This Guitar Is For Sale The Actual One Dave Is Holding In The Picture Below
Band/Album: AC/DC-Let There Be Rock, Led
To those people who would like to buy the Dave Mustaine Y2K V that used to be available from Jackson,
I do have several of them in stock. The prices are pretty high due to their limited availability, but
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The original Megadeth lineup was Dave Mustaine - guitar/vocals, David Ellefson - bass, Greg Handevidt (yours truly, later of Kublai Khan - NRR) - Guitar, and Dijon Carruthers - drums. Kerry King played in Megadeth after me and before Chris Poland. Lee Rausch was the drummer between Dijon Carruthers and Gar Samuelson.
The bands first release was "Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good", released in 1985. The recording was a raw, highly energized, thrash extravaganza and received heavy praise from metalheads everywhere...Later that year, after hearing the album, Capitol Records quickly signed the band.
In 1986, Megadeth released "Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?", their first release under Capital Records. Not long after the albums release, Mustaine canned Samuelson & Poland and replaced them with Jeff Young (Guitar) and Chuck Behler (Drums) for the recording of the bands third album. "So Far, So Good...So What?", was released in 1988. The album went platinum and reached #28 on the charts. Mustaine, (whose heroin use was becoming a constant source of aggravation for band members and management) then kicked Young and Behler out of the band & began looking for replacements.
Having decided to clean up his act after all the years of drug and alcohol abuse, Mustaine entered a rehabilitation institute and by the end of the year, Mustaine was on his way to a new life of sobriety. After finding a new members out of Nick Menza (Drums) and Marty Freidman (Guitar), the band released their fourth album, the metal masterpiece, "Rust In Peace".
The album featured a new form of power/thrash, with tightly woven guitar riffs and blistering solos, to fluid drumming and pumping basslines. This was the bands best performance to date. The addition of Friedman on guitar gave the guitar solos a flavor never before visited by the band and the solo trade-off on the song "Hangar 18" has yet to be rivaled by any band to date.
Albums that followed were "Countdown to Extinction" (1992), "Youthanasia" (1994), followed by the EP album "Hidden Treasures". The Year 1997 gave way to the release of the album, "Cryptic Writings", the bands most successful selling album to date. Containing more rock oriented material, Mustaine seemed to have found a perfect balance between the two mediums. Logic only gave way to the release of "Risk" in 1999. (Which saw the mysterious absence of Nick Menza without any fanfare and Jimmy Degrasso of Suicidal Tendencies fame stepping in his place.) The album was a Risk (Pun intended) and found itself reviled by many of the bands longtime fans. During the tour for the album we saw the departure of longtime guitarist Marty Friedman, who was quickly replaced by Savatage guitarist, Al Pitrelli. Having listened to his fans wails of despair over the content of "Risk", Dave decided to take the band back to the studio and record their next album, "The World Needs A Hero". Though not a true return to roots as many had hoped, TWNAH, was nevertheless a worthy album of the Megadeth name.
Sometime between the end of December 2003 and the early months of 2004, the band was hit a devastating blow when, Dave Mustaine suffered an injury to his left hand. No longer able to play to the top of his ability, Dave decided to hang up the guitar and disbanded his group of over 18 years. For the time being Dave is spending time on other ventures and still strives to be a creative force in the music business. We all wish him well in whatever the future holds for him.
7/08/03 - Gene Smith.