Happy New Year’s Folks. Over the next few weeks, I’m going to be posting nothing but Book Reviews. Hope you find some interesting reviews here that may even pique your interest in checking this stuff out.
A cool concept for a book really from Dave Mustaine and his ‘Deth buddies.
Write a book on the timeline that took your band from basically being a minor league team into a major league team.
“Rust In Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece” is a great read over its 208 pages.
Once I dug into this book it was a two day read as I could not put it down.
This book comes right from the people who were there recording “Rust In Peace”.
Dave Mustaine, David Ellefson, Marty Freidman, Mike Clink(producer) all get their say in the making of a game-changer album in their mega world. Sadly ‘Deth drummer Nick Menza passed away back in 2016.
Chapter One begins with Megadeth on tour promoting 1988’s “So Far So Good So What” release and touring Europe opening for Iron Maiden (along with David Lee Roth and KISS) on that summer’s Monsters of Rock Tour.
Plain and simple Megadeth is a mess. Both Dave’s are strung out on heroin and are having issues, to say the least at what is happening off stage instead of what’s happening on stage.
Basically, their management yanked them off the tour and sent them back to LA to pull it together which took time as both Dave’s were in and out of rehab more times I could count.
The two Dave’s were so out of control with drug abuse ( you name it they did it) that they fired their management at the time and hired Doc Mcghee but before they even recorded the album Mcghee quit as there manager as Doc said he was tired of cleaning up Motley Crue and certain members of Bon Jovi.
Enough was enough came the word from everyone around the Megadeth camp.
Album four from these guys would be the make or break record and of course, we all know it definitely made the ‘Make’ category.
The two Dave’s basically canned guitarist Jeff Young and drummer Chuck Beehler (who in this book talks openly about his time in the band).
The book focuses on the rehab stint’s of course as well as the auditions of guitarists and drummers and the recording process of the Rust In Peace album. A real good read as the book has a good flow.
Ok here’s a few juicy tidbits of info for you. Maybe you will know this info already but I didn’t…
-Marty Friedman before joining Megadeth had actually auditioned for Ozzy before Zakk Wylde got the job.
-Being a drummer in Megadeth is no easy feat as ask the two techs who got the job of the full-time drummer when the main guy wasn’t cutting it anymore. Original drummer Gar Samuelson (RIP) was replaced by his drum tech Chuck Beehler and a few years later Beehler himself was replaced by his drum tech who was Nick Menza! No such thing as job security in Megadeth!
-Producer Mike Clink was on speed dial when Guns N Roses would begin recording their “Use Your Illusion” records as Clink would bow out of the recording which is what happened towards the end of the recording of the ‘Deth album. Needless to say this irked Mustaine!
Publishing and writing and what basically boils down to money are also featured predominately in this book.
Below is a paragraph from Mustaine that sums it up.
Chris Poland was the original guitar player in Megadeth on their albums so as you can see alumni have come in and out of this band over that time period.
Once the album hit the streets and touring as part of the European and North American Clash of the Titans tour as well as opening Judas Priest’s Painkiller Tour pushed this album to Platinum and in return made Megadeth a headline act once 1992’s “Countdown To Extinction” came out.
As the 90s went on eventually Menza and Friedman both left replaced by other players yet come 2015 there was talk of a reunion but to make a long story short, money(Shocker) and one person not being up to snuff in the chops department put an end to any chance of a reunion.
This was a great read as you can see the inner workings of a band on its rise but almost coming unglued due to the excesses of the two Dave’s but cleaning up gave them a new lease on a career which is still going to this day.