David Ellefson (Megadeth) Announces “Bass Chronicles” Storyteller Concert Series

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced a “Bass Chronicles” storyteller concert series. The trek will consist of four Midwest dates with Dead By Wednesday.

Tour Dates:

09/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Crafthouse
09/24 Akron, OH – The Empire Concert Club
09/25 Marietta, OH – The Adelphia Music Hall
09/26 Richmond, IN – The Firehouse

Ellefson’s “Bass Chronicles” band will feature vocalist Andre Vanchot (Eddie Ojeda Band), drummer Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday), and guitarists Dave Sharpe (Dead By Wednesday) and Drew Fortier (Bang Tango). The following was said about the shows:

“Each event will be presented as a chronological set filled with songs and stories spanning David’s legendary career, along with some deep cuts that have rarely (or never) been performed live from his catalog of work.”

Ellefson added:

“I’m excited to head out and hit the stage again as we’re preparing a special list of songs, including some rarities which have never been performed live.”

“People are excited about live shows again so we’re approaching these events like a traveling pop-up experience where you can catch a show, see a flick, buy some merch, and even break bread with the band at the VIP dinners. So, get ready for a full night out!”

Tickets and VIP dinner packages can be found HERE.

Megadeth Launch Their First NFT

Megadeth have launched a new NFT, which they are calling “Vic Rattlehead: Genesis.” Fans can bid on that via Rarible until April 12.

Megadeth And Thin Lizzy Coloring Books To Be Released This Month

Rock N’ Roll Colouring will be releasing new Megadeth and Thin Lizzy coloring books on April 26. You can pre-order those HERE.

The following was said about the books:

“Featuring iconic artwork from classic albums and other instantly recognizable images, all printed on high quality paper, in a square format, fully endorsed and officially licenced, these killer designs have the potential for hours of satisfying colouring in. Each book allow you to raise the horns in celebration of Heavy Metal’s most legendary and important bands, letting your imagination run riot as you create your own personalised versions of your favourite designs.

Each book contains painstakingly created renderings of each image, with beautifully detailed outlines ready for you to unleash your artistic skills using pens, pencils or paint. Let your imagination run wild and add your own interpretation of these classic images, or simply recreate them as closely as you can to the originals. Whatever you decide, the satisfaction of adding your personal touch to these classic designs is extremely rewarding.

Devised and created by two life long rock and heavy metal devotees and colouring book fans, Rock N’ Roll Colouring was formed by fans, for fans. Every effort has gone into making sure these books do justice to the legacy of Megadeth, and give fans another reason to enjoy some of the most beautiful and creative artwork from the band. And not only that – colouring has proven significant mental health benefits including mindfulness, relaxation and increased focus, and can be enjoyed by any age group. These books provide hours of creative and restful activity that combines a love of the music with a love of the art.”

Dave Mustaine Offers Update On New Megadeth Album

During a recent episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show,” Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine offered an update on the band’s new album. He said the following:

“Thankfully, my partner is coming back out to Nashville, and we’re gonna be commencing on some guitar tracks and solos and some ear candy to wrap all that up. We’ve got probably about another… I’ve got one song left to sing, and then another song I’ve got one sentence that I’ve gotta finish. Other than that, all the vocals are done on this record, and it’ll be time to focus now on background vocals and the remaining stuff with solos and, as we say… I know I’ve said it so many times — ‘ear candy.’ For you guys that don’t know what that is, it’s just what it sounds like — it’s sticky, sappy, syrupy crap people put on records that help to — I don’t know — make the song sound better. When you’re thinking about AC/DC, you don’t usually think about percussion.”

As previously reported, the group might wait to release the record until they can tour again.

[via Blabbermouth]

Numerous Rock And Metal Guitarists To Take Part In Fundraiser For Jason Becker

Numerous rock and metal guitarists will be teaming up to raise money for legendary guitarist Jason Becker, who has been battling ALS for over 30 years. The fundraiser will take place throughout March and April and it will be hosted by DragonForce‘s Herman Li.

Here’s what the fundraiser will include:

“1) A livestream telethon-style fundraiser on Twitch: special guests will appear on Herman Li’s Twitch channel to play, jam and participate in fan-generated challenges with all money raised going directly to Jason’s medical trust. Over $13,000 has been raised so far. Visit Jasonbecker.com or twitch.tv/hermanli for a full schedule of livestream guests.

2) Artists will donate signed guitars, merch and other rare items which will be sold via a special Reverb shop to benefit Jason. Details to be announced.

3) Three of Jason’s most important guitars will be auctioned off later this year, including the guitars seen on the covers of “Perpetual Burn”, “Speed Metal Symphony” and the original “Numbers” guitar played by Eddie Van Halen. Details to be announced.”

Here’s the musicians that will be taking part:

  • Marty Friedman (ex-Megadeth)
  • Steve Vai
  • Joe Satriani
  • Steve Lukather (Toto)
  • Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Tremonti)
  • John Petrucci (Dream Theater)
  • Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth)
  • Tosin Abasi (Animals As Leaders)
  • Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper)
  • Orianthi
  • Devin Townsend
  • David Ellefson (Megadeth)
  • Michael Angelo Batio
  • Guthrie Govan
  • Tim Henson (Polyphia)
  • Alex Skolnick (Testament)
  • Albert Lee
  • Matt Heafy (Trivium)
  • Zoltan Bathory (Five Finger Death Punch)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses)
  • Satchel (Steel Panther)
  • John 5 (Rob Zombie)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • Nili Brosh (The Iron Maidens)
  • Jason Richardson (All That Remains)
  • The Dooo
  • Jared Dines
  • Ola Englund (The Haunted)
  • Steve Terreberry
  • Tyler Larson (Music is Win on YouTube)
  • Cole Rolland
  • Thomas McRocklin
  • Rusty Cooley
  • Mattias IA Eklundh (Freak Kitchen)
  • Sam Totman (DragonForce)
  • Chris Broderick (Act Of Defiance, ex-Megadeth)
  • Lari Basilio
  • Sophie Lloyd
  • Federico Mondelli and Fabiola Bellomo (Frozen Crown)
  • Alex Lee (Holy Grail)
  • Stevie Salas
  • Elliot Easton (The Cars)
  • Mika Tyyska
  • Daniel Dekay (Diemonds)
  • N&M Creation

Li commented:

“I’ve been a huge fan of Jason Becker since I was young, and it’s one of the biggest honors of my life to be able to help organize this tribute and raise money for him. I still have a Jason Becker poster in my studio in London. It’s been very inspiring to see everyone coming together to celebrate Jason.”

