Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield form Metallica.
Dave Mustaine leaves Panic and joins Metallica.
Ron McGovney is hired as Metallica’s bassist
March, Metallica’s first gig at Radio City in Anaheim
March, Metallica opens for Saxon on their “Denim and Leather” tour
April, Brad Parker (a.k.a. Damian Phillips) is hired as Metallica’s second guitarist. He leaves band after one gig, Metallica’s only as a five-piece band.
May, James Hetfield takes up rhythm guitar in addition to vocals.
June, “Hit the Lights” is included on Metal Massacre compilation
Rare demo album No Life ’til Leather is released.
December, Cliff Burton leaves Trauma to replace Ron McGovney
March, Cliff Burton’s first gig with Metallica
April, Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica, Kirk Hammet leaves Exodus to replace him
Metallica’s first album, Kill ‘Em All, is released
Dave Mustaine gets together with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kerry King, and drummer Lee Rausch to form Megadeth
Kerry King assists Megadeth on tour and then returns to Slayer
December 31st, Mustaine becomes Megadeth’s singer
Lee Rausch is replaced by Gar Samuelson
Chris Poland is hired to fill the gap Kerry King helped with.
November, Megadeth is signed to Combat records
May, Megadeth releases Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!
Cliff Burton dies in bus accident
November, Megadeth releases Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?
Capitol Records signs Megadeth, gets rights to Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying? from Combat
Overkill opens for Megadeth on “Wake Up Dead” tour
Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson are fired after last show of tour in Hawaii
February, Megadeth opens for Alice Cooper’s “Constrictor” tour
Megadeth tours with Mercyful Fate
Chuck Behler hired as Megadeth’s drummer
Jay Reynolds of Malice helps out Megadeth until they find a suitable replacement for Chris Poland, guitarist Jeff Young
March, Megadeth releases So Far, So Good… So What!
Megadeth opens for Dio on US and Canadian tour
Megadeth featured in acclaimed documentary, Decline of Western Civilization 2: The Metal Years
August, Megadeth plays Castle Donnington with KISS, and Iron Maiden as the headliner
Megadeth opens for the “Monsters of Rock” tour.
Megadeth cancels Australian tour
Dave Mustaine helps produce Sanctuary’s Refuge Denied
Jeff Young and Chuck Behler are fired
Mustaine is arrested for impaired driving, forced to clean up in 12-step program
July, Nick Menza, is hired as Megadeth’s drummer
January, Megadeth covers Alice Cooper’s “No More Mr. Nice Guy” for Wes Craven’s Shocker soundtrack, their only song as a three-piece band
February, Marty Friedman is hired as Megadeth’s lead guitarist
October, Megadeth releases Rust in Peace
October, Megadeth joins Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Testament for “Clash of the Titans” tour
March, Megadeth opens for Judas Priest, in support of their new album Painkiller
April, Dave Mustaine gets married to Pamela Anne Casselberry
April, Rusted Pieces video is released
July, Megadeth’s “Go to Hell” featured on Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey soundtrack
US “Clash of the Titans” tour featuring Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth, and opener Alice in Chains
May, Megadeth’s “Breakpoint” featured on Super Mario Bros soundtrack
July, Megadeth releases Countdown to Extinction
November, Exposure of a Dream video is released
Megadeth tours the USA with Stone Temple Pilots
Dave Mustaine covers Democratic national convention for MTV
Dave Mustaine’s son, Justis, is born
Dave Mustaine makes a guest appearance on Diamond Head’s Death and Progress
Megadeth plays Milton Keynes Bowl with Diamond Head and Metallica
Megadeth opens for Iron Maiden for a few dates on their European Tour
Aerosmith kicks Megadeth off their American “Get A Grip” tour, Jackyl takes their place
Pantera opens for Megadeth’s “Countdown to Extinction” Tour
June, Megadeth’s “Angry Again” featured on Last Action Hero soundtrack
November, Megadeth’s “99 Ways to Die” featured on The Beavis and Butthead Experience soundtrack
Halloween, Megadeth releases Youthanasia, plays on MTV’s “Night of the Living Megadeth”
October, Megadeth covers “Paranoid” for Nativity in Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath
January, Megadeth’s “Diadems” featured on Tales from the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight soundtrack
January to February, “Youth” worldwide tour with Corrosion of Conformity
March, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in Europe
May, Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia video is released
July, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in USA and Japan
July to August, “Reckoning Day” tour with Flotsam and Jetsam, Korn and Fear Factory
Dave Mustaine collaborates with Lee Ving of Fear on MD.45, The Craving
David Ellefson’s son, Roman Alexander, is born
David Ellefson produces Helstar’s reunion album, Multiples of Black
June, Megadeth releases Cryptic Writings
Remix of Megadeth’s “Almost Honest” included on Mortal Kombat Annihilation soundtrack
January 28th, Dave Mustaine’s daughter, Electra, is born
Megadeth takes part in “Ozzfest’98”
July, Nick Menza and Megadeth have parted ways
July, Jimmy DeGrasso is hired as Megadeth’s drummer
October 23rd, David Ellefson’s daughter Athena is born
Megadeth enters the studio with producer Dann Huff in Nashville to record their follow up to Cryptic Writings.
