Megadeth... Mega Fun with their Dogs
This week Sam discusses musical projects with Jeff Young, guitarist with Megadeth and singer Sherri Klein, including life with Megadeth, living in Las Vegas and their dogs Talula and Wolfy.
Jeff Young is the lead guitarist on Megadeth's platinum selling classic, So Far, So Good… So What! (1988 Capitol Records). Jeff's time with Megadeth was spent recording and touring in support of So Far, So Good...So What! His very first performance with the band appeared in The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years as a member of Megadeth.
While Young had joined a popular thrash metal band with a rabid fanbase, his own musical tastes were more diverse than Megadeth's narrow style. Following his "life-in-deth" experience, Jeff wrote the cult-classic Fingerprints column in Guitar for the Practicing Musician magazine. In 1998, he resurfaced with new Brazilian musical partner, Badi Assad. Together, the duo crafted exotic soundscapes for Verve/PolyGram records collaboration entitled, Badi Assad's Chameleon. The album (co-written, arranged, and produced by Jeff), climbed to #1 in Europe, also topping JAZZIZ magazine's Readers Poll: "Best Brazilian Albums of the Year."
In late-October 2009, his debut solo album, Equilibrium, was released on CDBaby.com. Young began working on the album in 2000. He overcame testicular cancer in 2003. For the project, Young draws on flamenco, classic, 6 & 12 steel-string guitar styles as well as the electric guitar. The album features performances by Debby Holiday, Twinkle, Gilli Moon, Lenine, Matt Chamberlain, Hilary Jones, Tony Franklin and Viviana Guzman. Jeff's eleven song solo debut, Equilibrium is available world-wide on his own water.songs.music label and on sale now on iTunes and at cdbaby.com.