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.”

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Share “The Call Of The Wild” Live Video From “Living The Dream Tour” DVD

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have shared a new live video for “The Call Of The Wild” from their “Living The Dream Tour” live release. That effort was recorded during the band’s February 20 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England and fans will be able to purchase it on September 20 in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Share “Ghost” Live Video From “Living The Dream Tour” DVD

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have shared a new live video for “Ghost” from their “Living The Dream Tour” live release. That effort was recorded during the band’s February 20 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England and fans will be able to purchase it on September 20 in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Share “Shadow Life” Live Video From “Living The Dream Tour” DVD

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have shared a new live video for “Shadow Life” from their “Living The Dream Tour” live release. That effort was recorded during the band’s February 20 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England and fans will be able to purchase it on September 20 in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Drummer Brent Fitz To Miss Remaining Dates On Summer U.S. Tour

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators drummer Brent Fitz is leaving the band’s summer U.S. tour early to get “emergency surgery for a detached retina.” Shane Gaalaas will be filling in.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Share New Trailer For “Living The Dream Tour” Blu-Ray/DVD

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have shared a new trailer for their “Living The Dream Tour” live release. The effort was recorded during the band’s February 20 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England and fans will be able to purchase it on September 20 in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio. It’s worth noting that the DVD and Blu-ray will also come with a bonus “Live In London” mini-documentary, featuring interviews with Slash and Kennedy, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the tour.

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators To Release “Living The Dream Tour” Blu-Ray/DVD In September

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators have announced that their new “Living The Dream Tour” live release will be available on September 20. The effort was recorded during the band’s February 20 show at the Eventim Apollo in London, England and fans will be able to purchase it in the following formats: DVD+2CD, Blu-ray+2 CD, 3LP black vinyl, limited edition 3LP red vinyl, digital video and digital audio. It’s worth noting that the DVD and Blu-ray will also come with a bonus “Live In London” mini-documentary, featuring interviews with Slash and Kennedy, as well as behind-the-scenes footage from the tour.

“Living The Dream Tour” Track Listing:

01. “The Call Of The Wild”
02. “Halo”
03. “Standing In The Sun”
04. “Ghost”
05. “Back From Cali”
06. “My Antidote”
07. “Serve You Right”
08. “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts”
09. “Shadow Life”
10. “We’re All Gonna Die”
11. “Doctor Alibi”
12. “Lost Inside The Girl”
13. “Wicked Stone”
14. “Mind Your Manners”
15. “Driving Rain”
16. “By The Sword”
17. “Nightrain”
18. “Starlight”
19. “You’re A Lie”
20. “World On Fire”
21. “Avalon”
22. “Anastasia”

You can check out footage of “Anastasia” from the release below:

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators Guitarist Frank Sidoris To Miss Remaining Dates On The Band’s European Tour

Slash Featuring Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators rhythm guitarist Frank Sidoris is leaving the band’s current European tour early so he can be with his wife, Alexandria Finley, who is set to undergo her “first full-on chemotherapy treatment” for cervical cancer. Toque guitarist Cory Churko will fill in. Sidoris said the following:

“Tonight was my last show of the European tour as I am headed back to the U.S. to be with my wife @alexandriafinley for her first full-on chemotherapy treatment. Our good friend @corychurko will be filling in for me for the remainder of this European run and I can’t thank him enough. I will rejoin for the U.S./Canada tour, see you then!”

You can help Finley out by donating to her GoFundMe page.

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators Premiere “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts” Video

Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators have premiered a new video for “Boulevard Of Broken Hearts” off their latest album “Living The Dream.” The clip was filmed at The Eventim Apollo in London on February 20.

Slash commented:

“This might have been the last thing I came up with and brought to the band. It was another idea I had where I wasn’t sure the other guys were going to get where I was coming from. But the chorus was done in such a way that I’d knew they’d get that part of it, and from there all we’d have to do is figure out the verses and the other sections. It actually came together really quickly, and after Myles heard it he had a vocal melody almost instantaneously.”

Kennedy added:

“It’s a newer one, for sure. Lyrically, it’s about having this awareness that you’re really close to obtaining your goals, as well as beating the odds. I thought about it from the perspective of a young musician striving for something, only the doors keep closing on him. But he’s already come so far. So, it’s a reminder to stay on course because you’re almost there. It seemed like a good idea to end the record on. Keep pushing through and persevering, and eventually what you’re shooting for will happen.”

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Etc. Added To 2019 Heavy Montreal Festival

Dying Fetus, Corrosion Of Conformity, Devin Townsend, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, The Great Sabatini, and Harm’s Way have all been added to the 2019 Heavy Montreal festival. On top of that, organizers have also revealed that the yet to be announced Summer Slaughter Tour lineup will be added to the event as well. The festival will take place at Parc Jean Drapeau in Montreal, QC on July 27-28. Here’s the updated daily lineups:

July 27: Ghost, Godsmack, Evanescence, Steel Panther, Killswitch Engage, Hatebreed, Beartooth, Kataklysm, Quiet Riot, Municipal Waste, Watain, Metal Church, Dying Fetus, All That Remains, Cancer Bats, Devin Townsend (acoustic), Fever 333, Galactic Empire, Harm’s Way, and The Summer Slaughter Tour.

July 28: Slayer (final Quebec show), Slash Feat. Myles Kennedy And The Conspirators, Anthrax, In This Moment, Skillet, Clutch, Gamma Ray, Atreyu, Despised Icon, Stick To Your Guns, Beast In Black, Corrosion Of Conformity, Knocked Loose, Counterparts, Terror, Fu Manchu, Skalmold, Demolition Hammer, Dopethrone, 3TEETH, Metalachi, The Great Sabatini, Dirty Honey, and Mountain Dust.