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  • Hi Scorpion,

    I have a question for Shawn. Do you find it easier to drum open-handed with a right-handed kit, rather than play cross-handed with a left-handed kit?



    Hi Ford, I went straight to the source on this one. Here is what Shawn had to say...

    I find it easier to play open handed. At 13 years old when I started out, I jumped on a buddy's drumkit which was a right handed kit-it felt comfortable playing open handed so I went with it.


  • Hi "Scorpion",

    On 11th April 2011 Megadeth & Slayer is coming to Poland (Lodz) during
    European Carnage Tour. I was wondering who will headline this gig.



    Hi Matthew,

    The 2011 European Carnage tour is a co-headline tour - Megadeth / Slayer (Slayer to close all shows except Paris).

  • Hi Scorpion

    I have a question and I'm wondering if you'll be able to answer it for me

    With the Australian dates ending last night, how many shows have Megadeth performed in total in 2010?



    Hi Wayne, Megadeth played a total of 117 shows in 2010.

    Check the Killing Road tour archive for 2010 here:

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I read on the website that Sudden Death is Megadeth's 9th Grammy nomination. Can you tell me what were the other 8?


    Megadeth's past nominations have all been in the "Best Metal Performance" category.
    Here is the list by year.

    1991- Rust In Peace album
    1992- Hangar 18
    1993- Countdown To Extinction album
    1994- Angry Again
    1995- 99 Ways To Die
    1996- Paranoid
    1998- Trust
    2010- Head Crusher

    2011- Sudden Death

  • Dear Scorpion,

    I just watched the DVD That One Night- Live In Buenos Aires (Fantastic concert by the way!!!!), and I'm curious about the song "Coming Home". Was it written specifically for that show or is it on a studio album, because I've looked for it on the website and I can't find it anywhere (Who knows, maybe I didn't look hard enough)?

    Thanks a bunch

    Lone Fan of BSU,


    Hi Cole,

    "Coming Home" appears as a bonus track on the Japanese release of "The World Needs A Hero" album (May 2001) and later appeared on the "Warchest" box set as a song previously unreleased in the US. The song was played on "That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires" with Dave Mustaine on vocals and Glen Drover on acoustic guitar. Dave changed the lyric "I'm coming home to Arizona" by replacing "Arizona" to "Argentina", the song is listed on the CD as "Coming Home to Argentina".

  • Hello Scorpion!

    I finally attended my first Megadeth show this past month. It was the BEST concert that I've ever been to and I've been to a lot of concerts. How I wish I would have made it to the other show in my area back in March, before it was sold out (as well as many shows over the years). Anyhow, I was wondering if Dave is going to do another book signing and if so, if Northeastern PA would be one of the places that he would consider visiting for it.

    Thanks for the input.



    Hi Diane, a new paperback version of Dave Mustaine's autobiograhy "Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir" is currently in the works. With its release and another Megadeth tour on the go perhaps in the new year, Dave would definitely consider adding another book signing tour to the mix. Stay tuned for details!

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I think Sudden Death is an awesome song, and I was wondering if this has been released as a CD single in any country.
    I have every CD single released so far from Megadeth, and I would love to add this one to my collection if it exists.

    Thanks Scorpion

    -Chris / San Jose, CA


    Hi Chris, the song "Sudden Death" was written by Dave Mustaine exclusively for the "Guitar Hero: Warriors Of Rock" video game. The song has not been released as a CD single in any country but you can currently stream the song at Roadrunner Records or download from iTunes

  • Hey there. My mind was just blown by Megadeth's new song, Sudden Death. Any way you could share the lyrics with us? Dave's singing on this song and in Endgame btw, is freakin' awesome. Reminds me of older classics like Holy Wars, the Punishment Due. These are the new classics!




