Megadeth is a band with a long and complicated history, spanning many
years. Here in Megadeth.com's history section, we bring you an ongoing
timeline of the band's history.
Click on a year below to jump to its events:
2006 : 2005
: 2004 : 2003 : 2002
: 2001 : 2000 : 1999
: 1998 : 1997 : 1996
: 1995 : 1994 : 1993
: 1992 : 1991 : 1990
: 1989 : 1988 : 1987
: 1986 : 1985 : 1984
: 1983 : 1982
- March, the two-disc DVD anthology Arsenal of Megadeth
- 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
- December, Dave Mustaine announces his departure from ESP guitars.
- 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
- 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.
- 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, 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.
- 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 disbands after Dave Mustaine suffers a nerve injury
in his arm, leaving him unable to play guitar.
- September, Still Alive..And Well? is released.
- 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 by Sanctuary.
- June, Megadeth spends the summer on a world tour playing festivals,
opening for AC/DC
- September, Megadeth tours North America with Endo and Iced Earth.
- October, Megadeth’s VH1 Behind The Music special is released on DVD.
- November, Megadeth plays last two shows of TWNAH tour in Arizona,
films both for a live album and DVD.
- January, Al Pitrelli joins Megadeth mid-tour.
- April, the band starts work on its 10th release.
- June, Megadeth plays the Maximum Rock festival with Anthrax and Motley Crue.
- July, Megadeth leaves Capitol Records.
- October, Megadeth releases Capitol Punishment: The Megadeth Years
- November, Megadeth signs with Sanctuary Records.
- The band returns to the studio in LA to finish recording their new album.
- New Year's Eve, Megadeth closes out the millennium in Anchorage,
Alaska, broadcasts the concert on their website.
- January, Megadeth enters the studio with producer Dann Huff in Nashville
to record their follow up to Cryptic Writings.
- Megadeth spends the summer playing festivals, including Woodstock '99.
- "Crush 'Em" is released on the Universal Soldier 2
Soundtrack and eventually makes its way into NHL arenas and WCW.
- July, Megadeth covers "Never Say Die" for Nativity In
Black II: Tribute To Black Sabbath.
- Risk is released on August 31, 1999.
- September, Megadeth opens for Iron Maiden on European tour.
- December, Marty Friedman announces departure from Megadeth.
- January 28th, Dave Mustaine's daughter, Electra, is born.
- January, "Trust" nominated for a Grammy.
- January, Megadeth performs on The Howard Stern Show.
- July, Megadeth takes part in "Ozzfest '98".
- July, Nick Menza and Megadeth part ways, Jimmy DeGrasso is
hired as Megadeth's new drummer.
- October 23rd, David Ellefson's daughter Athena is born.
- New Year's Eve, Megadeth opens for Black Sabbath along
with Soulfly, Slayer and Pantera.
- June, Megadeth releases Cryptic Writings, launches new
official website, Megadeth.com.
- June, The Misfits open for Megadeth on summer U.S. tour.
- June, Chaos Comics release The Cryptic Writings of Megadeth comic books.
- October, remix of Megadeth's "Almost Honest" included on Mortal
Kombat Annihilation Soundtrack.
- December, Megadeth plays its first all-acoustic show in South America.
- January, "Paranoid" nominated for a Grammy in the Best Metal
- Dave Mustaine collaborates with Lee Ving of Fear on MD.45, The
- David Ellefson's son, Roman Alexander, is born.
- September, Megadeth begins recording new album in Nashville, TN.
- January, Megadeth's "Diadems" featured on Tales from
the Crypt Presents: Demon Knight Soundtrack.
- January to February, "Youthanasia" worldwide tour with Corrosion
- March, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in
- May, Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia video is released.
- July, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in USA
- July to August, "Reckoning Day" tour with Flotsam and
Jetsam, Korn and Fear Factory.
- September, Megadeth plays "Monsters Of Rock" festival in
South America with Ozzy Osbourne and Alice Cooper.
- October, Megadeth covers "Paranoid" for Nativity in
Black: A Tribute to Black Sabbath.
- Halloween, Megadeth releases Youthanasia, plays on MTV's
"Night of the Living Megadeth".
- Halloween, New website Megadeth Arizona is launched.
- November, Megadeth kicks off the Youthanasia tour in South America.
- Dave Mustaine makes a guest appearance on Diamond Head's Death
and Progress album.
- January, Megadeth tours the USA with Stone Temple Pilots. The
tour is cancelled along with Japanese dates in May.
- June, Megadeth plays Milton Keynes Bowl with Diamond Head and Metallica.
- June Megadeth opens for Iron Maiden and Metallica on their European tour.
- June, Megadeth's "Angry Again" featured on Last Action
- July, Aerosmith kicks Megadeth off their American "Get A Grip"
tour after 7 dates; Jackyl takes their place.
