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  • Hi Scorpion,

    We don’t get many metal acts in South Africa, was just wondering and hoping if Megadeth will ever come to South Africa. You guys have a huge following here.

    Thanks

    Jacques

    Hi Jacques,

    Dave has mentioned wanting to play South Africa many times in the past, and commented about playing there last week in an online chat: "That is one place I will not feel good about missing out on playing if I retire."

  • Hi Scorpion, I read Dave is writing a book. Can you give more details about it?
    Silvia,
    Barcelona

    Hi Silvia,

    Dave has been working on a book for some years now. Originally titled "Love And Bruises: Lyrics And Stories: 1981-2004", it was set for release in April 2005, but was never published. Earlier this year Dave mentioned that the book would be coming out in 2010, and went into details about the writing process with Sweden’s Close Up magazine:

    "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. As of right now, we have covered everything up until halfway through the Metallica years, so I guess now is when the more delicate stuff will come.

    On the other hand, if a musician writes an autobiography and it doesn't include any sexual perversion or debauchery, then it's not an honest story. I think a lot of people are going to by shocked by some of the chapters. But I have no choice - either I write about everything or nothing at all. This is basically a story of human interest; it's much more than just 'Dave from Megadeth.' There have been a lot of people that have tried to stop me, but they can't. Over the years, I have learned to cherish both my friends and my enemies. So it's a story about a guy that has been lifted up and then kicked down again, and I think it will show very clearly that I never give up."

    The book is being co-written by New York Times journalist Joe Layden, who also wrote "The Last Great Fight", which takes readers behind the scenes of what is considered by many to be the biggest upset in the history of boxing: James "Buster" Douglas' tenth-round knockout win over Mike Tyson in 1990.

  • What does 'MSGD!', which Dave regularly uses to sign off on blogs, stand
    for?

    'MSGD!' is Dave's way of saying goodbye after he posts a message to fans. It means: Mustaine Sez Goodbye Droogies! You can find this info and more trivia in our FAQ section at Megadeth.com.

  • January, Megadeth performs on The Howard Stern Show. now at the time i really haven't listen to howardstern that much in the 90's because its the same old stuff but still what was he on there for?

    Michael D

    Hi Michael,

    Megadeth performed "Trust" and "Use the Man" at Howard Stern's 44th Birthday Bash in 1998. It was held at New York's Hammerstein Ballroom, and featured other guests David Bowie, Billy Joel and Van Halen. Dave gave a short interview at the end of the show, which was broadcast on the radio, but edited out of the television episode. Topics included Metallica, sobriety and Dave's new daughter Electra.

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I Saw this video on youtube and I was wondering if it was a real track of the new Record...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EtN4fWPgNc0&feature=related

    Can you Tell me?

    Antonio
    Santiago, Chile

    Hi Antonio,

    No, this is not a Megadeth track at all. The song in the link is called "Stepping Outside the Circle" by the band Shadows Fall.

  • Hi Scorpion,

    What happened to Dave Mustaine's arm some years ago? I heard the band broke up because of it and that he wasn't coming back, but I see they have been going strong since early 2000. Could you shed some light on what happened?

    Jack
    St Louis.

    Hi Jack, an explanation of what happened with Dave's arm is in our FAQ section of this website. We often have this question asked. Here is what happened:

    In January 2002, Dave fell asleep in a chair with his arm in an awkward position, which cut off the circulation to the radial ulnar nerve in his left bicep, compressing it. A compressed radial nerve is commonly called "Saturday Night Palsy". This left him unable to feel or properly move his hand, as the brain could not communicate muscle movement through the nerve. His treatment included four months of extensive physical therapy, as well as acupuncture, chiropractic adjustments and weight training. During this time he was able to fully recover from his nerve injury, as well as tendon damage in his finger he had previously suffered from. After being pronounced 100% healed by his doctor, Dave took on the task of relearning to play guitar, with help from guitarist Ric Flauding.

    Read more of what Dave Mustaine has to say about it HERE

  • Scorpion,

    I'm listening right now to my "That One Night- Live in Buenos Aires" CD and
    I'm asking the next question, what does the sentence right after the solo
    means in Trust ? What language is it in ?

