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, Lamb Of God, Trivium, & In Flames Announce Rescheduled Dates For North American Tour

Megadeth, Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames have postponed their North American tour once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The trek is now scheduled to run from August 20 to October 2.

Tour Dates:

08/20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
08/24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
08/29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/02 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR – Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
09/09 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
09/11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival
09/12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
09/15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
09/16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
09/18 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
09/19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/20 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
09/22 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
09/24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
09/26 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
09/28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
09/30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
10/01 Laval, QC – Place Bell
10/02 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

Members of each band commented:

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine:

“Can you hear that sound of armies on the march – of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do NOT want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!”

Lamb Of God’s Randy Blythe:

“It’s been far too long since we got together to do our thing— by ‘we’ I mean bands, road crew, bus drivers, truck drivers, local venue staff, vendors, audience, parking lot attendants, the freaking janitors- the whole damn enchilada. ALL OF US. TOGETHER. Everyone has been waiting, but the time has come to put the puzzle back together— I honestly don’t think I’ve ever been more ready to hit the road with Lamb Of God. See y’all in a few months with Megadeth, Trivium, & In Flames. Over a year with no live music? These shows are gonna be INSANE…”

Trivium’s Matt Heafy:

“The Metal Tour of the year couldn’t be stopped by anything. It is still happening, and we can’t wait to bring back shows with this monumental tour. We’re ready. Are you?”

In Flames’ Anders Fridén:

“I can’t really describe how good it feels to be really talking about going on tour, let alone The Metal Tour of the Year. This setup is long overdue and we can’t wait to finally make it happen.”

Watch Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Perform “Gibson Guitar Riff” At Nashville SC Vs. FC Cincinnati Game

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine performed the “Gibson Guitar Riff” during the April 17 Nashville SC vs. FC Cincinnati game at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. You can see footage of that below:

Megadeth’s NFT Sells For Over $18,000

Megadeth’s “Vic Rattlehead: Genesis” NFT has officially sold. The winning bidder scored the piece for 8.4 ETH (approximately to $18,703).

Megadeth Launch Their First NFT

Megadeth have launched a new NFT, which they are calling “Vic Rattlehead: Genesis.” Fans can bid on that via Rarible until April 12.

Megadeth And Thin Lizzy Coloring Books To Be Released This Month

Rock N’ Roll Colouring will be releasing new Megadeth and Thin Lizzy coloring books on April 26. You can pre-order those HERE.

The following was said about the books:

“Featuring iconic artwork from classic albums and other instantly recognizable images, all printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licenced, these killer designs have the potential for hours of satisfying colouring in. Each book allow you to raise the horns in celebration of Heavy Metal’s most legendary and important bands, letting your imagination run riot as you create your own personalised versions of your favourite designs.

Each book contains painstakingly created renderings of each image, with beautifully detailed outlines ready for you to unleash your artistic skills using pens, pencils or paint. Let your imagination run wild and add your own interpretation of these classic images, or simply recreate them as closely as you can to the originals. Whatever you decide, the satisfaction of adding your personal touch to these classic designs is extremely rewarding.

Devised and created by two life long rock and heavy metal devotees and colouring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans, for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure these books do justice to the legacy of Megadeth, and give fans another reason to enjoy some of the most beautiful and creative artwork from the band. And not only that – colouring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus, and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines a love of the music with a love of the art.”

Dave Mustaine Offers Update On New Megadeth Album

During a recent episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show,” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“Thankfully, my partner is coming back out to Nashville, and we’re gonna be commencing on some guitar tracks and solos and some ear candy to wrap all that up. We’ve got probably about another… I’ve got one song left to sing, and then another song I’ve got one sentence that I’ve gotta finish. Other than that, all the vocals are done on this record, and it’ll be time to focus now on background vocals and the remaining stuff with solos and, as we say… I know I’ve said it so many times — ‘ear candy.’ For you guys that don’t know what that is, it’s just what it sounds like — it’s sticky, sappy, syrupy crap people put on records that help to — I don’t know — make the song sound better. When you’re thinking about AC/DC, you don’t usually think about percussion.”

