Megadeth’s David Ellefson Says He Was Briefly Considered For Bassist Position In Metallica After Jason Newsted Left

During an interview with The Metal Voice, Megadeth’s David Ellefson revealed that he was briefly considered for the bassist position in Metallica after Jason Newsted exited the band in 2001. He says he didn’t actually get a call, but “there was a conversation about considering [him]”

Ellefson said the following:

“They didn’t call me. I know that there was a conversation about considering me. I know Lars [Ulrich] and Dave [Mustaine] had chatted, ’cause [METALLICA] were putting their short list together. And, to be honest with you… I mean, look, METALLICA are great, and I’m a fan of theirs and friends with them, and I would be there to be of service with them in whatever way, but they, I think, made their decision right around the time when MEGADETH had disbanded in 2002.”

Mustaine previously told CBS that Ellefson’s name came up after Cliff Burton’s death as well:

“When Cliff died, there was a moment where Dave’s name had come up and I was a little concerned. I didn’t want to lose my bassist and I certainly didn’t want to have another reason to be upset. God knows I had my reasons, even though they weren’t all real. A lot of them were caused by myself.”

“I just don’t think I would have done well if I’d have known that had happened. Fortunately for me, I think those guys took that into account and just said, ‘Let’s find someone else.'”

[via Blabbermouth]

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