Ulrich and James Hetfield form Metallica.
Mustaine leaves Panic and joins Metallica.
McGovney is hired as Metallica's bassist
Metallica's first gig at Radio City in Anaheim
Metallica opens for Saxon on their "Denim and Leather" tour
Brad Parker (a.k.a. Damian Phillips) is hired as Metallica's second
guitarist. He leaves band after one gig, Metallica's only as a five-piece
James Hetfield takes up rhythm guitar in addition to vocals.
"Hit the Lights" is included on Metal Massacre compilation
demo album No Life 'til Leather is released.
Cliff Burton leaves Trauma to replace Ron McGovney
Cliff Burton's first gig with Metallica
Dave Mustaine is fired from Metallica, Kirk Hammet leaves Exodus to
first album, Kill 'Em All, is released
Mustaine gets together with bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Kerry
King, and drummer Lee Rash to form Megadeth
King assists Megadeth on tour and then returns to Slayer
Rash is replaced by Gar Samuelson
Poland is hired to fill the gap Kerry King helped with.
(Marty Friedman's second band) releases One Nation Underground
31st, Mustaine becomes Megadeth's singer
Megadeth is signed to Combat records
releases Loud Wild and Heavy
Megadeth releases Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!
releases The Natives Are Restless
Burton dies in bus accident
Megadeth releases Peace Sells... but Who's Buying?
Records signs Megadeth, gets rights to Peace Sells... but Who's
Buying? from Combat
opens for Megadeth on "Wake Up Dead" tour
Poland and Gar Samuelson are fired after last show of tour in Hawaii
February, Megadeth opens for Alice Cooper's "Constrictor"
tours with Mercyful Fate
Behler hired as Megadeth's drummer
Reynolds of Malice helps out Megadeth until they find a suitable replacement
for Chris Poland, guitarist Jeff Young
Friedman's and Jason Becker's Cacophony releases Speed Metal Symphony
Megadeth releases So Far, So Good... So What!
opens for Dio on European tour
featured in acclaimed documentary, Decline of Western Civilization
2: The Metal Years
Megadeth plays Castle Donnington with KISS, and Iron Maiden as the
opens for the "Monsters of Rock" tour.
Friedman releases his first solo album, Dragon's Kiss
cancels Australian tour
Mustaine helps produce Sanctuary's Refuge Denied
releases Go Off!
Young and Chuck Behler are fired
is arrested for impaired driving, forced to clean up in 12-step program
Nick Menza, is hired as Megadeth's drummer
Megadeth covers Alice Cooper's "No More Mr. Nice Guy" for
Wes Craven's Shocker soundtrack, their only song as a three-piece
Becker is diagnosed with Lou Gehrigs's disease, Cacophony officially
Marty Friedman is hired as Megadeth's lead guitarist
Megadeth releases Rust in Peace
Megadeth joins Slayer, Suicidal Tendencies, and Testament for "Clash
of the Titans" tour
Megadeth opens for Judas Priest, in support of their new album Painkiller
Dave Mustaine gets married to Pamela Anne Casselberry
Rusted Pieces video is released
Megadeth's "Go to Hell" featured on Bill & Ted's
Bogus Journey soundtrack
"Clash of the Titans" tour featuring Slayer, Anthrax, Megadeth,
and opener Alice in Chains
Megadeth's "Breakpoint" featured on Super Mario Bros
Megadeth releases Countdown to Extinction
Exposure of a Dream video is released
tours the USA with Stone Temple Pilots
Mustaine covers Democratic national convention for MTV
Friedman releases Scenes, with Nick Menza on drums
Mustaine's son, Justis, is born
Mustaine makes a guest appearance on Diamond Head's Death and Progress
Dave Mustaine overdoses in a getting high attempt. The quote on MTV's
"Night of the Living Megadeth" regarding it was a joke.
plays Milton Keynes Bowl with Diamond Head and Metallica
opens for Iron Maiden for a few dates on their European Tour
kicks Megadeth off their American "Get A Grip" tour, Jackyl
takes their place
opens for Megadeth's "Countdown to Extinction" Tour
Megadeth's "Angry Again" featured on Last Action Hero
Megadeth's "99 Ways to Die" featured on The Beavis and
Butthead Experience soundtrack
Megadeth releases Youthanasia, plays on MTV's "Night of
the Living Megadeth"
Megadeth covers "Paranoid" for Nativity in Black: A Tribute
to Black Sabbath
Megadeth's "Diadems" featured on Tales from the Crypt
Presents: Demon Knight soundtrack
to February, "Youth" worldwide tour with Corrosion of Conformity
Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in Europe
Evolver: The Making of Youthanasia video is released
Megadeth releases Hidden Treasures compilation in USA and Japan
to August, "Reckoning Day" tour with Flotsam and Jetsam,
Korn and Fear Factory
Friedman releases Introduction, with Nick Menza on drums
Mustaine collaborates with Lee Ving of Fear on MD.45, The Craving
Marty Friedman releases True Obsessions (Shrapnel Records)
Ellefson's son, Roman Alexander, is born
Ellefson produces Helstar's reunion album, Multiples of Black
Megadeth releases Cryptic Writings
of Megadeth's "Almost Honest" included on Mortal Kombat
28th, Dave Mustaine's daughter, Electra, is born
takes part in "Ozzfest'98"
Nick Menza and Megadeth have parted ways
Jimmy DeGrasso is hired as Megadeth's drummer
- October 23rd,
David Ellefson's daughter Athena is born
enters the studio with producer Dann Huff in Nashville to record their
follow up to Cryptic Writings.
spend the summer playing radio shows, and eventually join Iron Maiden
for a European tour in September.
'Em" is released on the Universal Soldier 2 Soundtrack
and eventually makes its way into NHL arenas and WCW.
released on August 31, 1999, and is certified gold a month later.
Back, back I say