Last updated
Years active1996
LabelsSlab, Capitol
Associated acts Megadeth, Fear, Suicidal Tendencies, Electric Love Hogs, Metallica
Past members Lee Ving
Dave Mustaine
Kelly LeMieux
Jimmy DeGrasso

MD.45 was an American heavy metal/punk rock [1] band, formed as a side project by Megadeth guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine and Fear vocalist Lee Ving. Bassist Kelly LeMieux (of Fear) and drummer Jimmy DeGrasso (of Megadeth) rounded out the band's lineup.



The band's name was derived from Mustaine's initials backwards (MD), combined with 45 which is derived from converting Ving's backwards initials (VL) to their numerical value in Roman numerals which is 45. [2]

The band released only one album, 1996's The Craving . In 2004, while remixing the Megadeth catalog, it was discovered that Ving's vocal and harmonica master tracks were lost.[ citation needed ] To complete the new mix, Mustaine chose to re-record the vocals himself and simulate the harmonica parts on guitar. The remastered version was subsequently released by Capitol Records. [2]




Date of ReleaseTitleLabelChart positionsUS sales
July 23, 1996 The Craving Slab Records53,000
July 24, 2004The Craving (remastered) Capitol Records

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