62 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT MEGADETH
Megadeth is an American thrash metal band from the city of Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983. The band was founded by guitarist and vocalist Dave Mustaine and bass player David Ellefson after Mustain was fired from Metallica. Since then, Megadeth has released 15 studio albums. The group is one of the most commercially successful thrash metal bands, selling over 50 million albums worldwide, including a Grammy-nominated multi-platinum album, Countdown to Extinction. In the United States alone, Megadeth received seven platinum, five gold albums and nine Grammy nominations as the best heavy metal artist. The group broke up in 2002 after Mustaine severely damaged the radial nerve, but after physiotherapy, in 2004 Mustaine restored the group that released The System Has Failed album that same year, which started at number 18 on the hit parade of popular albums. Billboard Magazine.
For thirty years of active work, more than twenty musicians have officially participated in Megadeth, and only Dave Mustaine has remained the group leader since the first roster and the main songwriter. Megadeth, along with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer, call the Big Four thrash metal.
Interesting Facts About Megadeth
Dave Mustaine met David Ellefson when Ellefson played his bass in the early morning, and Mustaine suffered a terrible hangover. Ellefson played the bass part from Van Halen’s song “Runnin ‘with the Devil,” so Dave picked up a flower pot and threw it on Ellefsson’s air conditioning (Mustaine lived a floor above) and screamed with all his might at Ellefsson to shut up. A few minutes later, Ellefson knocked on his door and asked Mustaine if he knew where to buy cigarettes, to which Mustaine answered “Yes, I know, down the street, there is a grocery store” and slammed the door in front of Ellefson’s nose. Ellefson knocked on the door a second time and asked Mustaine to buy him a beer, to which Mustaine replied, “Now it’s your turn.” They went and got a box of Heineken beer, that’s how Dave Ellefson got into the group.
Dave Mustaine has French roots, and Dave Ellefsson has Scandinavian roots.
Parents of Dave Mustaine were Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Nick Menza’s father, Don Menza, played the saxophone in The Pink Panther.
Nick Menza was born July 23, 1968 in Munich, Germany.
Initially, Dave Mustaine wanted Sean Harris, singer of the English group Diamond Head, to become Megadeth’s vocalist.
Megadeth’s original second guitarist was Greg Handevidt, who was a school friend of Dave Ellefson. In March 1984, Greg played for several weeks at Megadeth – later, he returned to Minnesota and formed the Kublai Khan.
When Marty Friedman auditioned for Megadeth, he learned songs from their first three albums, and not a single new song, because two Daves were afraid that if he could not cope with his duties, he could borrow all their ideas.
Dave Mustaine asked Chris Poland to return to Megadeth while working on Rust in Peace, but Chris refused because he was recording his solo album and also because the music was already written, so Chris could not offer his ideas.
Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson played in the jazz rock band New Yorkers (“New Yorkers”) before they joined Megadeth.
Prior to joining Megadeth, Jimmy DeGraso had already worked with Dave Mustaine on his side project album, MD.45 The Craving.
At the Woodstock ’99 festival, Dave Mustaine dedicated the last song of the concert to Gar Samuelson, who had died 11 days earlier.
The woman and child who appear in the video clip for the song “A Tout Le Monde” is Dave’s wife – Pamella and his son Justice.
Killing Is My Business … And Business Is Good! was rewritten in 1996 without a carpet version of Nancy Sinatra’s song “These Boots” because Nancy Sinatra requested too much money for the song.
Guitarist Jeff Young wanted So Far, So Good … So What! It was called No Warning.
All Japanese editions of Megadeth albums, starting with Countdown to Extinction, contain previously unrealized bonus tracks.
All the Megadeth singles, all the way up to 1993, were released on one CD and hit the Japanese boxing set, which was released in a limited edition, Megabox.
The single “Skin O’My Teeth” got the game Megadeth (this game was released in parts on various formats of the single), according to Dave, this was done in order to buy people all versions of the game thereby increasing the sales of singles.
The song “Set the World Afire” was originally called “Megadeath” but was renamed to “Burnt Offerings” after Dave Mustaine decided to name the band Megadeth. “Burnt Offerings” was performed at the first Megadeth concert, and then was again renamed to “Set the World Afire”.