Jeff Scott Soto Says His Collaborative Project With David Ellefson Is “On Hold” At The Moment

During an interview with Dr. Music, Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) offered an update on his Ellefson-Soto project with David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth). According to him, the band is currently “on hold” while Ellefson deals with the fallout from his sex video scandal. Soto said the following:

“I’m hoping it will [be released] at some point. I’ve given David, as many people have, the space and the time to kind of deal with his own things. We were full-on getting that thing ready to bounce and to drop, et cetera, and, obviously, things were put on hold for that reason. And it’s just better for things to just kind of go away and kind of calm down, because we don’t need the kind of press that comes with it, especially the comments [from] the Internet cowboys out there. Let it go away, let it just kind of slip under the rug, and I’m sure that stuff is gonna resurface. And the idea of it will resurface and get us out there… I’m sure we’ll revisit it when the time is right.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson To Narrate/Co-Produce New Documentary On Late Drummer Nick Menza

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment have joined forces with ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s Ellefson Films for a new documentary on late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza. The film, which is titled “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza,” will be narrated and co-produced by Ellefson.

Ellefson said the following:

“I am proud to announce I will narrate/co-produce the upcoming documentary film ‘This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza’ and I look forward to sharing together with you the life story of one of music’s most celebrated rock star drummers of all time, Nick Menza.”

Menza’s manager Robert Bolger also commented:

“I am very happy to connect David Ellefson with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment to narrate/co-produce the project. Ellefson’s involvement and knowledge will secure the authenticity of the film. They both spent a lot of personal time together touring world, and if anyone knew Nick best, it’s David Ellefson. Nick loved his fans and always said without the fans none this would be possible. I really think Nick’s fans will enjoy this journey through his life.”

Executive producer/director Holly Mollohan (Screaming Butterfly Entertainment) added:

“I am very happy to welcome David Ellefson to the ‘This Was My Life’ team. He brings with him a wealth of in-depth knowledge and personal experience that will be so valuable to making this film something very special for the fans and Nick’s family. I believe that his involvement will be an extremely positive addition to the project, and am excited to collaborate with him on the film.”

With this news, an Indiegogo campaign has also been launched to for the film. Fans that donate will have a chance to get some Nick Menza merch and memorabilia.

[via Blabbermouth]

The Lucid (Sponge, Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) Premiere New Song “Maggot Wind”

The Lucid, the new project featuring bassist David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), guitarist Drew Fortier (ex-Bang Tango), and drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory), have premiered a new song titled “Maggot Wind.” This track is from the band’s self-titled debut album, which will be released on October 15.

“The Lucid” Track Listing:

01. “Maggot Wind”
02. “Deaths Of Despair”
03. “Spoiler Head”
04. “Hair”
05. “Maskronaut”
06. “Damned”
07. “Breech Boy”
08. “Pigs And Sons”
09. “Parade Of Spit”

Ellefson said the following about the new album:

“It’s been a real blast making a record with these guys and I must say that it’s refreshing to explore some new musical avenues….to step out a bit from what each of us have done stylistically in our own careers. There was an effortless synergy that came with creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. I’m looking forward to everyone checking it out!”

Ex-Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson To Launch New Project The Lucid

Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is planning to launch a new project called The Lucid on September 8. According to Blabbermouth, that band also features vocalist Vinnie Dombroski (Sponge), guitarist Drew Fortier (ex-Bang Tango), and drummer Mike Heller (Fear Factory). This news comes 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.

Megadeth To Be Rejoined By Ex-Bassist James LoMenzo On Upcoming Tour

Former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo (Firstborne) is set to rejoin the band on their upcoming tour with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed. He will be replacing David Ellefson, who was fired from the group after footage of him pleasuring himself to a young woman during a video chat leaked online. Frontman Dave Mustaine commented:

“I’m happy to announce that former bassist and Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on the Metal Tour of The Year. Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America.”

LoMenzo added:

“I’m super stoked to be rejoining Megadeth for the upcoming Metal Tour of the Year. There are no better fans than Megadeth fans, I can’t wait to get out there and shred some Megadeth music with you all.”

Dave Mustaine Says There Is No Chance Of David Ellefson Ever Returning To Megadeth

In a recent Cameo request from Rock Feed, Dave Mustaine was asked about the possibility of David Ellefson returning to Megadeth at some point in the future. The frontman responded by saying there is no chance of another reunion.

Mustaine simply said the following:

“Any chance on Ellefson coming back later on? The answer to that is no.”

This news comes shortly after Megadeth re-recorded Ellefson’s bass parts on their new album. It is still unclear who the band’s new bassist is, but Mustaine recently teased the mystery musician in a separate Cameo video. Their identity is expected to be revealed soon.

As previously reported, 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]

Megadeth Finish Re-Recording Bass Parts For New Album

Dave Mustaine previously revealed that the band were going to re-record former bassist David Ellefson’s parts on their new album and now it looks like they have already finished that process. However, it is still unclear which bassist was brought in for the sessions. Dave Mustaine told a fan the following in a recent Cameo video:

“I hear you’re a big pretty fan of ‘Fatal Illusion’ right now. That’s cool. Actually, we’ve got one song on the new album — it’s called ‘The Dogs Of Chernobyl’ — which is very similar to ‘Fatal Illusion’ in aggression. So I hope you like that song when you get the new record. It won’t be long. It’s a matter of finishing the parts when I get home today and tomorrow. Our bass parts are all done. And it won’t be long, so I’m looking forward to seeing you at the meet-and-greet. Until then, take care and stay metal.”

[via Loudwire]

David Ellefson Will Not Be Featured On Megadeth’s New Album

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has confirmed that ex-bassist David Ellefson will no longer be featured on the band’s new album. The group are planning to re-record his parts with a “stellar bass player.”

Mustaine said the following during a recent episode of his Gimme Radio series “The Dave Mustaine Show” :

“I just wanna thank you for all the kinds words and support as we get ready for this next tour and continue to hunt for a new bass player. We are making progress. The record’s being completed, and we’re gonna have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had. Which should be relatively quick because the person we’re talking to is a stellar bass player. And hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording. Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward.”

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]

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.