Dave Mustaine

American musician and songwriter

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].

Dave Mustaine
Mustaine performing with Megadeth in 2010.
Background information
Birth nameDavid Scott Mustaine
Born (1961-09-13) September 13, 1961 (age 58)
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

Early lifeEdit

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][not in the source given] He was brought up as a Jehovah's Witness.[4]

Personal lifeEdit

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]


  1. "Dave Mustaine". MetWorld. Retrieved 2009-10-26.
  2. "See Dave Mustaine's 10 Most Prized Possessions (Including Mini Horse!)". Spin. November 21, 2011. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  3. "Yahoo! Groups". Groups.yahoo.com. June 22, 2005. Retrieved August 4, 2014.
  4. Bresky, Ben (August 8, 2005). Megadeth Play Israel
  5. "Dave Mustaine Says That He Knows That He Doesn't Make Lars Ulrich "Comfortable" | Rock News | Eddie Trunk". Web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  6. [1] San Diego Reader, Dave Mustaine Bio
  7. "Ouch! Headbanging Hurts… « 100.7 WZLX". Wzlx.cbslocal.com. 2011-11-07. Retrieved 2014-08-04.
  8. "Megadeth's Dave Mustaine Diagnosed With Throat Cancer". blabbermouth.net. June 17, 2019. Retrieved June 17, 2019.

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