    Thank you,
    Rock on

    Mat

    Hi Mat, Dave is singing the chorus of Trust in Spanish:

    Me duele todo el cuerpo por los errores
    Presionados por la lujuria
    Nos mentimos tanto el uno al otro
    Que en nada confiamos

    Dios te pido de rodillas ayudame por favor
    Presiondos por la lujuria
    Nos mentimos tanto el uno al otro
    Que ya en nada confiamos

    My body aches from mistakes
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust

    God help me please, on my knees
    Betrayed by lust
    We lied to each other so much
    That in nothing we trust

    Trust was recorded in Spanish and released as a bonus track on the 1997 Argentinean release of Cryptic Writings.

  • hi scorpion this is chris from ohio. i was wondering what are all the cover songs megadeth have ever done?

    Hi Chris, these are cover songs Megadeth have recorded:

    These Boots (Nancy Sinatra)
    I Ain't Superstitious (Willie Dixon)
    Anarchy in the U.K. (Sex Pistols)
    No More Mr. Nice Guy (Alice Cooper)
    Problems (Sex Pistols)
    Paranoid (Black Sabbath)
    Never Say Die (Black Sabbath)
    School's Out (Alice Cooper)
    Strange Ways (KISS)
    Out On the Tiles (Led Zeppelin)

    And these are some songs Megadeth have covered at live shows:

    It's Electric (Diamond Head) performed in 1990 with Diamond Head lead singer Sean Harris on vocals
    Auf Wiedersehen (Cheap Trick) performed in 1998 for Tokyo, Japan
    Problem Child (AC/DC) performed in Germany on the 25th anniversary of Bon Scott's death (2005)

  • Hey scorpion, I am a 13 year old Metal psycho, and was browsing the scorpion archives, and saw that THE ORIGIN OF VIC was never answered.
    So tell me, what is the origin of vic, and Why did megadeth choose him as their mascot?

    Also: Who would win in a fight?
    Iron maiden's Eddie
    Megadeth's Vic
    Children of bodom's Grim reaper

    (in) Formally,
    Corpsekiller

    Both Daves explain Vic's origin and the song "The Skull Beneath The Skin" in the 2002 remastered Killing Is My Business liner notes.

    Mustaine: I saw a cover of a book in a store once and the title was The Skull Beneath The Skin. I designed our mascot around a few religious and pagan symbols, and the lyrics describe someone being sacrificed in a ritual. This is how our mascot became Vic Rattlehead. The guitar riffing is very progressive to reflect the darkness of the song and it's content.

    Ellefson: The title and lyrics are the quintessential description of the formation of our mascot Vic Rattlehead. Because of this description we felt it was imperative that the cover art remain true to our original wishes on this new release. Read them now and you will understand our disappointment with the Combat (Records) cover art as it made these lyrics seem almost pointless.

    As to which mascot would win in a fight, the Scorpion is a bit too biased on the subject to say!

    Here are the lyrics to Vic's song, "The Skull Beneath The Skin".

    Mean and infectious the evil prophets rise
    Dance of the Macabre as witches streak the sky
    Decadent worship of black magic sorcery
    In the womb of the Devil's Dungeon trapped without a plea

    See thing in agony necrosis is the fate
    Pins sticking through the skin the venom now sedates
    Locked in a pillory nowhere to be found
    Screaming for your life but no one hears a sound
    Help Me!

    Prepare the patients scalp to peel away
    Metal caps his ears he'll hear not what we say
    Solid steel visor riveted cross his eyes
    Iron staples close his jaws so no one hears his cries

    The skull beneath the skin

    Now your drawn and quartered your bones will make the x
    Symbol stands for poison and it's chained to your head
    And as we fold your arms to make the holy cross
    We cross the crucifix religion has been lost

    The skull beneath the skin

  • Hey, I just wanted to know what is the current progress in the new
    Megadeth album and if any song/cover art demos are available to the
    public. Thank you for reading and I can't wait for the new album.

    Regards, Allan

    Hi Allan, as of this last week of February 2009, there have been no demos or artwork released yet. This was the latest update from Dave, right before he left for the current UK tour.

    "Yesterday, Andy Sneap went back to the UK for a while, as we are preparing to go out on the Priest Feast Tour. This means effectively that the recording has stopped, until we return in March/April.

    We finished all of the rhythm and bass guitars, as well as the drums being finished for a couple weeks now, and I think I even heard some acoustic layers.

