ScorpioN

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  • 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.

  • Dear Scorpion,

    I was wondering what is what we can hear in the begining of symphony of destruction and where can i get a sample of it.

    Thanks
    Rodrigo Contreras
    Santiago, Chile

    In the first five seconds of Symphony of Destruction, the sound we hear is an orchestra tuning their instruments, which is done before the beginning of a symphony performance. You can hear the same sound before an opera or symphony concert. After the concertmaster (leader of the violin section) comes onstage and takes a bow, he will turn to the orchestra, signaling them to begin tuning. Directly after tuning the conductor will begin the music.

  • Dear Scorpion,

    I was wondering where the term "Droogies" came from? I know it refers to Megadeth fans but would just like to know its origins.

    Regards
    Ryan Hicks
    Glasgow, Scotland

    As you know Ryan, Dave Mustaine uses the term "Droogies" when he is referring to Megafans. When asked why he uses this term and where it originated from, Dave stated "It is from A Clockwork Orange, and the reference is about how they were their own little gang." Stanley Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange is a film from 1971. According to Kubrick, "The central idea of the film has to do with the question of free will. Do we lose our humanity if we are deprived of the choice between good and evil? Do we become, as the title suggests, A Clockwork Orange?".

    The movie was based on the novel, A Clockwork Orange, written by Anthony Burgess in 1962. The Russian author wrote the novel in what he called the "nadsat" (teenage) vocabulary of the future, hence the language of this novel being Russian in origin and often very difficult to decifer. In the novel the author uses the term droog to refer to a friend (ie: my droogies) so when Dave addresses you as a Droogie, he is referring to you as a friend.

  • MASTER SCORP...

    IN THE MEGADETH HISTORY I FOUND THAT DAVE FORMED A BAND BEFORE THE ACTUAL MEGADETH, NAMED FALLEN ANGELS, DO YOU KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT THIS BAND, MEMBERS, SONGS, ETC...

    RUBÉN VALDEZ
    ZAPOPAN, MEXICO

    Dave formed Fallen Angels in April of 1983, directly following his time in Metallica. The original members were vocalist Lor Caine, rhythm guitarist Robby McKinney and bassist Matt Kisselstein. Dave had no drummer at the time, and the band never played live. While in Fallen Angels, Dave wrote his first songs, “Devil’s Island” and “Megadeath”, which later appeared as “Set The World Afire". In June of '83 Dave met David ‘Junior’ Ellefson and Greg Handevidt at his West Hollywood apartment (the infamous story told in the Megadeth: Behind The Music DVD). Both joined the band, replacing Robby and Matt. Soon Lor Caine was out, Dave took over vocal duties and the band's name was changed to Megadeth.

  • Scorpion

    What was the purpose of the Still Alive...and Well? release? If it was to fulfill contractual obligations to Sanctuary, why did Dave/Sanctuary choose to do more or less a reissue of TWNAH instead of some other not so repetitive compilation? Thanks!

    Kirk

    I asked Dave Mustaine your question Kirk, and here is a summary of his answer. "It was essentially a way to help Sanctuary recover some of their loses after it was announced that Megadeth had disbanded. It wasn't so much to fulfill a contractual obligation, as it was more of an offer to repay Sanctuary for what they laid out and/or spent believing in the band. Remember that they are in the business of selling records, I merely make them."

    Also, he reasoned that some people were unable to afford Rude Awakening, and Sanctuary has had some experience and success with selling half an original live record...so they released Still Alive...And Well? hoping that all audiences would be able to afford and enjoy it. He went on candidly saying "This was not my idea, but because it looked like an opportunity to 1) give some of the younger fans that don't have much money a chance to buy the songs (or those low on funds in general), and 2) to help repay Sanctuary for their loyalty to me and Megadeth, we went ahead with the release." Well, that all makes sense to me...hope it answered your question Kirk!

  • Hey Scor! Can you tell me what Dave did with his Jackson King V DM010 "Number One"? Did he sell it? Dose he still have it? Or what dude?

    Dave still has his number one. Here is part of an update posted on the Megadeth forums in 2005, before his Jackson guitars were put up for sale at the Megadeth eBay store: "I am finally listing my Jacksons that I have been saving, but I am keeping my number 1. I will never sell that one."

