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]

Former Judas Priest Members To Perform The Band’s Music At Wolverhampton, UK Show

Former Judas Priest members K.K. Downing, Les Binks, and Tim “Ripper” Owens will be taking the stage for “a full-length set of Priest classics” at K.K.’s Steel Mill in Wolverhampton, UK on November 3. The show will find the trio joined by David Ellefson (Megadeth) and Thom Hazaert. Ellefson’s “Sleeping Giants” band and Blaze Bayley (ex-Iron Maiden) will open.

Downing commented:

“I am very pleased to have been asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebrate the release of his new book, ‘More Life With Deth’. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past. The combination of these icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass-kicking ‘MegaPriest’ fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”

Ellefson added:

“I speak very candidly in my new book ‘More Life with Deth’ about the significance Judas Priest played in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed In The East’ live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like. To me, that album, along with its powerful cover image, captured the excitement I felt for a new era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in American hard rock over to that of British heavy metal.

Over the years, K.K. and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest and Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstage with him and his former Priest bandmates, as we light up the Steel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!

Thom and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our ‘Sleeping Giants’ release. Plus Ripper and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double-bass drummer, this has become the ultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”

It’s worth noting that there will also be a pre-show VIP event featuring a “More Life With Deth” book signing and a Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing and Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton.

Watch David Ellefson & Chris Poland Reunite Onstage To Perform Megadeth’s “The Conjuring” & “Peace Sells”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson recently reunited with his former bandmate Chris Poland during a September 5 show at the Slidebar in Fullerton, CA. You can see footage of them performing Megadeth’s “The Conjuring” and “Peace Sells” with John Bush (Armored Saint, etc.) on vocals below:

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Premieres “Sleeping Giants” Video

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has premiered a new video for “Sleeping Giants.“ The song, which features Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, MC Daryl “DMC” McDaniels (Run-DMC), Steve Conley (Flotsam And Jetsam), Ethan Brosh, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses), and Ilias Papadakis (Memorain), serves as the title track to Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” companion album.

Hazaert commented:

“David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and ‘Sleeping Giants’ was one of them. He suggested I write and record some vocals parts for them, so I called up DMC and asked if he’d want to collaborate with us on a track, and we got to work. I’ve always loved off the wall metal/hip-hop collaborations, ‘Judgement Night’, etc. And I think ‘Giants’ definitely draws from that. The song and video both ended up with a really cool aggressive, old-school New York hardcore/hip-hop. feel. It my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than RUN DMC. And this was definitely one for the history books.”

Ellefson added:

“It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great. When Thom said DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of ‘Sleeping Giants’. And when he came out to Revolution in Amityville to perform with us, and shoot the video, it was an awesome energy. I think everyone there got a show they won’t ever forget.”

Megadeth’s David Ellefson Premieres New Song “Hammer Comes Down” Feat. Alter Bridge, Sacred Reich, Ex-Megadeth, Etc. Members

Megadeth’s David Ellefson has premiered a lyric video for his new song “Hammer Comes Down.“ The track features a number of guests including: Ellefson’s business partner Thom Hazaert, Eric “A.K.” Knutson (Flotsam And Jetsam), Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, etc.), Chris Poland (ex-Megadeth), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), and Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head). The song will appear on Ellefson’s “More Life With Deth” companion album “Sleeping Giants“ (out July 16).