Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine Biography, Age, Children, Metallica, Songs and Politics

Dave Mustaine Biography

Dave Mustaine born David Scott Mustaine is an American guitarist, singer, songwriter, actor and author. He is best known as the co-founder, lead vocalist, guitarist and primary songwriter of the American heavy metal band Megadeth, as well as the original lead guitarist of the American band Metallica.

Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine Age

Dave was born 13 September 1961, La Mesa, California, United States.

Dave Mustaine Height

He stands at a height of 1.83m.                   

Dave Mustaine Wife

In 1991, Mustaine married Pamela Anne Casselberry. They have two children together; both are musicians.

Dave Mustaine Son

Justis David Mustaine born February 11, 1992, who also plays guitar and has appeared in several local theatrical productions.

Dave Mustaine Daughter

Electra Nicole Mustaine born January 28, 1998, is a recording artist, actress, model, and songwriter. She was raised in Fallbrook, California and currently resides in Nashville.

Dave Mustaine Young

Panic
Panic was Mustaine’s first band. It consisted of Mike Leftwych on drums, Bob Evans on bass, Tom Quecke on rhythm guitar, Pat Voeks as the vocalist, with Mustaine as the lead guitarist. Both Mike Leftwych and the sound man were killed in a car crash after Panic’s second show. Dave says after the band started to fall apart in 1981, Quecke also died

Metallica
In 1981, Mustaine left Panic to join Metallica as the lead guitarist. Metallica’s drummer Lars Ulrich had posted an ad in a local newspaper, The Recycler, looking for a lead guitarist. In his own words, Mustaine remembers his first meeting with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich: “I was in the room warming up and I walked out and asked, ‘Well, am I gonna audition or what?’, and they said, ‘No, you’ve got the job.’ I couldn’t believe how easy it had been and suggested that we get some beer to celebrate.”

Mustaine’s membership in Metallica ended before recording Kill ‘Em All in 1983. Brian Slagel, owner of Metal Blade Records, recalls in an interview: “Dave was an incredibly talented guy but he also had an incredibly large problem with alcohol and drugs. He’d get wasted and become a real crazy person, a raging megalomaniac, and the other guys just couldn’t deal with that after a while. I mean, they all drank of course, but Dave drank more… much more. I could see they were beginning to get fed up of seeing Dave drunk out of his mind all the time.”

On one occasion, Mustaine brought his dog to rehearsal; the dog jumped onto the car of Metallica bassist Ron McGovney and scratched the paint. Hetfield allegedly yelled at Mustaine’s dog and kicked it in anger, to which Mustaine responded by physically attacking Hetfield and McGovney and verbally abusing Ulrich. Mustaine was fired following the altercation, but the next day, Mustaine asked to be allowed back in the band and was granted his request. Another incident occurred when Mustaine, who had been drinking, poured a full can of beer down the neck and into the pick-ups of McGovney’s bass. McGovney then told Mustaine and Hetfield to leave his house and left the band shortly after.

On April 11, 1983, after Metallica had driven to New York to record their debut album, Mustaine was officially fired from the band because of his alcoholism, drug abuse, overly aggressive behavior, and personality clashes with founding members Hetfield and Ulrich, an incident Mustaine refers to as “no warning, no second chance”. The band packed up Mustaine’s gear, drove him to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, and put him on a Greyhound bus bound for Los Angeles. It was on this bus ride that Mustaine scribbled some lyrical ideas on the back of a hand bill, which later became the song “Set the World Afire” from the 1988 Megadeth album So Far, So Good… So What!

During his time in Metallica, Mustaine toured with the band, co-wrote four songs that appeared on Kill ‘Em All, and co-wrote two songs that eventually appeared on the 1984 album Ride the Lightning. Mustaine has also made unverified claims to have written parts of “Leper Messiah” from Master of Puppets.

