In a recent installment of ‘The Garza Podcast,’ former Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jeff Young delved into their experiences within the iconic band, with Ellefson drawing intriguing comparisons between Dave Mustaine and other legendary musicians.
Ellefson shed light on Mustaine’s unique ability to sell musical ideas and persuade others of their value:
“There’s obviously a wonderful side to his musicianship, his musicality, his ability to sell an idea… You know what I learned from him? Maybe there’s four other guys in the room, [and] their ideas were as good or better than Dave’s, but Dave had a way to convince you that his was the best. And I think that was what was required.”
To illustrate this quality, Ellefson drew a parallel to another virtuoso, Yngwie Malmsteen, highlighting the distinct skill and sound that both musicians brought to their respective genres:
“And Yngwie has that same thing. Yngwie has a way, obviously, aside from his incredible skill and a unique skill at the time that no one had — we hadn’t heard that sound before.”
Considering Mustaine’s impact during his tenure with Megadeth, Ellefson acknowledged the frontman’s unwavering conviction and commanding stage presence, likening it to the charismatic aura of Ted Nugent:
“When he’s on stage, there’s a conviction… Ted Nugent was like this. When Ted’s in the room, you feel like he’s in control. And I always felt it standing on the stage with Dave… He just had that ability to do it. So, I mean, look, that’s why he’s a rock star.”
These unique insights provide a captivating glimpse into the dynamics of working with Dave Mustaine and draw intriguing parallels with other musical luminaries, adding depth to the understanding of the rock and metal landscape during that era.