicide Silence.
As of May 19, 2009, Dave Mustaine issued the following studio update at their official site:
"I'm at the studio right now, Vic's Garage, and we are done! We're just right now finishing the last couple of notes on the new record, and Andy's getting ready to pack his bags and head up to Los Angeles tomorrow to get ready to fly back home on Thursday. Man, this has been a long, grueling, enduring process but it's been so worth it, and I'm so excited. I'm more excited about this record then I've been in any record since back in the 1980s. I would say, probably since, well definitely since "Rust In Peace" there's nothing that's excited me this much - maybe "Countdown", but this is just absolutely insane."
As of May 19, Megadeth has finished recording the album and on June 18, the album title was revealed to be Endgame Endgame (album) . On May 26, 2009, Chris Broderick posted the following on their official website :
"As for the CD, I can’t believe the way the whole thing came together. It has a unique and original sound that I don’t think could have come together with any other group of people. From Dave’s snarling vocals, to James’ huge bass sound and Shawn’s dead accurate drumming it is just relentless, and with Andy producing, it focused the sound and direction of the CD. I feel lucky to be a part of it, for one thing it definitely did, was make me expand and play in different styles. I can’t wait for the release, and I hope all of you find something in it you like." On May 27, 2009, Dave Mustaine confirmed all 12 songs are complete and they are currently mixing and mastering the record.
As mentioned by Dave Mustaine on the syndicated radio show Infowars, the name of the album "Endgame Endgame (album) " is an homage to the Alex Jones Alex Jones (radio host) documentary of the same name.
As of June 5, 2009, Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Big Rock Stage at this year's Japan Loud Park festival, set to take place October 17–18 at Makuhari Messe, a convention center in Japan located in the western region of Chiba Prefecture, close to Tokyo. Other bands performing at the two-day festival include Slayer, Rob Zombie, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, and Children of Bodom with Judas Priest closing the festival.
On July 7, Megadeth released their first single "Head Crusher" for download on Roadrunner Records' website. The download was available for only 24 hours, beginning at 11 AM EDT.
On August 15, Megadeth released another song, "1,320", for download on Roadrunner Records' site.
The release date for the "Endgame Endgame (album) " album was announced on the Megadeth official website as September 15, 2009, and Metal Hammer Magazine's website were the first to review the album track by track. The entire album was put up for streaming on the 10th of September on Myspace.
Megadeth began its Endgame tour on November 14, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ended on December 13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tour featured Machine Head Machine Head (band) , Suicide Silence, Warbringer, and Arcanium The Architects (Arcanium album) .
Later this month, Megadeth is set to embark on the "American Carnage" tour with Slayer and Testament Testament (band) , both giants of the thrash and heavy metal scene. The tour was scheduled to begin on January 18 but the tour is cancelled until late spring or in the summer due to Tom Araya's back surgery.
Megadeth's "Head Crusher" is nominated for a 2010 Grammy.
Megadeth has also confirmed a "Big Four Tour" (with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax). This will be the first time that all four thrash metal giants have played together.
Megadeth has announced a "Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Tour" on March 1. It will be a month-long North American tour with support from Testament Testament (band) and Exodus Exodus (band) . During the tour, Megadeth will play Rust In Peace in its entirety and Testament will play The Legacy The Legacy (album) in its entirety.
Megadeth has confirmed an "American Carnage" North American Tour in 2010. Tour will include artists Slayer and Testament Testament (band) . The tour will kick off in Quebec City, QC Canada on July 23, 2010 and will continue to the beginning of September of 2010.
As of February 8, 2010, original bassist David Ellefson rejoined Megadeth after 8 years. He states in an interview for Classic Rock Classic Rock (magazine) that Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover contacted him and had said that bassist James Lomenzo was declining and had told him that "if ever there was a time for you and Dave to talk, now is it."As Megadeth's primary lyricist, Mustaine is known for his often controversial, political, and more recently, personal lyrics. Politics are also a common theme to many Megadeth songs, Mustaine takes an environmentalist stance in "Countdown to Extinction" and "Dawn Patrol", and shuns dictators in songs like "Symphony of Destruction". The UN is criticized for its ineffectiveness in "United Abominations". Mustaine's general cynicism regarding politics shines through on tracks like "Peace Sells", The music video for "À Tout le Monde" was later banned by MTV, again wrongly interpreted as being pro-suicide, when in fact it was written from the perspective of a dying man, saying his last words to his loved ones.
Addiction is also a common theme, as in "Use the Man", "Burnt Ice", and "Addicted to Chaos", about a former substance abuse counselor who died of a drug overdose. Recently, some lyrics have taken on religious themes, such as "Never Walk Alone... A Call to Arms", which supposedly is about Mustaine's relationship with God, and "Shadow of Deth", with spoken lyrics taken directly from Psalm 23 of the King James Bible. "My Kingdom" and "Of Mice And Men" also feature Christian lyrics.:For more details on this topic, see Dave Mustaine feuds and rivalries.
