David Ellefson Exclusive: Why I’m Back In Megadeth
David Ellefson has exclusively told Classic Rock about the motivations behind his return to Megadeth, after an eight-year absence.
“It literally happened over the weekend,” says the delighted bassist. “And I can hardly believe it myself. There was clearly gonna be a change in the line-up, because James Lomenzo was leaving. Dave (Mustaine) and I talked on the phone, and all the feuds, all the arguments we’ve been having over the years just melted away. It just goes to show what direct contact can achieve!”
According to Ellefson, it was drummer Shawn Drover who instigated the whole thing.
“If you ever need a guy in a band to watch your back, then this is the man. Obviously, I have no clue what happened within the band. But I got a text from Shawn and it just said: ‘If ever there was a time for you and Dave to talk, now is it.’ It’s one of those messages you act on immediately. Typically of Megadeth, things then happened big and fast.
“In all honesty, talking to Dave again was wonderful. It was the right thing at the right time, done in the right spirit.”
Ellefson rejoins the band in time for their March tour of America, where they will play the whole of the 1990 album Rust In Peace.
“I have one big advantage – I think I know those songs already! Seriously though, I was in New York with one of my other bands, Hail!, when I found out that Megadeth were doing this, and I did feel a little upset that I wasn’t at that point gonna be part of it. But, hey, now it’s all changed.
“So far, the reaction I’ve had from everyone has been overwhelmingly positive. I cannot wait to get back out there with Megadeth.”
Mustaine is reported as saying: “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked… HARD!”
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