In a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland talked about what he did for work after he Dave Mustaineoutfit with front in 1987. “I was busy with tables from midnight to 8 am [American casual diner-style restaurant] Denny is after I left MEGADETH,” he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET† “And I’d take tables on the weekend, and a guy would say, ‘Dude, you’re… Chris Poland† [Laughs] And I should go, ‘Yes, I am.’ [Laughs] And it was so weird because he just looked at me like, ‘Dude, what the hell are you doing here?’ And I’d just say, ‘Hey, man, I need to eat. I have to pay the rent.’
“If you think about it now, it’s… is pretty crazy, because back then MEGADETH was more than gold – ‘Peace sells’ was really like a train,” Chris continued. “And here I am, having dinner at Denny’s in the middle of the night.
“Something also happened where I would be on the beach with my girlfriend, and there would be about six guys walking down the promenade in Venice who MEGADETH shirts,” Poland recalled. “And then my girlfriend said, ‘Hey guys. Do you know who this is? This is’ Chris Poland from MEGADETH† And they’d just say, ‘Yeah, fine. Fuck off,’ and then walk away. [Laughs] So I’ve had every little version of weirdness being in that band, let me tell you.”
Asked if I’ve ever regretted leaving? MEGADETH† Chris said, “It was just meant to be. It got to the point where it was just time… It didn’t work for anyone anymore. Who knows what would have happened if I had stayed in the band? It was probably the best thing I could have done.” it did. [Laughs] Probably drugs would have killed someone, or all of us. Who knows?”
Poland was a member of MEGADETH from 1984 to 1987, during which time he played on the band’s classic albums “Killing is my business… and business is good!” and “Peace sells but who buys?” He is also a featured soloist on the group’s 2004 album, “The system has failed”†
last february, Poland reflected in the lawsuit he allegedly filed against? MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine on the band’s 2004 reissue “Rest in peace” album, which contained demos on which Chris executed.
“I know there was some flak after when… [Dave] released the demo solos or whatever,” Poland told Rock Talks. “And I Couldn’t Get It” Dave† I called his manager 10 times and finally, the 11th time, I left a message. I said, ‘If you don’t call me back, you’ll hear from… [my attorney]† And so he calls me back. And then he insults me and says, “Well, Chrisall you did was a few solos and Dave and we thought you’d do it just for the fans.’ And I say, ‘Hey, I did it for the fans, but everyone else gets paid. I’d like to be paid for it.’ So then [it got] totally out of proportion. I was belittled by everyone, and it’s like, ‘Come on. Really?'” He added: “People like drama, I guess. I don’t know.”
Chris went on to say that he has had no contact with Mustaine in nearly two decades. “I have not spoken to Dave since… I can’t remember when. I think back when I made ‘The system [Has Failed]†,” he said. “[After the dispute over the 2004 ‘Rust In Peace’ reissue]he was like, ‘That’s it. [Chris has] ruined our friendship.’ And I’m like, ‘Come on. Really?’ But what does it matter.”
In an interview in September 2020 with Darren Paltrowitz (host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast), Mustaine picked out Polandsaying: “Chris Polandalthough I don’t really like the guy, he was a great guitarist, and I wanted to give him a shot when we got the 2004 reissues for ‘Peace sells’ and ‘Rest in peace’and I wanted that song on the ‘Rest in peace’ reissue. He got involved in a tough lawsuit, I think, and we just ended our friendship. And I thought, ‘God, that was such a waste.’
“There was a little mountain near where we live, and I said I could have bought that piece of land as soon as I could have sold it Chrisfriendship, and I’m so sad that this happened,” Mustaine added. “Because I thought it would have been great to have him on the record. [When] people say, ‘Hey, this sounds like’ Marty Friedman† No, Marty Friedman sounded like this because Chris played it first.”
Back in 2004, Poland and/or its management and attorney have filed a lawsuit against: Mustaine on the use of the three “Rest in peace” demos on the reissue of the album without Chrispermission. According to MEGADETHthe webmaster, Mustaine including the demos because he thought: Chris would be “grateful for the promotion, tipping the hat and showing the fans how” Marty [Friedman, MEGADETH‘s guitarist during some of the post-Poland years] was actually influenced by some of Chrissolo selections for those songs.” Chris would also have tried to sue Dave for defamation because: Dave called him a “thief”, but Chris‘s lawyer “dropped that after finding out” Chris actually took the band’s gear and sold it for drugs,” he said MEGADETH‘s webmaster. “Remember, there is a confession in the… VH1 ‘Behind the Music’ On MEGADETH‘ said the webmaster. Chris eventually settled for $9,500 and thus ended a professional relationship with Dave and MEGADETH†
Poland previously discussed the legal issues surrounding the 2004 reissue “Rest in peace” in an interview in 2018 with the As the story grows podcasting. He said, “When I did that? ‘The system has failed’† [Dave] was working on adding the demos to a re-release of ‘Rest in peace’† And I wasn’t going to get paid, but I didn’t realize that until it came out. I was like, ‘Wait a minute – I’m not getting paid for this.’ And I tried to call Dave at least a dozen times, and I never heard from him again. Then I called Dave‘s manager a dozen times, and he wouldn’t come back to me. The last time I called him, I said, “Hey, man. If you don’t call me back, I’ll call [my lawyer]and we’re going to have to get into it.’ [The manager] calls me back and insults me completely and says, ‘You played a few solos. And then?’ And I’m like, ‘What do you mean, ‘So what?” ‘Well, Dave thought you’d do it for the fans.’ I said, ‘Okay. Is everyone who played on that demo doing it for the fans? Are they paid?’ He said, ‘Chris“That’s not the point.” I said, ‘Listen, man, we need to do something here. I’m not just going to run away. I love the fans, but I’m just not going to do it. If everyone else gets a performance royalty for this, I want one.” I want everyone to know it wasn’t a nuisance suit, it wasn’t anything like that. I did everything I could to work it out, but they just ignored me.”
Over the past few decades, Poland‘s main musical focus was the fusion band OHM:which has released several full-length studio albums to date.