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Hello! I was wondering if there was any meaning behind the phrase "4 in the morning" in Dave's lyrics. Take the lines:
"It's four in the morning" - Wake Up Dead
"It's four in the morning and I still see your face" - Almost Honest
The lyric "four in the morning" does in fact have meaning behind it. Four in the morning is supposed to be the time that the most demonic activity is taking place in the unseen world. It is also the supposed "Darkest Hour". As well, Dave Mustaine's insomnia strikes every night at 4 am! This is a fact.
Got a question for the lord and savior for all metal bass players: David Ellefson
Back in the KIMB era David played with his fingers (I'm a finger style player as well) and I really enjoy playing that stuff, what brand of strings did Mr Ellefson use back then (if he played with fingers or pick) I tried a lot of strings before and attempting to play with pick and fingers.
I found out that DRs are too heavy for finger play and Rotosound not durable enough for pick.
So would be awesome to know what brand David used to play.
David used Rotosound Swing Bass strings during that period. He initially played with fingers when Megadeth was formed but he moved over to a pick full time by the time the band was into the KIMB era.
I want to ask David Ellefson or whoever knows, is there a prototype of his signature Jackson concert bass guitar, designed for left-handed people, and if yes, where i can find it ?
David Ellefson doesn't have a prototype of the signature model as a lefty but Jackson will likely offer a left handed model bass in the near future.
Hope that helps!
I was watching a video of the song The Right To Go Insane. I suppose it is about Shawn Nelson, is that true??? And what are that graves on the beginning of the video (there is inscription "beloved father and beloved mother" on it) and on the end of the video (with inscription "vic rattlehead 1952-1995")???
Hello, yes this is true, the "The Right To Go Insane" video is based on Shawn Nelson's tank rampage.
"Shawn Timothy Nelson (August 21, 1959 – May 17, 1995) was a U.S. Army veteran and unemployed plumber who stole an M60A3 Patton tank from a United States National Guard Armory in San Diego, California, and went on a rampage on May 17, 1995, destroying cars, fire hydrants, and a recreational vehicle before being shot and killed by police."
The two graves at the beginning of the video represent Nelson's mother and father who both died of cancer in 1992.
The Vic Rattlehead grave at the end is a representation of the one who drove the tank through the video. It is fictitious, and is why the dates of Nelson's death don't exactly match what is on the Vic headstone.
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 information! 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 Mustaine. 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, will the Blood of Heroes wine be available to non club members? I really want a bottle but unfortunately cannot renew my Cyber Army membership at this time. :(
Steve from Tennessee
Hello Steve, the new Limited Edition "Blood Of Heroes" Syrah 2011 is being sold to club members only for 48 hours starting Monday, October 13 @ 9 a.m. PDT. The wine will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. But if there are bottle left over after the club presale, there will be an opportunity at a later time for non-club members to purchase the wine. Keep checking the websites and our emails for when that time may be.
To David I ask...
What would your Favorite Bass be?
As you play a lot on your Jackson range but do you have a FAVORITE bass?
Thanks again The Scorpion, You rock!
Sincerely, Orian, AKA Zac "The Stripper" Solomon
Hello Orian, David was happy to provide an answer for you question!
"My Jacksons are the perfect fit for Megadeth live shows and certain recordings.
But I also have some studio faves as well, like my Spector NS2 (used on the Cryptic Writings album), Modulus Quantum 5 and 78 Fender Pbass (both used on the Youthanasia album).
So my faves are all the above!"
I have a question about the intro to 'Blackmail the Universe'. Can you tell me who the female voice reading the news broadcast belongs to?
Jack from England
Celeste Amber Montague is the female voice you hear reading the news broadcast at the beginning of the song "Blackmail The Universe". Celeste is a professional newscaster in Phoenix, Arizona and was a friend of Dairen Bennett, who is the voice of the General in the song and also a friend of Dave Mustaine's. This is how she was brought into do the spot on the song.
Our nation stands at DEFCON 3!
Scorpion, could you tell me what TV shows Megadeth music has been played on? I can think of a few times I have heard Megadeth in the background for shows, but I really wonder how many times Megadeth has actually been played musically on a show ... or movie.
