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Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Slams Metal Blade Records Founder Brian Slagel Over His Book (Updated)


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Update #2 – October 24th, 2017 – 08:40am:

Mustaine has since tweeted back to Slagel‘s apology, offering:

When it was suggested that Mustaine—who had well documented substance abuse problems around the time—might be hazy on things, Mustaine replied:

Original Story:

Update – October 24th, 2017 – 12:13am:

Slagel has since responded to Mustaine, tweeting:

Original Story:

Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine looks to have fired a shot at Metal Blade Records founder Brian Slagel over Twitter. Slagel was promoting his book, ‘For The Sake Of Heaviness: The History Of Metal Blade Records‘, via Twitter, to which Mustaine fired off a heated response.

Mustaine appears to dispute Slagel‘s version in the book of a past offer Slagel made while trying to sign Megadeth early in their career. Mustaine tweeted:

Dave Mustaine To Brian Slagel

The section in the book that caused Mustaine to lash out reads as follows:

“The only band that I didn’t get that I wished I had was Megadeth. It was between us and a brand new label called Combat, which was part of the Important distrbution firm that we’d started working out with.

Late in 1984 they’d decided that the whole metal thing was starting to happen and they wanted to get on it by creating their own label.

The first band that came onto their radar (and ours at the same time) was Megadeth. In the end, it came down to just a thousand dollars. We had offered them seven thousand dollars, but Combat offered eight, so they went with Combat.

With hindsight, especially given what Megadeth became, I’ve often thought, “Well, maybe I could have gotten a little more money together.” But really, at that time, seven thousand dollars was absolutely the most we had ever offered anybody.

Most of the stuff we were doing involved spending $1,600 to maybe $3,500, at the high end, to make a full record.

Seven grand was a lot of money. I remember Dave Mustaine writing me a really long, heartfelt letter saying how he really wanted to be on Metal Blade, but it just wasn’t meant to be.”

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