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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.
Aside from 'The Who', I can't remember a Super Bowl halftime show worth even watching.... Why wouldn't Goodell and the NFL want an act that were actually real football fans, instead of all these pop culture posers??? Scorp, you gotta pull some Stings, I mean STRINGS, and get Megadeth in there in 2015.......
Joe- PA (U.S.A)
That's a very good question. One I would like to know myself. I'm guessing it has something to do with the NFL thinking they want to appeal to the widest audience, and "pop" is short for "popular", so there ya go. Due to my anatomy, trying to pull strings usually ends up as clipping strings. Dave won't let me near his guitar...
I've noticed that many of Megadeth's song- and album titles are divided in two, like Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!, Rust In Peace... Polaris and Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?
Is there any particular reason why Megadeth does that?
My regards to you, Dave, Chris, David and Shawn,
That is very observant of you but no, there is no particular reason there are two-part titles. I think Dave likes to get the whole thought process about a song or album into the titles, which sometimes you can say in one or two words and sometimes you can't.
Thanks for your question...until next time.
I've been listening to the CTE album a lot recently, but it always seems to me that the song Psychotron and Ashes In Your Mouth do not belong to the collection of songs on that album. The song length, style, dynamics and rhythms are very different to the rest of the album. These two tracks sound like they belong more to the Rust In Peace collection of songs.
Were these 2 songs originally written for the RIP album perhaps?
Ian from Ireland
Hey Ian from Ireland,
When you have a catalog like Megadeth, the collection of bits and pieces, riffs, and lyrics are never-ending. Even for Super Collider, Dave said they had the idea to cover "Cold Sweat" years ago. The songs "Psychotron" and "Ashes In Your Mouth" were written long after the Rust In Peace era, but even Dave told me that it's still possible that to some degree they could have started during those times.
My question is, Has there been a particular gig that you have played that will be burnt into your minds as the one gig that ruled them all?
Thanks, Liam D
What a great question Liam! I went to each of the guys to find out what gig stood out to them the most - which is tall order considering the extent of their live show careers. Here's what they had to say...
Dave Mustaine: We keep setting the bar higher for ourselves, as the world starts to get over the BS feuds and just listen to us for our musical merit. If I had to choose from what we have done so far, it is a very broad question: do you mean live, indoor, outdoor, on TV, acoustic, with a guest, with an all-star line-up, in my country, overseas, etc., etc.
I like playing in my front room the best.
Shawn Drover: For me it is The Forum in Montreal - 2005. This was the venue I dreamed of playing as a teenager watching all my favorite bands perform. In my mind I always hoped that one day I would be in a successful band and headline the Forum - luckily for me, it actually did happen (many times since then, as well). So although I have played countless amazing venues/shows over the years, the Montreal Forum will always be a special venue for me.
David Ellefson: Rock in Rio 1991 is still one that stands out as an all time favorite. It was the largest crowd we'd ever played to (140,000 people) and our first time to Brazil and South America. It stands as one of my best concert memories ever!
Chris Broderick: For me, it would be the first Big 4 in Warsaw!!!! We had just met all of the other bands and gotten a good comradery going and the show was around 120 thousand people (further then the eye could see)! It was amazing.
I always wondered, where did the idea of Vic Rattlehead come in. How did you think him up?
Dave talked quite a bit about the creation of Vic in his autobiography, "Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir". He said the logo incorporated his feelings about religion and repression and freedom of expression. Vic also has his eyes, ears, and mouth clamped shut, representing "see no evil, speak no evil, hear no evil". The creation of Vic is the centerpiece of the song "Skull Beneath The Skin" from Megadeth's first album, "Killing Is My Business ...And Business Is Good!".
Hint: pages 135-136 in Dave's book will fill you in.
I have a question for you! I know Dave wrote"All I Want" from Super Collider for his wife, Pam. So the voices in the song belongs to her? Thanks, greetings from Turkey (:
Yes, you are correct, the woman's voice in "All I Want" does indeed belong to Dave's wife Pam Mustaine. His daughter, Electra, is also on two songs off "Super Collider" - "Forget To Remember" and "Beginning Of Sorrow".
Thanks for your question!
Hey Scorp! I saw Megadeth in concert last year and I was wondering who does the media/animation for the guys?
Anyone who has been to a Megadeth concert in the last year or so would have noticed the GIANT screens and video production now being used during the show. Some of the clips are content from the past (like old music videos) and the rest of the content is from Charlie Terrell in Austin, Texas and John Lorenzi, one of our often-used and kick-ass artists. I think most fans would agree that the foray into a video-based production has added a whole new dimension to the shows!
I've noticed that Dave has been favoring the white long sleeves shirt, white wrist bands and blue jeans lately.
Noticed that he wore them in the Rust in Peace Live video and the Countdown to Extinction video.
He also wore the same outfit when Megadeth played in Everett, WA on July 30, 2013 @ the Comcast Arena.
Since then I've seen numerous tour pictures of him wearing the same outfit.
Does Dave choose to wear the same outfit for a special reason or significance?
Or is it simply because that is Dave's favorite tour "uniform" and he has multiple sets of the same outfit?
Or is it because Dave likes to pack extremely light on tour and just washes the same set of clothes after every show?
Nothing wrong with it, I kinda think it's cool because the white shirt makes him stand out on stage which helps the fan all the way in the back see him better.
Thank you for your time!
Hey Jed from Seattle,
Dave has been wearing the white shirt and white wristbands for awhile now, but it is not the first time in the band's long performing career that he has chosen those. As a band that's been around for 30 years, you know their styles are going to change. Who can forget the grunge era flannel?? Dave doesn't have a particular reason he's wearing the white shirt, other than that's what he feels like wearing, which is always metal.
Dave and junior.. Looking back when you guys were first starting out it seems the market for metal was flooding with bands and there was no internet. (better music sales) It seems now there's kind of a drought when it comes to marketing up and coming metal bands.. Do you feel lucky to be born in the time you in as a musician? Do you see a good future for metal music?
Times have certainly changed haven't they? Both Daves have talked about the old days of "tape-trading" and how bands got the word out about their music. I don't know that there's necessarily a "drought" in marketing for bands, but it's more that customer demands and technology are so different.
No one can predict the future of metal music - but we have some pretty amazing, die-hard fans don't we? Dave has said that when things are bad, people get into metal more...so I guess that's both bad and good? I'm sure both Daves feel lucky to be living their dream and that they get to continue making music for the fans.
Thanks for your question and see you on the Killing Road!
I have a question about sound effects. What instrument or object created the sound at the beginning of and throughout the song "Almost Honest"? It's been bugging me for a while and I have come up empty in my search for the answer.
That sound was a small file of a guitar pedal and a wah-wah pedal that was repeated several times at the top of the song. During the "Cryptic Writings" sessions, producer Dann Huff and Dave Mustaine determined that each song needed to be evaluated completely on its own merit. Having unique sounds like that make the songs very memorable, don't ya think?
Thanks for your question Kelly - I love the technical ones!