The autobiography of David Ellefson, co-founder and bassist of 11-timeGrammy-nominated heavy metal titans Megadeth, will be made available next year via Howard Books. Ellefson‘s memoir, “My Life With Deth”, chronicles the story of Ellefson‘s fall into addiction during the band’s early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the band’s rise to fame over the past several decades. The book is being written with Joel McIver, the bestselling author of 21 books on rock music, and features a foreword by Alice Cooper. World rights to “My Life With Deth” were sold to Philis Boultinghouse at Howard Books by agent Lisa Gallagher at Sanford J. Greenburger Associates.
Beamz Interactive, Inc., an interactive music product and technology company, has announced the availability of its Limited Edition David Ellefson Beamz Player interactive music product. This new limited edition product features the signature of the legendary thrash metal Megadeth bassist David Ellefson combined with unique, original interactive music that David Ellefson created for his fans to experience using the Beamz. The collection of the original interactive songs is titled David Ellefson’s Beamz Metal Factory, and Ellefson created this music exclusively forBeamz.
“With Beamz, an artists’ fan doesn’t just listen to music, they interact with it and experience it by playing light,” said Al Ingallinera, Jr., Vice President of Product Management for Beamz Interactive.
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In addition to numerous gold and platinum records and eight Grammy-nominated works, David is the author of the book Making Music Your Business and has two metal bass guitar instructional DVDs through Rock House Method entitled Metal Bass Vol. 1 and Vol. 2. He is also a featured bass clinician, keynote speaker and panelist on the subject of music and the music industry.
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was interviewed by Transistor on September 7 prior to the third show of the band’s Countdown To Extinction 20th-anniversary tour at Teatro Caupolicán in Santiago, Chile. The video interview can be seen below.
Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine previously stated about the band’s plans for the Countdown To Extinction anniversary celebration, “Megadeth will be going down to South America, we’re going celebrate ‘Countdown To Extinction’‘s 20th anniversary and ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying’‘s 25th anniversary, so depending on where we’re at we might end up doing more than one show.
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has uploaded a 10-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s June 23 concert at the Graspop Metal Meeting at Boeretang in Dessel, Belgium. Check it out below.
Megadeth was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band’s tenth Grammy nomination was for its single Public Enemy No. 1, off Megadeth‘s latest album, Th1rt3en, which came out on November 1, 2011. Megadeth – Th1rt3en [CD review]
Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has uploaded a nine-and-a-half-minute video clip featuring behind-the-scenes footage from the band’s June 15 appearance at Hellfest in Clisson, France. Check it out below.
Megadeth was among the nominees for the 54th annual Grammy Awards, which was held on February 12 at Staples Center in Los Angeles. The band’s tenth Grammy nomination was for its single “Public Enemy No. 1″, off Megadeth‘s latest album, Th1rt3en, which came out on November 1, 2011.
Speaking to the Artisan News, Ellefson stated about the LP, “‘Countdown’ was really one of my favorite records of the whole Megadeth catalog… for a number of reasons. Musically, I think it brought together the best of thrash, the melodic part, writing big, hooky riffs. And that record really launched us into the mainstream, which opened up a lot of other opportunites and things for us to do. But more importantly, I think, than all of that, is it was a really cool time when the four of us were really, probably, our most connected together as a band.”
States Ellefson, “I’m excited to offer this line with Diabolik 85258 as they have a classic rock and roll look but with my signature Fallout Shelter logo to define it as part of thrash metal’s history, too. These pieces were designed to help rockers of all genres embellish their wardrobe with some great rock and roll flare.”
Ellefson‘s enthusiasm for music has always been the driving force of his creative edge. As a result, he says that a portion of the proceeds from these pieces will be donated to the MusiCares Musician Assistance Program to help those musicians in need of health care, financial and medical needs.
Unsung: Words And Images, featuring never-before-published original lyrics and images, is available now for purchase through Blurb.com in a deluxe hardcover “Gift” edition, softcover high-gloss version and instant downloadable version through the iBooks app for iPad and iPhone.
Dark, light, inquisitive and inspirational, Unsung expresses a uniquely diverse side to David‘s creativity. He enthuses that “as a musician, my past lyrical work has always been set to music. But, with this new book I set out to explore a new medium using both words and images as the canvas for an exciting new mosaic of storytelling.”
Gigantour — the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by Megadeth — made its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill — with metal heavyweights Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil all personally picked by Mustaine — kicked off on January 26 in Camden, New Jersey and wrapped on March 3 in Austin.