Megadeth's Dave Mustaine: My Life in 15 Songs

Singer/guitarist reflects on nearly four decades of thrash-metal masterpieces

"Last Rites/Loved to Deth"

Killing Is My Business ... and Business Is Good! (1985)

"Loved to Deth" was a song about a girl that I met as soon as I got to Hollywood, Diana, who was really nice to me. We kind of dated, but she had a girlfriend who was one of the most beautiful women I've ever seen in my life. I would date this one girl so she would bring her friend, who ended up dating [Megadeth bassist] David Ellefson. The funny thing was, at the drive-in movies one night, Ellefson and I had talked in the bathroom and we said, "I wanna switch," and our two dates had gone to the bathroom and they said, "We wanna switch." When we got back to the van, I saw Ellefson had his hand on my date's foot and I was not aware that there's a plan. So I'm like, "You little fucker." [Laughs] It was funny. It bothered me at first because we were driving home and I didn't know they switched. But everything worked out great.

I wrote the song about her because I couldn't have her and she was just so far outside of my batting average when I first started seeing her. It's the "boy meets girl, girl doesn't like boy, so boy kills girl so no one else will have girl" kind of mentality. That's a little disturbing. It's a classic love story if you're a psychopath. But I wasn't; it was just a fantasy kind of thing. I just never thought I'd end up engaged to her, but if we were together a couple more months we would've been legally married in California law. It was really close. She's a great girl, and she's a great woman now. She inspired a lot of songs.


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