Dave Mustaine was born in La Mesa, California, son of Emily and John Mustaine. His mother was Jewish but Dave was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness. By the age of 15, Mustaine hadrented his own apartment and was surviving financially by dealing drugs. In the late 1970s, Mustaine began playing electric guitar, most notably a B.C. Rich and joined a band known as Panic for ashort time. In 1981 Dave left Panic to join Metallica.
Mustaine's membership in Metallica lasted less than two years. Brian Slagel, owner of Metal Blade Records, recalls in an interview: "Dave was anincredibly 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 dealwith 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." Mustainleft Metallica and formed another band called Megadeth.
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 ofThrash" along with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, who were responsible for creating, developing and popularizing the thrash metal sub-genre.
In May 1985, Megadeth released their first album, KillingIs My Business... and Business Is Good!, with Combat Records. That summer, the band toured the U.S. and Canada with Exciter.
In January 2002, Mustaine was admitted to the hospital to get a kidneystone removed. While undergoing treatment, he was administered pain medication that triggered a relapse. Following his hospital stay, he immediately checked himself into a treatment center in Texas.While at the treatment center, Mustaine suffered a freak injury causing severe nerve damage to his left arm. The injury, induced by falling asleep with his left arm over the back of a chair, caused...
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