Megadeth Interviews


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

Try to Sue Capital Records!

The Realms of Deth exclusive, May 2001
Ferres talks to Mike Albert


If someone told me I was going to do two interviews with Megadeth members in a two month time, I wouldn't believe. But it happened... A month after I talked to Mustaine Mike Albert, who replaced Chris Poland on lead guitar during the 1985 tour, e-mailed me asking from where I learned that he played in Megadeth. I simply couldn't waste such an opportunity and asked him, if he were so kind to answer a few questions. Those questions and his answers made up a short interview.


Ferres: When did you join Megadeth and how long did you play with them?

Mike Albert: I joined Megadeth in April '85 till maybe October '85 (mental block). I did the "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good" US tour.

F: How did you meet Dave Mustaine?

MA: I met Dave through his manager at the time, Jay Jones. Unfortunately he was never given any credit for his contributions to Megadeth! At the time it was just Dave and Junior [David Ellefson]. Jay Jones connected them with Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson. I was friends with Chris and Gar prior to that, when they were in a jazz-fusion band called The New Yorkers based in my hometown of Los Angeles. They had just relocated from Buffalo to New York, thus the name The New Yorkers.

F: What was it like to work with Dave Mustaine?

MA: At the time working with Mustaine was unpredictable, it was like working with an "out of control genius". He wouldn't practice at all days prior to a concert, but would pick up a guitar and flawlessly play all his parts! For the Peace Sells... material, he'd play a part and say, "How about this?" I still don't know how he came up with that shit! We got along great at first (drinking buddies). He needed my expertise because I had been previously with CBS, MCA, and Mercury Records and had much more experience in the music industry. I was even co-leader and advisor for the band; Dave said, "Mike's co-leader! Any problems with that?!" Gar and David Ellefson humbly agreed. After the US tour the money stopped, the arguments erupted. I was supposed to start the pre-production work on the Pease Sells... album, but refused. I quit and he fired me. What came first can be disputed. Egos came into play I demanded more money then Poland came back on the scene asking for nothing but his job back and my gear. That was that! I was out. The cover tune "I Ain't Superstitious" was my idea to do. Mustaine wanted to do another cover song but I talked him out of it. In fact he might still even have my album of Jeff Beck's Truth which he learned it from. As far as the Peace Sells... album goes I wrote one or two parts but never was given any credit. Dave initially called me about the "writers credit" that I was supposed to receive, but backed out knowing I had no legal resources. I was told, "Try to sue Capital Records!" by Mustaine.

F: What is your opinion on recent Megadeth albums?

MA: The first one Killing Is My Business... is a bad mix, way too thin sounding. The songs are pretty intense but too raw. Peace Sells... is much better quality and the Megadeth sound is almost developed. So Far, So Good... So What! has moments but the musicianship is not the quality it was. The two guys who replaced Gar and Chris [Jeff Young and Chuck Behler] were "not even close"! The next albums with Menza and Friedman, the magic is there. Both Daves had completed rehab and completely regenerated the band to new heights. I haven't kept up with them since the mid 90's and so I won't comment on their later material. I wish them continued success.

F: Did you stay in touch with Megadeth members after you left the band?

MA: As far as myself being in touch with former members, Gar Samuelson and myself started a band called Metalist which never materialized because of our drug problems, but we had kept in touch till his death last year. I talk to Chris Poland quite frequently. His bass player Rob Pagliari and I had a band a few years back and are still good friends.

F: What are you working on in the moment?

MA: I'm finishing a CD with major label interests and also movie soundtrack interests. I am working very hard to get things going, it's about time!


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

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