Fallen Angels
Fallen Angels was the name of the short-lived band that Mustaine founded after his departure from Metallica. In April 1983, after returning to California to live with his mother, he landed what he calls his first real job with the aid of Robbie McKinney. McKinney and a friend, Matt Kisselstein, worked with Mustaine as telemarketers. Mustaine quit his job after earning enough money to move to an apartment in Hollywood, and recruited McKinney, who played guitar, and Kisselstein, who played bass, for his band Fallen Angels. In his biography, Mustaine describes that “We lacked the chemistry, the energy, the spark—or whatever you want to call it—that gives a band life in its infancy.” The partnership did not last.

This paved the way for his partnership with Dave Ellefson and Greg Handevidt. Ellefson was playing the opening bass line of Van Halen’s “Runnin’ with the Devil” in the apartment below Mustaine’s. After stomping on the floor and shouting for them to stop, Mustaine, being hung over at the time, took a potted plant and threw it out of his window and hit the air conditioner of the apartment below. This resulted in the two coming up to Mustaine’s apartment to ask for cigarettes. Mustaine replied, “There’s a store on the corner” and slammed the door in their faces. A few minutes later, they knocked on the door, this time asking if he could buy them beer. Mustaine’s reply: ‘Ok, now you are talking’. They spent the night talking about music, and soon after, Mustaine, Ellefson, and Handevidt were bandmates.

With little confidence in his own vocal capabilities, Mustaine added ‘Lor’ Kane (real name Lawrence Renna) to the Fallen Angels roster. Kane did not stay long, although he is credited for the suggestion that they should change the name to Megadeth, knowing that Mustaine had written a song of the same name. After Kane left, the first of many drummers, Dijon Carruthers, joined the band. The lineup of Mustaine, Ellefson, Handevidt, and Carruthers was the first incarnation of Megadeth.

Dave Mustaine Guitar

In 2004, Guitar World magazine ranked Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman together at No. 19 on the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
In 2009, Mustaine was named the No. 1 player in Joel McIver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. As he told Classic Rock magazine in September 2009: “It was especially sweet when I found out that Joel has written books on Metallica. Every page I turned, I became more excited. I get to Number 5 and it’s Kirk Hammett, and I thought, ‘Thank you, God’. At that point it didn’t matter which position I was. To be better than both of them James Hetfield and Hammett meant so much – it’s been one of the pet peeves of my career and I’ve never known how to deal with it. All I thought was – I win!”

In 2012, Mustaine was ranked the 12th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.

In 2004, Guitar World magazine ranked Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman together at No. 19 on the 100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time.
In 2009, Mustaine was named the No. 1 player in Joel McIver’s book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. As he told Classic Rock magazine in September 2009: “It was especially sweet when I found out that Joel has written books on Metallica. Every page I turned, I became more excited. I get to Number 5 and it’s Kirk Hammett, and I thought, ‘Thank you, God’. At that point, it didn’t matter which position I was. To be better than both of them James Hetfield and Hammett meant so much – it’s been one of the pet peeves of my career and I’ve never known how to deal with it. All I thought was – I win!”

In 2012, Mustaine was ranked the 12th greatest guitarist of all time by a Guitar World magazine reader’s poll.

Dave Mustaine Book

Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir -2010
Mustaine: A Life in Metal- 2010
Mustaine -2011

