"When the four of us, as we are now, got together and we made the record Rust in Peace I think we were onto something special." (Ellefson, 1995)
After Jeff Young and Chuck Behler were fired, Megadeth's activity sunk virtually to zero. The was Megadeth's darkest hour. Rumors of the band's breakup were widespread, Megadeth had no drummer and could not find a lead guitarist. Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson lost themselves in addiction. Many people thought Megadeth wasn't going to ever stand up again. As time had shown these opinions were premature.
New hope came, however, with Mustaine's completion of a 12-step program which helped him kick his drug habit. The first sign of their renewal was the recording of Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for Wes Craven's Shocker soundtrack. They walked into the studio with a brand new drummer, Nick Menza. Then a virtuoso of the guitar Marty Friedman, known for his work in Cacophony and solo recordings, joined them.
"Rust in Peace was produced by Mike Clink, who was known earlier from his co-operation with Guns N' Roses and Whitesnake. He is the person, who can be called the first really professional producer of Megadeth. Not because he was a class better then his predecessors or because the musicians were completely satisfied of his effects. The main reason was that a sober Mustaine wasn't as apodictic as a stoned one." (1998)
"We were very critical about all the things we did in music, we discussed the subtlest tastes and flourishes. In the past it was different - it was 'my way or the highway.' I was positive that the path, which I choose is the right one. Only that by following this right path I reached not only success but also a place for the addicted in the hospital. This is why now I was the producer's assistant and not the other way around. Now I'm open for suggestions. Before - I wanted to rule only by myself." (Mustaine)
"We are pretty focused and in alignment with what we want to do and how we want to do it. We have always been the type of band that makes the music for ourselves foremost and really, I think, that is what it is all about. I believe that is why our music has so much substance to it. It is real. It is reality. It is not like we are trying to contrive shit that we think people are going to like. Our attitude is always - if people don't like it, that's okay because we do. We are the ones that get up there and play it everyday." (Menza, 1995)
"The lyrical content of this album is still as outspoken as previous material, but it's touching on different topics. It's not necessarily about politics; it's more about personalities and the differences between people. Whereas 'Peace Sells' was a full-on political song, so is 'Rust in Peace.' 'Hangar 18' is about the US government, and asking if there's been a UFO landing. There's political shit in there. If I don't get picked up and locked away, I'll be very lucky, because the government's gonna be really bummed when they read 'Hangar 18,' if they ever read it. I know some idiot's gonna get it to somebody who's gonna say, 'Hey, this guy knows something.' Because all you've gotta do is watch the news. Half the news is pretentious bullshit." (Mustaine, 1990)
This album was nominated for a "Best Metal Performance" Grammy in 1990, but lost to Metallica's "Stone Cold Crazy."
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