Megadeth bass guitarist David Ellefson spoke in the recent interview with The Mark And HooGie Show and revealed his opinion about being called ‘Junior’ for years while explaining where it came from.
In the interview, David said that this nickname stuck into his name since 1983 while they were making fun of him for being a small-town kid. Also, he stated that Dave Mustaine actually liked it the most and started laughing.
Furthermore, David admitted that he didn’t like this nickname for years but he is pretty okay with it right now. David mentioned that he is taking the ‘Junior’ as an endearment, and it doesn’t even bother him right now.
Here is what David Ellefson wrote:
“Honestly, I don’t give a damn really, that much anymore. It started out in 1983 – we were in a grocery store down on Kings Road and Santa Monica Boulevard.
This was right when I’d probably known Dave maybe a month, maybe two months, and there was another guy named Peyton Tuthill, and he was an artist. He was a bass player from Minnesota, and me and Dave somehow ended up crashing at their house.
So Peyton Tuthill was a great artist, and he actually hand-drew, hand-painted, I think with some ink paints or ink pens or something, the very first Megadeth logo, which essentially was what the ‘Killing Is My Business’ album cover now looks like. Not the original ‘Killing Is My Business,’ but the reissues after we’d redone the artwork.”
“And one day we were at the grocery store, and they were busting my chops, making fun of me for being a small-town kid just moving to Hollywood, and he said it, he goes, ‘You’re like the wet-behind-the-ears kid who fell off the turnip truck from the farm, like Junior.’
And Dave just started howling. He was, like, ‘Oh my God, that is so funny!’ We had this thing – how are we gonna have two Daves in the band? So I think he went, ‘OK, that’s how we’re gonna do it. You’re Junior.’
“So for a lot of years, I didn’t like it ’cause it was, like, ‘You know what? Fuck you guys!’ Now, I’m fine. Dave, he doesn’t even call me Junior. He calls me other funny names. We’re buddies, and it’s a term of endearment. It doesn’t bother me now.”
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