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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 13 September 1961La Mesa, California, USA
Birth NameDavid Scott Mustaine
Nicknames Dangerous Dave
Mustaine
Height 6' (1.83 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Dave Mustaine was born on September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California, USA as David Scott Mustaine. He has been married to Pamela Anne Casselberry since April 1991. They have two children.

Spouse (1)

Pamela Anne Casselberry (April 1991 - present) (2 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Jackson King V Signature model Guitar
Upper lip curl.
Gruff singing and speaking voice.
Red curly hair.

Trivia (17)

Founder, guitarist and lead singer of Megadeth.
Former lead guitarist of Metallica. His drinking habits led to his 1983 dismissal from the band, a move Mustaine referred to as having "no warning, no second chance".
Has a son, Justis David, and a daughter, Electra Nicole
In 1992 covered the Democratic National Convention for MTV News
In 2002, he suffered a nerve injury to his left arm, which he said resulted from falling asleep with that arm over the back of a chair. He disbanded Megadeth that year, only to reform it in 2004 after extensive physical therapy for the injury.
Wrote the Megadeth song "In My Darkest Hour" in reaction to hearing the news about the death of Metallica bassist Cliff Burton.
The Megadeth song "Something I'm Not" (from the 2004 album "The System Has Failed") is about Lars Ulrich's "betrayal" of Dave.
Recovered from arm injury and recorded "The System Has Failed" as a solo project but, due to contractual issues, released it under the name of Megadeth (September 2004).
The only member of Megadeth to appear on every one of the band's recordings.
The song "Liar" from Megadeth's "So Far So Good So What" (1988) album was written by Mustaine about Chris Poland, the guitarist he had recently been forced to fire from the band.
Lives in Fallbrook and Oceanside, California.
Godson of Alice Cooper.
Was notorious for his feuds with members of Metallica and Slayer, but by 2010 these feuds subsided.
Is currently on "Tour of Duty" [October 2007]
Headlining the metal festival "Gigantour". But still has dates to complete on Megadeth's "Blackmail the Universe Tour". [August 2005]
Preparing press tours to promote re-issues and remixes of past Megadeth albums on the Capitol Label (27th July in USA) and for upcoming new Megadeth album "The System Has Failed" in September. [June 2004]
The new album "United Abominations" from Megadeth is now released. 'Christina Scabbia' from Lacuna Coil is guest vocalist on the song "A Tout Le Monde". [May 2007]

Personal Quotes (11)

Megadeth is a legend, and I'm not gonna cheapen it like some of these bands that keep going long after they should.
I didn't like the way I was let go from Metallica. There was no civility in the way it happened. They just said, 'You're out' and I said, 'What, no warning, no second chance?'
"There are two ways you can hear this next song, there's our way and then there's their way, for those of you who think that this is their way, this song is called Mechanix".
"There's two kinds of drunks: There's happy drunks, and there's violent drunks. And I would get violent." (on being intoxicated while he was a member of Metallica)
"Last album, Lars Ulrich from Metallica said something to me through the press. He said he thinks I am talented but that I should take more risks, which I took as good advice. As this new record evolved, it became more and more appropriate to call it Risk. And after all, the band is called Megadeth - we aren't afraid to take chances." (1999)
The success didn't matter. Countdown to Extinction was double platinum. That didn't matter. I had the house, I had the wife, I had the kid, I had everything. But I had nothing because I was still comparing myself to my previous band. [on having Megadeth's fifth album, Countdown to Extinction, being outsold by Metallica's self-titled fifth album]
I hated them. I was so mad at them I figured, 'I need to regroup and I need to start over again, because now I'm going to get revenge.' Part of the whole reason why I formed Megadeth was to get back at them. [describing his feelings toward Metallica, after his dismissal from the band]
I'll tell you what I won't sing any more: 'Anarchy In The UK'. That says: 'I am an antichrist' - and I'm not. [from a 2004 interview with Classic Rock magazine]
It's like you pull up to a stop light, you know, and you have your own car and so do they. They're both Mercedes, but yours says 'smaller number.' I mean it's like, you know, there's still that penis envy. [on the rivalry between Megadeth and his former band Metallica]
I could have sounded just like Metallica if I wanted to, and I didn't. Megadeth doesn't sound anything like Metallica. It really doesn't.
Well, I liked Marty when I first met him, because he was a gentle guy and was really dedicated to his craft. But I was kind of put off by his appearance. Our manager had his CD [Marty Friedman's 1988 solo album, Dragon's Kiss] on his desk for months, and I would look at it and just be like, "No way. But one day, I put in the CD and was just like, "Wow! This guy wants to play with us? Let's bring him in. And Marty showed up, and he was pretty funny looking - he had the two-color hair and all that stuff. He was living hand-to-mouth in Hollywood, you know? But he was great. [explaining his initial impression of Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman]

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