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David Ellefson didn't play on all megadeth albums?????

Discussion in 'Bassists [BG]' started by The Mock Turtle Regulator, Sep 8, 2004.

  1. okay, Ellefson's been booted from Megadeth (for asking for a bigger cut of band income) and Jimmy lee Sloas does the bass on the forthcoming new album, but Dave Mustaine's been saying some strange things about his former bandmate in recent interviews-

    he claims on the last three albums (Cryptic Writings, Risk, The World Needs a hero) the producers were asking for a session bassist to do the recording,

    and in Terrorizer magazine's interview he claims "someone else was playing on the albums.....including the bass!"

    however, Ellefson has written recording journals for those albums in his column in Bass Player- including listing the basses he used on each track for TWNAH - and the tones seem to match up.

    anyone know more about a session bassist ghosting on Megadeth albums?

    or is Dave Mustaine talking BS?
  2. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    Dave Mustaine is a dick!
  3. ERIC31


    Jul 1, 2002
    Maricopa, AZ
    In the latest Guitar World Dave Mustaine was saying this..

    "Yeah. In the studio it was kinda hard with Ellefson. He had a real problem playing in time."

    ***?? :confused:
  4. Ian Perge

    Ian Perge Supporting Member

    May 11, 2001
    Evansville, Indiana
    I wouldn't believe a word out of Mustaine's mouth if he was repeating my order back to me at Burger King. :scowl: Junior's always been acknowledged as one of the "better" metal bassists as well as a "stand-up guy" in general

    He's also very well versed in the music "industry" (beyond his book) to the point that Peavey, who had never had an "outside" A&R program hired him to head-up its artist relations program. I believe he's now doing clinics as well as getting such high-profile names like Joe Satriani on board (with his new signature amp). I doubt someone who's been "in the biz" for so long is now *suddenly* getting badmouthed by a former band member who praised him in the past.

    ...and I'm sure his lawsuit against Mustaine has nothing to do with the comments at all. :smug:
  5. willgroove2


    Aug 16, 2003
    chicago IL
    Endorsing Artist;Essential sound products,Dunlop, Ergo Instruments
    saying someone can't play is a well known parting shot,i went to one of ellefson's clinic's and he and he CAN play very very well and im not a metel dude
  6. Atshen


    Mar 13, 2003
    Grim Cold Québec
  7. Josh Ryan

    Josh Ryan - that dog won't hunt, Monsignor. Supporting Member

    Mar 24, 2001
    Exactly. Screw him. Some people never learn. I've been pretending that Megadeth ceased to exist after Rust in Peace anyway. so without further ado let me slide back into that fantasy....

    ... there we go, much better.
  8. Wildside


    Jan 12, 2004
    theater of pain
    haha, me too man. It's definitely much better that way. I don't really give much credibility to whatever comes out of Mustaine's mouth anyway.
  9. ihixulu

    ihixulu Supporting Member

    Mar 31, 2000
    South Shore MA
    Considering how many sloppy shows I've seen Mustaine play, he ought to keep his mouth shut.

    Hey, is that a big L tattooed on his forehead?
  10. FenderGibson


    Feb 6, 2009
    David is in a band called F5 today, you should check them out.:bassist:
  11. Jazz Ad

    Jazz Ad Mi la ré sol Supporting Member

    Somehow I find this hard to believe, unless he had drug/alcohol/whatever issues.
    I saw Ellefson playing, maybe 10 feet away from me. He's a freaking human metronome and falls straight on the beat even in the crazy fastest lines.
  12. I suspect it should read "He had a real problem playing in *MY* time. I've done enough sessions where the leader/client was so far out it wasn't funny.
  13. FenderGibson


    Feb 6, 2009
    So, what your saying is, Dave Mustaine has a time of his own and Ellefson can't play that?
  14. I'm suggesting he (DM) may not be as dead on the click track as he would like to think he is...
  15. Ezbass


    Apr 3, 2008
    I'm not a Megadeth fan, but all the interviews I've ever read with Dave Mustaine he comes over as a huge tool. No wonder they booted him out of Metallica. As for DE, he seems to be doing very nicely for himself one way and another and Peavey seem to think he's pretty OK.
  16. Allmanfan456


    Jan 23, 2009
    Glad to see I'm not the only one who thinks like that. They went downhill after Rust in Peace. All the albums up to RIP are phenomenal.
  17. PDavyduck


    Apr 9, 2009
    Langley, BC, Canada
    Retail Sales Specialist for FMIC
    well, all I know is that Dave Ellefson is an outstanding human being. a really decent guy for sure. and Mustaine... well, I've never met him so i can't say but from what I've seen/read/heard.... well, I have pity for him.

  18. FenderGibson


    Feb 6, 2009
    Dave Mustaine is an amazing guitarist, but he can be a total dick to people at times. :rollno:

    David Ellefson is an AMAZING bassist. :bassist:
  19. Man speaking of Megadrth, I just drug out Peace Sell and relearned some of the lines on it...Wake Up Dead FTW.
  20. FenderGibson


    Feb 6, 2009
    I can play Peace Sells, Wake Up Dead, and Dawn Patrol from Megadeth.