Ken from Ontario, Canada
Hi Ken, Megadeth's music has indeed made its way in to many TV shows, movies, soundtracks and even video games. I happen to have a list of just some of Megadeth's "on-screen" musical appearances. See below!
• Shocker (original soundtrack) – “No More Mr. Nice Guy” (1989)
• Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey (soundtrack) – “Go To Hell” (1991)
• Beavis and Butt-Head (TV show) – “Sweating Bullets”, “99 Ways To Die” (1993)
• Last Action Hero (original soundtrack) – “Angry Again” (1993)
• Super Mario Bros. (movie soundtrack) - “Breakpoint” (1993)
• Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight (original soundtrack) - “Diadems” (1995)
• Mortal Kombat: Annihilation (soundtrack) – “Almost Honest” (1997)
• WCW Monday Nitro (TV show) – “Crush ‘Em” (1999)
• Universal Soldier: The Return (soundtrack) – “Crush ‘Em” (1999)
• Killer (short film) – “Looking Down The Cross” (2000)
• Black Scorpion (TV show) – “Trust”, “Hangar 18”, “Five Magics” (2001)
• Grand Theft Auto: Vice City (video game) – “Peace Sells” (2002)
• Hinter Gittern - Der Frauenknast (TV show) – “Symphony Of Destruction” (2003)
• True Crimes: Streets of LA (video game) – “Peace Sells”, “Symphony Of Destruction” (2003)
• Guitar Hero (video game) – “Symphony Of Destruction” (2005)
• Gears of War (video game) – “Gears Of War” (2006)
• Yu-Gi-Oh! The Abridged Series (TV show) – “Hangar 18” (2006)
• 100 Greatest Hard Rock Songs (TV movie) – “Peace Sells” (2008)
• Brutal Legend (video game) – “High Speed Dirt“, “Tornado Of Souls” (2009)
• Guitar Hero 5 (video game) – “Sweating Bullets” (2009)
• Never Dead (video game) – “Never Dead” (2010)
• Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock (video game) – “Sudden Death” (2010)
• Metal Evolution (TV show) – Peace Sells, “Tornado of Souls” (2011)
• NCIS Los Angeles (TV show) – “Built For War” (2013)
I am sure to be missing some, but that gives you an idea, doesn't it?! Pretty cool "eh" Ken? ;)
In the Holy Wars... The Punishment Due (Casey McMackin demo), who exactly is Casey McMackin?
Hello there, Casey McMackin is a music engineer/producer who has worked since the early 80’s on many albums including Megadeth, Motorhead, Exodus and more. He is credited as the audio engineer on Megadeth’s 1986 release, “Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying” on which he is also credited for additional vocals on “Good Mourning/Black Friday” and “My Last Words”.
David Ellefson talks about Casey in David’s recent autobiography “My Life With Deth”.
"After that tour [February ’86 USA east coast - technically second leg of Killing Is My Business tour] we started putting plans together to record Peace Sells… at the Music Grinder studio on Melrose Avenue in Hollywood. The recording was contractually still with Combat Records, our label at the time. We had a $25,000 budget from them this time, so we could put ourselves on small salaries. It also allowed us to bring in an outside producer, Randy Burns. He and his engineer Casey McMackin worked fast and furious on the album. Casey was an excited young lad who spent a long time running through guitar bass tones with us and offering suggestions on parts and revisions—in many ways, responding like a producer.”
"Holy Wars... The Punishment Due" (Casey McMackin Demo) was previously unreleased before being released on Megadeth's 2007 "Warchest" Box Set. You can check out the track at this YouTube link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJ1Y95ZxRG4
Hey there ScorpioN, it's Orian again.
I have a question about Shawn.
What was his first kit?
Cause I am a multi-musician as I play drums, guitar, bass, sing and most other stringed instruments.
I am writing a 40 page S.A. about Megadeth and I have two weeks to finish it.
I have written about the several times i have seen Megadeth, twice here in New Zealand, 4 times at Sound Wave in Australia and I loved all...
But the big highlight was hearing A Tout Le Monde LIVE here in New Zealand.
But I am drifting away from my question, if you could tell me that would be great.
Orian Nomolos, lead guitar, main vocal of Church Hill
Orian, here is the story of Shawn's first drum kit, directly from the man himself!