Dave Mustaine Quotes

  • “Pop and metal aren’t friends. Each knows exactly where the other lives and tries to keep its distance. They choose different streets, neighborhoods, zip codes.”
  • “David Gilmour can do more with one note than most other guitar players can do with the whole fretboard”
  • “Life can only be understood in reverse
    But must be lived forwards…
    I’m losing my senses”
  • “All bands eventually break up because of one or more of the four P’s: power, property, prestiege, pussy.”
  • “It wasn’t enough for Megadeth to do well; I wanted Metallica to fail.”
  • “So Far,So Good……………………So What?”
  • “I went there anyway-knowingly, willingly-because I wanted a number one hit. I wanted what Metallica had, even if it meant selling a piece of my soul to the devil.”
  • “I let that swim around in my aching head for a few minutes – “the arsenal of megadeath…the arsenal of megadeath” – and then, for some reason I can’t quite explain, I began to write. Using a borrowed pencil and a cupcake wrapper, I wrote the first lyrics of my post-Metallica life. This song was called “Megadeth” (I dropped the second “a”), and though it would never find its way onto an album, it did serve as the basis for the song “Set the World Afire.” It hadn’t occured to me then that Megadeth-as used by Senator Cranston, megadeath referred to the loss of one million lives as a result of nuclear holocaust-might be a perfectly awesome name for a thrash metal band.”
  • “I let that swim around in my aching head for a few minutes – “the arsenal of megadeath…the arsenal of megadeath” – and then, for some reason I can’t quite explain, I began to write. Using a borrowed pencil and a cupcake wrapper, I wrote the first lyrics of my post-Metallica life. This song was called “Megadeth” (I dropped the second “a”), and though it would never find its way onto an album, it did serve as the basis for the song “Set the World Afire.” It hadn’t occured to me then that Megadeth-as used by Senator Cranston, megadeath referred to the loss of one million lives as a result of nuclear holocaust-might be a perfectly awesome name for a thrash metal band.”
  • “Finally, I found what seemed at the time to be a lid of some sort. Presuming it was a toilet seat (but not really caring one way or the other) I lifted it up, then dropped my shorts and began to piss. Ahhh…success. Then I stumbled back to bed and passed out. It wasn’t until the next morning that I realized what had actually happened. I woke to the sight of Junior standing over my bed with a look of disgust on his face. “Hey, man. Did you pee in my suitcase?”
  • “Clearly see you can’t see Clear”
  • “Oh my God. I’m not Keith Richards. I’m Otis from Mayberry! A fucking drunk!”
  • “Some years later, long after he and Megadeth parted company, Jay Jones was stabbed to death with a butter knife during-rumor has it-a fight over a bolonga sandwich. That’s not funny, of course. But, if you knew Jay, neither is it particularly suprising.”
  • “Moving on is a simple thing, what it leaves behind is hard.”
  • “My mom and my aunts and all the other Witnesses would warn me that I was destined to burn in hell if I didn’t clean up my act, but frankly I didn’t care. I just wanted to get away from them.”
  • “These guys were my friends, and despite our periodic disagreements, I trusted them. My mistake. Just one of many, as it turned out.”

Dave Mustaine Christianity

Mustaine was raised as a Jehovah’s Witness and is now a born again Christian. In 1988, in response to the British government’s criticism of homosexuality, Mustaine said: “More power to them. It says in the Bible that men should not lay with men like they lay with women. I mean I don’t wanna fuck up and not go to heaven.” In an answer to a question about Judas Priest having an overt homosexual image, “I don’t wanna talk about this. The last thing I need is a bunch of homos picketing us.” In 2012, on KIRO-FM he was asked if he supports gay marriage and replied: “Well, since I’m not gay, the answer to that would be no.” He was then asked if he would support legislation to make gay marriage legal and said, “I’m Christian. The answer to that would be no.”

Mustaine began to focus on his Christian faith more directly while attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings, and became a committed Christian. It has become his policy not to appear with any band that is seen as black metal or satanic, such as declining to appear in a music festival in Greece with the band Rotting Christ as well as in Israel with the band Dissection.

Mustaine had practiced black magic in his teenage years, which became inspiration for a couple of songs on the second album Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?. Mustaine stated that he no longer wishes to play those tracks because of his changed spiritual beliefs. He said of one such song, “The Conjuring”:

Performance wise, ‘The Conjuring’ is one of the heaviest songs on the record, but unfortunately it’s got black magic in it and I promised that I wouldn’t play it any more, because there’s a lot of instructions for hexes in that song. When I got into black magic I put a couple of spells on people when I was a teenager and it haunted me forever, and I’ve had so much torment. So I look back now and I think, ‘Hmm, I don’t wanna play “The Conjuring”.’

However in 2016, Mustaine noted that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler’s comments made him consider playing “The Conjuring” again, “as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody”

Dave Mustaine Politics

During his career, Mustaine has made numerous comments about both American and international politics, criticizing both politicians and political issues. In addition, Mustaine covered the 1992 Democratic National Convention for MTV.