    I want to let ya know that we are going to be taking portable recording devices, like we did last time (that seemed to work out just fine), and finish preparing for the last recordings on "Studio Release number 12."

    Everyone is done with their basic tracks, and all of the songs have been arranged. Its just a matter of singing with my voice AND my fingers."

    For further updates on the new album, keep checking Megadeth.com for the latest interviews and posts from Dave.

  • Hey Scorpion,

    I am writing about the song Amerikhastan. I love the way he wrote it. I don't know what is so cool about it but it is just an awesome song. I was just wondering, what is this song written about? Is it about war in America or what? Thanks!

    Sam from Colorado

    Hey Sam,

    Here's what Dave told MTV about "Amerikhastan" on Headbanger's Ball in 2007.

    "There's a song on United Abominations called "Amerikhastan" and it talks about immigration and fighting in between religions and stuff like that, it's basically part 2 to "Holy Wars", and one of the lines in the songs says (in particular about the Statue of Liberty) "these are your people, Lady Liberty, pull up your dress today, and tattooed is "property of the USA, a subsidiary of Halliburton", and even though that's kinda ugly sounding, it's pretty much the truth and to me I think truth is a lot scarier than fiction, most of the time."

  • Hey Scorpion,

    Megadeth is my all-time favorite band and 'Addicted To Chaos' is one of my favorite songs from them, I was wondering what is this song about? The lyrics are really poignant and the entire song is very well-structured.
    That's pretty much it, more power to Dave Mustaine and Megadeth!!

    Manuel from the Philippines

    Hey Manuel,

    Here's Dave's response when asked by RIP magazine in 1995 about the meaning of the song:

    "The irony of that song is the subject of it is my drug counselor who got me sober. When he said that I would walk alone, it was after counseling me for a period of time, and he said "You know I'm gonna have to cut you loose some day." The finality of it was two puncture wounds in his arm and an overdose on heroin. My drug counselor died. No one's safe from that disease - those who have that disease."

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I was just wondering why Dave went for Dean guitars and left his beloved Jackson King Vs. The King Vs were the real metal guitars at that time when he first started and they sounded, looked and played awesomely great! Was it a matter of finances, contracts etc...or was it his own choice? If so, why?

    Thanks
    Keshav

    Hi Keshav,

    Dave originally left Jackson for ESP Guitars, before switching to his current Deans. Here's an interview from the time discussing why he left Jackson (August 2003 Guitar Word), followed by a press statement from Megadeth.com discussing his departure from ESP.

    "Jackson came up for sale a couple times and I wanted to buy it, and then each time the sale was pulled. And then they tried to sell it a third time-I was contacted again by somebody within the company who said they wanted me to buy it, because we'd been friends for such a long time. And while we were positioning ourselves to buy the company, they sold it to Fender, which I thought was a bit disrespectful, knowing that I'm the No. 1 endorser they had. But I let it go.

    I contacted Hamer, Gibson and ESP. Hamer is a really small company, so they were going to have a hard time keeping up with what I want for my endorsement, let alone answering the sales orders that people put in because of the guitars I endorse. I talked to Gibson, and they were excited, but they could not configure the guitar to be a 24-fret guitar, so I was kinda handcuffed there.

    So I talked to Marsh Gooch, Matt Masciandaro, and Jose Ferro at ESP. They said, 'We have a V, but we discontinued it because no one's endorsing it.' I went into their warehouse and I picked up one of their flying V's - it was called a V350 at the time - and I went, 'Fuck this thing's awesome' and I said, 'Yeah, I'm willing to play this guitar, if you're willing to make a couple of changes on it to make it even better.' So we made some changes with the body, the headstock, some of the inlay stuff, and the knobs and electronic configuration.

    They only had 2 knobs, and I wanted to have the separate volume knobs, a tone knob, and a three way position pickup selector. And I wanted to make sure my fingers could reach the volume knobs with my palm on the bridge. Everything is the same as the Jackson Y2KV was - it's the ebony fretboard, 24 frets with the small fret wire, and it's got the basic dot inlay, except that the first fret's got an 8Ball, because the guitar's called the DV8. The pickups are Seymour Duncan's, the Jeff Beck humbucker in the bridge, and the Jazz in the neck. They got it sent back out from their builders last week, and I picked it up two days ago in their office. I was like, 'Fuck this thing's awesome!' I told them, 'If there was any doubt from anybody of why I went to ESP, just hold one of these fuckers.'"