  • Hi, I am 28 yrs old and Megadeth is my favorite band of all time. They define kick ass music and without them music is nothing. I heard that their last album, united abominations, could be Dave's last album, is this true? Please let me and every other fan know if Dave plans on making any more new Megadeth albums. They are the only band I constantly buy the cd's for because they are the greatest and will always be the greatest. No other band will ever come close to the music Dave can produce. To me it is art. I listen to Megadeth any chance I get and try to encourage others to listen to them. Thank you for your time

    Megadeth fan for life,
    Brian

    According to Dave Mustaine, there will be another Megadeth album to come. Check out an excerpt from his latest post on the Megadeth forums, after wrapping up the United Abominations tour: "I can't wait to get back home and get to work on TheLiveLine with my partners, as well as start the building of our new studio. Hell, we need our own place to jam in when we start to reconvene and demo songs for the next record after the summer."

  • Hello Mr. ScorpioN,
    I would like to know about Dave's relationship with Slayer. Did he really audition Kerry King for guitar? Thank you Mr. ScorpioN.

    Technically Kerry King was not auditioned, he was asked to leave Slayer and join Megadeth. He ended up filling in for Megadeth's first shows in February 1984 to April of 1984.

    Here is an interview with Kerry from Decibel magazine in 2006:

    "I did it because I admired Mustaine — I'd seen him play with Metallica. He'd be up there drunk off his ass, just ripping, not even looking at his fingers. Me and Jeff didn't know how to do that yet. [laughs] When he got kicked out and was sniffing around for a guitarist, I figured I'd do it because I thought I could learn something. The other guys in Slayer were probably unhappy, but we weren't really known back then, and the way I looked at it was that if people saw me playing in Dave's band, it'd be more publicity for Slayer. Now you look back and you think 'supergroup,' but back then, absolutely not. I played their first five shows, and then I was like, 'Man, this is taking too much of my time.' I can't speak for Dave, but I don't think he would've been unhappy if I stuck around."

    As for Dave's relationship with Slayer, there is a long history of slagging in the press, mainly involving Kerry. Here is the last in-depth comment Dave made regarding Slayer, from 2005:

    "I don't even expect to see things worked out with Kerry. If I'm willing to sit down and say, 'Hey what's going on, why are you upset?' and he's still going to call me a dick and a prick and all this stuff... it's like, 'Dude, if you want to fight, you know where I live!' I mean, if you are just trying to make yourself look cool, that's understandable... you are cool, so why would you do this? If you really want to take a shot at me then get within range, don't do it through the press because you just make yourself look stupid. I like Slayer, I really don't know what the problem is?"

  • 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

    The game Gears of War already had it's music chosen before the song Gears of War was finished. Here's Dave explaining it in 2006, from Xbox's Major Nelson podcast:

    "The song Gears of War was being written when we first heard about Gears of War and Xbox partnering with us on Gigantour last year, and I was so flattered and impressed that I had gone over and and taken the title off of the song and changed the title of the song to Gears of War. (I) said, you know what, give them the song, and they said it's too late, the music's already done for the video game, and I said well, it doesn't matter, just tell them that I dedicate this song to them and (am) gonna name it Gears of War, and Jennifer heard it and flipped out over it, and the rest is just a match made in heaven."

  • DEAR SCORPION:

    ALL THE GREATEST BANDS HAVE A TRIBUTE ALBUM, IS THERE ANY TRIBUTE TO MEGADETH???

    RUBÉN VLADEZ
    ZAPOPAN, MEXICO

    There are a few Megadeth tribute albums floating around out there, most notably 1999's Megaded: A Tribute to Megadeth, which featured death metal covers. It was re-released in 2007 as This Is the News.

    In 2005, Europe and Argentina saw the release of Hangar Of Souls/Hangar De Almas, an album of Argentinean and European bands paying tribute, most notably Paul Di'Anno, former lead singer of Iron Maiden.

    The latest tribute to be released is by 'Metal Allstars', who offer a different take on some Megadeth classics.

  • ScorpioN,

    I was wondering about the Hangar 18 video. What is that footage from? A sci fi movie? I have tried to find it but have probably looked in the wrong places. The only other answer I can come up with is that its film created by Megadeth specifically for that video.

    You are right, the footage was created by Megadeth and director Paul Boyington. You can hear comments from both Daves about the making of Hangar 18 on the Rusted Pieces home video, which I will translate here:

    Mustaine: The making of Hangar 18 was really elaborate, as far as the people that were involved. There's a lot of creatures, a lot of makeup, a lot of special effects, miniaturization..

    In this video, the creatures that were used, they were quite numerous. There was all kinds of variations from just normal makeup to prosthetic makeup, where they put plastic on you, and they had all different kinds of helmets and masks that they were wearing.

