David Ellefson (Megadeth) Recruits Anthrax, Sacred Reich, Crobot, Etc. Members For New Covers Album

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson will be releasing a new covers album titled “No Cover” on October 2. The 13-track record will feature covers of tracks by Motörhead, W.A.S.P., Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, Queen, Judas Priest, Twisted Sister, and more.

Ellefson recorded the album with vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses), drummer Paolo Caridi, and the following special guests:

– Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
– Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
– Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
– Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
– Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
– Mark Slaughter
– Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
– Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
– Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
– Gus G (Firewind)
– John Aquilino (Icon)
– Doro Pesch
– Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
– Dave Alvin (White Trash)
– Todd Kerns (Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators)
– Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
– Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
– Dead By Wednesday

Ellefson said the following:

“Before any of us started writing our own songs, we all began playing cover songs by our heroes during our formative years as musicians. So, it’s fun to go back in time and revisit those songs which helped us to become the artists we are today, especially when, ironically, many of those artists have now become peers and friends.

During the process of recording some covers for B-Sides and bonus tracks for the upcoming Ellefson solo LP, Thom and I just said, ‘This is a blast, let’s just do a whole album of covers!’ Literally, within 2 weeks, we had the songs recorded, and began calling our friends to join us, many of whom we had just performed with on the MEGA-Cruise back in October. From there, the album just fell into place.”

“A lot of our buddies have been playing covers and quarantine jams on the Internet during the pandemic, so this is really just an extension of that, but we took it the next level and actually recorded a full studio album.

We’ve been working remotely anyway, as we’re all over the Globe, so it was easy to incorporate some guests jumping in with some outstanding performances of their own. It’s been a really fun nod to making great music with our friends, who are kick-ass players, and many legends in their own right, which is the whole reason we got into this in the first place!”

Hazaert added:

“It’s all songs and artists that really mutually influenced both myself and David, especially a lot of early ‘metal’ and harder classic rock. Some stuff I picked, some stuff he picked, but for the most part is was all artists that we both loved. What’s funny, as there’s a bit of an age gap, we were sometimes more influenced by different eras of the same bands. But it was really him saying, ‘Let’s do this song,’ and me saying, ‘Yes!!! And let’s do this song.’ And before we knew it, we had over 15 songs. And it’s a lot of album tracks, deep cuts, early tracks, stuff people might not expect, which was what was so fun.”

“It was also great that we were able to work in a lot of nods to David’s history, getting Chuck Behler to play with us, bringing in original Megadeth guitarist Greg Handevidt to play on ‘Love Me Like A Reptile’, a song they used to play in cover bands together before they moved to L.A. (which we wrote about in ‘More Life With Deth’), and Randy Burns is going to mix a track or two. As a singer, these are literally bands I’ve listened to, and covered all my life, and for me, getting to play with Eddie Ojeda, the Tesla guys, Charlie Benante, Jason McMaster, Mark Slaughter, etc, and sing these songs that mean so much to me. I mean, literally, the entire record is my bucket list of people I’d love to play with, and some of my favorite bands. So, it’s truly an honor to put together something so fun, and really as effortless as this was. It truly is a love letter to rock n’ roll, an homage to what made us, musically, who we are today.”

Evanescence, Firewind, & Ex-Dream Theater Members Share Quarantine Cover Of “Got My Mind Set On You”

Jen Majura (Evanescence) recently joined forces with Gus G. (Firewind) and Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater) for a quarantine cover of “Got My Mind Set On You.” That track was originally written by Rudy Clark and later covered by George Harrison.

Watch Arch Enemy Frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz & Firewind Guitarist Gus G.’s Recent Livestream Performance

On April 17, Arch Enemy frontwoman Alissa White-Gluz and Firewind guitarist Gus G. took part in a livestream for the #TogetherAtHome series. The series, which is fueled by Global Citizen, was launched in support of the World Health Organization as everyone continues to face the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Gus G. To Release New EP “Live In Budapest – Part 1” In September

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) has announced that he will be releasing a digital-only live EP, titled “Live In Budapest – Part 1,” on September 20. The effort, which can be pre-saved HERE, will feature the following tracks:

01. “Fearless”
02. “My Will Be Done”
03. “Cold Sweat”
04. “Don’t Tread On Me”

Watch Gus G. Turn Into Satchel G. For A Performance Of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” With Steel Panther

Gus G. (ex-Ozzy Osbourne, etc.) recently joined Steel Panther onstage as “Satchel G.” for a live cover of Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train.” The performance took place on February 19 during a show in Pratteln, Switzerland.

Gus G. (Firewind, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne) Premieres New Video For “Force Majeure” Feat. UFO’s Vinnie Moore

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) has premiered a new video for his new single “Force Majeure” featuring UFO’s Vinnie Moore. You can check that out below:

Gus G. (Firewind, Etc.) Announces European Tour

Gus G. (Firewind, etc.) has announced a headlining European tour. Maxxwell and Magical Heart will serve as support.

Tour Dates:

11/17 – Rostock, Germany – Zwischenbau
11/18 – Oberhausen, Germany – Kulttempel
11/20 – Zoetermeer, Netherlands – Boerderij
11/21 – Genk, Belgium – Colosseum
11/25 – Milan, Italy – Legend Club
11/27 – Sursee, Switzerland – Kulturwerk 118
11/28 – Albstadt, Germany – Tropicana
11/29 – Siegburg, Germany – Kubana
11/30 – Mannheim, Germany – MS Connexion
12/01 – Aalen, Germany – Rock It!
12/02 – Vienna, Austria – Escape Metal Corner
12/05 – Bratislava, Slovakia – Randal Club
12/06 – Budapest, Hungary – A38

Gus G. (Firewind, Ex-Ozzy Osbourne) Shares Playthrough Video For “Thrill Of The Chase”

Gus G. (Firewind, ex-Ozzy Osbourne) has shared a playthrough video for “Thrill Of The Chase” off his latest album “Fearless.” He had the following to say about the track:

“‘Thrill Of The Chase’ is the second instrumental on this record. This is a song that showcases, obviously, a lot of my guitar playing. And it’s also a tribute to a lot of my guitar heroes from the ’80s and ’70s. It’s got a heavy, I would say, Michael Schenker and Scorpions influence, and, obviously, a lot of the ’80s shredders that I grew up listening to — the Mike Varney guitar scene. So I just wanted to create a track that takes you back to that time.”