Megadeth spend the summer playing radio shows, and eventually join Iron Maiden for a European tour in September.
“Crush ‘Em” is released on the Universal Soldier 2 Soundtrack and eventually makes its way into NHL arenas and WCW.
Risk is released on August 31, 1999
Al Pitrelli joins the band replacing Marty Friedman.
The band starts work on it’s 10th release.
Megadeth leaves Capitol Records.
Megadeth signs with Sanctuary Records.
“Kill the King” is number one most added song at rock radio.
Megadeth releases Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years.
The band returns to the studio in LA to finish recording their new release.
Megadeth closes out the millenium in Anchorage, Alaska with the promise of a web broadcast of the New Years Eve show.
March, Dave Mustaine and Al Pitrelli begin a world press tour for the new album
April, Megadeth shoots the video for Moto Psycho
April/May, Megadeth begins a short U.S. acoustic tour sponsored by local radio stations.
May, The World Needs A Hero is released.
June, Megadeth spends the summer on a world tour playing festivals, opening for AC/DC
September, Megadeth tours the US, with Endo opening on the west coast and Iced Earth on the east.
October, Megadeth’s VH1 Behind The Music special is released on dvd.
November, Megadeth plays last two shows of TWNAH tour in Arizona filming both for a live album and dvd.
February, Killing Is My Business …And Business Is Good! is re-mixed, re-mastered, and released
March, the double live album Rude Awakening is released.
April, Megadeth disband after Dave Mustaine suffers a nerve injury in his arm, leaving him unable to play guitar.
September, Still Alive..And Well? is released by Sanctuary.
February, Dave Mustaine announces his departure as an endorsee for Jackson Guitars
April, Mustaine performs four Megadeth songs acoustically at a benefit for John Calleo
July, Mustaine attends the summer NAMM convention in Nashville to unveil his new signature ESP guitars.
October, Peace Sells …But Who’s Buying? is released as an audio dvd presented in Dolby 5.1 surround.
January, Dave Mustaine makes an announcement about his good health, the future of Megadeth and upcoming releases.
July, Megadeth’s back catalog is re-mixed and re-mastered with bonus tracks!
A new Megadeth album is recorded with drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, bassist Jimmy Sloas and guest soloist Chris Poland. “The System Has Failed” is released September 14, 2004.
August, The new touring lineup is announced: Glen Drover (King Diamond/Eidolon) and James MacDonough (Iced Earth).
October, The “Blackmail The Universe” tour begins in North America with Exodus opening. New drummer, Shawn Drover joins the band the week before.
February, Megadeth continues its Blackmail The Universe tour worldwide with Diamond Head and Dungeon opening.
June, more worldwide shows and European festivals; Megadeth plays Iceland, Romania and Bulgaria for the first time.
June, Greatest Hits: Back To The Start is released.