    Ellefson: Director Paul Boyington's specialty is building miniature sets, in fact he's done it for some commercials, and for special effects in movies, building entire cities in miniature, like 2-3 feet high miniatures and then having a robotic arm with a camera on the end swooping through the city, and you're going to see a lot of that kind of effect in the Hangar 18 video here, in fact there's a segment right in the very beginning where there's some cattle mutilation, there's dead cattle, there's a comet superimposed coming through in the background...

    We shot for two days to actually get the band shots, at a power plant, which supplies about one third of the power to all of Los Angeles, down by the beach...Richard Schnell, who actually created the characters and did all the makeup for the aliens, had us painted white, and then put kind of like a water-based white makeup all over us, and we had to wear these contact lenses. I personally had never worn contact lenses before and I hate the things. Anyway we were put in the four cryogenic chambers in the end and (they) were put onto a cart which was towed by a couple of people down this track, it's at the very end of the video...eyes were killing us, freezing cold...the fun of making videos.

  • Hey Scorpion !

    Megadeth is my favorite band since I was just 3 years old, thanks to my dad a great metalhead, I'm 14 now and I'm still trying to know what's "MD.45"
    ....
    I searched in some places one the internet, but they have different informations ! So I asked my dad what's "MD.45", he said that it was a solo band of Dave Mustaine. Can you explain me what was that ??

    Thanks and congratz for the great work that you have done so far !

    Gonçalo Marques, Portugal.

    MD.45 was indeed a solo/side project for Dave. The album "The Craving" was released in 1996, and features Dave on guitar, Lee Ving of Fear on vocals, Kelly Lemieux of Goldfinger on bass, and future Megadeth drummer Jimmy DeGrasso. The name was a play on Dave and Lee's initials, 'MD' (Mustaine Dave) and 45, the translation of Roman numerals 'VL' or 'XVL' (Ving Lee). In 2004, "The Craving" was included in the Capitol Records remasters of Megadeth's back catalog, released with three bonus songs and Dave's re-recorded vocal tracks. The remastered version of the album is still in print and available online at Amazon.com.

  • Scorpion,

    I found an old song that Megadeth, Judas Priest and Metallica all sang together called Buried Alive. I have had this song for a couple of years. I wanted to know more information about this one song that I have. I don't know what year the song was maid. I guess it was just a one time thing. I cannot find this song from any ones albums.

    Thanks Charles

    The songs "Buried Alive" that were falsely renamed as being by Metallica/Megadeth on p2p networks are by Shadow Drop, from their 2005 album "Arbitrary" and Merciful Fate, from their 1999 album "9".

  • Hi Scorpion,

    I heard some where that dimebag darrell was asked to be a part of megadeth

    Is that true?

    Yes. This was a little-known fact up until Dimebag's untimely passing, where Dave made mention of it in the media. Here is the most recent transcript of him discussing it, taken from Headbanger's Ball in 2004.

    I had called up Darrell...and I said "Darrell I'd like you to play guitar for me", and he said "Sure man, but I need to bring my brother", and I said "What does your brother do?" I thought he was a guitar tech or something, and he said "No, he plays the drums", and I said "Well, I just hired Nick Menza". And he said basically that he wasn't going to be able to do it unless his brother came along. It was a missed opportunity for me I believe.

  • Hi Scorpion!

    What songs from official albums have megadeth never played live?

    Stay metal!

    Petter Pettersen Norway

    Here is the list of phantom live songs, taken from the standard official albums, in order by year of release. All of Killing Is My Business, Peace Sells and So Far So Good So What have been performed live, so we begin with the Rust In Peace album.

    Five Magics
    Poison Was the Cure
    Rust in Peace...Polaris
    Architecture of Aggression
    Captive Honor
    Psychotron
    Addicted to Chaos
    I Thought I Knew It All
    Black Curtains
    Blood of Heroes
    Elysian Fields
    No More Mr. Nice Guy
    Problems
    Diadems
    Breakpoint
    Mastermind
    Have Cool, Will Travel
    The Doctor Is Calling
    Wanderlust
    Ecstasy
    Seven
    Time: The End
    Disconnect
    Recipe For Hate
    Losing My Senses
    Silent Scorn
    When
    Tears In A Vial
    I Know Jack
    Truth Be Told
    Shadow Of Deth
    My Kingdom Come
    United Abominations
    Blessed Are The Dead
    Play For Blood
    Amerikhastan
    You're Dead

  • Where can I get accurate Killing Is My Business Tabs.