- November, Megadeth's "99 Ways to Die" featured on The
Beavis and Butthead Experience Soundtrack.
- February, Dave Mustaine's son, Justis, is born.
- May, Megadeth's "Breakpoint" featured on Super Mario
- July, Megadeth releases Countdown to Extinction.
- July, Dave Mustaine covers Democratic National Convention for MTV.
- November, Exposure of a Dream home video is released.
- Pantera and Suicidal Tendencies open for Megadeth's
"Countdown to Extinction" Tour.
- January, Megadeth plays to 140,000 people at the
Rock In Rio II festival in Brazil.
- March, Megadeth's world tour beings, with The Almighty and Alice In Chains opening.
- April, Dave Mustaine gets married to Pamela Anne Casselberry.
- April, Rusted Pieces home video is released.
- May, US "Clash of the Titans" tour featuring Slayer, Anthrax,
Megadeth and opener Alice in Chains.
- July, Megadeth's "Go to Hell" featured on Bill & Ted's
Bogus Journey Soundtrack.
- September, Megadeth performs at the '91 Foundations Forum, wins awards
for Hangar 18 and Rust In Peace.
- February, Marty Friedman is hired as Megadeth's lead guitarist.
- September, Megadeth joins Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies and
Testament for "Clash of the Titans" world tour.
- October, Megadeth releases Rust in Peace.
- October, Megadeth opens for Judas Priest in support of
their new album Painkiller.
- July, Nick Menza is hired as Megadeth's new drummer.
- Megadeth covers Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy"
for Wes Craven's Shocker Soundtrack, their only song recorded
as a three-piece band.
- Mustaine is arrested for impaired driving, forced to clean up in
- January, Megadeth releases So Far, So Good... So What!
- Megadeth opens for Dio on North American tour.
- June, Megadeth featured in acclaimed documentary, Decline of Western
Civilization 2: The Metal Years.
- June, Megadeth opens for Iron Maiden on their "Seventh Son" tour.
- August, Megadeth plays "Monsters of Rock" festival at
Castle Donnington along with KISS, Iron Maiden, Guns N' Roses, David Lee Roth
- August, Megadeth drops off the "Monsters of Rock" tour after one show.
Jeff Young and Chuck Behler are fired soon after.
- Dave Mustaine produces Sanctuary's debut album Refuge Denied.
- February, Megadeth opens for Alice Cooper's "Constrictor"
- Megadeth tours with Mercyful Fate.
- March, Megadeth's first world tour begins in the UK.
- Dave and David appear on Malice's License To Kill album.
- Megadeth re-record "These Boots" for the Dudes soundtrack.
- May-June, Megadeth tours the U.S. with Overkill and Necros.
- Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson are fired after last show of tour in Hawaii.
- Gar's drum tech Chuck Behler is hired as Megadeth's new drummer.
- Jay Reynolds of Malice leads Megadeth to their new guitarist, Jeff Young.
- Capitol Records signs Megadeth, gets rights to Peace Sells...
but Who's Buying? from Combat.
- Megadeth opens for King Diamond and Motorhead in the U.S.
- September, Cliff Burton dies in bus accident.
- November, Megadeth releases Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?.
- Megadeth shoots first video, "Peace Sells"
- May, Megadeth releases Killing Is My Business... And Business
- Summer, Megadeth tours the U.S. and Canada with Exciter,
Mike Albert takes over for Chris Poland.
- October, Chris Poland rejoins band.
- October, Megadeth begins recording new album, Peace
Sells... But Who's Buying? for Combat Records.
- December, Megadeth plays New Year's Eve show in San Francisco
with Metallica, Exodus and Metal Church.
- Megadeth record 3-song demo with drummer Lee Raush.
- Kerry King assists Megadeth at live shows and then returns to Slayer.
- Lee Rausch is replaced by Gar Samuelson.
- November, Megadeth is signed to Combat records.
- December, Chris Poland is hired as the new guitarist
- December, Megadeth plays its first New York shows with Slayer.
- March, Cliff Burton's first gig with Metallica.
- April, Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica, Kirk Hammet leaves
Exodus to replace him.
- April, Mustaine forms new band Fallen Angels
- Summer, Dave meets bassist David Ellefson, forms Megadeth
with guitarist Greg Handevidt and drummer Dijon Carruthers.
- Metallica's first album, Kill 'Em All, is released.
- December 31st, Mustaine becomes Megadeth's singer.
- 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"
- April, Brad Parker (a.k.a. Damian Phillips) is hired as Metallica's
second guitarist. He leaves band after one gig, Metallica's only day
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
- Rare demo album No Life 'til Leather is released.
- December, Cliff Burton leaves Trauma to replace Ron McGovney.