Dec 082014

david ellefsonMegadeth bassist David Ellefson says that the band will spend much of 2015 off the road working on a new studio album and “re-evaluating” its future following the recent departures of longtime Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick.

Ellefson, who was part of Megadeth‘s classic lineup from 1983 to 2002 before rejoing the group in early 2010, is preparing to make a couple of appearances with Metal Allegiance, a project that was described in a recent press release as “a diverse group of metal legends interacting and performing together on the same stage.”

While promoting Metal Allegiance‘s upcoming concerts on this week’s edition of “The Classic Metal Show” — in a joint interview with fellow Metal Allegiance performers Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater,) and Alex Skolnick (Testament) — Ellefson spoke about Megadeth ‘s future plans and how they affect his ability to get involved in outside projects away from his main band. Continue reading »

Jun 182014

Megadeth-2014Megadeth is continuing work on material for the band’s next album, tentatively due in 2015. Megadeth bassist David Ellefson posted a couple of photos from the studio last Friday (June 13) and wrote in an accompanying message (see pictures below): “Dave [Mustaine] and I are in the studio this week in California working up some of the new riffs. We’re having fun, just throwing it down and keeping it chill. These are essentially writing demos at this point, so just grinding out the tunes like a metal band should.”

Megadeth will perform at the Amnesia Rockfest in Montebello, Canada on Friday, June 20 after recently canceling several dates following the death of Ellefson‘s brother, who passed away in May after battling cancer.

Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover last month spent a week in the studio with Mustaine “tracking demo ‘ideas'” for the band’s next studio record. He said at the time: “[There are] some really heavy riffs going on here, and if I say it, you know it’s true.” Continue reading »

Jun 172014

david ellefsonMegadeth bassist David Ellefson‘s autobiography, “My Life With Deth”, which was originally made available last October via Howard Books (a division of Simon & Schuster), will be issued as a paperback on July 8. The memoir 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 was 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.

Since 1983, the celebrated metal band Megadeth has sold more than 20 million albums, received eleven Grammy nominations, and built a fan base of millions. Still going strong, they toured the world with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. Now, in “My Life With Deth”, Ellefson tells the whole behind-the-scenes story of the band and his personal journey from suffering to salvation. Continue reading »

May 212014

Megadeth-2014Megadeth has canceled immediate tour plans [until June 20th] as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who passed away on May 19 in Minneapolis, Minnesota after battling cancer. A private family funeral service will be held. The band’s statement says:

‘Bassist David Ellefson Takes A Break to Spend Time With Family After Brother’s Death

Los Angeles, CA (May 21, 2014) – Megadeth has canceled immediate tour plans as bassist David Ellefson and his family mourn the loss of his brother, who passed away on May 19, in Minneapolis, Minn. after battling cancer. A private family funeral service will be held.

The band sends their deepest condolences and prayers to David during this time and ask that the fans please do the same. Continue reading »

May 202014

david ellefsonEliot Gordon Ellefson, the 51-year-old brother of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, died earlier yesterday [May 19]. after a two-year battle with cancer.

In his memoir, “My Life With Deth”, David Ellefson wrote about his early family life, “I loved the farm [where I was raised, about six miles north of Jackson, Minnesota], but I didn’t love farming quite so much, so my brother, Eliot, was always the one who was going to take it over from my father when the time came. He showed an aptitude for farming from a very young age. When I started getting into music at eleven or twelve, Eliot was focusing on being disciplined and working around the farm.”

We wish David and his family a lot of strength and comfort in this difficult period.

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