During a conversation on Headbangers Con, Megadeth’s bassist David Ellefson opened up the time when Dave Mustaine and himself needed some time away from each other while talking about the time that Megadeth disbanded and revealing how that had affected his life.
Megadeth was formed in 1983 by guitarist Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson, and is one of the most famous heavy metal bands of all time. They are also credited as one of the four bands which revolutionized thrash metal as a genre. As you may recall, the band had temporarily disbanded back in 2002 after Mustaine’s accident leading to an arm injury.
The band was re-established two years later without the co-founder and bassist Ellefson, who then decided to take legal action against Mustaine. However, in 2010, Ellefson settled out of court and decided to rejoin Megadeath, and in his recent interview, he said that he never felt like he left anyway. Since then, the band has released numerous albums and has been hosting its own music festival, Gigantour, since 2005.
Megadeth is quite famous for their astonishing live performances and they were planning on starting a tour in 2020. However, due to the ongoing pandemic, their tour dates were canceled and rescheduled for 2021. In his recent interview, Ellefson talked about the brief disbandment of Megadeath and opened up about his tumultuous relationship with Mustaine.
Ellefson said that the band disbanded because Mustaine needed some time ‘to make some lifestyle changes himself‘ and said that it was a good thing because they needed some space from each other. He said that when you grow up together and you continue working together, then the friendship and business relationship can become a bit too much. Thus, this brief disbandment following Ellefson’s return in 2010 was all part of the process which eventually worked out for the best.
Here’s what David Ellefson said during his recent interview:
“Megadeth was all I did from age 18 until about the age of 36-37. In 2002, Dave had to step away from the band for a while – he had to, as he talked about in his book, he had to make some lifestyle changes himself. And everything just came crashing to a halt, kind of like when COVID showed up; it’s like, ‘Uh-oh! None of us saw this coming now!’
So I learned at that point, it was like, ‘Look, I had all my eggs in the Megadeth basket – my livelihood, my affiliation, everything!’ And I was young, so part of it was – I had a family to raise, which is why I went over and I worked for Peavey, actually, for about seven years I ran their artist relations for them.”
He went on to say:
“So we just decided to go our separate ways, we dissolved our business at that point, and we just went our separate ways. I never felt like Megadeth was going to be over for me, and of course, in 2010 it came back around and we joined forces again. So the last decade has really been great but sometimes when you’re growing up together, like Dave and I have, you need some space.
I see bands where guys have been in one band their whole life and oftentimes out of nowhere someone just leaves the band. You’re like: ‘What the hell?! What’d you do that for?’ And I get it, I understand why that happens.
So in this season away from Megadeth and now coming back to Megadeth, I’m like, ‘Look, I’m not going to give everything up to come back to Megadeth. I’m going to keep doing more of it because it all kind of is part of the same story.'”
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