Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke in an interview with Mitch Lafon and explained his first meeting with Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield. He said that it was kind of a weird. Here’s the statement:
“I remember going to the Troubadour down on Santa Monica Boulevard and I remember W.A.S.P. had just played their final show as they were getting signed to Capitol. So they were kind of one of the last major label bands of that genre to get signed and move on.
Next up was probably Armoured Saint and they were not a hair metal band, nor a thrash metal band, maybe kind of a power metal band. And on the radio KMET they were playing things like Warrior, I remember hearing ‘Queen of the Reich’ by the Queensryche. So the hair metal thing was very much alive and happening.
But getting teamed up with Dave was really a godsend. I knew right away – Dave’s a real deal. He’s a real writer, he’s got rockstar charisma, he’s not one of the wannabes out on the strip trying to be signed. In fact, he was pretty much against being on the strip. [Laughs]
Troubadour was the place where I first met Lars [Ulrich] and James [Hetfield], they came to a show there. It was kind of a weird meeting of James and Lars and I’m with Dave. [Laughs] You know, this ‘Metallica meets Megadeth for the first time’ kind of thing.
So there was a lot of people who were in the scene, part of it, everybody was getting signed and going on what would become their big MTV stardom.”
Click here to entire interview via Ultimate-Guitar.