As previously reported, the group might wait to release the record until they can tour again.

[via Blabbermouth]

Listen To Another Previously Unreleased Live Jam From Ex-Megadeth Members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, & James LoMenzo

Audio of another previously unreleased live jam from ex-Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, and James LoMenzo has been shared online. The rehearsal was recorded two years before Menza died in 2016. The trio’s unnamed project will be discussed in the upcoming Nick Menza documentary “This Was My Life – The Story of Nick Menza.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Dave Mustaine Says Megadeth’s New Album Will Include A Cover Song

Dave Mustaine has offered an update on the new Megadeth album, while also revealing that the effort will include a cover song. The frontman said the following about the record during a recent episode of “The Dave Mustaine Show” on Gimme Radio:

“Lyrics, all done. Singing, almost all done. Guitar solos, in the process. And all the other little things that go on the record — the ear candy, the background vocals, the keyboards and percussion stuff — is also going down as we speak. [We’re] getting solos sent from Finland by Kiko [Loureiro], which is a really cool thing. And I just got a really cool lyric from David Ellefson sent over. Now it’s my job to finish writing his lyric and make it into a song. And then that is going to be the last lyric on the record. So I’m pretty stoked. And I can’t wait to tell you what cover song we chose for this record. I’ll tell you soon. I think you’ll get it. I’ve been giving you guys hints for a while. But I haven’t really let anybody know.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Officially Announces Partnership With Gibson

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has officially announced a new partnership with Gibson. This news comes after the legendary musician previously spent 13 years with Dean Guitars.

Gibson commented:

“Gibson is proud to officially announce a new partnership with Dave Mustaine, the legendary guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and GRAMMY®-winning founder and leader of Megadeth who joins Gibson as a Brand Ambassador. The new Dave Mustaine Collection will span acoustic and electric guitars across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer.

Dave will join the Gibson Artist Alliance -a forum which includes legendary musicians, innovative movers and shakers, and new talent – to share in thought leadership, research & development, mentorship of the next generation of players, as well as philanthropic endeavors. In addition to the Dave Mustaine Collection, Dave will be featured in original content and special projects across Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer.”

Mustaine continued:

“One of first albums I ever bought was Kiss Alive. On the back of that LP was the Gibson logo, followed by ‘Kiss uses Gibson Guitars because they want the best’. Period,” says Dave Mustaine. “Years later, I’m still that same fan, but now I’ve been playing, touring, writing, and performing around the world myself, and I can say that I could not agree more with that statement. As I was looking for a change in my guitars, I met with Cesar and got his perspective on the vision and direction Gibson is taking. I saw passion, respect for the instruments, a focus on quality and a company that is led by guitar players. I feel I am finally at home with Gibson and I am proud of what we’re building together. I can’t wait for the world to get their hands on the new Gibson, Epiphone, and Kramer Dave Mustaine Collection guitars. This is a dream come true for me, don’t #@!# wake me up.”

Cesar Gueikian of Gibson Brands added:

“It’s an honor to welcome icon, pioneer and visionary musician Dave Mustaine to the Gibson family as our brand ambassador. Dave is one of the most influential metal icons and riff lords of all time, having paved the way for multiple generations of players to carry the flag for hard rock and heavy metal, from riff writers to shredders and everyone in between. Working with Dave is especially gratifying because he is a guitar nerd like me, who gets involved in every aspect of the development of the concepts and ideas we have been designing with him at the Gibson Lab. When I was as kid learning how to play guitar, I aspired to play Dave’s riffs and I was one of the fortunate fans who attended their Youthanasia Tour concert at Estadio Obras Sanitarias in 1994, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the ‘Aguante Megadeth’ chant was born over the song Symphony of Destruction. That was an epic night that I will never forget. I look forward to bringing this partnership to life and unveiling the first stages of the Dave Mustaine Collection to the world.”