    Brian Stewart

    Unfortunately, tablature for the Killing Is My Business album has never been published in an official format. And as it can be mind-numbing to wander through the never ending homemade tab pages on the net, I will enlighten you to an impressive site that was created by a Droogie named abysslord from our very own forums. Enjoy.

    http://www.abysslord.com/megadeth/tabs/tab.htm

  • Hi Scorpion!

    Dread and the Fugitive Mind and Sweating Bullets are two of my favorites Megadeth songs. But can you tell me: what do they talk about? Dread and the Fugitive Mind seems to talk about a thief, or something, but I can't reckognize any specific one. And sweating bullets doesn't make any sense to me. Can you tell me what do they mean? Thank you very much Mr. Fall ofMan!

    José Otaviano from Minas Gerais, Brazil

    Dave has addressed the subject matter of both songs in the media. In 2001, he talks about Dread and the Fugitive Mind:
    "It's about judgment. The great paradox is if there isn't a God and you live your life like a good person, you haven't lost anything. If there is a God and you lived your life like a dirtbag, you're screwed. Basically what I'm saying is, 'What if there's no judgment?' I think a lot of times people have gotten up on the moral hilltop and yelled down to the masses down at the bottom of the valley about their spiritual superiority and it just alienates you."

    In 1992, he explains Sweating Bullets:
    "I wrote that about myself. It was pointed out to me that I'm kind of schizophrenic and that I live inside my head. Which is something I don't subscribe to, but I enjoyed the theory nonetheless."
    "I think all of us are sweating bullets all the time. Society's a joke right now, and people are getting more and more hostile. When you think about having an evil twin or schizophrenia, I think a lot of us are schizo, because we live inside our heads. There's someone we all confer with; it's called our conscience. Some people cannot control their other side; it takes them over. Everybody has that psychotic side. Everyone has a thing that will make them snap."

  • Dear ScorpioN,

    hey wats up, ima big fan of megadeth, im wondering where u guys got the lyrics from "shadow of deth" cuz it sounds familier....
    Metal up Your Ass!!!!!

    -saul, 4rm california!!

    It is a Psalm from the Bible (Psalm 23 by David to be exact).

    Auxilium meum a Domino

    The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want
    He maketh me to lie down in green pastures
    He leadeth me beside the still waters
    He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me
    In the paths of righteousness for his name's sake
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death
    I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me
    Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies
    Thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over
    Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life
    And I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever

  • During the song "502" on SFSGSW, there is part half-way through the song that sounds like a car being chased by the cops. Underneath this sound effect is another song playing. If you listen closely you can hear, what sounds like Dave, singing the lyrics "got you under my wheels". I was wondering what song it is and is that Dave singing the lyrics?

    Megadarren

    Hey there Darren,

    Dave Mustaine discussed the differences between the original recordings and the remastered albums, and this is what he had to say about 502.
    "In 502 there’s a little bit… (Alice Cooper’s my Godfather) and in the middle of the part where the music breaks down the guy hops in the car and he’s racing down the street before the car crashed in 502. I had the radio click on and on the radio is playing 'Under My Wheels'. Now, that never made it on Michael Wagner’s version because he left it out. It’s on the tape, I put it back in. That’s what I wanted." So you are semi-correct mate, the lyrics "got you under my wheels" are being sung, but not by Mr. Mustaine! This is a clip from "Under My Wheels" by Alice Cooper. Incidentally, Alice became Dave's Godfather one year after "So Far, So Good...So What!" came out; the same year that Megadeth recorded their cover of his song "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for Wes Craven's "Shocker" soundtrack. Small world, eh? And just another little tidbit about this tune for you, my police friend informed me that a "502" is code for drunk driving. Keep those questions coming, and the Scorpion says...you drink, you drive...you lose!

  • Dear Scorpion,

    A friend of mine recently gave me a home-made cd with a band doing a cover of the Metallica song "Battery" on it, he said it was Megadeth playing it. the vocals do sound similar to that of Dave Mustaine's, but i was wondering if Megadeth have ever done a cover of "Battery".
    thanx a bunch,

    Henri

    Henri, you might want to tell your friend that he is mistaken. The cover of the Metallica song "Battery" that you're asking about is from the album "Metal Militia - A Tribute to Metallica II" that was released in 1996. "Battery" was covered by a band called Blakk Totem on that album, not by Megadeth. In fact, Megadeth has never covered a Metallica song, so do me a favor and set your friend straight on the truth concerning this issue.

