Former Megadeth Members David Ellefson And Jeff Young Are “Working On A Couple Of New Songs”

David Ellefson is working on new music with his former Megadeth bandmate Jeff Young. According to him, the duo are collaborating “on a couple of new songs.”

Ellefson said the following during an interview with The Neurotic Guitarist at the NAMM convention in Anaheim, CA:

“I’ve been listening to what the fans have been requesting. He and I have actually been working on a couple of new songs.”

He also added:

“When we started filming the Nick Menza documentary, which was back in January, we all came to L.A. and filmed. And we were sitting at the Rainbow [in West Hollywood] one night having dinner, and Jeff goes, ‘Remember those couple of riffs that I had that were from the ‘So Far, So Good… So What!’ tour that were gonna be hoped for to be what would become ‘Rust In Peace’?’ And then he was out of the group by then. And as he hummed them to me, I go, ‘Dude, I totally remember those riffs. I totally remember ’em.’ And they’re kind of complex, kind of music nerdish but cool and heavy. And I go, ‘Oh my God. We’ve gotta get in a frickin’ room and work on these.’ So Mike Heller [FEAR FACTORY], who’s a great producer as well as a drummer, we have put some tracks down. We’ve written songs. Now we just have to get them recorded.”

As previously reported, Ellefson and Young will be joined by another ex-Megadeth member, Chris Poland, during a special set at the Days Of The Dead convention in Rosemont, IL on November 18.

[via Blabbermouth]

Thom Hazaert Says His And David Ellefson’s Album Of All-Original Material Will “Probably” Never See The Light Of Day

During a recent appearance on the “Talk Louder” podcast, ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s longtime business partner Thom Hazaert confirmed that the duo recorded an album of all-original material. However, he said it “probably” won’t ever be released.

Hazaert said the following while discussing his initial decision to step away from music following a sex video scandal, which involved Ellefson masturbating with a young woman online:

“I just kind of laid low the last year. I didn’t really fucking do anything. I spent all this time doing all this Ellefson shit that just went in the fucking toilet. I wrote a whole another record. I got an investor to give us a ton of money to pay for ‘No Cover’ [the ELLEFSON band’s collection of covers] and to record a whole another record [of original material]. I spent six months writing that record. I was a little disillusioned so I sort of took some time off from creativity. But now I’m slowly dipping my toe back in.”

He continued when asked if the record will still be released:

“Probably not, unfortunately. I had actually announced, before David’s whole issues last year, literally a couple of weeks before that, on Mark Mendoza’s [TWISTED SISTER] podcast, I had actually announced that [David and I] weren’t working together anymore; we just kind of went our separate ways. I had heart failure a couple of years ago from all the stress and dealing with all the bullshit, and I just was done with it. I died. At that point, you start reassessing relationships and situations in your life. And that’s exactly what I did. Certain things that caused me too much stress I had to sort of just move on from.

But no, unfortunately, I really don’t [think the ELLEFSON album will ever be released]. And the reality is the stuff was too heavy for David. He didn’t like it. David likes JOURNEY; David likes TOTO. And the record, I don’t wanna say it was ‘nu metal’ but it was very contemporary crossed with really heavy GUNS N’ ROSES. The reality is David just never really liked it. It was too contemporary for him; it was too heavy for him. David hates contemporary hard rock; it’s not his thing, really. I think musically, the pages we were on were just different. A cover record you can do, ’cause you’re just doing covers… I mean, it’s fucking awesome — the record [we were working on] is awesome, and the songs were awesome. There were some songs on it that I wrote pretty much straight out; some of it me and him wrote together. Some of it were little parts that he had that Andy [Martongelli, guitar] put together and then I kind of pulled them apart and [reworked them]. It was a lot of work; I put a lot of work into it and a lot of money… Some of the songs, I found out, after I spent tons of money working on them, he went and redid some of them with vocals with somebody else.”

Hazaert went on to say that his retirement statement was just “a venting post on Facebook.” He also added:

“Look, I’m not gonna badtalk anybody, but I moved on from that situation. And I love that record. I love the stuff I wrote with him. It’s literally some of the most brilliant shit I’ve ever written in my life lyrically.

There was so much momentum and so much stuff, and David had his personal things that happened and whatever, which I never commented on and I won’t. That’s between him and his family.”

He also confirmed that he was the one who was mainly responsible for EMP Label Group:

“EMP was just my THC label with a different name slapped on it and David Ellefson’s credibility. It’s all it was. I did all the work. I paid for everything. As much as people say it was David Ellefson’s label, it was my label and you were on the label and you know that. It was a partnership, but I did the work, I kept it alive, I kept it going. And I’m not gonna lie — that’s what fucking killed me. The stress and heart failure, that’s where it came from, man. Just out of my love for doing this and my love for the game.”

[via Blabbermouth]

David Ellefson To Produce Unearthed “Drum Riffs” From Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza

Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has revealed that he will be producing some newly unearthed “drum riffs” from the late Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth). He said the following about that:

“We’re actually recording some new riffs and parts to some existing Nick Menza drum riffs that he has — some parts that are brand new. So posthumously, we’re actually forming a new band with Nick. I’ve got a handful of different people from our industry around the world participating in this. And I’m gonna be writing some new riffs and some new things.”

