David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961) is the founder, main songwriter, lead guitarist, and lead vocalist for the American heavy metal band Megadeth. Prior to Megadeth,Mustaine was the first lead guitarist and a co-songwriter of the heavy metal band Metallica until he was fired from the band in 1983. In 2009, he was ranked No. 1 in Joel McIver's book The 100Greatest Metal Guitarists. Mustaine was ranked 89th by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. He is also the manager for the Canadian band Baptized in Blood.
DaveMustaine was born in La Mesa, California, to Emily and John Mustaine. His mother was Jewish but Dave was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness. By the age of 16, Mustaine had rented his own apartment and wassurviving financially by dealing drugs. One of his clients, Willow, was often short of cash, but worked in a record store, so in return for drugs, she offered albums by artists such as IronMaiden, AC/DC, Motörhead andJudas Priest in trade, which helped form his taste in hard rock and heavy metal. In the late 1970s, Mustaine began playing electric guitar, most notably a B.C. Rich and joined a bandknown as Panic for a short time.
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 alead 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 orwhat?', 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."
On April 11, 1983, after Metallica had driven to New York torecord 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...