Substance abuse and personal disputes brought Megadeth negative publicity during this period. After the lineup stabilized, Megadeth released a number of platinum-selling albums , including Rust in Peace and Countdown to Extinction These albums, along with worldwide tours, brought them public recognition.
The band temporarily disbanded in when Mustaine suffered an arm injury and re-established in without bassist Ellefson, who had taken legal action against Mustaine. Ellefson settled out of court and rejoined in Megadeth has hosted its own music festival, Gigantour , several times since July Megadeth has sold 38 million records worldwide,  earned platinum certification in the United States for six of its fifteen studio albums,  and received twelve Grammy nominations.
The group has drawn controversy for its music and lyrics, including album bans and canceled concerts; MTV refused to play two of the band's music videos that the network considered to condone suicide. On April 11, , Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica just prior to the band recording their debut album Kill 'Em All due to substance abuse and personal conflicts with James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich.
As Metallica's lead guitarist since , Mustaine had composed some of the group's early songs and helped hone the band into a tight live unit. After arriving back in Los Angeles, Mustaine began the search for new bandmates. He formed a band with his new neighbors David Ellefson and Greg Handevidt, who had moved from Minnesota and played bass and guitar.
While Handevidt would only last a few months, Mustaine and Ellefson formed a tight musical bond. Despite his enthusiasm, Mustaine had trouble finding other members to fill out the lineup. He and Ellefson auditioned about fifteen drummers, hoping to find one who understood metre changes in music.
After briefly playing with Dijon Carruthers, they selected Lee Rausch. Following six months of trying to find a lead singer, Mustaine decided to fill the role himself. In , Megadeth recorded a three-song demo tape featuring Mustaine, Ellefson, and Rausch.
Kerry King of Slayer filled in on rhythm guitar for several shows in the San Francisco area in the spring of Samuelson had previously been in the jazz band the New Yorkers with guitarist Chris Poland. After seeing Samuelson perform with Megadeth as a trio, Poland went backstage and suggested an impromptu audition as lead guitarist for the band; he joined Megadeth in December After considering several labels, Mustaine signed the band to Combat Records , a New York-based Independent record label that offered Megadeth the highest budget to record and tour.
Despite its low fidelity sound,  Killing Is My Business Killing Is My Business Though Mustaine told the band after his dismissal not to use the music he had written, Metallica recorded a different version of the song, "The Four Horsemen", with a slower tempo and a melodic middle section.
Megadeth's version generated controversy during the s, when its writer, Lee Hazlewood , called Mustaine's changes "vile and offensive". Touring guitarist Mike Albert replaced Poland, who was battling drug addiction. According to Mustaine, Megadeth was under pressure to deliver another successful album: "That sophomore offering is the 'be-all or end-all' of any band.
You either go to the next level, or it's the beginning of the nadir. Dissatisfied with its financial limitations, the band left Combat and signed with Capitol Records. Capitol bought the rights to the album, and hired producer Paul Lani to remix the earlier recordings. Released in late , Peace Sells In February , Megadeth was the opening act on Alice Cooper 's Constrictor tour,  and the following month began its first headlining world tour in the United Kingdom.
The week tour was supported by Overkill and Necros , and continued in the United States. Drummer Chuck Behler traveled with Megadeth for the last dates of the tour as the other band members feared Samuelson would not be able to continue. Poland was initially replaced by Jay Reynolds of Malice , but as the band began working on its next record, Reynolds was replaced by his guitar teacher, Jeff Young , when Megadeth was six weeks into the recording of its third album.
So What! The production was plagued with problems, partially due to Mustaine's struggle with drug addiction. So Far, So Good To support the album, Megadeth embarked on a world tour that lasted for nearly eight months. In August, the band appeared at the Monsters of Rock festival at Castle Donington in the United Kingdom, performing to an audience of more than , One show featured a guest appearance by Metallica drummer and Mustaine's former bandmate Lars Ulrich.
The band was added to the Monsters of Rock European tour, but left after the first show due to Ellefson's drug problems, for which he was treated immediately. As with Samuelson, Menza was expected to take over if Behler could not continue the tour. Menza replaced Behler in The band was unable to quickly find a suitable replacement for Young. Although marked the first time since its inception that Megadeth did not tour nor perform at least one show, they recorded a cover version of Alice Cooper's " No More Mr.
Nice Guy " which appeared on the soundtrack to the Wes Craven horror movie Shocker. With Mustaine sober, Megadeth continued searching for a new lead guitarist. Meyer was invited to join the band after Poland's departure, but chose to remain with Dark Angel.
Marty Friedman filled the guitarist position at the recommendation of Ron Laffitte, a member of Capitol management. Laffitte had heard Dragon's Kiss , a solo recording by Friedman when he was in Cacophony. For the first time the band's members remained sober in the studio, alleviating many problems which plagued previous albums. Clink was the first producer to complete a Megadeth album without being fired. The Punishment Due " and " Hangar 18 ", both of which were accompanied by music videos and became live staples.
Rust in Peace received a Grammy nomination in for Best Metal Performance ,   and was the group's third platinum album, certified in December Early in , Megadeth joined Slayer, Testament , and Suicidal Tendencies for the successful European Clash of the Titans tour, featuring several American thrash metal bands.
The tour was considered a multi-headliner, as the three main bands alternated time slots. The recording sessions for Megadeth's fifth studio album began in January at Enterprise Studios in Burbank, California. Max Norman was chosen to produce, as the band was pleased with his mixing of Rust in Peace. Released in July , Countdown to Extinction entered the Billboard chart at number two and was certified double platinum in the United States.
