Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has recently joined Revolver Magazine to answer some of the questions submitted by fans. One of those questions was about his all-time favorite guitar solos that he ever recorded with Megadeth.
Dave Mustaine was just a young boy when he discovered the love of music inside him. in the 1970s, after watching inspirations such as The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Ted Nugent, and Deep Purple in front of him, he decided to pick up his guitar to make music. In his youth, he constantly followed rock artists and learned techniques from them. He had learned a lot from the masters, and it was time to make it professional.
It was 1978 when Dave Mustaine first played professional music. He was involved in a band called Panic that featured Bob Evans on bass, Mike Leftwych on drums, and Tom Quecke on rhythm guitar, except for himself. It was a short stint because the band disbanded after two of the band members passed away in a car crash. In 1981, the band was officially disbanded, as Mustaine announced.
Following his departure from Panic, Dave Mustaine was founded by a band called Metallica. He joined the band in 1981, and everything was going great. He was playing music with his band members and creating stuff to release their debut. In 1983, shortly before Metallica released its debut, Dave Mustaine was fired from the band due to his alcohol and drug problems. So, that didn’t go very well either.
Dave Mustaine‘s parting ways with Metallica led him to form his own band, Megadeth, of which he became a world-renowned member. Releasing its most recent album with the band earlier this month, Mustaine has released sixteen studio albums with Megadeth at press time. During his recent interview with Revolver, he talked about the guitar solos he recorded for his band. When a fan asked, “What’s your all-time favorite guitar solo that you have recorded?”, Mustaine named a few ones, saying Hangar 18, Holy Wards, and Losing My Senses, as well as picking some songs from the Endgame and United Abominations albums.
“There’s some really good solo on some of the albums,” Dave Mustaine answers (as transcribed by MetalCastle.net). Two [or] three records ago, the ones that we’ve done before Super Collider; End Game, The System Has Failed, and United Abominations… all had some really good solos on it.
“Of course, you know there’s solos [on] Hangar 18, and Holy Wars are great. The solo on Chosen Ones, [which] was a really great song. But, you know, these are songs and solos that I think a lot of people that listen to Megadeth’s music are super familiar with a lot of songs. But, you know, not every single song. So, if I say, ‘Hey, the solo on Losing My Senses is my favorite solo.’ I think a lot of people would say, ‘Losing My Senses, wow.’ I think it’s that on.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Dave Mustaine expressed his regret for punching his then-bandmate James Hetfield in the face. He also respected him and his band Metallica.
“I wished things wouldn’t have ended the way that they did,” Mustaine says. “But que sera, sera. It was a dumb thing that I did by taking my dog up to practice, and it was even dumber to punch [James on face]. I really respect him and I respect his playing. And I hope he knows that there are a lot of people out there, like me, that like him as a person and don’t give two fucks about him being in Metallica.”