David Ellefson (Bass [1983-2002] [since 2010], Temple Of Brutality, ex-Killing Machine, ex-F5, ex-Soulfly), Chris Adler (Drums [since 2015], Lamb Of God, ex-Burn the Priest, ex-Blotted Science, ex-Calibra), Dave Mustaine (Vocals, Guitar [since 1983], MD.45, ex-Metallica), Kiko Loureiro (Guitar [since 2015], Angra, Denison Fernandes, Kiko Loureiro, ex-Tarja), Gar Samuelson (Drums [1983-1987], died 14/06/1999), Chuck Behler (Drums [1988]), Shawn Drover (Drums [2005-2014], Eidolon), Jeff Young (Guitar [1988]), Jimmy DeGrasso (Drums [1998-2002], Suicidal Tendencies, MD.45, Alice Cooper, Ex- Y, F5, ex-Lita Ford, Black Star Riders), Kerry King (Guitar [1984], Slayer), Nick Menza (Drums [1989-1998], Ohm, ex-Orphaned To Hatred, ex-Rhoads, ex-Marty Friedman Memorain, died 21/05/2016 (cardiac attack)), James LoMenzo (Bass [2006-2010], White Lion, Pride And Glory, ex-Black Label Society), Jimmy Lee Sloas (Bass [2004]), Glen Drover (Guitar [2005-2008], Eidolon, ex-King Diamond), Vinnie Colaiuta (Drums [2004]), Chris Broderick (Guitar [2008-2014], Act Of Defiance, ex-Jag Panzer, ex-Nevermore), Tony Laureano (Drums [2015] Live Member, ex-Acheron ,ex-Brujeria, ex-Malevolent Creation ,ex-Nile, ex-Dimmu Borgir), Chris Poland (Guitar [1984-1987] [2004], Ohm, ex-Damn The Machine), Al Pitrelli (Guitar [2000-2002], Savatage, Widowmaker, Trans Siberian Orchestra, CPR), James MacDonough (Bass [2004-2006], ex-Iced Earth), Marty Friedman (Guitar [1990-1999], Marty Friedman, Vixen (USA), Cacophony, Hawaii, ex-Deuce (USA))

Megadeth is an American heavy metal band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 1983 with its roots in thrash metal, a genre that its founder, singer/songwriter and guitarist Dave Mustaine helped pioneer.

The band has since released 14 studio albums. Mustaine's musical roots began early on listening to AC/DC and Led Zeppelin, and took form in the New Wave of British Heavy Metal when he co-founded Metallica. Megadeth emerged in 1985 at the forefront of the thrash/speed metal scene with their seminal debut "Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good", and continued on a blistering path of albums and tours throughout the decade.

The nickname "world's state-of-the-art speed metal band" and the critic-coined "intellectual thrash metal" were often used to describe Megadeth's sound, referring to Mustaine's niche for angry, witty, intelligent lyrics about topics like politics, drugs and war, fused with aggressive, intricate guitar structures and a jazz-influenced rhythm section. With a string of five consecutive platinum and multi-platinum albums Megadeth became one of the biggest bands of the mid-‘80s and ‘90s, boasting such arena anthems as "Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying" (The opening bassline was used as the theme for MTV News for years afterward), "Holy Wars… The Punishment Due", "Symphony Of Destruction" and "Sweating Bullets", along with the top singles in 1997/98 off "Cryptic Writings", "Trust" (No. 1 radio track), "Almost Honest", "Use The Man" and "A Secret Place".

In all, the band has scored five Top 10 albums and two Top 5 releases. The 90's saw a change in Megadeth's sound with the polished and commercial multi-platinum release "Countdown To Extinction", which skyrocketed them into multi-platinum success and MTV stardom. The incorporation of this new sound would be a trademark of every release to come, and would eventually earn them 11 Grammy nominations for Best Metal Performance, 7 platinum certifications, and selling more than 38 million albums worldwide.

After a brief hiatus early in the 2000's, Mustaine triumphantly returned with a comeback album, a heavy metal festival called Gigantour and a new display of prodigious musicians to back him. The band's legacy continued with 2009's critically acclaimed "Endgame", which debuted at #9 on the Billboard charts and 2010's multi-platinum "The Big Four: Live From Sofia", Bulgaria featuring the "Big Four" of 1980's thrash metal — Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax. Megadeth's 13th studio album, "TH1RT3EN" was released in November, 2011 debuting at #1 on The Billboard Hard Rock Albums chart and #11 on the Billboard 200.

The band’s 14th studio album, "Super Collider" was released in June, 2013 debuting at #6 on The Billboard 200, Megadeth’s highest chart debut since 1994’s "Youthanasia". "Super Collider" was the first release on Mustaine’s new label, Tradecraft, through Universal Music Enterprises. Megadeth's 15th studio album, "Dystopia" was released in October, 2015.

The band is currently on tour with a new line up featuring drummer Dirk Verbeuren and renowned Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro. .

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