Canada’s The Metal Voice recently interviewed former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young at the Gramercy Theatre in New York March 8, 2023.
Young talked about the bands up and coming new Live CD/DVD, gave an update on new material for the Kings of Thrash plus spoke about the time he turned down David Lee Roth in the late 80’s as the guitarist.
When he was asked about passing on David Lee Roth band in the late 80’s, Young said, “I passed on that, (Jason Becker guitarist got the gig), which I am glad he got him (Jason Becker), to do one killer project before he got sick, he was a buddy of mine. Once I saw his (Jason Becker) movie I was really glad I passed on it. I was being managed by Diamond Dave management that’s how I got that offer. I turned it down, I thought he (David Lee Roth) would end up in Vegas and that was all the way back then and where did he end up? I might E.S.P. or something. I just don’t really like his (David Lee Roth) voice, to be honest and now I since learned he is a lunatic, so I made a great choice, he’s nuts.”
Kings of Thrash, the new band featuring former Megadeth members David Ellefson (bass) and Jeff Young (guitar), the group, which also includes drummer Fred Aching as well as guitarist/vocalist Chaz Leon, along with the occasional guest appearance by another former MEGADETH member, Chris Poland (guitar)
In addition, the band has signed a worldwide deal with Cleopatra Records and will be releasing a live CD/DVD package called Best of the West…Live at the Whisky A Go Go on March 24. The 17-song set was recorded and filmed live during the band’s sold out show at the legendary Whisky A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA on October 15, 2022 and also features performances with Chris Poland. The DVD was directed by Michael Sarna for Inmotion Entertainment.