Megadeth’s David Ellefson Announces Australian Tour With Former Bandmate Chris Poland

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has announced an Australian tour with his former bandmate Chris Poland. Here’s the dates:

05/22 Melbourne, AUS – Max Watts
05/23 Sydney, AUS – Manning Bar
05/24 Brisbane, AUS – Crowbar
05/25 Canberra, AUS – The Basement
05/26 Adelaide, AUS – Enigma Bar

Rock/Metal Musicians Pay Tribute To The Late Neil Peart (Rush)

As previously reported, Rush’s Neil Peart has sadly passed away following a battle with brain cancer. A number of rock/metal musicians have since taken to social media to pay tribute to the legendary drummer and some of the various posts can be found below:

Geddy Lee (Rush):

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Rest in peace, my brother. 💔

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Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and Kirk Hammett:

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins:

Slash (Guns N’ Roses):

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RIP #NeiPeart

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Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath):

KISS’ Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons:

Gary Holt (Exodus):

David Ellefson (Megadeth):

Anthrax’s Scott Ian, Charlie Benante, and Frank Bello:

Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, etc.):

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R.I.P. #nealpeart An extraordinary talent.

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King Diamond:

Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine):

John Dolmayan (System Of A Down):

Steven Adler (ex-Guns N’ Roses):

Sebastian Bach (ex-Skid Row):

Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater, etc.):

Roy Mayorga (Stone Sour):

Overkill:

Mike Inez (Alice In Chains):

Billy Corgan (Smashing Pumpkins):

Alex Bent (Trivium):

Taylor Momsen (The Pretty Reckless):

Chris Jericho (Fozzy):

Matt Sorum (ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.):

Jason Hook (Five Finger Death Punch):

Adam Gontier (Saint Asonia, ex-Three Days Grace):

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~ Shocked. The Legend. Rest In Peace Neil Peart. 🙏🏻

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Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth, etc.):

Sacred Reich:

Matt Halpern (Periphery):

Zach Myers (Shinedown):

Chuck D (Public Enemy, Prophets of Rage):

Dan Briggs (Between The Buried And Me):

Peter Frampton:

Jack Black (Tenacious D):

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) Shares Lyric Video For “The Permanent Decay” Feat. Dave McClain (Sacred Reich), David Ellefson (Megadeth), & Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through)

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has premiered a lyric video for his new song “The Permanent Decay.” The track, which features Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through), serves as the first release under Demmel’s new “umberella of music,” which he is calling “Echoes Of Reckoning.” That collection will feature “various artists covering various genres.”

Demmel said the following about “The Permanent Decay”:

“I had some tracks I had written and submitted for a previous band, that were never used, and I really liked them. Dave McClain and I had worked some of them up, and I kept thinking of who would be perfect to sing on it. My wife plays in Bleeding Through with Brandan, he ended up writing all the vocals, and singing on it, and it came out killer. Ellefson and I had been talking at NAMM last year about doing something together, so when this came up, it was the perfect opportunity to do that as well. We don’t know if we’re a band, we don’t know what we’re doing, other than that we all played on this song, and that we dig it. No one knows what the future holds.”

McClain added:

“Originally when me and Phil were in Machine Head, and it came time to start writing stuff for the next record, Phil had some ideas and riffs, and I’m always down there practicing all day. He just came down one day, he had these riffs, we started messing around. I mic’ed up everything in the room on my laptop, and we recorded this stuff live, and then it ended up not being used for anything.

Fast forward to all this time later, when we’re both out of Machine Head, and Phil was going out on this guitar clinic tour, and he was like, ‘Let’s record some of the riffs and songs I had.’”

Ellefson also commented:

“About a year ago when we were doing Metal Allegiance at the Anaheim House of Blues, I mentioned to Phil that we should collaborate on something together. And as the year went by, he contacted me back in October about a track, and he sent it over to me, I loved it.

It was fun to work with Brandan, who is so respected in his genre, I always love playing with innovators, and in this case, I’ve had a great experience and friendship playing with Phil, and to be able to branch out and play with Brandan, and to be back playing with Dave McClain who played on ‘Hammer Comes Down‘ on my ‘Sleeping Giants‘ album, was really kinda reuniting the family in a way, but at the same time stepping out into some new turf, and a new sound, for me, that we kinda touched on on ‘Sleeping Giants‘ as well.

I love to branch out and work with a new cast of people, and dive into different styles and genres of metal, and that’s really what this was all about.”

Ex-Machine Head Members Team Up With Megadeth & Bleeding Through Members For New Song “The Permanent Decay”

Ex-Machine Head members Phil Demmel (Vio-lence) and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich) have recorded a new song with David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Brandan Schieppati (Bleeding Through). The track, which is titled “The Permanent Decay,” has already premiered on SiriusXM and a lyric video for it will be released on January 7.

