Former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young recently posted on his blog the following :
"Hey Mega fans,
Won't spend much time on this.
However, one of my guitar students brought in a recent issue of Guitar World magazine containing some simply insane dialog from the man, the myth, the legend (in his own mind), Mustaine.
Over the years, this tragic cat has made a hobby of dissing, exaggerating and just plain lying on some level about nearly every talented musician that has passed through his dysfunctional little ensemble. Literally, spitting in the face of the very folks that covered for his drugged out, sloppy-ass wanking and helped make him successful.
Until now, I chose to keep my mouth shut, even for the VH1 Behind the Music episode. And boy, could I have eaten up some serious air time with the truth about what REALLY went on "behind the music" in Megadeth. But it's been well over twenty years and the guy just can't seem to stop himself.
Here he goes again, bragging in the pages of Guitar World about how he allegedly sings the solo melodies to all his lead guitarists!! Seriously, folks? This guy should take his comedy act on the road, if you'll pardon the pun.
Considering how totally wacked out on smack and whatever else he was on at any given time, it's no wonder the old brain cells have trouble getting all the facts straight. Since I was actually sober and present in the studio at the time, allow me to assist the deluded DETH master...
I can't speak for the others but as exceptional as all the Megadeth lead guys have been, I don't believe his preposterous yarn for a second. Regarding the SFSGSW era sessions: Mustaine was nowhere in the building during any of my rhythm or lead tracking sessions. And since I came into the process at the last minute, there were also NO band rehearsals whatsoever. So when exactly, did he sing me those solos? Perhaps, he was all coked up one night, snuck in my bedroom and sang sweet nothings in my ears as I slept?
Fact is, from what I heard of his unedited SFSGSW lead tracks, the guy can barely play his own lead lines, let alone sing some of the stunning lines that Chris, Marty or Glen played.
LET'S BE CLEAR FOR THE RECORD: YOU WERE NOT IN THE STUDIO WITH ME DURING ANY OF MY TRACKING... NOT ONE SONG - NOT ONE SECOND. YOU KNOW IT AND I KNOW IT. YOU NEED TO STOP BLATANTLY LYING TO YOUR FANS AND IN THE MEDIA.
PERHAPS, NEXT TIME YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR WITH THE OLE' "Hello me, meet the REAL me" CRAP - YOU'LL PAUSE TO CONSIDER WHY YOU FEEL THE NEED TO CONTINUALLY PERPETUATE RIDICULOUS BULLSHIT AND BELITTLE OTHERS IN ORDER TO MAKE YOUR SELF SEEM MORE SIGNIFICANT OR TALENTED?
YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF A "GENIUS" YET AFTER ALL THESE YEARS, YOU'RE STILL NOT SMART ENOUGH TO COMPREHEND THAT WHEN YOU DIMINISH OTHERS, YOU DIMISH YOURSELF MOST OF ALL - EVEN AS YOU CLEARLY TELEGRAPH YOUR RAGING INSECURITY FOR ANYONE, WITH AN OUNCE OF INSIGHT, TO SEE.
YOU MAY ALSO WANT TO GO BACK AND RE-READ THE LYRICS YOU WROTE IN "LIAR" THEN, CONSIDER THE GIANT GLASS HOUSE YOU'VE BUILT FOR YOURSELF AND PUT YOUR SILLY LITTLE STONES DOWN, ONCE AND FOR ALL. AT THE VERY LEAST FOR ALL THE PLAYERS THAT HELPED CREATE ALL THE SUCCESS YOU NOW SO ARROGANTLY AND SELFISHLY ENJOY.
OH, AND WHILE WE'RE AT IT: YOU MAY WANT TO STOP TELLING THE WORLD THAT YOU INVENTED THE "SPIDER CHORD!" CLASSICAL GUITARISTS COMMONLY USE THAT APPROACH AND IT IS CONSIDERED PART OF OUR STANDARD CLASSICAL GUITAR TECHNIQUE, YOU FOOL."