Dave Mustaine was born on September 13, 1961, in La Mesa California. He got his first records (Iron Maidon, Motorhead) from selling pot and other drugs. When he first started playing guitar, he would play along with the records on the record player and speed them up so he could go faster. His first band was a speed metal band called, Panic.
When he saw an ad in a magazine looking for a lead guitarist, Mustaine responded. That band was Metallica. Mustaine co-wrote many of the songs off Metallica‘s first two albums (Kill Em All, and Ride The Lightning). Such notables are The Four Horseman, Jump In The Fire, and, The Call Of Ktulu. In 1983, Mustaine was fired or quit Metallica. He and James Heitfield didn’t get along all the time. Also, Mustainewas a severe alcoholic and drug addict.
Out of his hatred of his former band, Mustaine formed Megadeth. One of the very early Megadeth line-ups featured Kerry King of Slayer. In some of the first Megadeth shows, Mustaine would blame and whine about Metallica. That is a habbit he keeps up until this very day.
In 1985, Megadeth made their first album, Killing Is My Business.. And Business Is Good. The production of this album was terrible, but otherwise it was a great album. This was the first album with the bands mascot, Vic Rattlehead. The line-up was:
- Dave Mustaine-lead guitar, vocals
- Dave Elferson-bass
- Chris Poland-lead guitar
- Gar Samualson-drums