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Formed: 1983
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
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Latest Megadeth News

Below is our complete Megadeth news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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Mustaine's Vision With Megadeth: Destroy Metallica

When asked by a fan on Twitter what his measure of success and vision was when starting Megadeth, he answered:

“My measure of success was if I ate that day or not, and my vision was destroy @Metallica and stop living in a van. Good thing I got over my animosity for leaving the band. I’m glad we reconciled… where’s the Big 4 shows???””

Mustaine was ejected from Metallica in the early 80s for his drug abuse. Mustaine and Metallica reconciled back in 2004.

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The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal-Docu Out In January

An impressing list of musicians, record executives, journalists and more have taken part in the upcoming two-part ‘Inside Metal‘ documentary DVD, ‘The Rise Of L.A. Thrash Metal‘. Directed by Bob Nalbandian, the DVD will land on January 19th and showcases narration from Megadeth bassist David Ellefson.

Below you can watch a clip from the DVD in which Gene Hoglan (Testament, etc.) can be found discussing his first encounter with Metallica vocalist/guitarist James Hetfield back in 1981:

As the title suggests, the docu will focus on the early/mid-80s rise of thrash metal. Among those who were interviewed for the series are: More...

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"Hellfest Open Air" 2018 Full Lineup Revealed

The full lineup is in for the 2018 ‘Hellfest Open Air‘, which will be held from June 22nd-24th in Clisson, France. Check out the billing below:

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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Guests On Country Song

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine guests on the new single “Damn!” from country artist Brett Kissel. That track appears on Kissel‘s recently released album “We Were That Song” and can be heard below.

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Megadeth’s Ellefson To Resurrect Combat Records

Megadeth's David Ellefson and his EMP Label Group will be resurrecting the Combat Records label next year. The move comes as a return of sorts for Ellefson as Megadeth‘s 1985 debut album “Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!” was released via the label, which also had a part in a handful of the subsequent albums that followed from the band.

Comments The EMP Label Group of their plans for the now imprint: More...

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Metal World Reacts To Malcolm Young's Death


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Megadeth Shooting New Music Video In Brazil

Megadeth is shooting a new music video for their song “Lying In State“, off their latest release, “Dystopia“. A number of images as well as a video clip from the shoot in Sao Paulo, Brazil for the clip can be seen below:

Lying in State video shoot. São Paulo ????

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Marty Friedman Debuts Video For "Self Pollution"

Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth) has released a new video for his track “Self Pollution” off his latest outing, “Wall Of Sound“. Jimmy Cheng directed the clip streaming below.

Says Friedman of the video: More...

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Chris Barnes Calls Mustaine "A Fucking Asshole"

Last night Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine publicly took issue with Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over his version of how he unsuccessfully tried to sign Megadeth in the 1980s in his new book "For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records". While Mustaine and Slagel appear to have since buried the hatchet, the manner in which Dave Mustaine called out Brian Slagel drew a fiery response from Six Feet Under's vocalist Chris Barnes. Six Feet Under is signed to Metal Blade Records.

Barnes tweeted the following:


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Megadeth’s Mustaine Slams Metal Blade's Slagel

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has fired a shot at Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over Twitter. Slagel was promoting his book, "For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Record"‘, via Twitter, to which Mustaine fired off a heated response.

Mustaine appears to disclaim Slagel's version in the book of a past offer Brian Slagel made while trying to sign Megadeth in 1984. Mustaine tweeted:

The section in the book that Mustaine seems to be referring to reads as follows: More...

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Megadeth's Mustaine Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he has been suffering from Lyme disease in recent months, having contracted it from a tick bite. Depending on the severity of the infection, the infectious disease can have life lasting effects.

A few days ago, Dave Mustaine tweeted the following messages:


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Megadeth's Mustaine Lends Voice To New Horror Film

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine lends his voice to a new horror film called "Halloween Pussy Trap Kill! Kill!", which basically appears like a "Saw" spin-off with some slight variations.

The film is set to open on October 27th with the following official outline provided: More...

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Act Of Defiance Debuts New Song "The Talisman"

Act Of Defiance (Shadows Fall, ex-Megadeth, etc.) debuts a new song entitled "The Talisman", taken from the upcoming new album "Old Scars, New Wounds", which Metal Blade will have in stores on September 29th.

Check out now "The Talisman" below.

Comments guitarist Chris Broderick: More...

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Marty Friedman Premieres New Music Video

Former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman premieres a new music video for the song "Whiteworm", taken from the upcoming new album "Wall Of Sound", which is due to land in stores this Friday, August 04th through Prosthetic Records.

Check out now "Whiteworm" below.

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Megadeth Launches Browser Game

Megadeth today unleashes “Megadeth Invasion,” a browser video game for Cyber Army fans to fight the invasion for a chance to win a "Dystopia" prize pack, including a Kiko Signature KIKOSP2 Ibanez Guitar.

