In a recent interview with The Metal Voice at the NAMM show in Anaheim, California, former bassist David Ellefson of Megadeth discussed his friendship with Dave Mustaine after the band’s breakup and disclosed that Mustaine hasn’t gotten in touch with him since.
Regarding any communication with Mustaine after leaving, the performer said:
“No. No, absolutely not. No, he has not reached out.”
Reflecting On Megadeth Days
Ellefson expressed affection for his time in the band despite the split, saying:
“Of course. I mean, look, it’s my band, too. I helped start it. But let me be clear. There are things about it, of course, that I miss — the fans, the performances, the shows. And I enjoy the touring.”
Later on, the rock star referred to himself as a “road warrior” and talked about how much he enjoyed traveling with a band. Even said, he acknowledged that there were moments during which he didn’t enjoy being in Megadeth, particularly when the band wasn’t very well-known.
Challenges And Controversies
Ellefson faced difficulties throughout his time with Megadeth, especially while the group was going through a less successful phase. His departure occurred in a contentious manner over three years ago after a public scandal caused by the disclosure of private discussions. A further chapter in Ellefson and Mustaine’s already difficult relationship was opened by this occurrence.
In an interview with Metal Hammer last month, the bassist recounted the exact moment he was fired, including a call he received from Mustaine, his management, and his attorney following the controversy. He mentioned:
“Dave, his manager, and his lawyer [called me after the scandal]. There was a sentiment from one of them saying, ‘Let’s step back, let Ellefson deal with it. It leaves the door open for him to come back.’ Dave didn’t want that. He made his decision, and it is what it is.”
Ellefson expressed his satisfaction with his current life, even if he misses his time with Megadeth. He continues to compose music he enjoys and performs with new bands he created after leaving Megadeth.
Below is a video of his whole interview.