Hi Orian, thanks for the question. My first drum kit is in the Guinness book of world records for being the WORST drum set in the history of time, but man I sure was proud of it, as I literally bought it piece by piece (bass drum and snare first, 2 rack toms, floor tom and 2nd bass drum came later) I bought all the pieces from the local teenage rock drummer, whom I admired as a young 13 year old whipper snapper dying to obtain and and all drum knowledge. I can’t even tell you which drum company made any of the drums, as the shells were bare wood, to which I put a clear coat of varnish on them to attempt to make them look “somewhat” similar. I didn’t even have cymbal stands so I would steal music stands from my school, put some tape on the top and rest the cymbal on them - it actually worked, believe it or not!!!!! The first good piece of equipment i bought for that kit was a Pearl double tom stand-I still remember buying it at Steve’s music in Montreal (where I bought all of my gear over time as a teenager) Once that was set up I was on cloud 9 with sheer joy.
Bottom line is I have such fond memories of that kit because I worked for it and bought it with my own $$$$$ as a 13 year old. It didn’t sound very good, but i was so happy to have it at the time.
Dear "The Scorpion"
I have had a question about Megadeth (Rather about Dave Mustaine) for I'd say about Several years now.
Being 17 and all Music has a more "Expensive" take on me.
What was Dave Mustaine's First Electric Guitar, cause his Biography's never said anything about his "First Electric Guitar"!
If you could tell me or if Dave could tell me HIMSELF, that would be amazing!
Hi there, Dave Mustaine's first guitar was a cheap $80 SG copy.
Thanks for asking!
Hi,I always wondered, in the chorus of Tornado of Souls (best chorus ever!) Dave sings "eye of THE tornado" or just "of tornado", I'm pretty sure he said "the" but he said it really quickly. Hopefully I'm right and ill win my 10 bucks bet!
Thanks for reading
Idan from Israel.
Hello Idan, looks like you are going to win that bet! Dave does sing the word "the" in that line.
But, now I'm safe in the eye of the tornado
I can't replace the lies that let a 1000 days go
No more living trapped inside
In her way I'll surely die
In the eye of the tornado, blow me away
I have to agree, one of the best choruses ever!
Who does that laugh at the beginning of Lucretia, coz everytime my mates dog hears it she goes absolutely nuts, barking and foaming at the mouth, now we always have to skip the intro to avoid severed limbs.
Its not Marge Simpson is it?
No kind sir, it is not Marge Simpson. Rather, it is a woman named Sandra Rabin, and if my knackered memory serves me correctly I believe she was a secretary at Laffitte Entertainment Division at the time RIP was recorded.
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.
Hello, I'm very interested, is there any video material where Mr. Ellefson plays Jackson JS3 Kelly or his signature Jackson Kelly models all the lives I've ever seen he uses Concert models lately only Concert V quicksilver I would appreciate to see a video where he plays Kelly bass live.
Thanks Sincerely Acho Junior.
Hello Acho Junior, most of the time David only plays the Kelly Birds later in the live set, or on the encores. So, there may not be much video out there with that bass in it. YouTube may have something if you look up a live version of "Peace Sells..." or " Holy Wars.
What album does the song "One thing" come from? I cant find it any where.
Hello, the song "One Thing" is considered a "non-album single". It was recorded in 1997, and appeared as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Cryptic Writings.
Hey Scorp, Is there a particular reason why your name is ScorpioN? You remind me my favorite Megadeth song, The Scorpion. (: Is there any connection?
As I climb onto your back, I will promise not to sting
I will tell you what you want to hear, and not mean anything
Then I treat you like a dog as I shoot my venom in
You pretend you didn't know that I am a scorpion, oh...
Yes... I am definitely connected to this song! ...my fave too!
Hi, I'm not sure if you would be the right person to ask but during the Super Collider Tour (at least at the Warfield in SF) there were videos playing in the background and I was wondering if it's possible to find them or buy them?
