David Ellefson (Megadeth) Shares Cover Of Def Leppard’s “Wasted”

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has released a cover of Def Leppard‘s “Wasted.” This track is from his guest-filled covers album “No Cover,“ which will be released on October 2. This cover features drummer Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), vocalist Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Lynam), guitarist Frank Hannon (Tesla), vocalist Thom Hazaert, guitarist Andy Martongelli, and guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses).

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.”

Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) Is Reportedly “Almost Done” With His New Solo Album

It looks like Mick Mars (Mötley Crüe) is nearly finished with his new solo album. Jacob Bunton, who sings on the record, confirmed the news to AL.com.

Bunton said the following:

“I can tell you that I’m involved and the past several months we wrote and recorded a record and Michael Wagener produced it. The great Michael Wagener from [mixing 1986 METALLICA album] ‘Master Of Puppets’ and all that kind of stuff. He worked with MÖTLEY CRÜE on their very first record ‘Too Fast For Love’, when they did it themselves they recorded the record and then Michael Wagener mixed, and then when they got the record deal with Elektra, [QUEEN producer] Roy Thomas Baker ended up going back and remixing it. But on all of their self-released copies, it’s Michael. But to make a long story short, Michael’s producing the record because that was the first producer Mick worked with in MÖTLEY CRÜE, so he wanted to do his solo album, so it’s been really cool. We’ve been recording it in Nashville and we’re almost done.”

He also added:

“The songs are really cool, the record is really cool. He’s such an inventive player and his riffs are insane and it’s definitely going to be what people are expecting. When they hear it … It’s really cool.”

Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Etc. Members To Guest On Brian Posehn’s New Album “Grandpa Metal”

Brian Posehn has officially confirmed all of the special guests that will appear on his new comedy metal album “Grandpa Metal.” That effort will be released on February 14 and it will feature members of Slipknot, Anthrax, Fall Out Boy, Soundgarden, and more. The full list of guests can be found below, along with the cover art and track listing.

Guests:

  • Brendon Small (‘Metalocalypse‘, Dethklok)
  • Scott Ian (Anthrax)
  • Corey Taylor (Slipknot/Stone Sour)
  • Jonathan Donais (Anthrax
  • Gary Holt (Exodus)
  • Jeff Pilson (Dokken)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Chuck Billy (Testament)
  • “Weird” Al Yankovic
  • Pearl Aday
  • Johan Hegg (Amon Amarth)
  • Joe Trohman (Fall Out Boy, The Damned Things)
  • Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy)
  • Michael Starr (Steel Panther)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mars Electric)
  • Rob Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Aiden Cavestany (Death Angel)
  • Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus)
  • Kim Thayil (Soundgarden)
  • Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Jill Janus (Huntress)

“Grandpa Metal” Track Listing:

01. “Intro To Satan” (feat. Jacob Bunton)
02. “Satan’s Kind Of A Dick” (feat. Scott Ian & Gary Holt)
03. “Scary Nightmare”
04. “One Quarter Viking, Three Quarter’s Pussy” (feat. Scott Ian, Jon Donais & Johan Hegg)
05. “Big Fat Rock” (feat. Joe Trohman, Phil Demmel)
06. “My Phone Call With Weird Al” (feat. “Weird” Al Yankovic)
07. “Take On Me” (A-ha cover) (feat. Jill Janus, Chuck Billy, Brendon Small, Steve “Zetro” Souza, Rob Cavestany & Aiden Cavestany)
08. “Grandpa Metal” (feat. Scott Ian & Kim Thayil)
09. “New Music Sucks” (feat. Patrick Stump)
10. “New Music Sucks Reprise” (feat. Joe Trohman)
11. “Goblin Love” (feat. Scott Ian, Brendon Small & Jill Janus)
12. “Monster Mosh” (feat. Joe Trohman, Bumblefoot and Pearl Aday)
13. “The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)” (Ylvis cover) (feat. Corey Taylor and Michael Starr)
14. “Super Secret Track”

Posehn said the following about the album:

“The original concept for this album came from bands like Scatterbrain and S.O.D., and even Cheech and Chong. They all made music that was fun and funny, heavy music that also made you laugh.

I wanted this to be the ultimate comedy/metal record, a loving record that made fun of some of the things in heavy metal, so I called all my friends and asked for a bunch of favors.

There’s a Satan song, and there’s a Viking song, there’s one song that sounds like Black Metal, and then there’s one that sounds like a Van Halen party song. The intention was just to make a funny metal/comedy record for people who like both of those things.”

He also added:

“This was such a dream project for me. I wanted to take my time, I wanted it to be perfect, so it took us six years to complete. It’s the ‘Chinese Democracy‘ of comedy-metal records. And it didn’t cost thirteen million dollars to make.”

If you missed it, the first single from “Grandpa Metal”, Posehn’s cover of A-ha‘s “Take On Me”, can be found below:

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) To Release New Album In July, Teases New Song

Gus G. (Ozzy Osbourne, Firewind) has posted a teaser for his new song “The Quest.” This song will appear on his new solo album, Brand New Revolution, which will be released on July 24. Jo Nunez (Firewind) handled drumming duties for the effort and Marty O’Brien (Lita Ford, ex-Methods Of Mayhem) handled the bass duties.

Brand New Revolution Track Listing:

01. “The Quest”
02. “Brand New Revolution” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
03. “Burn” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
04. “We Are One” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
05. “What Lies Below” [feat. Elize Ryd (Amaranthe)]
06. “Behind Those Eyes” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
07. “Gone To Stay” [feat. Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Talisman)]
08. “One More Try” [feat. Jacob Bunton (Adler, Lynam)]
09. “Come Hell Or High Water” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]
10. “If It Ends Today” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]
11. “Generation G” [feat. Jeff Scott Soto (ex-Talisman)]
12. “The Demon Inside” [feat. Mats Levén (Candlemass)]