Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson recently appeared on The Cassius Morris Show and talked about his relationship with his former bandmate Dave Mustaine.
After Dave Mustaine’s breakup with Metallica due to his personal problems, Mustaine and David Ellefson formed the band Megadeth in 1983. They increased Megadeth’s success with fifteen studio albums. However, Mustaine and Ellefson’s relationship is actually full of ups and downs. In 2004, Ellefson even filed a lawsuit against Mustaine, accusing him of shortchanging him on profits and refusing to turn over Megadeth Inc. after their disbandment in 2002, as promised.
In 2010, Ellefson rejoined Megadeth, and they recorded three more albums together. Ellefson is one of the co-founders of Megadeth, and he was within the band until a recent event. Ellefson was fired from Megadeth after accusations of sexual misconduct with an allegedly underage girl.
When Ellefson was fired, the band was working on their forthcoming sixteenth album, and they had already recorded some parts. Dave Mustaine recently said that Ellefson’s contributions will not be included in the album, and they will re-record them with a new bassist. Mustaine also said that there is no chance for Ellefson to reunite with the band in the future.
During his recent interview, Ellefson was asked about his relationship with Mustaine. He said that he is not done with Mustaine after going through many things together over the years. Ellefson said that he just wishes the best for Mustaine and feels blessed for everything happened.
Ellefson said in his interview the following:
“Look, relationships are never really fully done, especially one where you’ve had sort of brotherhood and a professional friendship, and all these other things.
Because anybody who knows who’s watching this, if you’re in a band, it’s not like, ‘Dude, it’s just business.’ You’re creative, you’re friendly, there’s business, there are all those things intertwined. It’s all part of that. If we’re not hanging right now, that’s… Again, I don’t wish anybody any ill will, I wish everybody the best.
That’s one of the ways to bless it, just you give it your best, and you give your best energy and not harbor grudges on anything. Instead of being sad that it’s over, be glad that it ever even happened. We got to live a dream, we got to do something most people will never get to do, and we got to do it.”
He went on to say:
“So if this is the sort of exit from that, or a time out from whatever it is, then let it be what it is. I would just love that analogy – there’s a reason the rearview mirror is very small in the car, it is because you’re not supposed to spend all your time looking at it. Look through the big windshield up front, that’s where the action is, that’s where you’re headed, that’s where your hope is, it’s where your future is, where everything is.
So it’s easy to micromanage stuff in the rearview mirror but it’s like, ‘Man, that’s all meant to be behind you.’ The good news is our songs still get played everywhere, they get played on the radio, I hear them around, we see people wearing our t-shirts, and it’s cool, that’s awesome. I’m proud to have been a part of all that.”
You can check out the full interview below.