    Megadeth.com Press Statement:
    12/6/2006

    "After two successful years, I have decided to leave ESP guitars. This was a business decision and had nothing to do with the guitars or the manufacturing of the guitars, and I wish the staff of ESP, both in the USA and in Japan and Korea the very best of health and prosperity.
    Meanwhile, I am taking my Classic Metal V known formerly as a Jackson King V1 or an ESP DV8, and my new guitar design presently known as an Axxion, which was the recipient of the Gold Award from Guitar World Magazine for 2005 for new guitar designs with me.
    I will also be re-introducing through my new endorsement many special models, including re-issues of my old models from over the span of my career, as well as some retro V shapes, similar to the formerly known Jackson Y2KV or a Gibson Flying V."

  • Hi Scorpion,

    When Dave was in Metallica, did he have any Megadeth songs written, besides the obvious Mechanix. And if so, which ones and did he ever bother to show James or anyone else in the band?

    Thanks, Chris J.

    Hi Chris,

    Dave wrote his first Megadeth song after his time in Metallica. You can hear the famous story from Dave himself, by visiting www.AskDaveMustaine.com and typing in "megadeth".

  • Hi Scorpion,

    Back about 6 months ago I heard what had to be the most hilarious song Dave has ever played. I'll call it "Kill the Wabbit", you'll know what I mean. I was wondering when he got the idea for it, why he did, and if there are any official releases of it.

    Legends live onstage, Gods die on it!

    Aaron from Commiskey, Indiana

    Hi Aaron,

    "Kill the Wabbit", released in 1994, was not performed by Dave or Megadeth, but Mark McCollum, aka Ozzy Fudd. It was released officially, on Rhino Records "Dr. Demento's 30th Anniversary Collection: Dementia 2000".

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I heard somewhere that the original video for A Tout Le Monde was banned from MTV. I've seen the video and think its cool. Is this true, and if so could you shed some light on why?

    Alister

    Hi Alister, yes this is true. Dave Mustaine wrote about this on the Megadeth Forums in March of 2007. Here is what Dave had to say:

    "A Tout Le Monde", as most of you know, and all of the know it alls know, was from Youthanasia.

    The video was banned, the single was shelved, and without your loving support of a truly beautiful song, it would have died.

    MTV banned it because they said, "it was a song about suicide," as did many people, but why would the line, "I'd love to stay with you all be in there? It would need to say something like, I want to die, right?

    And I had a manager at the time that was told along with me by MTV not to use Director Wayne Isham because we had used him too much; odd request, but I heard them loud and clear.

    Of course management didn't listen and tried to slip it in to MTV under a pseudonym and MTV flipped. They are/were pissed at me for something I didn't do and I would be ok if it was something I did, but I told the manager, and David Ellefson can attest to this, NOT to use Wayne.

    Their solution was to ban the $300,000+ vidi, and radio in America was following MTV very closely at the time, still do to an extent, and did not play the single.

    The song was left at the altar. I got sent a bill.

  • Scorpion,

    I love the song Tears In A Vial and was wondering what specifically Dave was talking about in the lyrics. I'm interested in knowing what he loved and gave up for something he loved even more.

    Chris

    Hi Chris, Dave is talking about giving up playing music to be with his family.

    "This was one of the first ones I wrote after I broke up Megadeth. For a man to walk away from a multi-million dollar franchise just because he is not happy- he's got to be very unhappy. One of the lines is 'Forced to look deep in the mirror and face who I really am/now it's just me because I can't afford you.' that tells you some truths."

  • Scorpion,
    I found a link on youtube (Sorry), but it says Megadeth, Bodies left behind. The majority of posters say it was a bonus track on UA,is this true? I will include the link incase you want to hear it. www.youtube.com/watch?v=h16ge2qQ8QE :-) ..............Thank you,
    Chris

    Sorry Chris, but the song in the link you provided is not Bodies Left Behind. It is actually a tribute to Megadeth made by one of our forum members. Bodies Left Behind, which was to be a bonus track on United Abominations, remains unreleased.

