Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On David Ellefson: “I’ll Forgive Him A Thousand Times. I Just Won’t Play Music With Him Anymore.”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine further opened up about his decision to part ways with David Ellefson. As previously reported, the frontman fired the bassist due to a sex video scandal that involved him masturbating with a young woman online.

Mustaine said the following:

“I have made mistakes myself and so I know what it feels like to have people gunning for you. But what we had to remember is that Megadeth has a lot of moving parts to it. There are four bandmembers, you’ve got their families, their management companies, the agencies, all of their technicians and on and on and on.

I can tell you, I’ve made decisions in the past that were detrimental to the security of the band, and I know what harm that caused. But I don’t want to be saying anything about anyone who is unable to defend themselves.

God, it’s so hard to tap-dance around this…

Let me just say this – it was a hard decision that had to be made. There were a lot of people involved and I had to make a decision, because unfortunately, when you’re the leader, you’re the one that has to suck it up and face the music.

All I wanted to do was make a clean break, and not hurt anyone, not hurt the fans and not hurt him. I just wanted to move on, and I hope the gentleman concerned is doing okay. I imagine there was some adjustment that had to take place when it happened.

It was hard for me when I lost my job. But I’ve forgiven him before when he sued me and I’ll forgive him a thousand times. I just won’t play music with him anymore.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On David Ellefson: “It Was Hard On Me Letting Him Go”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine opened up about his decision to part ways with David Ellefson. As previously reported, the frontman fired the bassist due to a sex video scandal that involved him masturbating with a young woman online. Mustaine said the following:

“With everything that had taken place over the past, 10, 20 years with my relationship with our past bass player, it just became time to… it’s so uncomfortable for me to talk about. It was hard on me letting him go. And I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.”

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]

Former Megadeth Members David Ellefson, Jeff Young, & Chris Poland To Perform At “Days Of The Dead” Convention

Former Megadeth members David Ellefson, Jeff Young, and Chris Poland will be performing at the upcoming “Days Of The Dead” convention in Rosemont, IL. That event will take place at Crowne Plaza O’Hare on November 18-20. The aforementioned musicians will perform on November 18 alongside the Metallica tribute band Hardwired.

Life Of The Late Nick Menza (Ex-Megadeth) To Be Celebrated During Upcoming Livestream

The late Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) is set to be honored with a special livestream event on May 21 at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST. The virtual celebration of life will be available to watch on YouTube and it will include a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the upcoming documentary “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza,” a listening party for its soundtrack, brand new video content, and more. The event will be hosted by executive producer and film director Holly Mollohan (Screaming Butterfly Entertainment) and David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth). The duo will answer questions about the new film and will also chat with special guests.

[via Blabbermouth]

Ellefson-Soto (Ex-Megadeth, Etc.) To Release New Album This Year

During an interview with KNAC.COM, Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) offered an update on his Ellefson-Soto project with David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth). He said the following:

“I can confirm that it’s actually happening. I can confirm that it’s gonna be released this year. And I can confirm that it’s a full-fledged album, it’s a full-fledged commitment that we both put into it. We will be doing shows and dates, et cetera. But that’s about all I can give you right now.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Former Megadeth, Anthrax, Etc Members To Perform At “Big Four” Tribute Concert

Ultimate Jam Night will be paying tribute to Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax during a special “Big Four” tribute show at the Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA. The event will be held on May 10 and it will feature: David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth), Jeff Young (ex-Megadeth), Neil Turbin (ex-Anthrax), Mike Heller (Fear Factory), Bryan Beller (Dethklok), Ira Black (ex-Metal Church), Doc Coyle (Bad Wolves), and tons more.

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]

Watch New Sizzle Reel For Upcoming Documentary On The Late Nick Menza (Ex-Megadeth)

Screaming Butterfly Entertainment have shared a new sizzle reel for the upcoming Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) documentary “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza.” The film, which will offer “an unflinching exploration into the life” of the late drummer, is being produced, directed, and edited by Holly Mollohan. David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) will also serve as a co-producer.

Mollohan said the following:

“‘This Was My Life: The Story of Nick Menza’ is now deep into the production phase of the film. The generous support of the fans during our Indiegogo campaign, as well as the amazing participation of the interviewees has enabled us to gather some truly unique memories and stories. For this, we are truly grateful. The recent Los Angeles portion of interviews went extremely well and we look forward to traveling to Seattle and New York City in the coming months for the next set of interviews. This project is proving to be an interesting and rewarding one, and we look forward to sharing Nick’s story.”

Ellefson continued:

“The making of the Nick Menza documentary has been such a joy for all of us, like a sort of MEGA family reunion where we share stories, laughs and even a few tears around Nick and what he meant to so many of us. I think this film and soundtrack will touch the hearts of the fans and viewers in the same way, as we remember his larger-than-life character behind the drum kit, but also his lovable charm and warmth that made him the beloved one of a treasured musical legacy.”

The Menza family added:

“We are excited for the fans to see the life Nick lived before, during, and after MEGADETH, it was quite the journey. Stay tuned for an epic documentary. As Nick would say, ‘It’s gonna be RAD.'”

Menza’s longtime personal manager Robert Bolger also commented:

“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. Thank you everyone for the continued support in keeping Nick’s legacy alive.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Jeff Scott Soto And David Ellefson Have “Something Brewing”

It looks like Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) and David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) may be working on new material for their Ellefson-Soto project. Soto shared a photo with Ellefson, along with the following caption:

“Something brewing in Los Angeles today….#davidellefson”