Here’s a great ‘what if’ question – what if Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell had joined Megadeth instead? It nearly happened in 1988.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says he called Darrell and offered him a spot in the band. But Darrell wanted Dave to hire his brother, Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, as well.
Since Mustaine had already hired drummer Nick Menza, the deal fell through. Mustaine says playing with the Abbott brothers would have been ‘pretty cool’ and said “Fate would have completely changed if I would have called him before I called Nick Menza.”