A world tour in support of the album was launched in late , with Pantera and White Zombie as supporting acts. One month into the leg, the remaining shows, including dates in Japan, were canceled when Mustaine returned to substance abuse, ending up in a hospital emergency room. The song is featured on the soundtrack of the film Last Action Hero and received a Grammy nomination in During mid, Megadeth performed at a number of shows with Metallica in Europe.
In early , Megadeth reunited with producer Max Norman for the follow-up to Countdown to Extinction. Mustaine insisted on recording in Arizona, but no suitable recording facility could be found. At Norman's request, the band built its own recording studio in Phoenix in a rented warehouse, later called "Fat Planet in Hangar 18". The album's recording was video recorded and released as Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia in After eight months of studio work, Youthanasia was released in November It debuted at number four on the Billboard and charted in several European countries.
Avedon had the band members exchange their jeans and T-shirts for a more conscious appearance. An eleven-month tour began in South America in November After completing the extensive world tour in support of Youthanasia , Megadeth took time off in most of , making it the second time in their career, following , that the band had not done any live shows in a single year.
During this hiatus, Mustaine began work on MD. The songwriting was closely supervised by new manager Bud Prager, who contributed musical ideas and lyrics; many lyrics and song titles were changed at his request. Cryptic Writings was released in June The album peaked at number ten on the Billboard ,  and was eventually certified gold in the United States.
Its lead single, " Trust ", became Megadeth's highest charting song on the Mainstream Rock Tracks at number five,  and was nominated for Best Metal Performance at the Grammy Awards. The album featured a diverse set of songs which the Los Angeles Times described as a "rousing balance" between older material and experimental songs. One part was based around faster, more aggressive material, another was "radio-orientated music like Youthanasia ", and the final third was more melodic.
After more than a year since the band's last concert, Megadeth returned as a live act in June , beginning a world tour with the Misfits and touring in the United States with Life of Agony and Coal Chamber.
Mustaine later said that he dismissed Menza from the band because he believed the drummer had lied about having cancer. Following the band's mainstream radio success with Cryptic Writings , Megadeth again worked with Dann Huff on its eighth studio album. The band began writing in January , supervised by manager Bud Prager, who was credited with co-writing five of the album's twelve songs.
Risk , released in August , was a critical and commercial failure and led to backlash from many longtime fans. Although its two predecessors incorporated rock elements alongside a more traditional heavy metal sound, Risk was virtually devoid of metal.
It took a little bit of time to do that. Three months into the tour, Friedman announced his resignation from Megadeth, citing musical differences. In April, Megadeth returned to the studio to work on its ninth studio album. Megadeth put the recording on hold and toured North America during the second quarter of After 15 years with Capitol Records, Megadeth left the label in July According to Mustaine, the departure was due to ongoing tensions with Capitol management.
The band returned to the studio in October to finish its next album, The World Needs a Hero , which was near completion when Megadeth joined the Maximum Rock tour six months earlier. Following the negative response to Risk ,  Mustaine fired Bud Prager and produced the album himself.
It was banned in Malaysia when the national government determined that the album's artwork was "unsuitable for the nation's youth". Consequently, the band canceled its concert of August 2 in Kuala Lumpur.
The band instead played two shows in Arizona on November 16 and 17, which were filmed and released as Megadeth's first live release, Rude Awakening. In January , Mustaine was hospitalized for the removal of a kidney stone and was administered pain medication that triggered a relapse of his drug addiction.
Following his stay, Mustaine checked himself into a treatment center in Texas. While there, Mustaine fell asleep with his left arm over the back of a chair, causing compression of the radial nerve. He was subsequently diagnosed with radial neuropathy , which left him unable to grasp or make a fist with his left hand.
On April 3, Mustaine announced in a press release that he was disbanding Megadeth, as his arm injury rendered him unable to play guitar.
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Fortunately, for us, our management educated us on how to study what's current without losing our integrity and to keep on edge while staying at the forefront of what's important right now. According to guitarist Marty Friedman , it took the band a year to prepare the record "from note one to mixing ".
A lot of the material was written during the tour and some of it afterwards. As Friedman said, the songs came together naturally because the band wasn't rushed to get a record out. The band chose to work with Huff because they were not satisfied with Max Norman , the producer of their previous record. Mustaine explained why he decided to quit the collaboration with Norman: "Max came up with this bullshit formula that every song had to be beats per minute to get on the radio.
When people make drastic decisions to do things like that and it backfires, it usually ends up, in one way or another, costing them their jobs. Before the start of the recording sessions, bassist David Ellefson stated that the band doesn't want their seventh studio album to sound like anything they have already recorded.
According to him, many of the song's lyrics were altered in order to make the music "a little more inclusive of people who aren't into dying and evil". He further stated that they were not trying to leave behind their thrash metal and heavy metal roots, but to broaden their musical horizons. The symbol depicted on the cover is a veve , a voodoo sign. According to Ellefson, the original concept for the album's cover was very different, however, it was changed at the last minute.
According to Menza, "The original album title was going to be Needles and Pins. The cover was supposed to be a girl holding a Cupie doll with a bunch of pins in it That didn't fly. Aside from being a lyric, Ellefson stated that there was not really any correlation between the title and the music on the album. The black background album cover is also featured in the remasters. The album sold 75, copies in its first week of release and debuted at number 10 on Billboard It only managed to peak at number two on the Finnish Albums Chart , where it charted for eleven weeks.
Elsewhere, it didn't enter into the top A remixed and remastered version, featuring four bonus tracks, was released in through Capitol Records as part of the group's reissued back catalogue.
The liner notes suggest that Mustaine was not a fan of the changes, but other interviews indicate the band actively sought and eventually accepted Prager's advice for the album. Mustaine pointed out that four of the album's 12 tracks are "fast, hard and crunchy".
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