    Sudden Death

    His evil Highness, born from disaster
    To dominate and to kill
    A glistening, murder-machine
    False majesty, standing perfectly still

    A blitzkrieg raining down evil
    On a mountain of black ice
    Like a good ole fashioned beating within
    Inches of your life

    While alone and left abandoned
    With the sentence you've been handed
    All your angels will ignore you
    As your life flashes before you

    Even still you keep on fighting
    Through the thunder and the lighting
    And now Heaven sends its love
    Your sudden death from above

    Once frozen like a prisoner depraved
    Perched high atop the lithospheres
    Set free from beneath the depths of hell
    Bequeathing man nothing but despair

    The beast is genetically programmed
    Time to destroy, time to go berserk
    To see the end of all war
    To see the end of the Earth

    Stopping at nothing, punch-drunk
    From the blood that he's tasted
    Tearing your soul apart
    Not one bit of your pain will be wasted

    Now death descends upon you
    Like a bloody white dove
    Bringing your retribution
    Your sudden death from above

    While alone and left abandoned
    With the sentence you've been handed
    All your angels will ignore you
    As your life flashes before you

    Even still you keep on fighting
    Through the thunder and the lighting
    And now Heaven sends its love
    Your sudden death from above

    Music & Lyrics - Mustaine

  • Has Vic Rattlehead ever been on stage before at a Megadeth show besides his debut the other night in Ohio? Was that the first time he's ever appeared onstage with the band?




    Hi Jeff,

    Vic also appeared onstage during the original Rust In Peace tour, on the Japanese leg of the Oxidation Of The Nations world tour in 1991. Check out this pic from the Gallery!

  • I've got a question for Chris. I've seen an interview in which he states that when he was a teenager he used to wake up really early in the morning and then would proceed to practice almost all day long not only guitar but violin and piano, too. My question for him is, "How did he discipline himself in order to rise up early and put in so many hours of practice, day after day?" and also, How long did he manage to do that for?. I hope you/he can answer this for me. Cheers to all the band members.

    Megadeth...Megadeth, aguante Megadeth!

    Maru, Uruguay.


    Hey Maru,

    As far as discipline, I have always loved playing music, however even that was a bit grueling at times. I simply knew what I needed to accomplish on those instruments and decided that it would take 14 hours a day to improve on them.

    I did this during the summers in between my high school years, and my family never appreciated me playing the piano at 5 in the morning ahhahahaha. This of course meant I had no social life.

    I did that consistently for two summers and part of a third, I remember however that the fatigue would build up and I would end up falling off my schedule every few days and not getting in the full 14. I can say that while it did help me technically I'm not so sure about musically.

    Chris Broderick

  • What guitar did dave use on the video trust?

    many regards to all the band members!!



    Hi Alexi, the guitar that Dave Mustaine used in the Trust video was a Jackson Custom Firebird "oxblood" made especially for Dave in the Jackson custom shop. One of only four made. The guitar was auctioned off here at in December 2003.

    See a photo of the guitar below from the Jackson custom shop with the work order number and the serial number.

  • hi,

    i was wondering if david ellefson is going to start endorseing jackson basses,
    or is he sticking with his signature peavey zodiac scorpio signature bass.
    if he is why is he switching to jackson?
    and if not is it just for this 20th aniversery rust in peace tour?

    slade dark


    Hi there slade, I went to David with your question and this is what he had to say.

    "I do not currently endorse the Peavey Zodiac DE as my needs have changed for the RIP tour.
    I'm using the Jackson basses on the current RIP tour and am considering endorsement."

  • Who did the artwork in all of your guys' album covers?


    Here is the list of official releases:

    Killing Is My Business...And Business Is Good!- Michael Muller
    Peace Sells...But Who's Buying?- Ed Repka
    So Far, So Good...So What!- Capitol Records
    Rust In Peace- Ed Repka
    Countdown To Extinction- Hugh Syme
    Youthanasia- Hugh Syme
    Hidden Treasures- Hugh Syme
    Cryptic Writings- Hugh Syme
    Risk- Andy Engel, Eric Heintz
    Capitol Punishment- Kalynn Campbell
    The World Needs A Hero- Hugh Syme
    Rude Awakening- Storm Thorgerson, Peter Curzon
    Still Alive...And Well?- Smay Vision
    The System Has Failed- Mike Learn
    Back To The Start- Andrew Robinson
    United Abominations- John Lorenzi
    That One Night- Image Entertainment
    Anthology Set The World Afire- John Lorenzi
    Endgame- John Lorenzi

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    I read somwhere that Dave had something to do with the band Sanctuary, who became Nevermore.
    Since NM are one of my favorite bands, I wanted to see what they story was, if it's true. Thanks.



