Daniel Powell 1:30 p.m., Nov. 19
Man Arrested After Requesting DJ to Play Megadeth Song
An internet radio station request to hear the Megadeth song "Killing Is My Business and Business Is Good" landed a Wisconsin man in jail, after he used the song to illustrate his threat to “go on a shooting spree.”
David J. Lefever, 44 is accused of being in the chatroom for HardRockRadioLive’s Meltdown Show when he allegedly typed "Watch the national new [sp] tomorrow I am going to go a shooting spree in Appleton WI." Then he allegedly requested the Megadeth song, calling it "Good music to go postal & kill a bunce [sp] of people to."
Show hosts Trevor Fenton and Pat Ryan played the song, later telling the Vancouver Sun "We had to take that threat seriously, we couldn't ignore him. That was something we just couldn't ignore and not report…it could have been a prank. But if he was serious and something happened, I wouldn't have been able to live with myself."
After tracing the man’s locale via his internet settings, Appleton police and the FBI went to his home and arrested him. He’s being held while authorities investigate.
Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine was born September 13, 1961, at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego. His parents split when he was young, and his mom raised him as a Jehovah's Witness. He left her La Mesa home as a teen.
In 1981, he quit his first band Panic to become Metallica’s original lead guitarist, before getting replaced by Kirk Hammett in 1983. Mustaine moved to Rolling Hills Estates in Fallbrook in late 2004, along with his wife Pamela, their kids, and their horses.
In summer 2005, Mustaine told KNAC's Philthy Phil that he won't perform certain songs now that he's embraced Christianity. "The ones that I did that I'm not doing anymore that to me are just wrong [include] the Sex Pistols' 'Anarchy,' 'cause it says, 'I'm an anti-Christ.' I'm not really anti anybody, so I had to kind of take a look at that."
Regarding his status as the only permanent player in the band he calls Megadeth, Mustaine said, "I think the people are aware; when I left Metallica and came home on a bus, I did not stop off and pick up a bass player. I went home and started it on my own."
Mustaine's Gigantour, with Megadeth, Dream Theater, and others, experienced booking problems in 2005. Several venues, including SDSU's Open Air Amphitheatre, couldn't accommodate the show's second stage, and promised bands (such as Symphony X, Dry Kill Logic) couldn't play. Mustaine posted on his website, "We're working on the problems," but the snafu was never explained.
Besides San Diego, fans in San Antonio, Cincinnati, and Boston missed out on a second stage. Billboard's attendance figures indicate that promoters sold 2228 seats of 4598 available for the 2005 tour's San Diego stop.
Gigantour's second edition launched in September 2006, with Megadeth, Lamb of God, Opeth, Arch Enemy, Overkill, and others sharing the bill. The tour was sponsored by Microsoft's game "Gears of War," the name of a song on Megadeth's subsequent album.
Mustaine filed a petition for divorce in San Diego Superior Court in 2006, seeking dissolution of his marriage to Pamela Anne Casselberry, whom he wed in April 1991 before the couple moved into their $1.2 million house in Fallbrook's Rolling Hills Estates.
The couple had a son in 1992 (Justis David), a daughter in 1998 (Electra Nicole), and another son in 2002 (Victor Gar). Victor Gar was named after Megadeth mascot Vic Rattlehead and former band drummer Gar Samuelsson, who died in 1998. Justis plays guitar and has appeared in several local theatrical productions, including one in which he played Elvis Presley.
Megadeth's DVD Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego, filmed in May 2008 at Cox Arena, premiered on HDNet television in early November '08.
The recording process for Megadeth's 12th studio album began on January 7, 2009, at the band's own Vic's Garage studio in San Marcos. Released by Roadrunner Records and produced by Andy Sneap (Sabbat), it's the group's first album with guitarist Chris Broderick, who replaced Glen Drover at the end of 2007.
Guitar Hero: Warriors of Rock, out September 28, 2010, includes Megadeth. Around the same time, the band hit the road for a 20-city U.S. Jagermeister Fall Music Tour, featuring the original 1991 American Clash of the Titans lineup: Megadeth, Slayer, and Anthrax.
In late October 2010, Slayer guitarist Kerry King joined his former band Megadeth on stage for the first time in 26 years, at the Hollywood Amphitheater.
The band was nominated for a 2011 Grammy Award for Best Metal Album. Around the same time, a rare tape of Megadeth from a February 19, 1984 show at The Stone in San Francisco was posted on the Metal Den website. The early lineup includes Dave Mustaine on guitar and vocals, future Slayer member Kerry King on guitar, David “Junior” Ellefson on bass guitar, and Lee Rausch on drums.
In May 2011, the band began recording a new album at Vic’s Garage studio in San Marcos, with producer Johnny Karkazis (Machine Head, Disturbed) and slated for a fall 2011 release through Roadrunner Records.
“We have one song completely done and submitted for a video game,” reported drummer Shawn Drover in May 2011. “Without going into the details of it, anybody who knows me and what I like musically, this tune put a big smile on my face. In time, you will all hear what I am talking about.”
It later emerged that the song is part of a customized soundtrack for the action-adventure franchise NeverDead. “Never Dead,” the official song sharing Konami’s video game title, will appear on Megadeth’s 13th album.
As for the album name TH1RT3EN, “I started playing guitar at 13 and this is our 13th record and I was born on the 13th,” Mustaine told Rock Radio DJ Tom Russell. “As soon as I said I was going to call it 13, I started noticing 13 everywhere. They never used to have 13th floors in hotels, but now they have them again!”
The band canceled their August 9, 2011 performance at the Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma (the Mayhem Festival), citing a band member illness.
TH1RT3EN drops November 1 in North America and October 26 in Europe.