This news comes after it was previously announced that Ellefson would be narrating and co-producing a new documentary on Menza.

[via Blabbermouth]

David Ellefson’s Business Partner Thom Hazaert Retires From Music Business

Thom Hazaert, the longtime business partner of former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, has announced his retirement from the music business. He said he made his decision following years of “being a person who did everything for everyone else, at the expense of [himself].”

Hazaert said the following:

“For the last 30 years, I have toiled away in the music business (and life) being a person who did everything for everyone else, at the expense of myself – my finances, my happiness, my self-respect. I scraped, I barely made money, I suffered. I put everything I had into something to get nothing. Started over from scratch COUNTLESS times, only to be fucked again by someone or something else, right as the hard work started paying off (while they ran off to tell everyone how I fucked them.)

I pushed myself to the point where I LITERALLY died. And maybe it’s just the nature of the thankless job, but most of the stories of that experience end with being betrayed by the very people I put everything into helping, while they ran off with everything I created, or destroyed it. And somehow, I always end up the bad guy.

That goes for personal, and business relationships (which in this business are essentially one and the same). I know hundreds, if not thousands of people who could or maybe would say that I have done something huge for them, something that put them closer to their dreams. For every 100 of those, there’s a few who would rather skew the perspective of everything I did for them, and twist distortions, or flat out lies or delusions, to say the opposite, and make me out to be some kind of monster.

Nope, I’m not perfect. But in the immortal words of Tony Montana, ‘I ain’t never fucked nobody that didn’t have it coming.’ I am honest to a fucking FAULT, and know my weaknesses, and have always avoided them. I am kind, sane, reasonable, professional, and level-headed. I would give anyone the shirt off my back, and go out of my way to try and help EVERYONE, and put as much good into the World as I can. But as the saying goes, no good deed goes unpunished.

Now I’m at a point I can barely move or function half the time, have crippling anxiety, and no motivation to do anything, frankly not only because of my health, and the mountain of medications I am on to stay alive, but because any ounce of motivation or excitement, hope or joy has been sucked out of my life, and this business, which, at its worst, is a constant exercise in deflecting and/or maintaining relationships with (and placating) crazy, entitled, toxic, and/or delusional people.

We live in a nearly apocalyptic world where anyone can say anything and post it on the internet, and it’s true. A World that thrives on drama, and manipulation, where everyone wants to be a victim, and anyone will hear anything, with no context or actual knowledge of the situation, and it’s true. (If they want it to be.) That’s this world, and even moreso, this business. And this has been proven to be true of even some of my closest “friends”.

Trust me, If I wanted to spill dirt, or be a victim, or air people’s dirty laundry, I have so much I could start a fucking dry cleaners. I believe in trust, and honor, even when those people go out of their way to try and fuck and destroy YOU.

So, consider this my official retirement. Fuck music. I hate it now anyway. Fuck the music business. There really isn’t one, and I hate it even more. (Of course there are a lot of amazing people in this business that I LOVE, and always will.)

Fuck social media (and public life). I’m done with that too. To my friends, and those who have supported me, thank you. Liars, shit-talkers, behind the back whisperers, betrayers, and people who pretended to be my friends, or used me. Have at it.

I’m gonna find something to do that I like. I’m going to collect and sell toys, and hang out with my kids and my dog, and try and be happy I’m alive. I might be broke, but I was always fucking broke. Welcome to the fucking music business.

Say goodnight to the bad guy.”

This news comes shortly after Ellefson was fired from Megadeth following accusations of underage grooming and sexual misconduct. Those allegations stemmed from leaked ​footage that shows him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. The bassist previously denied the accusations, saying the girl was not underage, and he is now seeking legal action against the leaker of the video.

[via Blabbermouth]

Police Report Offers More Details On Ex-Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson’s Revenge Porn Case

As previously reported, former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is currently seeking legal action against the leaker of a video that shows him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. Now, more details on the case have surfaced via Rolling Stone, who obtained a copy of a police report from the Scottsdale Police Department.

After the aforementioned footage initially leaked, Ellefson was accused of underage grooming and sexual misconduct and was ultimately fired from Megadeth. However, Ellefson and the woman in question previously issued statements denying the allegations saying that she was never underage and that the interactions were between consenting adults.

Ellefson also said that he would be filing revenge porn charges against the leaker. According to the police report, the musician admitted to sexting with a girl, who he met and befriended while signing autographs at a 2019 concert in Holland, before meeting her for coffee and soda at a hotel in February 2020. Ellefson said there was no physical contact between the two and that things didn’t turn sexual until July or August 2020.

During that time, the couple began to masturbate with each other through Facebook Messenger. According to Ellefson, “they had about four to five masturbating encounters.” When the online sexual encounters occurred, the woman was said to have been 19-years-old. In the Netherlands, where she lives, the age of consent is 16 and in Arizona, where Ellefson lives, it is 18.

