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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.
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- March, the two-disc DVD anthology Arsenal of Megadeth is released.
- 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.
- 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 is released.
- 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 Whos 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, Megadeths 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 Performance category.
- Dave Mustaine collaborates with Lee Ving of Fear on MD.45, The Craving.
- 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 of Conformity.
- March, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in Europe.
- May, Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia video is released.
- July, Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in USA and Japan.
- 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 Hero soundtrack.
- 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 Bros Soundtrack.
- 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 12-step program.
- 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" tour.
- 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 Is Good!
- 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" tour.
- 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 compilation.
- Rare demo album No Life 'til Leather is released.
- December, Cliff Burton leaves Trauma to replace Ron McGovney.
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