  • Dear Mr. Scorpion,

    i have always wondered which MEGADETH songs Kerry King played in his short stint with megadeth...
    was it songs like rattlehead and killing is my buisiness.
    please enlighten me on this very mysterious subject...

    thanks

    -Richie

    Hi Richie, this was the main setlist (in order) from the shows Kerry first played in Megadeth:

    Hook in Mouth (Instrumental)
    Burnt Offerings (Set the World Afire)
    The Chosen Ones
    Skull Beneath the Skin
    Looking Down the Cross
    Last Rites/Loved to Deth
    Next Victim (My Last Words)
    Quicksand (Instrumental)
    Bad Omen
    Devil's Island
    Mechanix
    Rattlehead

    Later on, The Conjuring (originally Conjure Me) and Good Mourning/Black Friday were added.

  • scorpion,
    I have a 2 part question for all the band members
    what is your fav megadeth song to play,and why?
    and 2,what songs would you love to play live but never get to, due to album release fan demand and such
    barry yeager
    droogie
    philly,pa

    Barry, I took your question to bassist James LoMenzo. James replied to both parts...

    1. I like "Darkest hour", It's big sounding and I like the emotional content of the song. There's always an amazing cheer from the crowd when we hit those first chords.

    2. Hi barry, great question. I'd love to play "Play for Blood" and "United Abominations" from the last album. You know we're always dealing with set time constraints, makes it hard to squeeze everything we'd like to in ...you know you gotta play the hits!

  • dearest scorpion,
    I have a 2 part question for all the band members
    what is your fav megadeth song to play,and why?
    and 2,what songs would you love to play live but never get to, due to album release fan demand and such
    barry yeager
    droogie
    philly,pa

    Hi Barry, Scorpion took your questions to Megadeth's new lead guitarist, Chris Broderick. Chris had this to say...

    What is your fav megadeth song to play,and why? Right now it's Hangar 18 because first and formost it's a great tune, but also because of the dueling solo's that Dave and I have.

    and 2,what songs would you love to play live but never get to ,due to album release fan demand and such. For me I would have to say, Five Magics and Train of Consequences (both are awesome tunes).

    Take care, Chris.

  • dearest scorpion,
    I have a 2 part question for all the band members
    what is your fav megadeth song to play,and why?
    and 2,what songs would you love to play live but never get to, due to album release fan demand and such
    barry yeager
    droogie
    philly,pa

    p.s thanks so much for all the updates on your ongoing construction of the new studio,
    the fans appriciate it and I know I do as well , and I know it will give you more comfort and creative control in making the very best albums possible.
    Congrats Dave on everything Megadeth, NWCB, INC, and all your other ventures..your generosity and kindness knows no bounds...

    Hi Barry, Scorpion took your questions to Megadeth's drummer extrodinaire, Shawn Drover. Shawn was good enough to give us an answer...

    1. My favorite Megadeth song to play live is "Wake up Dead" as it was the 1st video I saw of Megadeth back in 1986, and has been my favorite Megadeth song ever since.

    2. The song I would love to play live but have not yet is "The Conjuring", I just think it is a fantastic song all around - Nice and violent, just the way I like it.

    Shawn.

  • Scorpion,

    yes ive always wondered why dave never used whammy bars. Or if he used why did he decided to stop using them

    I put this question over to Dave Mustaine himself. He set the record straight on this one!

    "I did use it, I used it in Wake Up Dead, I used it in very small increments in A Reckoning Day and stuff like that. I'm not a guy who is a cry baby that hides his inability to play behind a whammy bar."

  • Can you tell me why the song Gears of War was not in the game? I looked forward more to the song than the game, although the game was great, my friends, and i were disappointed that the song wasn't in the game. Thanks............Rattled2deth

    Hi Rattled2deth, good question! I put this over to Mr Mustaine as this is what he had to say about it...

    "Because the game was finished before we wrote the song. I'm sorry Rattled2deth, we were disappointed we weren't on it too. We were even more disappointed when Gears of War 2 came out. I thought it would have been great to have continued the relationship with those guys, but you know what? It's Microsoft, and it's Gears of War, and they've got their own success. They don't need little old me."

  • I was wondering what amp or pre and power amp Dave used on The System Has Failed. I was told it was a boosted Marshall Plexi? Is this true? I really love his tone, especially on this album.

    Thanks
    Dave

    Hi Dave, the tone on that album certainly does rock. But really, doesn't Dave's tone rock on all his albums?! ;) Dave has always used great equipment and Marshall has always been a leading force but on this album Dave had an amp custom made for him from another company. Dave had this to say when I asked him.

