Monday, January 18, 2016

Dave Mustaine: "David Ellefson is not a co-founding member of Megadeth"


Megadeth's Dave Mustaine was recently interviewed by Real Rock 99.3. You can read some excerpts below.

About if his friendship with Megadeth bassist David Ellefson is "closer than ever" now, more than thirty years since they formed the band together, Mustaine responded: "No, that's not true. Megadeth was already in its formative phase long before I even knew David Ellefson. The name Megadeth didn't come up until after Dave and I had met. But there was another bass player before Dave. Dave and I, we have a friendship that's been up and down over the years. I think our relationship is stable right now."

About new members Chris Adler and Kiko Loureiro, he said: "I love playing with these guys. Chris and I have become really close. And Kiko is a very, very intelligent guy. Granted, he's Brazilian, and there's a little bit of a language barrier, but the guy's brilliant. And we have amazing talks together, so we continue to get closer and closer as a guitar duo, which, I think, is really important, because, you know, if you are playing guitar together at this speed, it's kind of like synchronized knife fighting kind of thing: you need to know what's going on, or somebody's gonna get hurt."

He added: "It's really great to be able to have a band again. I think that if you ask Dave, he'll tell you that he's really happy playing with Chris, because Chris is such an exciting player to play with. And not taking anything away from any of the other players over time. We've had some really terrific players over the years. But sometimes we would have a really great drummer and a really good guitar player, or a really good drummer and a really great guitar player, but it wasn't that, at once, all four people were at the top of their field."

About what Kiko has added to Megadeth's forthcoming album, "Dystopia", Mustaine said: "Kiko had a lot of really great stuff that he'd done with [other] bands; Angra is one of them. He's done a lot of different types of music, so I had to kind of really watch and reel him in with some of the stuff to keep it within the metal vein, because he was so capable of doing so many things. So I think the question should be more, like, 'Can he do what he did on the record live?' because the stuff is so exotic and so high-octane. I'm really interested in seeing if he's gonna be able to pull it off live."