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Dave Mustaine
Mustaine performing with Megadeth in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameDavid Scott Mustaine
Born (1961-09-13) September 13, 1961 (age 59)
La Mesa, California, U.S.
GenresHeavy metal, thrash metal, speed metal, hard rock
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, producer, actor, author, manager
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, piano
Years active1978–present
LabelsLoud, Combat, Capitol, Sanctuary, Roadrunner
Associated actsMegadeth, Metallica, MD.45

David Mustaine (born September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California) is the lead guitarist, songwriter and singer for the heavy metal band Megadeth. Mustaine was also a former Metallica guitarist and co-songwriter in the band's early history. He was fired from the band due to his drug and alcohol addictions.[1].

Early life

David Mustaine was born in La Mesa, California, to Emily (née David) and John Mustaine. His father was of French and Finnish descent and his mother was Jewish.[2][3] He was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness.[4]

Personal life

Mustaine married Pamela Anne Casselberry in 1991.[5] They have a son, Justice Mustaine who also plays guitar and has appeared in several local theatrical productions,[6] and a daughter, Electra Nicole Mustaine.

In 2011, Mustaine said that his neck and spine condition, known as stenosis was caused by many years of headbanging.[7]

In June 2019, Mustaine announced that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer.[8]


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