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Thursday, 4 April, 2002, 10:53 GMT 11:53 UK
Megadeth to split up
Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983
Dave Mustaine formed Megadeth in 1983
Megadeth, one of the world's most successful heavy metal groups, have announced that they are splitting.

The group are disbanding because founder Dave Mustaine has seriously injured his left hand and arm, leaving him unable to play the guitar.

Bassist David Ellefson, guitarist Al Pitrelli and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso have decided not to continue without Mustaine, who formed Megadeth in 1983 after he was fired from fellow rockers Metallica.


My immediate goals now are to do what I can to make something good come out of this terrible situation

Dave Mustaine
Mustaine, 40, hurt his arm and hand in early January, suffering severe nerve damage although the exact details of how the injury occurred have not been revealed.

On the band's website, Mustaine said he hopes to remain in the music business.

He said: "I have had a terrific time singing and playing for you while I was in Megadeth.

"I am truly grateful for all of the numerous gold, platinum, and multi-platinum records I have been awarded.

"My immediate goals now are to do what I can to make something good come out of this terrible situation."

Success

Since the band's formation about 20 years ago, Megadeth have had a number of changes in personnel including four drummers and three guitarists, although Mustaine has been the group's lynchpin.

The band were nominated seven times for Grammy awards.

They released 13 albums, the most successful of which was 1992's Countdown to Extinction, which reached number two on the US Billboard charts.

For the last two years the group have been on a worldwide tour and the group's first-ever live album, Rude Awakening, was only released last month.
James Hetfield is lead singer with Metallica
James Hetfield is lead singer with Metallica

Mustaine said he hopes to spend more time with his family now.

He said: "I want to use this opportunity to devote more time, energy and attention to my wife Pam and my two children, Justis and Electra.

"Pam has done a wonderful job carrying the load while I was a long-distance husband and father in the studio or criss-crossing the world on tour.

"In terms of being a gold or platinum parent, I have a long way to go, and I'm eager to get started."

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