Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was recently interviewed by Metal Hammer’s Rich Hobson this week and talked about many things from his heroin addiction in the past to the best advice he has ever been given in his lifetime.
As you may already follow our articles that Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson are working on the new Megadeth album for a year and this week, Dave stated that there is just one song left to finish the new album. This will be Megadeth’s first-ever recording after releasing ‘Dystopia’ back in 2016.
In the interview, Megadeth star admitted that being has to compromise every time is the worst thing about being in a band. He also admitted that in 2017, after winning the Grammy, he felt like a rock star for the first time ever. According to David, while they were playing the biggest shows of their lives, he was in his worst condition due to his drug addiction.
Metal Hammer asked:
“What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?”
David Ellefson responded:
“My dad always told me: you’re not great until someone else says you are. You should be confident in your skills, but if your public isn’t buying your records or coming to see you play, you’re not as good as you think you are!”
Metal Hammer asked again:
“What’s been your worst experience on drugs?”
Ellefson responded back:
“When I got sober in 1990 it took a year until people would trust me because I was always letting them down. The 18 months before that – starting with Monsters Of Rock at Donington 1988 – were incredibly dark.
That’s why Download for me is a moment where everything gets brought back home: playing the biggest shows of my life, but in my worst condition due to being a heroin addict. Every time we’ve played since is a chance to make amends.”
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