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CHRIS POLAND Says He Was ‘Bussing Tables’ At Denny’s After Leaving MEGADETH: I Had To ‘Eat’ And ‘Pay The Rent’

In a brand new interview with Canada’s The Steel Voice, former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland spoke about what he did for work after he left the Dave Mustaine-fronted outfit in 1987. “I used to be bussing tables from midnight to eight a.m. at [American casual diner-style restaurant] Denny’s after I left MEGADETH,” he mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi). “And I might be bussing tables on a weekend, and a few man would go, ‘Dude, you are Chris Poland.’ [Laughs] And I might need to go, ‘Yeah, I’m.’ [Laughs] And it was so bizarre, as a result of he simply checked out me, like, ‘Dude, what the fuck are you doing right here?’ And I might simply say, ‘Hey, man, I’ve gotta eat. I’ve gotta pay the lease.’

“If you consider it now, it is fairly loopy, as a result of at the moment MEGADETH was past gold — ‘Peace Sells’ was actually like a practice,” Chris continued. “And right here I’m bussing tables in the midst of the night time at Denny’s.

“I additionally had shit occur the place I might be on the seaside with my girlfriend, and there’d be, like, six guys strolling down the boardwalk in Venice sporting MEGADETH shirts,” Poland recalled. “And on the time my girlfriend mentioned, ‘Hey, you guys. You realize who that is? That is Chris Poland from MEGADETH.’ And they might simply go, ‘Yeah, proper. Fuck off,’ after which stroll away. [Laughs] So I’ve had each little model of weirdness from being in that band, let me inform you.”

Requested if ever regretted leaving MEGADETH, Chris mentioned: “It was simply meant to be. It bought to the purpose the place it was simply time… It wasn’t working for anyone anymore. Who is aware of what would have occurred if I stayed within the band? It was in all probability finest that I did not. [Laughs] In all probability medication would have killed any individual, or all of us. Who is aware of?”

Poland was a member of MEGADETH from 1984 to 1987, throughout which period he carried out on the band’s traditional albums “Killing Is My Enterprise… And Enterprise Is Good!” and “Peace Sells… However Who’s Shopping for?” He’s additionally a featured soloist on the group’s 2004 album, “The System Has Failed”.

This previous February, Poland mirrored on the lawsuit he reportedly filed towards MEGADETH chief Dave Mustaine over the 2004 reissue of the band’s “Rust In Peace” album, which contained demos on which Chris carried out.

“I do know there was some flak after when [Dave] launched the demo solos or no matter,” Poland advised Rock Talks. “And I could not pay money for Dave. I referred to as his supervisor 10 instances and at last, on the eleventh time, I left a message. I mentioned, ‘If you happen to do not name me again, you are gonna be listening to from [my attorney].’ And so he calls me again. After which he insults me and tells me, ‘Properly, Chris, all you probably did was a few solos and Dave and us thought that you’d simply do it for the followers.’ And I am, like, ‘Hey, I did it for the followers, however everyone else is getting paid. I might wish to receives a commission for it.’ So then [it got] completely blown out of proportion. I bought belittled by everyone, and it is, like, ‘C’mon. Actually?'” He added: “Folks love drama, I suppose. I do not know.”

Chris went on to say that he hasn’t had any contact with Mustaine in almost 20 years. “I have never spoken with Dave since… I can not bear in mind when. I suppose again once I made ‘The System [Has Failed]’,” he mentioned. “[After the dispute over the 2004 ‘Rust In Peace’ reissue], he was, like, ‘That is it. [Chris has] ruined our friendship.’ And I am, like, ‘C’mon. Actually?’ However… no matter.”

In a September 2020 interview with Darren Paltrowitz (host of the “Paltrocast With Darren Paltrowitz” podcast), Mustaine singled out Poland, saying: “Chris Poland, as a lot as I do not actually just like the man, he was an incredible guitar participant, and I needed to provide him a shot once we did the 2004 reissues for ‘Peace Sells’ and ‘Rust In Peace’, and I needed to place that tune out on the ‘Rust In Peace’ reissue. He bought concerned in a nuisance lawsuit, I feel it was, and we simply ended our friendship. And I believed, ‘God, that was such a waste.’

“There was somewhat teeny mountain that was proper out by the place we stay, and I mentioned I might have simply as quickly purchased that piece of dust there than promote Chris‘s friendship, and I am so bummed that this occurred,” Mustaine added. “‘Trigger I believed it might have been terrific to have him on the file. [When] folks say, ‘Hey, this appears like Marty Friedman.’ No, Marty Friedman seemed like this, as a result of Chris performed it first.”

Again in 2004, Poland and/or his administration and lawyer filed a lawsuit towards Mustaine relating to the usage of the three “Rust In Peace” demos on the album’s reissue with out Chris‘s permission. Based on MEGADETH‘s webmaster, Mustaine included the demos as a result of he thought Chris could be “grateful for the promotion, the tipping of the hat, and displaying the followers how Marty [Friedman, MEGADETH‘s guitarist during some of the post-Poland years] had really been influenced by a few of Chris‘s solo choices for these songs.” Chris additionally allegedly tried to sue Dave for defamation of character as a result of Dave referred to as him a “thief,” however Chris‘s lawyer “dropped that after he discovered that Chris had really taken the band’s gear and bought it for medication,” in response to MEGADETH‘s webmaster. “Keep in mind, there’s a confession within the VH1 ‘Behind the Music’ on MEGADETH,” the webmaster mentioned. Chris ultimately settled for $9,500 and thereby ended an expert relationship with Dave and MEGADETH.

Poland beforehand mentioned the authorized points surrounding the 2004 reissue of “Rust In Peace” in a 2018 interview with the As The Story Grows podcast. He mentioned: “After I did ‘The System Has Failed’, [Dave] was engaged on including the demos to a re-release of ‘Rust In Peace’. And I wasn’t going to receives a commission, however I did not notice that till it got here out. I used to be like, ‘Wait a minute — I am not getting paid for this.’ And I attempted to name Dave not less than a dozen instances, and I by no means heard again from him. Then I referred to as Dave‘s supervisor a dozen instances, and he would not get again to me. The final time I referred to as him, I mentioned, ‘Hey, man. If you happen to do not name me again, I will name [my lawyer], and we’ll need to get into it.’ [The manager] calls me again and completely insults me, saying, ‘You performed a pair solos. So what?’ And I am like, ‘What do you imply, ‘So what?” ‘Properly, Dave thought that you’d do it for the followers.’ I mentioned, ‘Okay. Is everyone else that performed on that demo doing it for the followers? Are they getting paid?’ He mentioned, ‘Chris, that is not the purpose.’ I mentioned, ‘Pay attention, man, we’ve to do one thing right here. I am not simply going to stroll away. I really like the followers, however I am simply not going to do it. If everyone else is getting a efficiency royalty for this, I would like one.’ I would like everyone to know that it wasn’t a nuisance swimsuit, it wasn’t something like that. I made each try and work it out, and so they simply ignored me.”

For the previous couple of a long time, Poland‘s fundamental musical focus has been the fusion band OHM:, which has launched a number of full-length studio albums so far.

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