Megadeth's Peace Sells Was Almost An Epic

(Classic Rock) Former Megadeth guitarist credits drummer and close friend Gar Samuelson for turning Peace Sells into the classic track it became.

The 1986 single, taken from the band's second album Peace Sells… But Who's Buying? is a heavy metal staple, listed by VH1 as the eleventh-best metal song of all time. But mainman Dave Mustaine originally conceived it as an eight-minute piece – and Poland says Samuelson, who died in 1999, was the only man who could have talked him out of it.

The guitarist tells Xtreme Metal Radio: "I think originally it was eight minutes long, and Gar said, 'You know what? This is too good a song to drag it out like this. Let's shorten the arrangement, cut it down to size and make it a single.'

"Dave said, 'Yeah, let's do that.' I honestly think Dave respected Gar's opinion on stuff – he was the only guy in the band Dave wouldn't mess with.

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