    It is true, Dave produced Sanctuary's first album Refuge Denied. Here's how Sanctuary/Nevermore singer Warrel Dane recounts it:

    "There was a King Diamond/Megadeth concert in Seattle (in 1986), and after the show Lenny (guitar player Lenny Rutledge) found out where Dave's hotel room was...He ended up having some drinks with Dave, they listened to our demo tape, and Dave told him he was looking for a band to produce. We were scared for a while that he didn't mean it, but he did call back. The man knows his shit. He motivated us to perform better than ever before, and you can hear that reflected on the album. Personally, he pushed me really hard and made me sing better than I ever have in my life, and I have a lot of admiration for him for that."

    Dave is also credited with backing vocals and the guitar solo on the Jefferson Airplane cover "White Rabbit" from Refuge Denied.

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    I recently found demo versions of some songs such as Holy Wars, Architecture of Aggression, and Symphony of Destruction, and I liked them a lot! I noticed the majority of them were off of the Warchest album, but I can't find that album anywhere in the town I live in, and I was wondering if I could have a full list of songs that were released as demos. I would at least like to hear them!

    Dan of Montana


    Hi Dan, thanks for your question.

    The Warchest includes one demo that was previously released (Architecture) while the other three Rust In Peace demos are exclusive:
    Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Casey McMackin demo)
    Tornado Of Souls (demo)
    Five Magics (demo)
    Architecture Of Aggression (demo)

    The majority of the demos are available on the 2002 and 2004 remastered versions of Megadeth's back catalog, which are all still in print today.

    2002 Killing Is My Business remix/remaster cd bonus tracks:
    Last Rites/Loved To Deth (Demo)
    Mechanix (Demo)
    The skull Beneath the Skin (Demo)

    2004 Rust In Peace remaster cd bonus tracks:
    Rust In Peace...Polaris (Demo)
    Holy Wars...The Punishment Due (Demo)
    Take No Prisoners (Demo)

    2004 Countdown To Extinction remaster cd bonus tracks:
    Countdown to Extinction (Demo)
    Symphony of Destruction (Demo)
    Psychotron (Demo)

    2004 Youthanasia remaster cd bonus tracks:
    New World Order (Demo)
    A Tout Le Monde (Demo)

    Crown of Worms was also released as a demo on the Japanese Youthanasia album as a bonus track. That album is out of print today, as are the Japanese Hidden Treasures album and the European A Tout Le Monde single, which both contain the demos for Symphony, Architecture and New World Order.


  • Hey Scorpion, I have a question about picture of Jesus in Youthanasia album, where He has a crown of worms (instead of thorns). I read that there is a song 'Crown of Worms' but released only in japanese version. I cannot find any explanation given by Dave or someone else. Question is: What's the meaning of this song and picture?

    A Megafan from Poland, Olaf - Greetings to all Megadeth members, especially Dave and Dave.


    Hi Olaf, I went right to Dave Mustaine with your question and this is what he had to say about it.

    "The lyrics were written by Sean Harris of Diamond Head fame, and the image was done my Hugh Syme. I have no idea what the inspiration for either was."

    Dave, David, Chris and Shawn and The ScorpioN send greetings back to you!

  • Hey Scorpion,

    I've seen pictures of Dave around 1992-1993 wearing glasses, but have never seen him wearing glasses after that, even to this day. Does Dave wear contacts? Did he have laser eye surgery?




    Hi Dave,

    Dave Mustaine did have eye surgery, specifically the radial keratotomy procedure, to correct his vision in the mid 90's.

  • Hi Scorpion, I have a question for Dave Ellefson.

    Ellefson stopped being a member of Megadeth in 02'. I read at that he was active in the bands F5 and HAIL! And worked as a record producer and similiar things.
    The question is: What was it that made him want to go back to Megadeth mostly?

    A huge megafan from Sweden, Fredrik. Love to the Dave's.


    Hi Fredrik, I put your question out to Mr. Ellefson and this is what he had to say about it.

    "'My return to Megadeth was one of desire to reunite for the fans and back to the band I enjoyed for so many years. 2010 became a timely year to come back, especially with all the landmark events like the 20th Anniversary 'Rust In Peace' tour and DVD, The Big Four shows and DVD and American Carnage tour."