Becker added:

“I am so grateful for all the love and support everyone has given to me and my family. As far as selling my guitars being sad, and that I shouldn’t have to do it, I just want you to know that isn’t how I feel. It makes me happy to see others playing my music. I feel good about passing on my guitars, thinking they mean something to others. I can’t play them now, but other folks can. That’s a good thing. And, I want myself and my family not to have to worry about money, if possible. Thank you for all the love, I send it right back to you.”

David Ellefson (Megadeth) & Jeff Scott Soto (Sons Of Apollo) Launch New Project Ellefson-Soto

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and Sons Of Apollo singer Jeff Scott Soto have launched a new project called Ellefson-Soto. The band, which also includes guitarist Andy Martongelli and drummer Paolo Caridi, have released a cover of Riot‘s “Swords & Tequila,” which features Rick Hughes (Sword).

Ellefson commented:

“Jeff and I have been friends for so many years that it’s great to finally collaborate on some material together. He has such a distinctive voice and perfect style for some new ideas my guitarist Andy Martongelli (Ellefson) and I have been composing. We are excited about the progress of it all and thought this would be a perfect time to give a little sneak preview.”

“The first time I ever heard of Riot was on the Castle Donington Monsters of Rock album from 1980. For me, they were the USA representatives during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. And, ‘Swords & Tequila‘, along with the entire ‘Fire Down Under‘ album for that matter, show the band delivering it’s rowdy and high energy rock n roll like no other band in the USA was doing at that time. So, it is an honor to offer them much deserved reverence, as well as a reminiscent tribute to the mighty Guy Speranza, who fronted the band like a god during that period.”

Soto added:

“As COVID-19 became a big negative around the globe, it actually offered many artists a chance to finally collaborate with one another that might have never happened otherwise…as I have known David for many years, I knew from our other efforts outside of our day jobs that we could come up with some badass jams…and here we are, letting you in on our cool little secret!”

“What can I say? This was a classic metal track from Riot that we all knew growing up, when David brought up that we should cover it I was thrilled. But when we added Rick Hughes from the band Sword onto it, it truly came to life! 40 years after its release, we hope you dig this new version we built for you!”

Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth) Teams Up With Municipal Waste, Revocation, & Inter Arma Members For New Bent Sea Song “Downed At A Gulp”

Megadeth’s Dirk Verbeuren has shared a new song, titled “Downed At A Gulp,” from his Bent Sea project. The track, which features Dave Witte (Municipal Waste), Mike Paparo (Inter Arma), and Brett Bamberge (Revocation), serves as the seventh single in Verbeuren’s “Instagrind” series. He said the following:

“When Dave Witte’s behind the kit, you know the blast beats are gonna have that swing! What a pleasure to have Dave contribute to the Instagrind. Together with Brett and Mike, they brought their A-game to the D-beat. The resulting track slides down the esophagus like a knife in butter!”

[via Decibel]

Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson’s Award-Winning Horror Film “Dwellers” To Receive Home Release In October

Ellefson Films, the film production company ran by Megadeth’s David Ellefson and music/film producer and industry exec Thom Hazaert, have announced that their award-winning horror film “Dwellers” will be released on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital on October 12. The movie, which was written and directed by musician, filmmaker, and actor Drew Fortier, will also be screened virtually on March 20 as part of the HorrorHound Film Festival’s “Midnight Madness” feature. That event will also include a Q&A with members of the cast. More info can be found HERE and the film’s plot can be found below:

“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.”

Watch Megadeth, Steel Panther, Ex-Machine Head, Etc. Members Cover Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail”

Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Russell Allen (Symphony X), and Stix Zadinia (Steel Panther) have joined forces for a quarantine cover of Dokken’s “Tooth And Nail.” Demmel commented:

“Me and Stix has been wanting to jam on something for awhile and finally had the opportunity on one of my favorite tunes from this era. Steel Panther took over the MH practice gear in Germany after our sets at the Rock Am Park Festival in 2012 and were slaying a bunch of Dokken covers. This had to be one we did. I had realized that Dave hadn’t guested on a CaJ yet so he was a no-brainer. Dave and I have the same mind-set as things go and he’s one of my favorites in the business. Always quick with the tracks and loves to get things done. Russell was the final piece and came through big. Such a huge talent and gave the song all the sprinkles. Paul Fig has been such a rad connection through all of this and beefed up our mix while Wayne Marsala is always on point with the vid edits. Thanks to George, Don, Mick and Jeff for creating such a ROKKEN tune and to all who had a part in bringing this cover to life.”

Listen To Another Previously Unreleased Live Jam From Ex-Megadeth Members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, & James LoMenzo

Audio of another previously unreleased live jam from ex-Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, and James LoMenzo has been shared online. The rehearsal was recorded two years before Menza died in 2016. The trio’s unnamed project will be discussed in the upcoming Nick Menza documentary “This Was My Life – The Story of Nick Menza.”

[via Blabbermouth]