July, Gigantour 1 hits North America all summer. Megadeth headlines with Dream Theater, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Dillinger Escape Plan, Nevermore, Life of Agony, Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic and Bobaflex. Footage is shot for an upcoming CD and DVD.
October, Dave Mustaine announces his decision to keep Megadeth together at a concert in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The show is filmed for a live album/DVD.
March, the two-disc DVD anthology Arsenal of Megadeth is released.
March, James LoMenzo (Black Label Society) replaces James MacDonough on bass.
March, Megadeth headlines the United Arab Emirates’ Dubai Desert Rock Festival.
April, Megadeth begins recording a new album at SARM recording studios in England.
May, Megadeth signs with Roadrunner Records.
July, Megadeth plays Spain’s Metalway Festival in Gernika and Jerez.
August, Gigantour’s inaugural festival tour is released on 2-CD and 2-DVD sets.
September, Gigantour 2006 begins in North America. Megadeth headlines with Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, Into Eternity, Sanctity and the Smashup.
October, Megadeth tours Japan and continues Gigantour in Australia with Soulfly, Arch Enemy and Caliban.
Halloween, Megadeth takes part in launching the ‘Gears Of War’ XBOX 360 game with a mini-concert at Six Flags theme park in Springfield, MA.
December, Dave Mustaine announces his departure from ESP guitars.
January, Dave Mustaine signs with Dean Guitars, debuts his new VMNT guitar at the NAMM Convention.
March, Megadeth opens for a reunited Black Sabbath (Heaven And Hell) on their Canadian tour.
March, That One Night: Live In Buenos Aires, filmed in Buenos Aires, is released on DVD. The 2CD set follows in October.
April, The ‘Heaven And Hell’ tour continues in the U.S.
May, Megadeth’s 11th studio album, United Abominations, featurng the singles/videos “A Tout Le Monde” (featuring Christina Scabbia) and “Never Walk Alone” is released, debuts at #8 on U.S. charts.
June, Megadeth’s ‘Tour of Duty’ begins in Europe with summer festivals and headline shows.
September, ‘Tour of Duty’ continues in the U.S. and Pacific Rim.
October, Megadeth release Warchest, a 4CD/1DVD career-spanning box set.
November, ‘Gigantour 2007’ kicks off in Australia with Static X, Devildriver, Lacuna Coil and Bring Me the Horizon.
January, Chris Broderick (Jag Panzer, Nevermore) replaces Glen Drover on guitar.
February, Megadeth continues the ‘Tour of Duty’ in Europe and kicks off ‘Gigantour 2008’ in the U.K. with Job For A Cowboy and Evile.
March, Megadeth plays India for the first time, headlining the ‘Rock In India’ festival.
April, Gigantour 2 is released on CD and DVD, highlighting the 2006 tour.
April, ‘Gigantour 2008’ begins in North America. Megadeth headlines with In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy and High On Fire.
May, ‘Tour of Duty’ continues in South America with shows in Argentina, Brazil, Venezuela, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and ending in Mexico in June.
Dave Mustaine stated that a new studio had been built named “Vic’s Garage” and that pre-production for a new album started in late September 2008, with Andy Sneap producing. Dave also mentioned he expected the album to be completed by September 2009, and that a new tour promoting the album was to start in March 2010, but due to difficulties with Andy Sneap’s visa, the release day was pushed back. However, in February 2009, Mustaine told on The Live Line that he had finished his rhythm guitar and lead vocal parts for the new album. It will be Chris Broderick’s first album with Megadeth.
Andy Sneap will also be mixing the band’s forthcoming DVD titled Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego that will contain a complete concert recorded on May 20, 2008 at the Cox Arena in San Diego during Gigantour 2008; the other acts on the bill were offered a chance to be part of the DVD but declined. Megadeth embarked on the “Priest Feast” European tour with headliners Judas Priest and openers Testament in February and March 2009. One new song title for the album was named “1,320”, the subject matter of which is drag racing.
