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Dave Mustaine

Dave Mustaine (born September 13, 1961 in La Mesa, California) has been a prominent heavy metal musician for over twenty years.

His parents divorced when he was seven, and he grew up bouncing around various low-income Southern California suburbs. As a teenager, he was often left on his own or with his sisters and their (sometimes abusive) husbands.

In 1981, he left the band Panic[?] to join Metallica, serving as lead guitarist for two years before being fired in April of 1983 for his drug use and personality clashes with founding members Lars Ulrich[?] and James Hetfield[?].

Mustaine returned to Los Angeles after departing Metallica and formed the heavy metal group Megadeth with bassist David Ellifson[?]. Mustaine was the group's primary lyricist. While the band began to achieve some success, Mustaine's drug problems deepened as he became addicted to heroin.

In 1988, Mustaine co-produced the album Refuge Denied for the band Sanctuary

After an impaired driving arrest in 1990, he entered a 12-step[?] recovery program, and has reportedly remained clean and sober since; he married in 1991, and became a father in '92. Also in 1992, he served as a most unlikely correspondent[?] to the Democratic National Convention[?] for MTV News.

However, his rebellious nature continued to get him in trouble. In 1993, Megadeth was slated to open for Aerosmith's US tour, but lost the chance when Aerosmith tired of Mustaine's misbehavior.

The band continued to release successful records on a regular schedule, even as it went through repeated turnover in musicians. Mustaine also collaborated on several projects with other musicians, including the band MD.45[?] with Lee Ving[?] of Fear[?].

In January 2002, Mustaine suffered a compressed radial nerve in his left hand and arm, making it impossible for him to play guitar. In April of that year, Megadeth was disbanded.

Mustaine is still going through physical therapy for his injury, and exploring other areas of the music industry, including production.

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