Thrash metal band from Los Angeles, California, USA.

The band was formed by guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and bass guitarist David Ellefson in the year 1983. Despite many line-up changes, Megadeth is partly responsible for the popularization of thrash metal in the late 1980s. The band was also notorious for its substance abuse, a contributing factor to their continuous revolving door of band members. The group nonetheless found sobriety and a stable line-up with 1990 release Rust In Peace, a trend which continued until 1998 with the departure of drummer Nick Menza. During that period, the band released four studio albums, including Countdown To Extinction, which is Megadeth's most commercially successful album.

Dave Mustaine disbanded Megadeth in 2002 due to a nerve injury he had suffered on his left arm. Following a year of physical therapy Mustaine began work on what was to be his first solo album, however contractual obligations forced The System Has Failed to be released under the Megadeth name, following which, Mustaine decided to reform the band in 2004. The band has since released five studio albums, but continued to have several line-up changes through 2000s and 2010s, with Mustaine remaining the only constant member. Co-founder Ellefson, who took legal actions against the band during the disbandment, rejoined in 2010 but was fired from the band in 2021.

Current line-up:
Dave Mustaine - guitars, vocals (1983–2002, 2004–present)
Kiko Loureiro - guitars (2015–present)
Dirk Verbeuren - drums (2016–present)
James LoMenzo - bass (2006–2010, 2022–present; touring member 2021–2022) , MySpace , Wikipedia , Lastfm , X , , Bandcamp
Members:Al Pitrelli, Chris Adler, Chris Broderick, Chris Poland, Chuck Behler, Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Dijon Carruthers, Dirk Verbeuren, Gar Samuelson, Glen Drover, Greg Handevidt, James LoMenzo, James McDonough, Jay Reynolds (2), Jeff Young (3), Jimmy DeGrasso, Kerry King, Kiko Loureiro, Lee Rauch
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