Megadeth’s David Ellefson Announces Summer “Basstory” Dates

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has announced the first set of dates for his summer “Basstory – More Life With Deth” tour. The trek will feature a Q&A session/discussion with Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” co-author Thom Hazaert and a full live-band set featuring songs from the book’s companion album “Sleeping Giants.”

Tour Dates:

07/06 Providence, RI – Fete Music Hall
07/07 Long Branch, NJ – Brighton Bar
07/08 N. Branford, CT – Strangeland (book signing)
07/10 New Bedford, MA – Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
07/11 Waterbury, CT – Shamrock Pub and Grill
07/14 Long Island, NY – Revolution
07/18 Pekin, IL – Twisted Spoke Saloon
07/19 Lombard, IL – Brauerhouse
07/22 Rockford, IL – Whiskey’s Roadhouse
09/07 Phoenix, AZ – Joe’s Grotto

It’s worth noting that these shows will find Ellefson performing with Hazaert, Dead By Wednesday’s Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence, and Hatchet’s Clayton Cagle. Archer Nation, Last Crack, Bleed (a.k.a. Crawl), Green Death and more will also perform on select dates.

Ellefson commented:

“When we got the unfortunate news that the Ozzy [Osbourne] tour was postponed, we thought we’d make the best of the downtime and take one more lap around the track to get up close and personal with the fans, and go talk about the book, and play some of these ‘Sleeping Giants’ songs live.

‘Basstory’ started out more in the vein of a ‘clinic’ and has evolved into a full-on live band show, and now with some new material to play, and revisiting some of my past material from other projects on ‘Sleeping Giants’, I think it’s going to be that much more exciting. That’s the great thing about ‘Basstory’ — it’s always a different show. And it’s always fun to get back into the clubs and get intimate with the fans in a way that’s not possible in a giant arena, and that’s really what ‘Basstory’ is all about.”

You can purchase a limited VIP dinner experience for each show HERE.


Megadeth’s David Ellefson To Release “Sleeping Giants” Companion Album To “More Life With Deth” Memoir

David Ellefson (Megadeth, etc.) has announced that he will be releasing a new album titled “Sleeping Giants” on CD/digital formats on July 5 (vinyl out August 30). The effort will serve as a companion album to his new memoir “More Life With Deth,“ which will be available on July 16.

“Sleeping Giants“ will feature new tracks recorded by Ellefson and his business partner Thom Hazaert, as well as demos and unreleased material from F5 and more. The following guests are tentatively set to be featured on the record: Daryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run DMC.), Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam), Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam, F5), Ethan Brosh, Bumblefoot (ex-Guns N’ Roses), John Bush (Armored Saint, ex-Anthrax), Dave Sharpe (Dead By Wednesday), Opus Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday), Mark Tremonti (Tremonti, Alter Bridge), Juan Garcia (Abbatoir, Body Count), Illias Papadakis (Memorain), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head), and David Glen Eisley (House Of Lords/Giuffria). Kristian Nairn, aka Hodor from “Game Of Thrones” also did a remix of the track “Vultures.“

Pre-orders can be found HERE.

“Sleeping Giants” Track Listing:

01. “Vultures”
02. “Sleeping Giants” (feat. DMC)
03. “Hammer Comes Down”
04. “Vultures” (Kristian Nairn Remix)
05. “If You Were God” (feat. John Bush)
06. “Deadman Rise”
07. “I Fall”
08. “Bleeding”
09. “Why Can’t We Die”
10. “Dying On The Vine”
11. “Faded”
12. “Undeniable”
13. “Feel Your Pain”
14. “Out In The Rain” (feat. David Glen Eisley)
15. “Voices” (feat. David Glen Eisley)

Ellefson commented:

“I love to collaborate and It’s timely and fitting to work up these song ideas with my friends, and get to break out and release some of these great demos and oddities from over the years, the stories behind many of which are told in the book. And to be able to include many of the EMP and COMBAT artists, I think it really brings another dimension to the stories we’re telling in More Life With Deth.”

Hazaert added:

“David and I were in Tampa for PBX – Playback Independent Music Expo, and had just finished an amazing run of BASSTORY, where I ended up performing with him, and several of our friends, including Bumblefoot, and Dave Sharpe and Opus from Dead By Wednesday. We capped it off with an amazing all-star BASSTORY jam at the Brass Mug in Tampa with Dirk Verbeuren, Troy Sanders from Mastodon, Jason Bieler of Saigon Kick, Head from Korn, Kyle Sanders from Hellyeah. It was insane. So, we went into a local studio, MASTERSOUND in Tampa, with the Dead By Wednesday guys, and ended up writing and tracking “VULTURES”.”

“David had all these other amazing instrumental songs and parts, laying around, that I had always loved, and we just ended up getting a bunch of guests to play on them, polished some of them up, I wrote lyrics, laid down vocals, and the rest is history.”

