In a recent interview with Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson clarified the rumors that he was on the Metallica’s short list when Jason Newsted quit.

When interviewer asked if in 2001 when Megadeth disbanded and when Jason Newsted left Metallica, did he ever get a call from Metallica to join the band.

David Ellefson said:

Metallica didn’t call me, I do know know there was a conversation about considering me. I know I was on Metallica’s short list.

I know Lars [Ulrich] and Dave [Mustaine] had chatted, ’cause [Metallica] were putting their short list together. And, to be honest with you… I mean, look, Metallica are great, and I’m a fan of theirs and friends with them, and I would be there to be of service with them in whatever way, but they, I think, made their decision right around the time when Megadeth had disbanded in 2002.

He also talked about his upcoming new book ‘More life with Deth’ and said:

“It will be released next summer around the Ozzy Megadeth tour. It talks about me  leaving Jackson, Minnesota and going off to Hollywood,  I also  include the things we doing today with my business partner  Thom Hazaert,  EMP label group, Combat Records, Ellefson Coffee Company, the Grammies with Megadeth, Dystopia there has been lots that happened since the last book when it came out. Also I go into a lot of Megadeth’s history that wasn’t been talked about on my last book.”

On his side project called “Altitudes and Attitude”, he said:

This side project is an addition to Megadeth and I think that is why the fans like it and embrace it. I have played on a lot of records so fans are used to hearing different sides to me. For Frank Bello, what is cool for him is that he is the singer on this project, so you really get to hear a different side to Frank.

Musically it is very different it is not a thrash metal record, it’s got some powerful hard rock drive to it but it also an emotional side. The album has sensibilities to it, it is not just a freight train Heavy Metal by any stretch.”

You can listen to the entire interview from below.