Dave Mustaine was invited by Metallica to attend their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction; Mustaine congratulated them respectfully and stated due to winding down European tour with Judas Priest he would be unable to attend the ceremony Megadeth and Slayer co-headlined Canadian Carnage, the first time they had performed together in more than 15 years. Opening acts for the four shows that occurred in late June were Machine Head and Suicide Silence. As of May 19, 2009, Dave Mustaine issued the following studio update at their official site: “I’m at the studio right now, Vic’s Garage, and we are done! We’re just right now finishing the last couple of notes on the new record, and Andy’s getting ready to pack his bags and head up to Los Angeles tomorrow to get ready to fly back home on Thursday. Man, this has been a long, grueling, enduring process but it’s been so worth it, and I’m so excited. I’m more excited about this record then I’ve been in any record since back in the 1980s. I would say, probably since, well definitely since “Rust In Peace” there’s nothing that’s excited me this much – maybe “Countdown”, but this is just absolutely insane.”
As of May 19, Megadeth has finished recording the album and on June 18, the album title was revealed to be Endgame. On May 26, 2009, Chris Broderick posted the following on their official website : “As for the CD, I can’t believe the way the whole thing came together. It has a unique and original sound that I don’t think could have come together with any other group of people. From Dave’s snarling vocals, to James’ huge bass sound and Shawn’s dead accurate drumming it is just relentless, and with Andy producing, it focused the sound and direction of the CD. I feel lucky to be a part of it, for one thing it definitely did, was make me expand and play in different styles. I can’t wait for the release, and I hope all of you find something in it you like.” On May 27, 2009, Dave Mustaine confirmed all 12 songs are complete and they are currently mixing and mastering the record.
As mentioned by Dave Mustaine on the syndicated radio show Infowars, the name of the album “Endgame” is an homage to the Alex Jones documentary of the same name:- “Endgame”.
As of June 5, 2009, Megadeth is confirmed to headline the Big Rock Stage at this year’s Japan Loud Park festival, set to take place October 17–18 at Makuhari Messe, a convention center in Japan located in the western region of Chiba Prefecture, close to Tokyo. Other bands performing at the two-day festival include Slayer, Rob Zombie, Anthrax, Arch Enemy, and Children of Bodom with Judas Priest closing the festival.
On July 7, Megadeth released their first single “Head Crusher” for download on Roadrunner Records’ website. The download was available for only 24 hours, beginning at 11 AM EDT.
On August 15, Megadeth released another song, “1,320”, for download on Roadrunner Records’ site.
The release date for the “Endgame” album was announced on the Megadeth official website as September 15, 2009, and Metal Hammer Magazine’s website were the first to review the album track by track. The entire album was put up for streaming on the 10th of September on Myspace.
Megadeth began its Endgame tour on November 14, in Grand Rapids, Michigan and ended on December 13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Tour featured Machine Head, Suicide Silence, Warbringer, and Arcanium.
Later this month, Megadeth is set to embark on the “American Carnage” tour with Slayer and Testament, both giants of the thrash and heavy metal scene. The tour was scheduled to begin on January 18 but the tour is cancelled until late spring or in the summer due to Tom Araya’s back surgery.
Megadeth’s “Head Crusher” is nominated for a 2010 Grammy.
Megadeth has also confirmed a “Big Four Tour” (with Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax). This will be the first time that all four thrash metal giants have played together.
Megadeth has announced a “Rust in Peace 20th Anniversary Tour” on March 1. It will be a month-long North American tour with support from Testament and Exodus. During the tour, Megadeth will play Rust In Peace in its entirety and Testament will play The Legacy in its entirety.
Megadeth has confirmed an “American Carnage” North American Tour in 2010. Tour will include artists Slayer and Testament. The tour will kick off in Quebec City, QC Canada on July 23, 2010 and will continue to the beginning of September of 2010.
As of February 8th, 2010, original bassist David Ellefson rejoined Megadeth after 8 years. He states in an interview for Classic Rock that Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover contacted him and had said that bassist James Lomenzo was declining and had told him that “if ever there was a time for you and Dave to talk, now is it.”
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