Band News Archive


October 30, 2002 :: September 16, 2002 :: August 13, 2002 :: June 25, 2002 :: April 7, 2002 :: April 3, 2002

October 30, 2002

The worldwide release of Marty's new solo album Music for Speeding will be in the winter and will come out on Universal in Japan, Australia and Asia, Favored Nations in the USA, Mascot in Europe. "Fans of Marty's first solo album, Dragon's Kiss and his aggressive playing in Cacophony and Megadeth will freak out when they hear that style applied in Marty's new and more modern format."


September 16, 2002

Dave Mustaine wrote on megadeth.com:

"As for me, my arm is continuing to heal according to the doctors projections and I have even been picking up the guitar every now and then. I am getting excited to start playing and writing again. Trust me, you'll be hearing from me soon.

I would like to say thanks to everyone for supporting the band, for your understanding of my position and the decision I had to make, for all of your encouragement while I was healing, and rest assured that you haven't heard the last of Megadeth or Dave Mustaine."


August 13, 2002

"Marty Friedman and David Ellefson recorded guitar and bass on a recently discovered Buddy Holly track, at The Saltmine studios in Phoenix, August 11. The song was discoverd by Buddy Holly's widow among the tapes that he had recorded in his apartment before his death, that were never released. The song was sung by country artist Steve Richards who wanted the tune 'rocked up' because 'that's the way Buddy would have wanted it'. Rock it up they did..."


June 25, 2002

Megadeth ex-members David Ellefson, Jimmy DeGrasso, Al Pitrelli and Marty Friedman have decided to form a new band together. The group, which is yet to be named, are now auditioning vocalists. If you want to become its frontman, you can send a demo tape to Entertainment Services Ltd. at:

Entertainment Services Unlimited
Main Street Plaza 1000
Suite 303
Voorhees, NJ 08043


April 7, 2002

Al Pitrelli rejoined Savatage and was hired as the band's guitarist instead of Jack Frost, who replaced him in 2000, when Pitrelli left Savatage to join Megadeth.

"Me and the boys have remained friends in the past couple of years, touring together on a lot of the same bills last summer. I was also fortunate enough to work closely with Paul, Jon, and Bob as their musical director on one of the touring companies of Trans Siberian Orchestra this past season. I can't wait to get back in the studio with the all the boys and make a great Savatage record!" (Pitrelli, 2002)

"For the past five years we haven't recorded without Al in either Savatage or Trans Siberian Orchestra. When we heard Dave Mustaine was calling it quits we felt it was natural that he step up his involvement with us." (Jon Oliva, 2002)

"Those guys lied to me. You can't lie to the fans. I loved playing in that band. I thought they were friends. We toured together, telling me how much they enjoyed me being in the band, made plans for the next record and the festivals this summer. If that's what you consider 'friends,' then be my enemy. They call me up and say I'm fired, just like that. I'm not a drunk or a drug addict. They never complained about the live performances, just the opposite, complimenting me, in the press, about how much renewed energy I brought to the show. So at the end of the day, it was just a decision to bring 'their boy' back." (Jack Frost, 2002)


April 3, 2002

Dave Mustaine suffered serious injury and announced departure from Megadeth; group disbanded after nearly 20 years together.

"During the first week of January, 2002, while Megadeth was on hiatus, in Texas, I suffered an injury which caused severe nerve damage to my left arm and hand. It was diagnosed as Radial Neuropathy - specifically, a 'compressed radial nerve.' My doctors tell me it will take about a year to make as complete a recovery as I can, and even then, we don't know how complete that is going to be. I am working hard with a great team of doctors and physical therapists daily, and God willing, someday I hope to play guitar again.

In the meantime, while I work on rebuilding my arm, I will take this opportunity to reappraise my career and my future. For the time being I have decided to exit Megadeth, and explore other areas of the music business where I might make a contribution without being able to play my instrument.

I have had a terrific time singing and playing for you while I was in Megadeth. I am truly grateful for all of the numerous Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum Records I have been awarded, as well as the many International Record Awards. And I can never thank you, our fans past and present, enough for your loyalty and affection over the years.

My immediate goals now are to do what I can to make something good come out of this terrible situation. First and foremost, I want to use this opportunity to devote more time, energy and attention to my wife Pam and my two children, Justis and Electra. Pam has done a wonderful job carrying the load while I was a long-distance husband and father in the studio or criss-crossing the world on tour, but in terms of being a Gold or Platinum parent, I have a long way to go, and I'm eager to get started.

In closing I would like to depart with the beautiful French words I wrote on the record Youthanasia: 'A tout le monde, A tous mes amis, Je vous aime, Je dois partir.' (To all the world, to all my friends, I love you, I have to leave)"

Dave Mustaine, April 3rd, 2002


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