In a confrontational 1988 interview with Sounds journalist Roy Wilkinson, Mustaine spoke against illegal immigration and stated that he would “build a great wall along the Mexican border and not let anybody in …” if he were President of the United States.

In 1988, Mustaine caused a riot when Megadeth played a concert in Northern Ireland after he dedicated a song to “the cause,” later claiming surprise that this was a euphemism for supporting the Irish Republican Army (IRA) regarding the problems between Northern Ireland’s Catholic and Protestant communities. This incident occurred amidst a period of turmoil in the province known as the Troubles.

Mustaine said that he wrote the album Endgame based on conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’ film Endgame in order to “educate his fans and the general public about the march towards a New World Order and Global government”. In a 2016 Fox Business interview, Mustaine stated that he does not align himself with any established political party, describing himself as an Independent.

Dave Mustaine Television appearances

Dave Mustaine has appeared on various television shows:

  • In 1992 Mustaine covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV. He also hosted the MTV2 Television Network’s series Headbanger’s Ball on two occasions: once on a tribute to Dimebag Darrell in December 2004 and the second time as a special guest on an episode that aired August 27, 2005. He also played the song “Gears of War” with Megadeth on an episode about the video game release under the same name.
  • Mustaine makes an appearance on 1998 The Drew Carey Show episode entitled “In Ramada Da Vida”. When Drew and the gang decide to start a band, they audition guitarists, including Mustaine. After Mustaine plays a fast guitar solo, Lewis Kiniski tells him “Don’t be nervous, son, just slow down,” to which Mustaine replies, “It’s supposed to sound that way.” Drew replies by saying, “Yeah, sure it is … next.”
  • In the episode “Love Burns” of the science fiction TV series Black Scorpion, Mustaine plays Torchy Thompson, a vengeful arsonist.
  • Mustaine and Megadeth appear in the Duck Dodgers 2005 episode “In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock”. In the show, Mustaine plays a cryogenically frozen version of himself. He is unfrozen because the main cast requires an incredibly loud noise to overload a Martian sonic weapon, and “nobody rocks harder, faster, or louder than Dave Mustaine.” He is referred to by a documentary as being “genetically engineered to rock and raised by wolverines”, though Mustaine denied these theories. During this episode, he played the song “Back in the Day” from the album The System Has Failed. Mustaine appeared again in the show in the final episode, Bonafide Hero: Captain Duck Dodgers.
  • Mustaine appeared on the second episode of season 8 on the television show Never Mind the Buzzcocks.
  • Mustaine and Megadeth appeared in promotional videos for the NHL team Philadelphia Flyers in response to an inflammatory comment by Mike Wise in The Washington Post that suggested that some of the Flyers’ fans could work security for Megadeth. Mustaine invited them to do so. Megadeth all wore Flyers’ jerseys. Mustaine sported the one of team captain Jason Smith, while other members wore the jerseys of Danny Brière, Martin Biron and Mike Richards.
  • Mustaine appeared in an episode of Rock & Roll Jeopardy! along with George Clinton and Moon Zappa. He won the game by a large margin.
  • Mustaine appeared in the reality series Hell’s Kitchen as one of the Blue Team’s diners in Season 14’s fifth dinner service.”
  • Mustaine was featured on The O’Reilly Factor’s “Watter’s World” segment on March 17, 2016.

Dave Mustaine Metallica

  • No Life ’til Leather (1982)
  • Kill ‘Em All (1983) (Co-wrote 4 tracks, but does not perform)
  • Ride the Lightning (1984) (Co-wrote 2 tracks, but does not perform)

Dave Mustaine Metallica Songs

To view all his Metallica Songs Click Here

Dave Mustaine Net Worth

He has an estimated net worth is $20 million. His main source of earning is an American thrash metal band Megadeth.

Dave Mustaine Martial arts

Mustaine holds black belts in taekwondo and Ukidokan karate. In 2007, he was made a Goodwill Ambassador of the World by the World Taekwondo Federation

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