FEATURING A FOREWORD BY SLASH
A BEHIND-THE-SCENES LOOK AT THE MAKING OF MEGADETH'S ICONIC RECORD, RUST IN PEACE, BY THE BAND'S LEAD VOCALIST AND GUITARIST
When Rust in Peace was released in 1990, the future of Megadeth was uncertain. Fresh off their performance at the record-breaking Monsters of Rock festival, and with knockout new albums from Slayer, Anthrax, and Metallica dominating the charts, the pressure to produce a standout statement record was higher than ever.
In Rust in Peace: The Inside Story of the Megadeth Masterpiece, the band's leadvocalist and guitarist, Dave Mustaine, gives readers a never-before-seen glimpse into the artistry andinsanity that went into making the band'smost iconic record. He recounts the arduoustask of hiring the band and supportingcast, of managing egos and extracurricularsduring the album's ensuing success,and succumbing to the pressures of fameand fortune-which eventually forced theband to break up.
And yet, Megadeth's demise was just the beginning; the birth pangs of the record were nothing compared to what came next. Alcohol, drugs, sex, money, power, property, prestige, the lies fed to the band by the industry-and the lies they told each other-threatened to eat away at the band's bond like rust, devouring it until only the music survived.
Mustaine (Mustaine: A Heavy Metal Memoir), frontman of the heavy metal band Megadeth, delivers a detailed, off-the-wall oral history of the creation of 1990's Rust in Peace, the band's most popular and critically acclaimed album. As recording began on the album, Mustaine and bass player David "Junior" Ellefson were struggling with heroin addiction. Amid clashing personalities, upheaval in the band (the previous guitarist and drummer were replaced with Marty Friedman and Nick Menza, respectively), and their spiraling addictions, Mustaine says, "Something beautiful, something lasting came out of all that madness and catastrophe." Working with rock critic Selvin, Mustaine, along with Ellefson and the rest of the band, as well as former managers, band members, friends, and enemies, reveal memorable moments, including Mustaine's awestruck reaction to seeing Friedman play guitar for the first time ("the world stopped"), drug-addled video shoots, and a touching display of vulnerability when Mustaine discusses the current rift between himself and Ellefson ("I know life goes on"). With a foreword by Guns n' Roses' guitarist Slash, and a who's-who of music industry participants, this rollicking history is a no-brainer for metal fans.