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Megadeth live 2010
Background information :
Origin : Los Angeles, California, United States
Genres : Heavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal,hard rock
Years active : 1983–2002 2004–present
Labels : Roadrunner, Capitol, Combat Associated acts : Metallica, F5, Panic, MD.45, Hail, Eidolon, Jag Panzer, Nevermore, Slayer, Anthrax
Website :
Members : Dave Mustaine David Ellefson Chris Broderick Shawn Drover
Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California which was formed in 1983 by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine, bassist Dave Ellefson and guitarist Greg Handevidt, following Mustaine's expulsion from Metallica. The band has since released 13 studio albums, three live albums, two EPs, 26 singles, 32 music videos, four compilations, and one box set. 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's lineup has been changed numerous times, due partly to the band's notorious substance abuse problems. Mustaine and Ellefson are the only original members present in the current lineup (as of September 2011), and Mustaine is the only member who has been present throughout. 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. After two years of extensive physical therapy, Mustaine reformed the band in 2004 and released The System Has Failed and, in 2007, United Abominations. The System Has Failed and United Abominations debuted on the Billboard Top 200 chart at #18 and #8, respectively. On September 15, 2009, Megadeth, with new lead guitarist Chris Broderick, released Endgame, their twelfth studio album. Endgame debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200, making it their fifth top 10 album. Megadeth released their thirteenth studio effort, entitled Thirteen, on November 1, 2011. Over the band's 28 active years, over 20 different people have officially performed as part of the group, with Mustaine being the only constant member. Megadeth is known for its distinctive, technical instrumental style that often features dense, intricate passages and trade-off guitar solos. Megadeth is also known for recurring lyrical themes including politics, war, addiction, personal relationships, and religion. Megadeth has sold over 30 million albums worldwide and has been nominated nine times for the Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance.

History :

Early days (1983–1984)

Dave Mustaine was originally a member of Metallica upon their formation in 1981, but was fired from the band due to drinking, drug use, violent behavior and personality conflicts with James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich, and former bassist Cliff Burton. [5] Two months after being fired, Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson formed Megadeth in Los Angeles. 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."[6] According to Mustaine, the name Megadeth represents the annihilation of power while in itself is a corruption of the term megadeath[7] In order to upstage his former band, Dave Mustaine wrote more aggressive compositions,[8] increasing tempos and altered aspects of songs such as "Mechanix", which Metallica's new line-up adapted into the slower-paced "The Four Horsemen". After unsuccessfully searching for a vocalist for nearly six months, Mustaine was convinced by bassist David Ellefson to handle lead vocal duties himself, while also serving as the band's primary lyricist, songwriter, and co-lead and rhythm guitarists. In 1984, Megadeth recorded a three song demo tape, referred to as the 1984 Demo, featuring Mustaine, Ellefson and drummer Lee Rausch. The demo contained early versions of "Last Rites/Loved to Death", "Skull Beneath the Skin", and "Mechanix". The band did a few live performances in 1984, before replacing Lee Rausch with fusion drummer Gar Samuelson.[9]Slayer guitarist Kerry King covered a handful of live dates while the band sought a permanent replacement.[10] Megadeth signed with the New York based independent label Combat Records, who had been impressed by the band's demo tape. In December of that year, they added Chris Poland as a second guitarist.

Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! (1985–1986)

In 1985, the band was given $8,000 by Combat Records to record and produce their debut album.[6] After spending half of the album's budget on drugs, alcohol, and food, the band was forced to fire their original producer and produce the album themselves.[6] Despite poor production, Killing Is My Business... and Business Is Good! was released in May that year. The album was a well- received effort that blended elements of thrash and speed metal.[11][12] The album features a speed metal version of Nancy Sinatra's classic "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'"with altered lyrics, the first of many cover songs performed by Megadeth. The song sparked controversy in later years when the song's original author, Lee Hazlewood, deemed Mustaine's changes to be "vile and offensive"[6] and demanded that the song be removed from the album. Under threat of legal action, it was removed from albums released after 1995. In 2002, the album was re-released with a partial version of the same song with the altered lyrics censored. In the Killing Is My Business... deluxe edition liner notes, Mustaine is strongly critical of Hazlewood, noting that he received royalties for almost 10 years before objecting to the altered version.[13] "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'" was also used in the 1987 movie Dudes. In the second quarter of 1985, the group toured the United States and Canada for the first time, supporting Killing Is My Business... with Exciter. Guitarist Chris Poland joined Megadeth as the tour kicked off, but abruptly left the band and was replaced by touring guitarist Mike Albert. [9] Poland later rejoined Megadeth in October 1985, shortly before they began work on their second album with Combat Records.

Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? (1986–1987)

Megadeth's second studio album was produced using a small recording budget provided by Combat Records. Although the album's production was finished in March 1986, the band was unhappy with the final product. Frustrated by the small independent label's financial limitations, Megadeth signed to major label Capitol Records, who also bought the rights to the new album. Capitol Records hired producer Paul Lani to remix the recordings and in November 1986, more than a year after recording began, Capitol released Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?.[9] The album marked Megadeth's commercial and critical breakthrough,[14] selling more than a million copies in the US alone.[15] Peace Sells... but Who's Buying? was considered to be a landmark thrash metal album by Allmusic, who called it "one of the most influential metal albums of its decade, and certainly one of the few truly definitive thrash albums."[16] The album's title track, "Peace Sells" was chosen to be the band's first music video and received regular airplay on MTV's Headbangers Ball. "Peace Sells" ranked #11 on VH1's 40 Greatest Metal Songs[17] 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 to the current standard. Ed 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 United States. Cooper, alarmed by the band's drug habits, summoned them to his bus one night to warn against constant excessive drug use. [18] In March of that year, Megadeth began their first world tour as a headlining act in the United Kingdom, which featured support bands Overkill and Necros.[9] After years of problems stemming from substance abuse, both Gar Samuelson and Chris Poland were fired from Megadeth in July 1987, following the final show of the tour in Hawaii. Mustaine claimed that Samuelson had become too much to handle when intoxicated. He had replacement drummer Chuck Behler flown out for the last few dates of the tour, fearing that Samuelson would not be able to finish with the band's commitments.[19] Mustaine claimed that Poland had sold band equipment to fund his increasing drug habit, later detailed in "Liar" which was dedicated to Poland. Samuelson later died in 1999 due to liver failure, though Poland managed to overcome his addiction. Poland was initially replaced by Jay Reynolds of Malice, but as the band began work on their next album, Reynolds was replaced by his own guitar teacher Jeff Young. Jeff joined Megadeth six weeks into the recording of their third album.

So Far, So Good... So What! (1987– 1989)

With a major label recording budget, the recording process of the Paul Lani- produced So Far, So Good... So What! took over five months. It was notorious for the various problems that occurred during the production, 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."[20] Mustaine also clashed with Lani on several occasions, beginning with Lani's insistence that the drums be recorded separate from the cymbals, an unheard of process for rock drummers.[21] During the mixing process, Mustaine and Lani had a falling out, and Lani was replaced by producer Michael Wagener, who remixed the album.[20] In January 1988, Megadeth released So Far, So Good... So What!. Though the album was eventually certified platinum in the US, it was initially panned by critics, with Allmusic complaining that the album "lacked conceptual unity and musical bite" and that it "wants to sound threatening but mostly comes off as forced and somewhat juvenile".[22]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 of the Sex Pistols' "Anarchy in the UK", with lyrics altered by Mustaine. Mustaine later admitted to simply hearing them wrong.[21] In June 1988, Megadeth ...
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