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David Scott "Dave" Mustaine (born September 13, 1961, La Mesa, California) is the founder, main songwriter, guitarist, and lead vocalist for the American thrash metal band Megadeth. Mustaine was also the first lead guitarist and co-songwriter of Metallica until his departure in 1983. In 2009, he was ranked No. 1 in Joel McIver's book The 100 Greatest Metal Guitarists. Mustaine was also ranked eighty-ninth by Hit Parader on their list of the 100 Greatest Metal Vocalists of All Time. He is also the manager for the Canadian band "Baptized in Blood."
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