Demmel said the following:

“I had some tracks I had written and submitted for a previous band, that were never used, and I really liked them. Dave McClain and I had worked some of them up, and I kept thinking of who would be perfect to sing on it. My wife plays in Bleeding Through with Brandan, he ended up writing all the vocals, and singing on it, and it came out killer. Ellefson and I had been talking at NAMM last year about doing something together, so when this came up, it was the perfect opportunity to do that as well. We don’t know if we’re a band, we don’t know what we’re doing, other than that we all played on this song, and that we dig it. No one knows what the future holds.”

McClain added:

“Originally when me and Phil were in Machine Head, and it came time to start writing stuff for the next record, Phil had some ideas and riffs, and I’m always down there practicing all day. He just came down one day, he had these riffs, we started messing around. I mic’ed up everything in the room on my laptop, and we recorded this stuff live, and then it ended up not being used for anything.

Fast forward to all this time later, when we’re both out of Machine Head, and Phil was going out on this guitar clinic tour, and he was like, ‘Let’s record some of the riffs and songs I had.’”

Ellefson also commented:

“About a year ago when we were doing Metal Allegiance at the Anaheim House of Blues, I mentioned to Phil that we should collaborate on something together. And as the year went by, he contacted me back in October about a track, and he sent it over to me, I loved it.

It was fun to work with Brandan, who is so respected in his genre, I always love playing with innovators, and in this case, I’ve had a great experience and friendship playing with Phil, and to be able to branch out and play with Brandan, and to be back playing with Dave McClain who played on ‘Hammer Comes Down‘ on my ‘Sleeping Giants‘ album, was really kinda reuniting the family in a way, but at the same time stepping out into some new turf, and a new sound, for me, that we kinda touched on on ‘Sleeping Giants‘ as well.

I love to branch out and work with a new cast of people, and dive into different styles and genres of metal, and that’s really what this was all about.”

Megadeth May Release Several New Songs Before Their Upcoming European Tour

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Dave Mustaine talked a bit about the new material that Megadeth have been working on. According to him, the band may release two or more songs before their upcoming European tour with Five Finger Death Punch and Bad Wolves.

Mustaine said the band submitted “nine really crushing songs” to their management, before taking a break due to his throat cancer diagnosis, and that a number of the people that they talked to chose the same three tracks to release. He continued:

“All we need to do is get in the studio and capture them. We’ve got scratch drum tracks. We just have to get Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] to play through the songs once or twice and then it’s up to me and David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar] to finish.”

He also shared a few working titles including “The Dogs of Chernobyl,” “Faster Than Anything Else,” and “Rattlehead, Part Two.” He then added the following when asked how many tracks they plan to release before hitting the road: “It might be two, it might be four.”

On top of that, Mustaine also revealed that he encouraged David Ellefson to write and sing on a ballad about their complicated relationship:

“I said to him, ‘What was the biggest song that KISS ever had?’ He goes, ‘Beth’. I said, ‘Yeah, we should write a song like ‘Beth’, where it’s a ballad and it’s just you singing it. I think you should write a song about what it’s like being in Megadeth with me, because I read all your lyrics, and I know that your lyrics are aimed at me. You’re upset. So why don’t you write about it?'”

“I’m going to try to work on it now for this record, and if it doesn’t get on this record, I’m going to try to work on it on the next record. Because it was actually really cool to see Ellefson writing something and hear him singing.”

Watch First Trailer For David Ellefson-Produced Horror Film “Dwellers”

Ellefson Films, the new film production company ran by Megadeth’s David Ellefson and music/film producer and industry exec Thom Hazaert, have shared a new trailer for an upcoming horror film called “Dwellers.” That movie was written and directed by musician, filmmaker, and actor Drew Fortier. Here’s a description of it:

“While shooting a documentary on the suspicious disappearances within the homeless community, a filmmaker and his crew go missing while uncovering a terrifying and vicious secret below the city’s surface.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Says Dave Mustaine Has Completed His Cancer Treatments

During a recent interview with Pomelo Rocker, David Ellefson revealed that his Megadeth bandmate Dave Mustaine has completed his treatments for throat cancer. He said the following:

“With Dave‘s throat cancer treatments that he has now completed, and he’s just going through the recovery now, we’re hopeful and optimistic about a full recovery for him with that. Once he’s through that process, we’re gonna just let that take as much time as it needs, and then we’ll resume with the album. I’d like to hope maybe 2020 we’ll be able to get a new album out.”

[via Blabbermouth]