    "No, I used a Line 6 custom amp that was made for me. But I am selling them. You can't get them, but I am selling them, I should say."

    Since then, Dave has gone back to using Marshall power and we can surely look forward to an even greater tone coming from the next album! Stay tuned!

  • Dave's influence has been huge from the beginning on inventing and defining metal, but today its split up into many more sub genres. One thing that most will aggree that has made Megadeth so respected, is that after 20+ years you have yet to change your sound. Are there (m)any bands that are big today that you like, that you've played with on tour, would like to play with, or just are enjoying their brand of music? Whats your opinion on bands like Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, or Slipknot for example?
    Thanks, Megadeth Forever!!

    Codo

    Hi Codo! Scorpion asked Dave's opinion on the bands you brought up and here is what he had to say...

    "I love AC/DC, I love Iron Maiden. There's a lot of bands I'd love to play with. Especially Led Zeppelin if they do a reunion with Jason playing in John's stead.

    I like Avenged, I'm not too familiar with Bullet for my Valentine."

  • Dear Scorp,

    Hey I'm a huge Megadeth fan and eat up any and all info I can on the band and Dave inparticular. And I was wondering what Dave's political stance was and does he consider himself to be a liberal or does he have more conservative politcal views. There are many Megadeth songs that contain political themes and for the life of me I can't understand most of them, also are the themes in these songs an acurate representation of Dave's true political beliefs or do they just simply make for great songs.

    Hope that makes sense

    #1 Droogie
    -Charlie

    Hi Charlie! That is a good question and I went right to the source to find out your answer. This is what Dave Mustaine had to say when I asked him.

    "Ah, I would say I'm kind of right in the middle.
    Welcome to the club. :)
    So the answer to that question is that my political stance varies from political campaign to election to lobbying to all the different parts of involvement in the political process. I usually vote for the lesser of two evil."

  • Hi, I was wondering if there is any sort of connection between the covers of Peace Sells and United Abominations because they both have the UN destroyed or being destroyed. Is UA alluding the Peace Sells or is there no real connection?

    - Nick

    Hi Nick, I talked with Dave Mustaine about this just last night and this is what he had to say:

    "There is certainly a connection. It's kind of link the beginning of Star Wars and the end of Star Wars. But that the way we were introduced into the story in the middle and then the sequel is actually the prequel. So, this is actually Vic going into the United Nations before he came out in Peace Sells. And there you have it."

    *Take note: MegaFanClub members can now listen to Dave Mustaine answering Scorpion questions in audio format in the new Scorpion section at the club! Check it out, exclusive to MFC members!

  • I noticed a guitar duel with Dave Mustaine & Al Patrelli on the Rude Awakening DVD during SHE WOLF. The only other time that I've heard those solos were background music on VH1's "Behind the Music" with MEGADETH. My question is, was there ever a studio recording of that "Solo Medley" or is it just some rare music thats never really been released formally?

    Christian Jimenez
    Chowchilla, CA

    The extended solo of She-Wolf was added in during the Cryptic Writings tour, long after the album came out. It was never released as a studio recording, only as a live version on the Rude Awakening CD/DVD.

  • What are all these rumors i've been hearing about megadeths new album... is it true there might be a released album next year? Thanks for reading, regards, Zach

    Hi Zach, Megadeth's webmaster Dave McRobb posted this statement just last week on the Megadeth Forums:

    "So.... I was talking to my beloved master [Dave Mustaine] tonight on the phone and he wanted me to let you all know that things are moving along oh so well with the brand new studio! The project is in its initial phases... large warehouse type deal... slowly converting into part deluxe recording studio... pre-production... start recording new album in fall! Reminiscent of 'Evolver', wouldn't you say?! In fact we (yes, master Dave M and I) talked about filming aspects of the process and who knows, eh? Sure do love them 'fly-on-the-wall' recording DVD's don't we all?! (heh, no promises yet on that one but it was definitely talked about!). So ya, Dave is quite psyched about this studio and getting the band in, and everyone else involved to lay down some tracks and put out the next stellar Megadeth album! Ahh yes, life is good."

    Megadeth's latest album, "United Abominations", was released in May 2007 via Roadrunner Records. The CD has sold around 160,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

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