“It truly was just writing and making music from the purest place of writing and making music… like, buddies in the garage jamming on songs. And while everyone knows him as a bassist, David is such an incredible guitar player, and songwriter, and I love that we can finally showcase that. And to have a bunch of our friends who are IN the book play on it, and for me and David to collaborate the way we did.

I think it’s really special. And, at first, we really didn’t know what to do with it, or if we would even do anything with it, for that matter. We’d discussed the idea of releasing the new tracks as singles, then an EP, and then we came up with the idea to create a sort of “island of misfit toys” b-sides release, with all this killer stuff David had been involved with over the years, and it really all just kinda fell into place.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces Spring European “Basstory” Dates

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has announced some spring European “Basstory” dates. These shows will see the bassist performing and telling stories.

Tour Dates:

03/06 Dusseldorf, GER – Pitcher
03/07 Nancy, FRA – M.A.I.
03/08 Auxerre, FRA – Le Silex
03/09 Strasbourg, FRA – La Laiterie
03/10 Lucern, SWI – Shuur
03/12 Ankara, TUR – 6:45 Hall
03/13 Istanbul, TUR – If Besiktas
03/15 Paris, FRA – L Empreinte
03/16 Madrid, SPA – Copernico
03/17 Barcelona, SPA – Boveda
03/19 Milan, ITA – Legend Club

Megadeth’s David Ellefson To Be Honored With “David Ellefson Day” In Jackson, MN

Megadeth’s David Ellefson will be honored with his own “David Ellefson Day” in his hometown of Jackson, MN on October 9. A ceremony will be held for the bassist at his old high school, Jackson High School, and the city’s mayor Wayne Walter is expected to attend.

Ellefson himself will also be hosting one of his special “Basstory” shows for the students, fans, and media at the event. Furthermore, he has also announced the formation of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, which will seek to provide instruments to underprivileged youth and schools with underfunded music programs. Instruments will be donated to Jackson High School during the ceremony. Ellefson said the following about that:

“I grew up in Jackson, and the music program at the High School was so instrumental to the fundamentals of my music education, and, really, served as a huge part of the foundation that I would build my career on. So it is a tremendous honor to not only be able to be honored by my hometown in such an incredible fashion, but to be able to give back, and hopefully help inspire the dreams of the next generation of musicians.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces East Coast “Basstory” Dates With Bumblefoot & Dead By Wednesday

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has announced some East Coast “Basstory” dates with Bumblefoot and Dead By Wednesday. The trek will see the bassist performing and telling stories. Here’s the new dates:

11/16 Manchester, NH – Jewel Nightclub
11/18 Holyoke, MA – Waterfront Tavern
11/20 New York City, NY – The Iridium
11/21 Albany, NY – Chrome
11/23 Niagara Falls, NY – Evening Star Concert Hal
11/25 Waterbury, CT – Shamrock Pub

Previously announced U.S. dates can be found HERE, while European/UK dates can be found HERE.

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Inducted Into Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame

David Ellefson (Megadeth) was inducted into the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame during a ceremony in Okoboji, Iowa on Sunday (September 2). The honor was presented by the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Music Association in the “individual artist” category for his achievements as a recording artist, performer, producer, writer, and entrepreneur, as well as his work with EMP Label Group, Ellefson Coffee Co., ETA (Ellefson Touring Agency), and Combat Records. A permanent Ellefson exhibit, featuring one of his Jackson Kelly Bird signature basses, will be on display in the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Museum, in Arnold’s Park, Iowa. The bassist commented:

“Growing up in Jackson [Minnesota], which is right on the border with Iowa, I spent as much time in Iowa, as I did in Minnesota,” Ellefson says. “My mom was from Iowa, and really, so much of my life growing up was here. The Iowa circuit is where I really cut my teeth as a musician, before moving to L.A. and joining MEGADETH, and it’s such an amazing honor to be recognized with the Iowa Rock ‘N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2018. After the Grammy win for ‘Dystopia’, it was really a cherry on top, to be recognized by my peers, and the great people back home, and to get to come back and participate in this amazing weekend.”

[via Blabbermouth]

David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces European/UK “Basstory” Dates

David Ellefson (Megadeth) has added some European/UK dates to his “Basstory” tour. That trek will see the bassist performing and telling stories. Here’s the newly announced shows:

10/15 Bristol, UK – BIMM
10/16 Guildford, UK – ACM
10/17 Esch-sur-Alzette, LUX – Rockhal
10/18 Tilburg, NET – 013
10/21 Les Bioux, SWI – Le Relais Des Artistes
10/22 Warsaw, POL – Riff Megastore
10/23 Berlin, GER – Private Club

The previously announced U.S. dates can be found HERE.