Gar Samuelson, original Megadeth drummer, died at his home in Orange City,
Florida on Wednesday, July 14, 1999. Cause of death was undiagnosed
complications to the liver.
Samuelson was a member of Megadeth during their beginning days and went
to record the gold LP, "Killing
is My Business, and Business is Good," for
Relativity Records and the multi-platinum, "Peace
Sells, But Whoís Buying" for
Capitol Records. He performed with the band on tours in the United States,
Samuelson was born in Dunkirk, New York in 1958. He played in various bands
the upper New York State area prior to moving to California in the late
along with friend Chris Poland, formed and performed with The New Yorkers,
jazz band that had great success in those live music circles. He was a
Megadeth from 1983 through 1987. For the past several years, Samuelson
resided in Orange City, Florida where he built, owned and operated a custom
Guitarist Chris Poland was both a lifelong friend as well as a bandmate
Samuelson during the aforementioned New Yorker and Megadeth years. "He
was a true friend. Everything I know about time, rhythm and feel I learned
Gar, so I'll always hear his voice in my music."
A memorial service will take place Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 9:30 AM,
Chapel, 190 South Holly Avenue, Orange City, FL. 32763. 904.775.2244.
Flowers are encouraged. Purple was
his favorite colour. Local florist is Orange
City Florist, 904.775.3350.
Gar is survived by his companion Gayle Pullara, his parents Mary and Charles
Samuelson, two sisters Maryann Samuelson and Amelia Duke and two brothers,
Stew and Rolph.
As the original drummer for MEGADEATH,
Samuelson not only taught the speedmetal
world how to swing, he also convinced leader Dave
that the future of metal lay in political
commentary, not satanic cliches. Gar was right.
So after helping create some of the decade's most
dramatic and important heavy rock, Gar Samuelson
[was] picking up where he left off with a five-piece
fusion-metal group called FATAL
There goal is nothing less than development of the
next evolutionary step in music. FATAL
heavy and unpredictable, with an ear for memoral
hooks and challenging arangements.