Hi Aron, the video snippets you are referring to are played between select songs during Megadeth’s current setlist. The clips are from movies that include talk about Megadeth. Entertaining, aren't they?! They are shown on the big screens when the band is either changing instruments or taking a very short pause between songs. As for that particular date at the Warfield Theatre in San Francisco, CA on December 18 2013, the video snippets included in the setlist were as follows:
Wake Up Dead
In My Darkest Hour
Set The World A Fire
Silver Lining Video (from the movie Silver Linings Playbook - 2012)
Garth Video(from the movie Wayne’s World 2 - 1993)
Tornado Of Souls
Symphony Of Destruction
Talk Radio Video (from the movie Talk Radio - 1988)
You can check out those clips here:
I'm a girl who playing electric guitar and Megadeth guitarists are always be my inspirer. I want to learn what Megadeth members are thinking about ladies in Metal world?
The guys love being an inspiration to all aspiring musicians. We need more ladies in Metal!! There has been a resurgence of women stepping into the arena in recent years, and we are all for it! I once heard some DJ on the radio say, "If we didn't have women in rock n' roll, it would just be a bunch of loud, drunk dudes." So play with confidence, practice a ton, and welcome to the fold!
Hey ScorpioN! I have a question for Chris Broderick.
Chris, I adore your work with Megadeth and think that you are an unbelievably amazing guitar player! Your guitar playing inspires me! Anyway, I have a question regarding your first guitar solo on the song Deadly Nightshade (the one that comes after Dave’s first solo). Your solo is played under a very cool, harmonized rhythm. How did you approach that solo? What scales did you go to? I’m very interested in the technical aspects of guitar playing.
Thank you! Cheers!
Huge Megadeth fan!
What a great question and I love that song! I know a thing or two about poisonous substances, but Chris knows more than I about all that technical guitar playing stuff. As I've said before they won't let me near guitar strings!
Chris said, "Thanks for the compliments, I am glad you liked my solo!!!! The first thing that I heard was a rhythmic sequence. I composed that using some interlaced arpeggio's (i, and V) down in octaves by tapping them. The general tonality would be a harmonic minor but what I wanted to achieve was a cool interval playfulness. From there I went into a pentatonic scale that ascends as kind of an answer to the arpeggio's. To end the solo I use a string skipping minor 7 arp to resolve. I hope this gives you some insight and inspiration. Maybe I can hear what you come up with someday? Thanks again. Chris."
Hey guys, I'm a huge fan of Megadeth. I was watching the From the Vault videos and i realized that before Megadeth appeared on the stage, there used to be a speech like 'stay in your home, remain calm'. Whose speech is this?
Violet from Turkey.
The intro music you are referring to is called "Shut Up, Be Happy". This is actually the opening track on Ice T's third album, "The Iceberg/Freedom of Speech...Just Watch What You Say". The music in the background of the song is Black Sabbath's "Black Sabbath" and the voice you hear delivering the spoken word is Jello Biafra, the singer of the Dead Kennedys, who is a self-proclaimed anarchist and member of the Green Party. Here are the lyrics, reprinted courtesy of Sire Records:
We interrupt this program with a special bulletin:
America is now under martial law.
All constitutional rights have been suspended.
Stay in your homes.
Do not attempt to contact love ones, insurance agent or attorney.
Do not attempt to think or depression may occur.
Stay in your homes.
Curfew is at 7 PM sharp after work.
Anyone caught outside of gates of their suveillance sectors after curfew will be shot.
Remain calm, do not panic.
Your neighborhood watch officer will be by to collect urine examples in the morning.
Anyone gaught intefering with the collection of urine examples will be shot.
Stay in your homes, remain calm.
The number one enemy of progress is questions.
National security is more important than individual will.
All sports broadcasts will proceed as normal.
No more than two people may gather anywhere without permission.
Use only the drugs described by your boss or supervisor.
Shut up, be happy.
Obey all orders without question.
The comfort you demanded is now mandatory.
At last everything is done for you
I'm a huge Megadeth fan, Dave is one of the most influential figures in my life, in terms of guitar playing, songwriting, and learning about life.
I remember Dave saying that he has written a few love songs for Pam before 'The Hardest Part of Letting Go', so I was wondering which songs are about her? I presume there are some on Youthanasia, Cryptic Writings, Risk, and maybe TWNAH & TSHF.
Excellent question! Megadeth and Dave are not known for love songs or ballads, but the occasional love-inspired song has made its way onto albums. To answer your question specifically, "Tears In A Vial" off The System Has Failed was a song for Pam.