  • Dear Scorpion,

    What's the deal with the md.45 album? Is it Megadeth? I'm a big Megadeth fan so why have I never heard of it?

    -Derek Herbert
    Middle of nowhere, Canada

    Well Derek...you may not have heard of it because it isn't Megadeth, MD.45 was Dave Mustaine's side project. MD.45 created only one album, The Craving, that was released in 1996. The band members were as follows: Vocals (and Harmonica)-Lee Ving, Bass-Kelly Lemieux. Drums-Jimmy Degrasso and Guitars-Dave Mustaine (who also produced the album). Mustaine and Ving created the band name by reversing their intitial's...Dave Mustaine's reversed are MD and Lee Ving's are VL which is 45 in Roman numerals hence the name MD.45. If you haven't checked out the album Derek, definitely give it a listen.

    And on an interesting side note...The Craving is included in all of the re-mastered albums, but this album re-master in particular has a twist. Ving's vocal tracks and harmonica parts were missing when it came time to re-mix the album...so Dave ended up re-singing all the vocals himself, as well as simulating the harmonica on a guitar so picking up this re-master is a must!

  • Dear Scorpion,

    Who sings on Dawn Patrol?

    Dan

    Hi Dan! It is Dave Mustaine's vocals that you hear on the song Dawn Patrol, which is from the album Rust in Peace. In this song his voice was meant to sound like a mole, and Dave created this tone by drawing air over his bottom lip while biting down on his upper teeth.

  • Dear Scorpion,

    Way way back in the the absolute start of megadeth - for the first album KIMB - what guitar brand was Dave on ? Ive been told so many different storys now but more than less say that he was on BC Rich prior to signing with Jackson - true or false mate ? ?
    And outa curiosity what model BC Rich was he playing if this is the case ?

    Kindest regards ,
    Graham .

    True. The BC Rich Bich was Dave's axe of choice for Megadeth from the Killing Is My Business era up until late 1986, when he switched to the Jackson King V. Have a gander at the Gallery on Megadeth.com to see pics of Dave playing it.

  • Dear Scorpion,

    I've seen a guy named Dijon Carruthers mentioned before in the liner notes for PSBWB, who is he?

    Curious in Canada

    Hello Curious! In the liner notes for the album, Peace Sells, But Who's Buying?, there is a reference made to Dijon Carruthers as the inspiration for the songs Black Friday and Bad Omen. Black Friday discusses an imaginary serial killer, and goes into graphic details about his actions; Bad Omen is about a satanic ritual. There has been some curiosity among fans about who Dijon is or was, whether or not he was the actual killer, if he was a Satanist, and exactly how he was the "inspiration" for these two songs. According to Dave M., "Dijon Carruthers was a drummer with us temporarily, before Gar Samuelson. He was a very talented, but strange person. He used to hang out with an even stranger guy that was definitely into the occult; this guy was fully wacked! Dijon's friend seemed to know a lot of the occult, he wrote a lot of strange things and symbols down on paper. Although Dijon did get credit for inspiring those two songs, that was the extent of it".

    When asked if Dijon was actually a Satanist, or a murderer, Dave replied, "Dijon may or may not be or have been a Satanist, and he did not commit murder that I know of at the time I was associating him. Dijon was a very talented drummer, and he came from a gifted family. I wish him well in his endeavors, whatever they may be."

  • Dear Scorpion,
    I've heard a rumour that Glen is leaving Megadeth to be with his family. Is this true? If so, when will he leave, and who will play for the upcoming tour if he's not there?

    Fellow Droog,
    Matt

    The band has confirmed that this rumor is true. Glen has left Megadeth in order to spend more time with his family and to move on with his future musical endeavors. Happily, Megadeth has found its new lead
    guitarist and will be able to continue with its touring plans for 2008.
    Chris Broderick , who has played with such bands as Jag Panzer and Nevermore, has been chosen to replace Glen. Anyone who has seen Chris play can attest to the fact that he is a master shredder and will be a welcome addition to take Megadeth to the next level. We wish Glen all the best in the future and give a warm welcome to Chris! Make sure you catch him on the road with Megadeth in Europe and Asia this Winter and on Gigantour USA 2008 in the Spring.

  • Hey whats going on Scorpion dude or chick..whoever is behind the typing of Scorpion?!!
    This part is not a question.I live in SanJose, CA. and i met Al patrelli at his drum store!!

