Trivia / Megadeth

  • Creator Backlash: Dave says he doesn't like Risk too much, but he still thinks it's a good "pop album" (whatever that means).
  • Executive Meddling:
    • Bud Prager. Responsible along with Mustaine for making Risk.
    • The cover of "These Boots" on Killing Is My Business... was removed from pressings of the original master released after 1995 after the song's original writer threatened legal action. For the remaster, Megadeth was allowed to use "These Boots"...but they couldn't use the Megadeth version. Thus, they recorded it with the original lyrics, and then Sound Effect Bleeped all the lyrics that were changed in the original cover. Dave wasn't happy about any of this, and made that very clear in the liner notes and in his autobiography. Fortunately, the original version is quite widely available amongst fans.
    • Mustaine had originally intended The System Has Failed to be his solo debut; however, it was branded a Megadeth album because he owed Sanctuary Records one more Megadeth album.
  • Fan Community Nickname: Droogies.
  • Fan Nickname: Musto, MegaDave.
  • One of Us: Dave is a fan of Gigantor to the point of naming his music festival, Gigantour, after it.
  • Promoted Fanboy: Chris Adler was a longtime fan of the band who also counted Gar Samuelson as one of his biggest influences. He did, however, make a point of telling Mustaine that he would only be willing to appear on the album if it was sufficiently close to their classic sound as opposed to, say, Super Collider.
  • Referenced by...: The Onion: “Humanity Still Producing New Art as Though Megadeth’s ‘Rust in Peace’ Doesn’t Already Exist
  • Throw It In: The end of the band's cover of "Paranoid" includes Dave yelling "Nick...Nick...Nick!" to get the drummer (Menza) to stop playing, to which he responds "Fuck. Me. Running!"
  • What Could Have Been:
    • "Peace Sells" was supposed to be an 8+ minute epic before Gar Samuelson told Mustaine that they had an instant anthem on their hands and would benefit from cutting it down to four minutes and releasing it as a single. Samuelson was apparently the one guy in the band whose judgment Mustaine trusted more or less absolutely, and so he deferred to him and an iconic track was born.
    • Sometime around the end of The '80s, Mustaine wanted to add Darrell Abbott and (possibly) Cliff Burton to his formation. None of these resulted, due to the death of the latter and the former wanting to play with his brother (who is a drummer) while the drummer role was already occupied by Nick Menza. Could you imagine how awesome the band would became if said members (the Abbott brothers & Cliff) would have been members of Megadeth? See the entry on the page for details.
    • Similarly, Jim Durkin (then of Dark Angel) was invited to join after Poland was kicked out and declined because he wanted to stick with Dark Angel. This is commonly misattributed to Eric Meyer, who auditioned for Young's empty slot later on, as did Lee Altus (then just in Heathen). Both of them had very distinctive styles (Meyer had a melodic, flowing style that made heavy use of Middle Eastern scales, while Altus had a very aggressive neoclassical style that was very different from Friedman's more relaxed feel) that would have likely resulted in a much different sound. Both were apparently offered the job; Altus declined because of Mustaine's out-of-control drug usage, and the same was likely true for Meyer.
    • At several points later on, Jeff Loomis and Rusty Cooley were both offered spots. The former had auditioned long, long before that when he was still a teenager and had gone on to become a big name in his own right with Nevermore; he declined for obvious reasons, as Nevermore was still an active touring band at that time and he was also working on Zero Order Phase, but he recommended Broderick and the rest was history (which was the second time that someone wound up joining Megadeth because of Jeff). Cooley, meanwhile, was contacted after Broderick left; while joining Megadeth had apparently been a childhood dream of his, he declined largely because he didn't feel comfortable with playing other people's music and didn't want to feel like he was a glorified cover band artist (though his desire for his daughter to not have an absentee father also played a part).
    • Their cover of the Duke Nukem theme was going to be part of Duke Nukem Forever's soundtrack. To rescue it from being a Long Song, Short Scene, it was included in Duke Nukem: Music To Score By, the Japanese edition of Risk, and several compilations such as Warchest.
    • On the same vein, "Gears of War" wasn't finished for the time of the game's launch, though the coverart for the single depicts the game's logo and typographied name. The song was included in United Abominations, and the single was released, anyway.
    • Early tracklistings for United Abominations include "The Bodies Left Behind" as one of two pre-order bonus tracks. In the end, the only bonus track was "Black Swan". "The Bodies Left Behind" is likely to be the same track recorded for Endgame as "Bodies", and whether or not it is, it would be interesting to hear this particular recording.
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