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Heavy metal legend Dave Mustaine has been through it all. The original lead guitarist for Metallica, Mustaine helped design some of the band's most multi-metered songs from its early catalog. As leader of Megadeth, Mustaine continued to prove what an amazing riff-master he can be. Resurrecting Megadeth after a short hiatus due to an arm injury, Mustaine is ready to prove himself once again. Taking time before his band's Halloween performance, Mustaine demonstrated that he is also an intensely intelligent and entertaining individual.

What was the first concert you ever saw?

I saw Kiss, Ted Nugent, Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band and Montrose in Anaheim, Calif. In '76.

What CDs are in your changer right now?

Nothing! I'm so baked on music as of late. I've been watching a lot of television with all the election coverage. This is going to be an important, vital election, and it disappoints me that not a lot of young people care to vote.

How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?

Not a lot. ... I'll listen to a CD and either throw it away or trade it in at a record store.

Do you download music, and if so, legally?

No. ... I would pay for it if I did. ... I'm old-fashioned. In the same aspect, I would not prosecute anyone for downloading my music. What's the point? I did a lot of tape trading as a kid, so I can relate.

What was the first album you owned?

It was a stolen copy of Kiss, Hotter Than Hell. I put the LP up the back of my jacket and walked out of the record store. The first album I bought was ChangesOne by David Bowie.

What song would you like played at your funeral?

"Alive and Well" by Bowie.

Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about?

Crowded House ... it's a soft type of music. It's inspired by The Beatles, which you can tell in the songwriting.

What band or artist changed your life, and how?

Alice Cooper is my godfather and has had a good influence on me. The one person that really changed my life, though, is the Lord.

Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?

AC/DC, Let There Be Rock. Not to sound like a hypocrite from my previous answer, but once I put that record in, it changed everything for me.

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