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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson more or less shuts down reunion rumors

Posted by on March 18, 2015

Well, it sure seemed like a good idea while it lasted. Megadeth’s Rust In Peace is a fan favorite, not just because of the songs, but the stellar lineup of guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza alongside Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson. And while there was a short-lived hope that the the Daves might try to get the guitarist and drummer back for a reunion, in a recent interview with Australia’s “Blood, Sweat and Metal” Ellefson spoke about what it would take for the band to reunite:

Everybody wants to try to relive this glory day, because of what that period represented to them through that music. But you have to realize that it’s greater than the sum of its parts; it isn’t just the four people that recorded those songs. It is the darkness we were in, and then the clarity that we had getting sober and the people who were around us. That Rust In Peace record is a story of a journey; it’s really what you’re hearing. That’s why every record that we did with that lineup in particular told a different story, because we were in a different phase of our lives, [both] as individuals and together. And then came this point where that lineup just stopped making music together. There was no more harmony, there was no more melody, there was no more music together. And that’s why that lineup split up. So to think that somehow that’s just gonna all come back together… If it stopped working once, why would it ever work again? You know what I mean?!

“Life moves forward, man. Life is a verb, and it’s always in action. And music is just a reflection of life, you know. That’s why I would say that the next Megadeth record — whoever is gonna be on it — has to be able to tell the story of Megadeth today, in 2015. Whoever that may be. Okay? And that… someone from the past, someone of the current day, that person has to be able to tell that story, and that’s why… I know fans want to go see… Believe me, me and Marty Friedman were second row to the KISS reunion in 1996 when they played in Phoenix, Arizona. Me and Marty were there together, as friends, as bandmates, watching our favorite band put the makeup back on and present to us the 1996 version of KISS Alive II that came out in, like, 1978. So I know. And there’s a part of me that said, ‘Just lose yourself in the fantasy of being 14 years old all over again,’ you know what I mean?! And I did. And then there’s the other part of me that I looked at them and I went, ‘Yeah, but now they’re all, like, in the forties, and this is sort of just a recreation… There is nothing new being created here; this is just a recreation of past stuff.’ So, believe me, I had that personal experience. There was the teenage fantasy and then there was the reality. And it’s the same with v. There’s this teenage fantasy of [going] back to recreate some glory day versus the reality.

“Megadeth  in 2015, we can either go back and just recreate past glory days, which would probably sell a lot of tickets and we would probably make a lot of money. But Megadeth  has never been about just going out and making a bunch of money; it has never been about that — ever. So, to us, it’s about creatively the next chapter of our story, and that’s what you get when you go in the studio together — you get to write and create your next chapter. That is where Megadeth is right now. That really is the page turner right now.”

And while Ellefson doesn’t show his hand, it’s rumored that Lamb of God’s Chris Adler and Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro have been hired to play on the album, which the band started rehearsing for this week.

[Transcription via Blabbermouth]

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