During the latest encounter in February 2021, the woman revealed that she had recorded footage of the bassist masturbating without permission. She also “admitted that she had shared the video with some friends but wasn’t sure how it got leaked out to others.”

The report also says that Ellefson‘s claims are backed up by a polygraph test and a copy of the woman’s driver’s license. He also shared screen shots of the conversations with authorities.

You can read more about all of that over at Rolling Stone.

Former Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson To Seek Legal Action Against Leaker Of His “Very Private Video”

David Ellefson has revealed that he will be seeking legal action against the leaker of a video that shows him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. After that footage leaked, the bassist was accused of underage grooming and sexual misconduct and ultimately fired from Megadeth. However, Ellefson and the woman in question previously issued statements denying the allegations saying that she was never underage and that the interactions were between consenting adults. Ellefson told Rolling Stone the following about pursuing legal action

“Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me. The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with Scottsdale Police Department in their investigation into charges regarding revenge pornography to be filed against the person who posted this video. Also, my lawyers are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am taking this time to be with my family. I wish my bandmates the best with their upcoming tour.”

Megadeth Officially Part Ways With David Ellefson

Megadeth have officially parted ways with David Ellefson. This news comes after the bassist was accused of underage grooming and sexual misconduct after footage of him masturbating during a video chat with a young woman surfaced online. However, Ellefson and the woman in question have both issued statements denying the allegations saying that she was never underage and that the interactions were between consenting adults.

Frontman Dave Mustaine issued the following statement:

“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him. We do not take this decision lightly.

While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to making working together impossible moving forward.

We look forward to seeing our fans on the road this summer, and we cannot wait to share our brand new music with the world. It is almost complete.

Dave Mustaine
May 24th, 2021″

This news comes after Megadeth previously commented on the scandal, saying that “it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully.”

Megadeth On David Ellefson: “It Is Important That All Voices Be Heard Clearly And Respectfully”

Megadeth have officially commented on the allegations of underage grooming and sexual misconduct that were leveled against David Ellefson. Those accusations stem from leaked footage, which appears to show the bassist masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. However, Ellefson and the woman in question have both issued statements denying the allegations saying that she was never underage and that the interactions were between consenting adults. Megadeth have since issued their own statement regarding the situation as well:

“We are aware of the recent statements regarding David Ellefson, and are watching developments closely. As it relates to creativity and business, we are all familiar with one another. However, there are clearly aspects of David’s private life that he has kept to himself. As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We look forward to the truth coming to light.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Denies Grooming And Sexual Misconduct Allegations

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has issued a statement denying recent allegations of underage grooming and sexual misconduct online. Those accusations stem from leaked footage, which appears to show the bassist masturbating during a video chat with a young woman. The news is especially shocking considering Ellefson has been married for 27 years and became a Lutheran pastor in 2012.

Ellefson said the following:

“Dear Fans & Friends,

As you may or not know, some private and personal conversations and interactions have surfaced online, released with ill intention by a third party who was not authorized to have them or share them. While certainly embarrassing, I want to address it as openly and honestly as possible.

As much as it’s not something I’m proud of, these were private, adult interactions that were taken out of context and manipulated to inflict maximum damage to my reputation my career and family.

The other party involved has made a statement which you can see below. I thank her for doing so and hope that this clarifies that the situation was not at all as presented.

Humbly Yours,

David Ellefson“

He also shared a statement from the woman in question:

“I’m the girl people are talking about in the posts about David Ellefson right now and I just want to tell my side of the story because people are sharing misinformation and the situation is getting out of hand without the truth being out there.

Yes, those video calls did happen, but I was the one to initiate them and never was I underage, I was always a consenting adult. Nothing inappropriate ever happened before that. It was all consensual, I’m not a victim and I have not been groomed in the slightest as I was the one to initiate it. I was just naïve enough to record him and share it with a friend without his permission. In the end, it was all consensual and all online.

I don’t know how it got to this point, but a lot of information is being left out by the people purposely trying to harm him. I would ask that anyone sharing these personal private videos or any misinformation about them to please stop.”

[via The PRP]

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Launches New Video Podcast “Backstage With David Ellefson”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has launched a new video podcast called “Backstage With David Ellefson” via Star Worldwide Networks. The series was created with Phoenix, AZ morning radio personality Dave “The Mayor” Pratt and it will feature both audio and four-camera video production.

Ellefson commented:

“Dave [Pratt] and I have known each other for over three decades as he and I have done many on-air interviews at KUPD over the years. He really is the mayor of all things radio here in Phoenix, Arizona, so I am honored to have a media home here with him.”

“I’m aiming to have this podcast serve as a platform for fun and engaging conversations between friends and colleagues on a myriad of topics, both in and out of music. Nothing is off limits and I’m excited to see where our guests and topics will take the conversation.”

Pratt added

“As a longtime rock radio personality, I proudly have shared many successful years with my friend David Ellefson. It is appropriate that he founded Ellefson Coffee Co. as the metal icon is pure energy as a musician and an entrepreneur on many levels. Now you get a backstage pass into David’s inner circle through a worldwide pro video podcast. Welcome to ‘Backstage With David Ellefson’ on Star Worldwide Networks!”