Ex-MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson carried out in his former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota throughout this summer season’s Jackson County Truthful. The homecoming occasion occurred on Friday, July 29. David talked about his rock and roll journey earlier than the races at Jackson Motorplex and reunited together with his highschool bandmates from TOZ — together with fellow unique MEGADETH member Greg Handevidt (guitar) — after the races.
Chatting with Discover Okoboji about how his involvement with this yr’s Jackson County Truthful took place, Ellefson stated: “Tom Holthe from the board of the Truthful operation had contacted me. I’ve identified him for a few years and he is been a pal to me as a lot as something. And, after all, I’ve bought a lifetime of pals in Jackson. So, when he reached out to me for this occasion, I used to be really actually enthusiastic about it — not simply the homecoming, however a chance to play the Jackson County Truthful which I have not performed at since I used to be in all probability 15 years previous, with my band TOZ. And I bear in mind enjoying on the Pavilion, that was fairly new on the time again in that day.
“You already know, look, any gig is a gig to be pleased about, in my view — from the smallest little intimate gig all the best way as much as the largest stadium that I’ve ever performed,” he continued. “Each alternative to carry out for folks is a privilege, and particularly to do it again in Jackson, and once more on the Jackson County Truthful, which is the largest gig on the town. So, for me, I used to be enthusiastic about it. I stated ‘sure’ instantly. I am actually wanting ahead to it. However on high of it, when Tom requested me, he stated, ‘Hey, would you be keen to name among the guys up out of your previous band TOZ and type of put the previous band again collectively once more?’, I believed this can be a nice alternative to do that, simply to reconnect with some lifelong pals of mine the place it began in music for me, again in Jackson. And I’ve had my journey across the globe many instances now, and to carry all of it again residence to Jackson once more is simply… What a cool deal with and a privilege.”
Ellefson left Jackson within the early ’80s to maneuver to Los Angeles, the place he met former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine, and the pair co-founded multi-platinum, Grammy-winning onerous rock act MEGADETH, occurring to turn into one of many “Massive 4” of thrash steel. Ellefson‘s smalltown Jackson roots have been immortalized in MEGADETH lore as the topic of basic songs together with the smash hit “Foreclosures Of A Dream” and the underground basic “Mary Jane”.
Ellefson, who has lived in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1994, was fired from MEGADETH in Might 2021, simply days after sexually tinged messages and specific video footage involving the bassist have been posted on Twitter. On the time, Ellefson launched a press release on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan. He additionally filed a report with the police division in Scottsdale, Arizona alleging illegal distribution of sexually specific photos of him by unknown offenders. Within the report, Ellefson admitted that he had been exchanging sexual textual content messages with a Dutch teenager, who captured a video of a number of of their digital “masturbating encounters” with out his consent and shared them with pals. (In keeping with Ellefson, the girl was 19 on the time of their first digital sexual encounter.)
David, a Christian who launched the Mega Life Ministries worship group in 2007, studied for a yr at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis a decade in the past.
Final October, Ellefson advised SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” that there’s a notion that folks of religion should set the next commonplace of how they stay with and deal with others. “It is virtually such as you’re this entity that is floating up towards the heavens: ‘Oh, he is such a beautiful man. He is a person of religion. He is bought his household. After which this occurs.’ It is, like, ‘What the hell is that this?'” he stated.
“I imply, look, admittedly I’ve type of educated the general public to assume that I am one of many extra well-behaved rock stars on the market, and for essentially the most half I’ve been,” he continued. “However on the similar time, and this is not to assert something different than simply, oops, shit occurs. That’s what it’s.”
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and once more from 2010 till his newest exit.
In July 2021, Mustaine addressed the potential of Ellefson returning to MEGADETH whereas filming one in every of his personal video messages on Cameo. Requested by Rock Feed if Ellefson might as soon as once more play with MEGADETH in some unspecified time in the future down the road, Mustaine stated: “Any likelihood on Ellefson coming again afterward? The reply to that’s no.”
Final month, the MEGADETH frontman alluded to the 2004 lawsuit Ellefson as soon as filed in opposition to him for what the bassist claimed on the time have been thousands and thousands in excellent royalties (the case was later dismissed),telling Steel Hammer journal: “I’ve forgiven him earlier than when he sued me, and I will forgive him a thousand instances. I simply will not play music with him anymore.”
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