    Thanks for your question, Fredrik. It's great to hear you are such a huge megafan!


  • Hey Scorpion!

    This question is for Chris. I am starting a band of my own and I need to work on the precision in my solos. All of his solos on Endgame blow my mind! What tips does he have for learning them? It seems even when I slow them down they are just so hard! haha. The ones I'm truly trying to learn are How The Story Ends and Bodies.

    Connor Liebel, Dover DE


    Hey Connor, I caught up with Chris about this while out here on the tour. Here is what he had to say.

    Hey Connor,

    Thanks for the compliments, I'm glad you like the solos. As far as learning them you have to remember that those solos are composed using some techniques that I have worked on my entire career. Thats not to say that you couldn't play them without the same amount of time that I invested in the technique but I am trying to get you to be patient with yourself on these. First I would break down the solos into there separate parts (for How the Story ends I has four cycles of the rhythm behind it and I wanted each next cycle to get more intense). These parts can have different techniques involved including, bending, string skipping, tapping, sweeping, alternate scale picking etc... that I would furthure break the solo apart with. Then start working with these different techniques and train your hand how to achieve them effortlessly. This is the most important thing I can teach is that the speed you play something at is not important as long as you can play it relaxed and focused, until that point you shouldn't worry about playing it at a tempo that creates stress (mentally or physically).

    I hope this helps, and don't forget to just have fun with it to.

  • Hi Scorpion question for Chris

    All the other members have something signature Dave has his Deans, David has his Peaveys and Shawn has his Snare so is there any plan for an Ibanez Chris Broderick guitar yet?



    Here's the answer straight from Chris:

    Hey Sam,

    Things are in the works however I would prefer to not divulge exactly what at this time. I will let you know when I can.

    Take care, Chris.

    Keep updated at and the MFC for more from Chris!

  • Hey Scorp,
    I missed the Big 4 in the theater, where can I see the show now?


    According to, VH1 will broadcast Sonisphere in the USA, and the DVD of the cinema presentation is set to be released later this year. The Cinecast is being shown in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa during July.

  • Hi Scorpion! I haven't got any question... I just wanted to thank with all my heart Megadeth and all Megacrew for the best gig I've ever been- Megadeth on the Big 4 in Poland. It was awesome and my dreams came true! Thank You very, very much!
    Best regards Paul.


    Hi Paul, from Megadeth and the Megacrew, you are most welcome!

    I just sent your email over to David Ellefson and he sent back this reply for you.

    "The Big Four show was the dream come true for the bands AND fans! This was a long time coming and to stand that stage with everyone being so positive was awe inspiring. At the end of the day, I guess 80,000 fans must have been right all along...this really IS what they wanted to see happen for all of us.

    David Ellefson"

  • Hi Scorpion, what is the current setlist Megadeth is playing on tour?


    Megadeth is in Europe right now, doing a combination of headline shows and festivals, some featuring the "Big Four" lineup of Metallica/Megadeth/Slayer/Anthrax. Their setlist changes depending on the amount of time they have to play. The song selection is a mix of the entire Rust In Peace album (when time allows,) songs from the current album Endgame and some older favorites. Here's the setlist from a recent show in Tilburg, Holland on June 7th:

    Dialectic Chaos
    Wake Up Dead
    Head Crusher
    In My Darkest Hour
    Holy Wars
    Hangar 18
    Take No Prisoners
    Five Magics
    Poison Was The Cure
    Tornado Of Souls
    Dawn Patrol
    Rust In Peace......Polaris
    A Tout Le Monde
    Sweating Bullets
    Symphony of Destruction
    Peace Sells - (Holy Wars Reprise)

    For all setlists and reviews from the current tour, visit the MegaFanClub.

  • Hey Scorpion, I am a huge fan of Megadeth and there is rumors that there is going to be a Guitar Hero Megadeth is that true?



    Hi Brook, news of this officially came out just last week.

    This fall, living room legends and their friends will join together and embark on an epic rock journey to save rock n' roll with Activision Publishing, Inc.'s Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock. Delivering the largest on-disc rock music set list to-date, Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock features more than 90 tracks that include guitar shredding hits from bands such as Black Sabbath, Megadeth and Slipknot and larger than life anthems from Queen, Muse and KISS. Additionally, Dave Mustaine wrote and recorded "Sudden Death", an original track for the game, which was inspired by Quest Mode's storyline.