I have watched countless hours of AWESOME backstage footage of Megadeth on YouTube from the name "MegadethizeD". A lot of the vids are from the R.I.P. era and whoever filmed them was someone super close to the band. My question, ScorpioN, is, WAS IT YOU?? And if not, who was it?
Thanks- Megadeth Rules...
There is no shortage of Megadeth footage on YouTube, that's for sure!
Any band that has been around for 30+ years is going to have videos from their vaults floating around. To answer your question directly...yes, it was me. I had my own special guy that carried me around at human height so that I could film all the awesomeness that surrounds a Megadeth show.
Thanks for watching!
My question is for Mr Ellefson.
Was he using a pick all the time or some of bass lines were recorded with his fingers?
Great question! David is known for using a pick to play the bass guitar, besides just being a kick-a$^ bass player. He uses a pick for tone, precision, and consistency both playing live and recording, so most all of the bass lines are recorded with a pick. He talks a little more about his decision to use a pick in his autobiography, "My Life With Deth", so you should check it out.
I play the electric guitar about a year and I think that I am very good at playing, but sometimes when I look for band looking for guitarist I find only bands looking for bass guitarist. So sometimes I think about playing the bass guitar. So I have a question to David, what is the most important in playing the bass guitar?
Thank you! Greeting from Poland!
I commend you in wanting to diversify your musical talents! If there's a demand for bass players in your area, then by all means see what you can do. David is also a guitar player, so he had some great insight into your question.
"Playing the bass is similar to guitar in some skills but it really is a completely different role. You become the glue between the guitars and drums in a rock band so sometimes you play the guitar lines and others you play more rhythmically with the drums.
It is a fun instrument and in a live setting the bass is an undeniable presence in the room....enjoy! -David Ellefson"
I hope that answers your question Bartek - go for it!
I wanna know where can i buy Megadeth Thrashing Through The Snow? N why didn't it count in their discography? Cheers
"Thrashing Through The Snow" was a skit they did just for Jimmy Kimmel Live! in December 2013. You can watch it here:
While everyone would love to be able to buy an official version of "Thrashing Through The Snow", it is priceless.
I have read about the band recording a DVD on their next show in Buenos Aires on May 1st and as I haven't seen any official information I was wondering if it is indeed true.
Wouldn't that be awesome?? We know that the Mega Machine likes to film in South America - the crowds are huge and loud and go all out for the band. However we also know that plans can change at a moment's notice due to unavoidable circumstances (ahem, Uruguay?) - so if a recording does happen, the Megadeth Cyber Army will be the first to know!
I would like to know if the band name Megadeth ever appeared on any album covers with the spelling as Megadeath. A friend of my swears he had a copy of Killing Is My Business... With the Megadeath spelling back in the 80's but has since lost said copy but still insists that it exist. I said if he did have it. It must have been a bootleg or maybe a record company misprint, he gets very mad when I say that and tries to tell me that Dave changed the spelling after Killing wuz released but I have seen the story about how Dave got the name from a pamphlet on the bus ride home after the whole Metallica kicking him out thing and had changed the spelling before Megadeth even did there first show. The answer to this will end a long standing battle between myself and my friend.
Your friend has no idea what he's talking about and the battle is over! There positively is no album cover with the spelling "Megadeath"...case settled. I hope you had a good bet riding on this one!
It has been quite a while now since the band has referenced its plans for the Youthanasia anniversary.
Youthanasia is one of my favourites and I am pretty stocked about whatever it is that the band feels like doing to commemorate such great album. Still, I was wondering if is there going to be a re-edition of the album, like those of Peace Sells and Countdown. I have been looking to get a copy of the Youthanasia/Hidden Treasures bundle but since those haven't been out for a long time, they get pretty expensive sometimes. So, my question for the Scorp is precisely related to that "bundle": are there any plans to re-release the Youthanasia/Hidden Treasures special or has the band not yet discussed this subject?
Youthanasia is one of my favorites too! I would really like to see and re-edition, but there's just no telling if that'll happen yet. Anything is possible and there's still lots of time for the Megadeth camp to decide. Make sure to keep an eye on Megadeth.com/news for any updates.