Head over here to play the game (Megadeth Cyber Army fan club login required).

Made in partnership with Songkick, the Cyber Army can battle space monsters for the opportunity to win additional prizes including a "Dystopia" Deluxe VR bundle, a poster signed by Dave Mustaine, and a vinyl record. Songkick and Megadeth will choose the winner May 1st, 2017.

In other news, David Ellefson also recently opened his own brick and mortar coffee shop in Jackson, MN. More...

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David Ellefson Releasing Chorus Pedal

At the London Bass Guitar Show this weekend, Megadeth bassist and EMP Label Group president David Ellefson announced his collaboration with celebrated stompbox merchant Pro Tone Pedals to create the "Dawn Patrol" Chorus.

Says Ellefson, “When Pro Tone approached me with the idea of making some signature pedals, as a bass player, Chorus is one of my go-to effects live, an ace weapon in my arsenal, and in many regards, helped me transition my signature tone from studio to live on classic songs like 'Dawn Patrol.' So the idea of developing a great chorus pedal was really a no-brainer.

"Dennis and the Pro Tone team are technical wizards, and developed the Dawn Patrol to my exact specifications, and together we’ve created a high quality, hand-built stompbox pedal that I’m positive will find a special place in any bassist’s rig.”

David joins the the elite family of Pro Tone Signature artists including Tosin Abasi, Jeff Loomis, Fear Factory, Alice in Chains, Prong, Deftones, Living Colour, Overkill, 30 Seconds To Mars and more. More...

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Ellefson Coffee Co. Announces Grand Opening

This coming April 7-9, Ellefson Coffee Co. - the boutique coffee brand of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson - will hold a Grand Opening for its first brick and mortar shop in David’s hometown of Jackson, MN.

In addition to Ellefson himself, the event will be co-hosted by special guest comedian and That Metal Show co-host, Don Jamieson, who comments: “He’s a Grammy-winning musician, thrash metal legend and now… Mega Barista! When David and I spoke about this event I was immediately excited to jump on board. In fact, after a few cups of his Kenya Thrash blend I may just run all the way to Jackson, MN! So come raise a glass of java, and join us for this celebration of Ellefson Coffee.”

Also on display is the Museum of Deth featuring permanently displayed artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection, including highlights such as David’s Jackson High marching band uniform, as well as memorabilia from other artists including Machine Head, Max Cavalera, Coal Chamber, and fellow 2017 Grammy Nominees KORN.

Adds Ellefson, "This is our heavy metal spring break in Jackson! We look forward to hosting some really fun events centering around my career’s roots and history in the area, as well as a chance to see some amazing memorabilia from my friends in music, film and TV."

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Montebello Rockfest Announces 2017 Edition

The team behind Montebello Rockfest is thrilled to unveil the complete line-up for the 12th edition to be held June 22nd -25th, 2017 in Montebello, QC. Rockfest’s St-Jean opening night will take place on June 22nd, with main programming June 23rd - 24th, and camping June 22nd - 25th.

Rockfest celebrates its 12th anniversary with a lineup that features 125 rock, metal, punk rock, hardcore, and hip-hop acts. Most of them will be making their first appearance at the festival. For complete details, go to this location.

Previously announced headliner Rammstein from Germany will be presenting a brand new show at Rockfest. Other headliners include California’s Queens of the Stone Age and Iggy Pop. Also on the lineup are Alexisonfire, Megadeth, The Offspring, Bullet For My Valentine, AFI, Meshuggah, August Burs Red, All That Remains, Tesseract, Ensiferum, and many more. More...

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Grammys Update On Mic Fail & House Band Mishap

TMZ reports that a stagehand who unplugged a wire under the stage by accident was apparently the reason why Metallica frontman James Hetfield's mic wasn’t working during the band’s live performance with Lady Gaga last night at the 59th annual Grammy Awards.

Writes TMZ:

"Sources connected to the production tell us everything was fine right before the “Moth Into Flame” collab was about to begin. Gaga and the band’s line check, right before the performance, went off without a hitch. However, between the mic check and their act … a wire under the stage got unplugged. We’re told a stagehand did it by accident, but the damage was done"

In other news Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has commented on Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets" being played as the band walked down to the stage yesterday to accept its award for "Best Metal Performance".

Tweets Mustaine: More...

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Megadeth Wins "Best Metal Performance" Grammy

Megadeth took home the Grammy tonight for the "Best Metal Performance" category at the 59th annual Grammy Awards, held Sunday, February 12 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The nomination marked Megadeth's twelfth over the years. Megadeth was nominated for "Dystopia", the title track for the band's 2016 album.

As Megadeth approached the stage to accept the award, the house band inexplicably played Metallica's classic "Master Of Puppets."

Says mainman Dave Mustaine in his acceptance speech: More...

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