Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently showed up on The Jeremy White Podcast and he talked about his time in Megadeth and what Dave Mustaine experienced after being fired from Metallica.

As you may remember, Dave Mustaine was fired from Metallica in 1983 for his problems with drugs, alcohol and his conflicts with the other members of the band. After being fired from the band, Mustaine formed Megadeth with David Ellefson.

Recently, David Ellefson was also fired from Megadeth after serious accusations of sexual misconduct with an underage girl. On May 24, 2021, Megadeth announced from its official social media accounts that Ellefson will not be playing with the band anymore. Ellefson denied the accusations and told that he didn’t do anything wrong.

During a recent interview, David Ellefson talked about his first impressions of James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich when he first met them. He said that they were really cool and Lars was more talkative when compared to James. Ellefson then said that Dave went through tough times after being fired from Metallica, and being together at that time was a big chance for both of them.

David Ellefson told The Jeremy White Podcast that:

“He had his side of it, of course. It’s one of these things – if you’re my friend, you’ll hate all my enemies and you’ll love all my friends too. Which side do you pick with that? But those guys have been nothing but great and I’ve become good friends with them, as with all of the Big Four. So I got over long ago, like, ‘Hey, this loyalty of if I’m gonna be in Megadeth, I have to hate Metallica somehow, what a bunch of bullshit.’ I fucking love them.

Funny, Ron McGovney, that was my Metallica bass player, I’ve always said ‘Mechanix,’ when we were cutting it for ‘Killing Is My Business,’ I did the Ron McGovney bass line. To me, that was my first impression of them. So I landed there in ’83, it was the right place at the right time.

One of the things I learned when I first moved to L.A. about playing music is suddenly when you’re starting a band and everything else goes with it, playing music is the smallest part of being in a band because it’s promotion… Me and Dave were fucking homeless in the beginning, we were so poor. How do we get a roof over our heads? How do we eat?

And then not to mention trying to book the shows and get these things going. I think we had a good partnership. Dave after Metallica – that was a pretty hard landing for him, and I think the fact that me and my Minnesota brood ended up on his doorstep to help him have a second chance. And certainly, me being there meeting Dave gave me a chance. And that’s why I think we both won. Had that not happened, who knows?”

Ellefson then elaborated on his relationship with Dave Mustaine and said that he always tried to be empathetic towards him in his difficult times after Metallica. He praised Mustaine’s musical skills and his creativity to come up with new ideas.