Dave Mustaine is notorious for making inflammatory statements in the press,
In April 1988, at a concert in Antrim County Antrim , Northern Ireland, Mustaine "unknowingly" dedicated the final song to the IRA Provisional Irish Republican Army . Before the final song, "Anarchy in the UK Anarchy in the U.K. (Megadeth single) ", Mustaine said, "This one's for the cause!." A fight amongst the audience ensued, as Protestants took offense and, according to Mustaine, the band had to travel in a "bulletproof bus" for the remainder of the tour of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Mustaine later alleged that he had been misled as to the meaning of the expression "the cause" by T-Shirt bootleggers outside the venue where they were performing. This incident served as inspiration for one of Megadeth's most well-known songs, "Holy Wars... The Punishment Due".
In July 2004, former bassist David Ellefson sued Mustaine for $18.5 million in Manhattan Federal Court United States district court . Ellefson alleged that Mustaine short changed him on profits and backed out of a deal to turn Megadeth over to him when the band broke up in 2002. Ellefson also accused Mustaine of locking him out of merchandise and publishing royalties. The suit was dismissed in 2005, and Mustaine filed a countersuit, which was later settled out of court.
Also sparking minor controversy was Mustaine's announcement that Megadeth will not play certain songs live anymore, due to Mustaine's new identification as a Christian. In recent years Dave Mustaine has become a Born again born again (Christianity) Christian. In May 2005 Mustaine also allegedly threatened to cancel shows in Greece and Israel with extreme metal bands Rotting Christ and Dissection Dissection (band) , due to the bands' perceived anti-Christian beliefs, which in turn caused the two bands to cancel their appearances.With over 25 million albums sold worldwide, Megadeth remains one of the most successful heavy metal bands of all time. Of the "Big Four" thrash metal bands (Megadeth, Metallica, Anthrax Anthrax (band) , 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 Arch Enemy (band) , Lamb of God Lamb of God (band) , and In Flames.
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." Megadeth are also ranked 69th on "VH1's 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" list.
Awards and nominations
Megadeth has been mentioned in many films and television shows, including The Simpsons Million Dollar Abie#Cultural references when they displayed the "diepod" and the options were instant death, slow-painful death & "Megadeth", Northern Exposure when the character Shelly Tambo proclaims that somebody's wound "Looks like a Megadeth album cover", Mad About You, The Drew Carey Show (Dave Mustaine performs a solo in a scene), The X Files (Mulder mentions Megadeth to Scully), and Duck Dodgers, where the band made an appearance (in cartoon form) on the 2005 episode In Space, Nobody Can Hear You Rock with the song Back in The Day. In School of Rock, Jack Black's former band is named "MaggotDeth" in reference to Megadeth. In the 1993 movie Airborne Airborne (1993 film) , when the main character walks into Wiley's (Seth Green) room, you see a large poster of Countdown to Extinction album cover. In the 2007 New Zealand film "Eagle vs Shark" featuring Jemaine Clement of Flight of the Conchords, a family member of the lead character can be seen in almost every scene wearing a different Megadeth t-shirt. In the 1991 movie Cape Fear Cape Fear (1991 film) Danielle has a poster of the Rust In Peace album cover on her wall.
Megadeth is featured on the soundtracks Shocker Shocker (film) , Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, Last Action Hero, Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Demon Knight , Super Mario Bros. Super Mario Bros. (film) , Universal Soldier: The Return, Mortal Kombat: Annihilation and Land of the Lost Land of the Lost (film) , and the band's music has also appeared in video games, in Duke Nukem II basing the "He's Back" song in Level 1 and a few other "jail" levels, along with the "Squeak" song from Level 5 and several other "factory" levels, on Megadeth's songs "Angry Again" and "Skin O' My Teeth," respectively. One being the Ultimate Fighting Championship. "Peace Sells" is featured on the radio station V-Rock Grand Theft Auto: Vice City soundtrack in the 2002 video game Grand Theft Auto: Vice City, as well as in the 2003 video game True Crime: Streets of LA and NHL 10. A cover version of "Symphony of Destruction" appears in the PlayStation 2 video games Guitar Hero Guitar Hero (video game) and WWE SmackDown! vs. RAW 2006, as well as Flatout 2. A cover version of "Hangar 18 Hangar 18 (song) " appears in the PlayStation 2 and Xbox 360 video game Guitar Hero II. The video game NFL Street 3 features a remix of Megadeth's "Symphony of Destruction" during gameplay. Megadeth's song "Peace Sells" is on Rock Band 2, while the rest of the album Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? and the entirety of Rust in Peace are available for the Rock Band series as downloadable tracks. The song "Sleepwalker" is also available as a downloadable song. The song "Gears of War" appears on the game Gears of War as an instrumental. The songs "High Speed Dirt" and "Tornado of Souls" appear on the in-game soundtrack to Brütal Legend.;Current line-up
* Dave Mustaine / lead vocals, lead lead guitar & rhythm guitar (1983 / 2002, 2004 / present)
* David Ellefson / bass bass guitar , backing vocals (1983 / 2002, 2010 / present)
* Shawn Drover / drums, percussion (2004 / present)
* Chris Broderick / lead lead guitar & rhythm guitar, backing vocals (2008 / present)*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)
*Risk Risk (Megadeth album) (1999)
*The World Needs a Hero (2001)
*The System Has Failed (2004)
*United Abominations (2007)
*Endgame Endgame (album) (2009)
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