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.”

Megadeth, Five Finger Death Punch, Anthrax, Etc. Members To Take Part In “Oh Say Can You Stream” Fundraising Event

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation has teamed up with the Grammy Music Education Coalition for a special “Oh Say Can You Stream” online benefit concert to raise money for the “School’s Out” initiative, which provides online lessons, instruments and gear for kids and aspiring musicians during quarantine, and other COVID-19 relief charities. The livestream will launch on April 11 at 3PM CT / 4PM ET on Ellefson’s Facebook page and YouTube channels as well as the Grammy Music Education Coalition’s Twitch and Facebook pages. In addition to Ellefson the benefit will also feature: Alice Cooper, Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Chris Kael (Five Finger Death Punch), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Darryl “DMC” McDaniels (RUN DMC), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Elias Soriano (Nonpoint), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Rob Caggiano (Volbeat), Alex Skolnick (Testament), Nita Strauss (Alice Cooper), and tons more. You can find additional details HERE.

2020 M3 Rock Festival Rescheduled For September

The 2020 M3 Rock Festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, Maryland on September 4-6. Organizers commented:

“The 2020 M3 Rock Festival, originally scheduled for May 1-3, is being rescheduled to Labor Day Weekend, September 4-6, 2020 due to the coronavirus. All tickets will be honored on the new dates, of course. Unfortunately Ratt and Tyketto will no longer be able to perform, but we are thrilled to announce the addition of Winger to the lineup and more will be announced! We can’t wait to rock with you this September! Stay safe and see you at Merriweather soon. Keep your eyes peeled for additional info from Ticketmaster about these new dates.”

Watch Tesla Cover The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” From “Five Man London Jam”

Tesla have shared a new live video for their cover of The Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out” from their new live release “Five Man London Jam.” That effort, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, will be released on March 27 and it will be available on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD, and digitally.

In other news, Tesla have also postponed their spring dates due to the coronavirus pandemic:

“We are regretfully postponing our Spring 2020 headline U.S. tour originally scheduled from April 10 – May 1. The tour is being rescheduled for Fall 2020 and the new schedule will be announced as soon as possible.

Due to the current concerns regarding COVID-19, the health and safety of our fans, local venue staffs, as well as the health and safety of our band and crew, is of utmost priority. All ticket holders are encouraged to hold on to their original tickets as these will be honored for the new date, which we hope to announce very soon at TeslaTheBand.com.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and hope to see all of you at the rescheduled date. Stay safe everyone!”
Stay safe and let’s get through this together. (Brian, Frank, Jeff, Troy, Dave)

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Tesla Share “Signs” Live Video From “Five Man London Jam”

Tesla have shared a new live video for “Signs” from their new live release “Five Man London Jam.” That effort, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, will be released on March 27 and it will be available on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD, and digitally.

Tesla Share “What You Give” Live Video From “Five Man London Jam”

Tesla have shared a new live video for “What You Give” from their new live release “Five Man London Jam.” That effort, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, will be released on March 27 and it will be available on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD, and digitally.

Tesla To Release “Five Man London Jam” Live Album And Blu-Ray In March

Tesla will be paying homage to their 1990 live acoustic album “Five Man Acoustical Jam” with a new live release titled “Five Man London Jam.” The effort, which was recorded at Abbey Road Studios in London, England, will be released on March 27 and it will be available on Blu-ray, 2LP vinyl, CD, and digitally. You can stream a live version of “What You Give” below:

“Five Man London Jam” Track Listing:

01. “Cumin’ Atcha Live / Truckin'”
02. “Tied To The Tracks”
03. “We Can Work It Out”
04. “Signs”
05. “What You Give”
06. “California Summer Song”
07. “Forever Loving You”
08. “Miles Away”
09. “Paradise”
10. “Call It What You Want”
11. “Stir It Up”
12. “Into The Now”
13. “Love Song”

Alice Cooper Announces Tour With Tesla & Lita Ford

Alice Cooper has announced a U.S. tour with Tesla and Lita Ford. You can find the dates for that run below.

Tour Dates:

05/30 Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
05/31 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
06/03 Denver, CO – Mission Ballroom
06/05 Thackerville, OK – Winstar World Casino
06/06 Topeka, KS – Stormont Vail Events Center
06/07 St Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
06/09 Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheatre
06/10 Huber Heights, OH – Rose Music Center
06/12 Welch, MN – Treasure Island Resort & Casino (with Blue Öyster Cult)
06/13 Chicago, IL – Rosemont Theatre
06/14 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
06/16 Boston, MA – Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion
06/17 Wilkes Barre, PA – Mohegan Sun Arena
06/19 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
06/20 Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavilion
06/21 Baltimore, MD – The Hall at Live! Casino + Hotel (no Tesla)
06/23 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach
06/25 Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center
06/26 Pittsburgh, PA – S&T Bank Music Park
06/27 Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre

As previously reported, Alice Cooper and Lita Ford also have an April tour booked.