Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson gave an interview to Aftershocks TV in which he revealed whether he regrets having to leave the band.
David Ellefson rose to prominence as an accomplished bassist in 1983 after he co-founded Megadeth with Dave Mustaine. He made musical efforts with the band until their temporary disbandment in 2002. The bassist then continued working with them between 2010 and 2021. After being fired from Megadeth, Ellefson co-founded The Lucid in 2021 with Vinnie Dombroski, Drew Fortier, and Mike Heller.
Megadeth fired Ellefson after the accusations about him being a pedophile. The reason for these allegations was his leaked masturbation video and conversations with an underage girl. Although the party involved stated she had consented and wasn’t underage when this incident took place, it significantly damaged Ellefson’s reputation. Moreover, he received a huge backlash from numerous musicians and fans.
Nevertheless, Ellefson decided to move on and formed his new project named The Lucid. Talking about whether he has regrets over being fired from Megadeth in an interview with Aftershocks TV, the bassist said he is content with where he is now. Ellefson then revealed that he will always make music, and he is glad to create for creation’s sake rather than being motivated by anything else.
David Ellefson told Aftershocks TV that:
“For me, look, I’ll always make music. And to be honest with you, I don’t force it. I leave a bass and some guitars and a piano and stuff out here in the house. Some days I’ll walk by and go, ‘Eh, I’m not in the mood for that tonight,’ and just go on. I’ll feel no regret.
Other days, I’ll walk in and I’ve got this bass plugged into a little Marshall stack and I’ll just pick it up and I’ll just freakin’ thrash and rock out and I’ll just write stuff and I’ll record it on my phone. And I’ll just catalog ideas or sit around and write lyrics and just kind of keep ideas flowing. ‘Cause whenever I go into a session or any kind of a writing environment, I like to walk in with some stuff, to have some things.
It’s fun to create for creation’s sake and not because it has to be motivated by anything else. So I guess I’m kind of glad to just be right where I’m at. To be honest, I’m perfectly content and happy where I am right now. I’m not gonna lie — it’s perfectly fine. So I’m all good.”
You can check out the rest of the interview below.