Megadeth lineup through the years

When we take a look at the past of those famous metal bands, we see that some differences almost always arise between the members, and it seems that bad character is one of the requirements that all the participants of a metal band must have.

This is how we can see that, in some cases, the lineups are constantly changing, and there are always one or two members who are used to see many more passing through their ranks.

 

Megadeth lineup through the years - 1

Megadeth lineup through the years

To get to its current members, Megadeth went through many changes over the years.

Credit of the pic: Diffusion

In the case of Megadeth, we have perhaps one of the longest lists of members who have belonged to their lineup

Megadeth is an American band, which has created solid foundations in thrash and heavy metal, the band created by Dave Mustaine has undergone many changes over time, and I’m not referring to its style or success, but to its members, who for various reasons have left the acclaimed band.

And although the band spent a couple of years disbanded, due to the physical condition of Mustaine’s injury, this did not stop them from accumulating more and more ex-members.

This is the chronological order in which various musicians were part of this legendary band, be prepared, because they are not few.

Megadeth – 1983 

Megadeth lineup through the years - 1983 first

Megadeth lineup through the years

During the band’s year of formation, there were several changes, to be specific, there were 4 combinations in the lineup.

First:

  • Dave Mustaine– Guitarist and vocalist.
  • Lawrence “Lor” Kane – Vocalist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.

Second:

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Greg Handevidt – Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Dijon Carruthers – Drummer.

Third:

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Greg Handevidt – Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Lee Rausch – Drummer.

and Fourth:

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Kerry King – Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Lee Rausch – Drummer.

During this time, the guys of Megadeth did not make any releases.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 1983

Megadeth lineup through the years

Megadeth Lineup 1983-1986: David Ellefson (Bass Guitar and Back Up Vocals) Dave Mustaine (Lead Vocals, Lead, Rhythm, and Acoustic Guitars) Chris Poland (Lead and Rhythm Guitars) Gar Samuelson (Drums)
Credits of the pic: Mary Mo

Megadeth – 1984 to 1986

1984 -1986

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Chris Poland – Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Gar Samuelson – Drummer

This couple of years, Megadeth kept the same members and released the album Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good!

 1986

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Mike Albert- Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Gar Samuelson – Drummer.
Megadeth lineup through the years - 1988

Megadeth lineup through the years

Mustaine debuted his new outfit with the patchy album Killing Is My Business . . . and Business is Good! (1985)
Credits of the pic: Unknown

Megadeth – 1986 to 1988

1986

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Mike Albert– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Gar Samuelson – Drummer.

1986-1987

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Chris Poland – Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Gar Samuelson – Drummer.

Chris Poland repeats as guitarist, and they bring to life Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?

1987

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Jay Reynolds- Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Chuck Behler – Drummer.

They replace again the guitarist, but also the drummer

Megadeth lineup through the years - 1988 first

Megadeth lineup through the years

By 1988 Megadeth had changed several members, but still maintained all the original strength.
Credit of the Pic: Pierthehueil

1987-1989

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Jeff Young- Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Chuck Behler – Drummer.

So Far, So Good… So What!

Megadeth – 1988 to 2000

1989-1998

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Marty Friedman– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Nick Menza – Drummer.

During this time the members successfully completed 8 releases: Rust in Peace, Countdown to Extinction, Youthanasia, Hidden Treasures, Cryptic Writings, Live Trax, Cryptic Sounds- No Voices In You Head. Live Trax II; all this with the same line-up.

This lineup was the one that stayed together the longest and for 9 years they worked hard.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 1990

Megadeth lineup through the years

Megadeth’s fourth album, Rust In Peace (1990), featured their third different lineup, with Mustaine and founding bassist Dave Ellefson being joined by guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza.

Credit of the pic: Diffusion

1998-2000

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Marty Friedman– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Jimmy DeGrasso– Drummer.

With this lineup Risk was born.

2000-2002

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist y Guitarist.
  • Al Pitrelli– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Jimmy DeGrasso– Drummer.

This period saw the emergence of works such as:  The World Needs a Hero, Unplugged in Boston, Still Alive… And Well?, Rude Awakening.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 2000

Megadeth lineup through the years

The band’s 2000 lineup included Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Jimmy De Grasso and David Ellefson.
Credit of the Pic: Megadeth.com

Megadeth – 2004 to 2010

2004

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Chris Poland– Guitarist.
  • Jimmy Sloas – Bass.
  • Vinnie Colaiuta– Drummer.

2:

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalista y Guitarrista.
  • Glen Drover– Guitarist.
  • James MacDonough – Bass.
  • Nick Menza– Drummer.

As you can see, there were a couple of lineups this year and out came The System has Failed.

2004-2006

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Glen Drover– Guitarist.
  • James MacDonough – Bassist.
  • Shawn Drover– Drummer.

That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires was recorded during this season.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 2004

Megadeth lineup through the years

The members changed again for 2004, with Dave Mustaine, James MacDonough, Shawn Rover and Glen Drover now being
Credit of the Pic: Megadeth.com

2006-2008

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Glen Drover – Guitarist.
  • James LoMenzo – Bassist.
  • Shawn Drover– Drummer.

The release of United Abominations was born.

2008-2010

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Chris Broderick– Guitarist.
  • James LoMenzo – Bassist.
  • Shawn Drover– Drummer.

Released Blood In The Water: Live in San Diego, and Endgame.

Megadeth – 2010 to 2021

2010-2014

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Chris Broderick– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Shawn Drover– Drummer.

From this lineup emerged: Rust In Peace Live, TH1RT3EN, The Big 4, Live in Sofia, Bulgaria, Super Collider y Countdown to Extinction Live.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 2010

Megadeth lineup through the years

Some departures and some other members added, ending up shaping the band in 2010.

Credit of the Pic: Megadeth.com

2015-2016

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Kiko Loureiro– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Chris Adler– Drummer.

Their album Dystopia was released during this period.

2016-2021

  • Dave Mustaine – Vocalist and Guitarist.
  • Kiko Loureiro– Guitarist.
  • David Ellefson – Bassist.
  • Dirk Verbeuren– Drummer.

This is the line-up that has been seen for the last few years. However, due to certain problems, it is known that it will change again.

Megadeth lineup through the years - 2021

Megadeth lineup through the years

This is what the band looked like for 2021, however, there were some changes going to be made once again due to internal problems with David Ellefson

Credit of the Pic: Megadeth.com

Awaiting a new lineup

During this 2021 Mustaine unveiled some news regarding the band. David Ellefson will no longer be able to play in Megadeth. But it was not a decision that was made in haste.

Ellefson was involved in a scandal in which he is accused of having sexual interactions with an underage girl. These messages were spread on the Internet, and although Ellefson tried to defend himself and say that the girl was already an adult, many people were not convinced.

Dave Mustaine added in the statement that before these events, the relationship with the bassist was already strained, so he did not hesitate to cut working relations with him.