    Dave Mustaine says the track is brutal, and "I'm sure some fans will think it's the greatest thing we've ever done. But other people will say it sucks. That's just the way of the world."

    "I thought it was a great idea for us," says Mustaine. "We've had experience with games in the past, and our songs have been in sports games and Grand Theft Auto, but we never really got into the Guitar Hero thing. When they talked to us about doing this, I never imagined it would be something this honorable."

    Read the press release.

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    First off I have to say, the Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour was PHENOMENAL. Being a bassist myself and seeing Ellefson on the stage in front of me was (to say the least) inspiring. I recently finished reading The Dirt by Motley Crue and got to thinking "Why hasn't Dave written an autobiography?" I read in the archives about the book explaining his lyrics, which is fantastic, but is Dave ever planning on writing about all his experiences with Megadeth and the hardships he has faced in his life? I'm sure there are legions of other droogies just like myself dying to know more about the man we all look up to!


    Taylor - Calgary, AB


    Hi Taylor, in fact, Dave Mustaine has already finished writing his new book, "MUSTAINE: A Heavy Metal Memoir", which is tentatively scheduled for release in late 2010. The book was co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden who also wrote "The Last Great Fight".
    When Dave was asked about the difficulty of writing a 100% honest autobiography, he replied, "If you're going to write an autobiography, everything has to be included — the good and happy moments, as well as the hard times. You can't leave anything out."

    Watch Dave in an interview from August 2009 talking about his book here: video interview

  • Where did Chris Broderick find the time to practise enough to be that good at guitar AND get the figure of an athlete?



    Hi Matt, I asked Chris your question and he quite simply put...

    "I do nothing else but practice and work out Ahahahhaah.
    Take care, Chris."


  • Hi Scorpion,

    I have a question for Chris. Which strings he is using now in Megadeth and which gauges does he prefer? And also I wonder thichness of his pick.

    Dave and Chris are awesome players, they inspire me alot. I can’t wait to see Megadeth live. Thanks.



    Hi Tore, Chris uses Ernie Ball Slinky Strings, gauges 10, 13, 17, 30, 42, 52 (and 62 for the 7th string when standard tuned on his 7 string guitars). For picks, he uses Jim Dunlop 1.35 mm sharpie picks!

  • I was wondering who Dave Mustaine thinks is the most talented guitarist he's worked with? Poland? Friedman? Young?



    Hi Colin,

    The answer is, Broderick. ;)

  • hello scorpion, can you tell me what is the latest gear Megadeth is using for their sound and what new guitars Dave is using?


    Dave recently spoke about his new guitar with Dean and the lastest on Megadeth's amp and effects rig in an interview with Hardrock Haven:

    "We just introduced a brand new acoustic guitar and I thought if I'm gonna have an acoustic guitar I better be able to play it in a metal band. So I developed this guitar and I use it on several of our songs.
    It's actually being delivered to me here tonight; it's called the "Mako" and is named after the shark. It's really solid, it's got very interesting sound-holes, it's got very unorthodox sound-holes and a very sharp single cutaway so it's very cool."

    "What I used in the studio was the Marshall JVM 410H, on stage we use the EL-34 100/100 mono blocks for power and we use the Digitech DSP, but we're going to switch to Fractal. They have an amazing unit and I'm really, really impressed with it. It's very complex so for us to use all of the benefits of the machine we weren't able to employ it in our rigs yet, but we did in the studio and it was mind blowing."

  • Hi there!

    I've just watched the new video for "The Right To Go Insane", which is realy awesome, the best music video i saw for a very long time!

    I just wonder if there were parts from the actual footage of this "accident" from 1995, which gave the inspiration for the video, or even for the song from beginning on?

    Anyway, it's realy cool.

    Cheers, Martin

    Hi Martin, the answer to your question is yes, actual footage from the incident was used in the Megadeth video. Several of the scenes show the real tank and what happened on that day.

    "The Right To Go Insane" video is based on the events of May 17, 1995 when Shawn Timothy Nelson, a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber, stole an M60 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California and went on a rampage, destroying cars, fire hydrants, and an RV before being shot dead by police.