Photo by Mike Savoia
Jimmy Kay from Canada’s The Metal Voice spoke to MEGADETH‘s bassist David Ellefson about his new album with his side project ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE titled ‘Get it out’ (with Anthrax’s Frank Bello), his upcoming book ‘More life with Deth’, the direction of MEGADETH‘s new album, his upcoming induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History, METALLICA‘s short list when Jason Newsted quit and his upcoming Bass History tour.
Watch the interview here:
When asked about his side project with Frank Bello of Anthrax, called Altitudes and Attitude and their new album
“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.”
When asked about his upcoming induction into the Hall of Heavy Metal History January 23 2019 in Anaheim California
“Last year I inducted Nick Menza into the Hall, it was great because his family was there and it was a special privilege and honour especially since Nick is no longer with us. So this year when the Hall’s CEO Pat Guesaldo contacted me for the induction, I thought it was great and super cool. The Hall does a great thing, they are honouring and inducting a lot of cool artists. They are inducting the Ozzy Osbourne Blizzard of Oz artists, drummer Lee Kerslake and bassist Bob Daisley, also my friend Mike Portnoy ex Dream Theater and so many more great musicians. I am especially looking forward to meeting Lee Kerslake (who recently told The Metal Voice he had 8 months to live due to cancer) who did the drumming on Ozzy’s first two albums, Blizzard of Ozz and Diary of a Madman, because those two albums changed my Life. Those two albums were very influential to me as a teenage musician.”
When asked about the musical direction of the upcoming new Megadeth album
“We have been really trying to re frame the band, there have been a few records in the past years that really hit the mark well. I thought Dave did a great job on the Endgame album, 13 Album was an album that I played on when I came back into the group I thought was a really good strong record. So as we talk about this next record we said Dystopia is the bench mark, it seems to be what fans like to hear. A combination of melodies, amazing playing and the thrash stuff a kind of a greatest hits of everything Megadeth has ever done. All this can be heard on Dystopia. To early to say what it will sound like but Dystopia is a benchmark for us.”
When asked if in 2001 when Megadeth disbanded and when Jason Newsted left Metallica, did he ever get a call to join Metallica to join the band
“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. ”
When asked about his upcoming new book More life with Deth
” 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.”
ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE’s debut album, “Get It Out”, which will be released on January 18, 2019 via Megaforce. The follow-up to ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE’s 2014 self-titled EP was once again produced by Jay Ruston (ANTHRAX, STEEL PANTHER, STONE SOUR), with Jeff Friedl (A PERFECT CIRCLE, ASHES DIVIDE) returning behind the kit
Ellefson will release “More Life With Deth”, the follow-up to his memoir “My Life With Deth”, in 2019 . The book was co-written by his business partner, radio personality and music journalist Thom Hazaert.