Published on September 8th, 2020 | by Darren Paltrowitz


Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On His New “Rust In Peace” Book, Writing For “Bill & Ted” & Plenty More

It was over 30 years ago that Dave Mustaine founded Megadeth, in the process helping to pioneer the sound that would become known the world over as “thrash metal.” And from the very beginning, the band proved to be one of metal’s stand-out bands, starting off with its 1985 debut Killing Is My Business…And Business Is Good! and 1986’s seminal Peace Sells…But Who’s Buying?. Over time, Megadeth has gone on to sell more than 38 million albums worldwide, win major awards — including a 2017 GRAMMY Award for “Best Metal Performance” — and score 5 consecutive platinum albums. The band is slated to release its 16th studio album in the next future with plenty of touring slated for 2021; its Live Nation-presented Summer 2020 tour of amphitheaters and arenas alongside Lamb Of God, Trivium and In Flames had to be postponed due to the current COVID-19 pandemic.

Dave Mustaine is the co-author of the newly-released book Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece, which looks back at the seminal Megadeth album released in 1990 with the same title. It has been mentioned as one of the best thrash-metal records of all time by Decibel and Kerrang!, and was listed in the reference book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. This new Rust In Peace book — which includes a foreword by Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash — not only offers the perspective of Mustaine, but also his bandmates, producers, notable fans and other people who were around Megadeth in this era. It ought to offer a lot of previously-unknown insight and anecdotes, even to long-term fans of Mustaine, Megadeth and the history of thrash metal as a whole.

On September 2, 2020, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dave Mustaine by phone about the Rust In Peace book and plenty more, as embedded below. More on all things Mustaine and Megadeth can be found online via, and, while Rust In Peace can be ordered here and here.

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Darren Paltrowitz is a New York resident with over 20 years of entertainment industry experience. He began working around the music business as a teenager, interning for the manager of his then-favorite band Superdrag. Since then, he has worked with a wide array of artists including OK Go, They Might Be Giants, Mike Viola, Tracy Bonham, Loudness, Rachael Yamagata, and Amanda Palmer. Darren's writing has appeared in dozens of outlets including the New York Daily News, Inquisitr, The Daily Meal, The Hype Magazine, All Music Guide, Guitar World,, Businessweek, Chicago Tribune, L.A. Times, and the Jewish Journal. Beyond being "Editor At Large" for The Hype Magazine, Darren is also the host of the bi-weekly "Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz" podcast, as co-produced with V13 (formerly He has also co-authored two published books, 2018's "Pocket Change: Your Happy Money" (Book Web Publishing) and 2019's "Good Advice From Professional Wrestling" (6623 Press), with a second podcast set for a June 2020 launch.

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