∞ Interview: David Ellefson and his return to Megadeth

The original Megadeth lineup is what Heavy Metal is all about for many fans of the genre, so it’s not surprising how much of a shockwave it sent through the music scene when bassist David Ellefson left the band eight years ago. The same shockwave was felt earlier this year when Ellefson announced his return. Ellefson is probably the most down to earth person I’ve met over the years in the music business. I spent some time talking to him about his return to one of the greatest Metal bands ever.

“Not to understate how monumental this is, but Dave and I spent a lot of years in Megadeth and for that to end was huge,” Ellefson told The Loop. “For us to come together with the spirit of reconciliation and perform together and to mend fences — it touched a lot of music fans on a human spirit level.”

I was one of the people that was surprised and excited by the news of Ellefson’s return to Megadeth. It was like the return of a family member — things are the way the should be now.

“Megadeth is genuine and that’s what people love about it,” said Ellefson. “They love the fire and spark that comes out of the music and there is a story behind that fire and spark.”

Ellefson said the band is really coming together and it’s feeling good to play the songs that he was part of years ago. Now, more than ever it seems Megadeth is all about playing the music and entertaining the fans.

“We’ve all been around the track a few times and now you have to think, do I want to be right or do I want to be happy,” said Ellefson. “We’re a little older and a little wiser. We’ve enjoyed each other’s company again — it’s just great.”

The latest tour holds a lot of significance for the band and fans. It’s the 20th anniversary of the release of “Rust in Peace,” one of the classic albums in Heavy Metal history.

“This music is a part of us,” said Ellefson. “This tour signifies a critical time in the band’s career where we were really starting to move forward. This is about acknowledging what a huge landmark album this was around the world.”

You can find out more about the Megadeth tour on the band’s Web site.

  • Shawn

    This is great news! Rust In Peace is an absolute classic and I can’t wait to catch them on tour to help celebrate it’s anniversary.

  • Cameron

    I remember when I got into high school and I got the album “Youthanasia” I liked it but then I checked out the previous records and “Rust In Peace” became my favourite album at that time..and still is one of my many favourites..You can’t say your a fan of Metal and not list this album as a true classic

  • Marc

    Just saw them live (in Montreal) .. OH MY GOD!! the playing is really tight .. they are masters of their craft … seriously David back in .. awesome… see them live .. priceless.. keep it coming guys! Can’t wait for the next record to hear some Ellefson bass on it! (no offense to James who is an amazing player too)

  • nawaf

    RIP was the album that had introduced me to megadeth that was when i was 14 and now im 34 this is my 20 year in metal as well \m/

  • David Craft

    I am 39, been singing with bands every since Megadeth started. I am Dave Mustaine and Megadeths biggest fan!! I’ve only been able to see them twice, but will get to see them again Oct,12. in Louisville, Ky. I have a rattlehead Tattoo and now that i’m a tattoo artist, i will have more! Rust in Peace is one of the greatest albums of all time! I can’t say it’s THE greatest because Megadeth has so many!! I have alot of friends who play guitar, and i always tell them, if you can’t play Holy Wars, you can’t call yourself a guitar player! A lot of them can’t. Hail to Megadeth!! David Ellefson and Dave Mustaine should never seperate. It truly broke mt heart when you did. Thank God you’re back David!!! The true Megadeth !!!!