Dave Mustaine Recalls The ‘Dreadful’ Conditions He Struggled While Writing ‘Peace Sells’


Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine recently gave an interview to Gibson and talked about the financial problems they went through during the band’s early days.

After getting kicked out of Metallica, Dave formed Megadeth in 1983, and they released the debut record in 1985, named ‘Killing Is My Business… and Business Is Good.’ After a year, the band released one of their greatest albums, ‘Peace Sells… but Who’s Buying?’

In the conversation, Dave admitted that they were struggling in terms of money in the early days and confessed they would even get some food money from the fans. Furthermore, Dave mentioned that they once run out of gas when they were in Texas, and he needed to call the record company to do something about it.

In addition to that, Dave revealed that they couldn’t stay at hotels back then because they didn’t have any money. Dave pointed out that they wrote the lyrics for the ‘Peace Sells’ album on the rehearsal studio’s wall in California with a very fat felt pen, which is where Dave lived for a while because he was homeless.

Dave Mustaine recalled the early days of Megadeth:

“Usually, we would meet some fans there that were kind enough to give us a little bit of some food money,because those beginning years were really mean. There was one point where we pulled over in Texas, and I had to call the record label and tell them we’ve run out of gas.

We’re stuck in the hotel, and we can’t check in because we don’t have any money, and the guy tells me over the phone, ‘You better get a day job…’ And I thought, ‘You know we’re on tour, and you know my temper, so why are you doing this to me of all people right now because you’re gonna get it at some point…’

‘Peace Sells’ lyrics were actually written with a very fat felt pen on the wall in the rehearsal studios in Vernon, California. I had been living there because we were all homeless, and I was living at the rehearsal building,which was dreadful.”

You can check out the full interview below.