Fired From Metallica, So He Formed Megadeth: Dave Mustaine's Story

By Emily Morenz
Megadeth 1987 David Ellefson, Chuck Behler, Jeff Young and Dave Mustaine (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)

Dave Mustaine, of thrash-metal gods Megadeth, was fired by Metallica in 1983 -- and his career path is a lesson in how to channel rage and bitterness into success. After being sacked from the most innovative metal band of the early 1980s, he formed the next dominant group of the genre. Mustaine’s story is the perfect example of going from zero to hero as his firing from Metallica inspired him to form another band that would conquer the metal world, and they would be called Megadeth.