In an interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon, Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson talked about the time Guns N’ Roses icon Slash was about to join Megadeth, however, he claimed that it was never meant to be.
As you might remember, back in the 1980s, the members of Megadeth had a discussion over including a new guitarist in their band. Guns N’ Roses icon Slash was actually the talent in their minds, however, the time was not right since GNR had just released their iconic album ‘Appetite for Destruction‘ with which they gained huge success.
Recently, Megadeth’s bass player Dave Ellefson joined an interview with Rock Talk With Mitch Lafon and shared his opinions about the possibility of having Slash in Megadeth years ago. During the conversation, Ellefson stated that he and Slash were actually good friends and often jammed together.
Furthermore, Dave mentioned the time when they asked Slash to consider joining Megadeth, however, he added that it wasn’t meant to be having the iconic guitarist in their band considering the success he achieved with Guns N’ Roses at that time. Ellefson also stated that although they were hanging out quite often back in the days when they had similar lifestyles, they went their separate ways particularly after Dave got sober.
Here’s what Dave Ellefson stated in the interview:
“Slash and I were hanging out quite a bit, late ’88 and early ’89. And he wrote the foreword to the ‘Rust in Peace’ Megadeth book that just came out.
We became good friends and did a lot of guitar playing, and our lifestyles were very similar at that moment. In fact, there was a moment we kind of tethered it out to Slash like, ‘Well, what would it be like if you played in Megadeth?’
You guys had just come off with ‘Appetite for Destruction,’ of course, and the floodgates of money, I’m sure you were about ready to just pour open.’ And it had never been right for Slash to play in Megadeth.
But he was a good friend to me and Dave Mustaine, and obviously, I got to know him as a guitar player and musician. And once I got sober and got clean, we kind of went our separate ways for a few years.”
Click here to read the entire interview with David Ellefson.