    I was wondering Scorpion, does Sir. Dave Mustaine(the Rock Lord) GIVE AWAY or SELL any of his own PERSONAL musical equipment from his home? Stuff he don't even want anymore that's just lying around his casa? I love making music maannn, i play Guitar and Drums and can only record my shit on a gay 4-track.

    If Dave Mustaine, (which is probably YOU SCORPION..huh..dont lie!), could be Santa Clause for one day, and help the cause of a fuckin needy starving musician (ME) by SELLING or GIVING away Any type of musical device, that would be NICE!!!

    -thanks, this was darrick

    You are in luck mate. Megadeth often sorts through their old gear stored at a special warehouse in California and gives fans the opportunity to purchase instruments and many other items in two main locations.

    First, the Official Megadeth eBay store is found here http://stores.ebay.com/The-Official-Megadeth-Store and features anything you can think of related to Megadeth, from a pair of jeans worn by Dave Mustaine, to a DV8 tour guitar to drum sticks used by Shawn Drover. The majority of these items are autographed.

    Second, there is the Megadeth Fanclub found at http://megafanclub.megadeth.com/ This is an exclusive, members only passworded website which occasionally features auctions of the band's gear and other promotional autographed items and contests with all kinds of items given away. If you aren't a member, I'd highly recommend it, it comes with all kinds of Megadeth goodies and perks.

  • How did you come up with your band's name? Megadeth... personally not the first thing that i would think of as a name for a band. i heard Dave toured as "Vic & the Rattleheads" or something like that, but that's all i really know Alex

    What's in a name? Well, in this case, after Dave Mustaine's untimely departure from his former band, Metallica, he was on a four day cross country bus ride home to the bay area and was jotting down some lyrics on the back of a handbill to pass the time. The pamphlet was from California Senator Alan Cranston and was a political discussion of the dangers of nuclear armament. One quote said "The arsenal of megadeath can't be rid no matter what the peace treaties come to." This line also influenced the lyrics to "Set the World Afire". A Megadeath is the death of one million people attributed to a nuclear blast. Drop the second "A" and you got a pretty sweet powerful name for a new speed metal band. Incidentally, The Megadeaths was also the original name of the band the preceded Pink Floyd, which took its eventual name from two bluesmen, Pink Anderson and Floyd Council to acknowledge its bluesey roots. I'll direct you to my column dated 3-7-05 available in the Scorpion Archives for an explanation of Vic & The Rattleheads.

  • I was listening to "Wake Up Dead" the other day and heard the name Diana mentioned. Who is she? I'd like to know. Thanks!

    Steven

    Ah Diana, the face the launched a thousand album sales, millions even! "Wake Up Dead" is basically about cheating on your lover and sneaking back into the house hoping that you won't get caught, because if you do, you'll surely "wake up dead". The mistress in this particular instance is Diana, the name of Mustaine's former flame. Diana allegedly caused a bit of a stir in the band back in 1989, according to Dave Mustaine's "Megadeth: Behind the Music" interview on VH1. Jeff Young, former guitarist for the Megadeth, was apparently contemplating putting the moves on Diana, much to the dismay of Mustaine, which was part of the reason that he was fired from the band. Happy New Year mates!

  • Scorpion,
    This is an 18 yr old metalhead from Bangalore,India. i feel that india has a fast growing, kick-ass metal culture. very few ppl dont know about megadeth and how amazing they are. There is a rumour goin around in megadeth india forums that megadeth will be playing here in march. there is no confirmation or negation in the megadeth.com killing road. could u please let us know??
    and from all the indian fans..
    MUSTAINE IS KING!!!!
    MEGADETH RULES!!!
    \m/

    thanking you..
    Mrinal

    I can now officially confirm that Megadeth is coming to India. To your home town in fact! How's that for service mate? Megadeth is playing the Rock in India Festival, held in Bangalore on March 14, 2008. The concert is taking place at the Palace Grounds, and so far the other bands supporting Megadeth include Machine Head, Pentagram and Junkyard Groove. Tickets are on sale now at TicketPro, so get them as soon as you can. The Megadeth.com forums recently opened an India forum in the International Forums, so please feel free to head over there to discuss the festival!

    The show in India follows Megadeth's European Tour of Duty which covers the UK and mainland Europe. You can also now vote for the opener for the Europe shows at http://www.theliveline.com. As always, keep an eye on the Killing Road at Megadeth.com for tour updates.

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