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DAVID ELLEFSON On Outpouring Of Support After DAVE MUSTAINE's Cancer Diagnosis: 'It's Really Wonderful To See'

David Ellefson says that he is thrilled with the overwhelming amount of support his MEGADETH bandmate Dave Mustaine has received after announcing earlier this week that he has been diagnosed with throat cancer. "It's terrific," the MEGADETH bassist told the "Music Mania" podcast (hear audio below). "It's really wonderful to see. And it's good to ...

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DIAMOND HEAD Singer Says Partnership With DAVE MUSTAINE's THRASHVILLE MANAGEMENT 'Didn't Work Out'

New Wave Of British Heavy Metal pioneers DIAMOND HEAD have explained the end of their working relationship with MEGADETH's Dave Mustaine. It was announced in December 2017 that DIAMOND HEAD had inked a management deal with Thrashville Management, the company founded by Dave and his son Justis Mustaine. Several months later, the affiliation came to ...

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MEGADETH's DAVID ELLEFSON On DAVE MUSTAINE's Cancer Diagnosis: 'At This Point, We're Optimistic About The Treatments'

Earlier today (Monday, June 17), MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke to "The Classic Metal Show" in what was quite possibly his first interview since the band's leader, Dave Mustaine, announced his throat cancer diagnosis. You can now listen to the chat below. A few excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): On Mustaine's revelation that he has ...

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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE Diagnosed With Throat Cancer

Dave Mustaine has been diagnosed with throat cancer. The MEGADETH leader broke the news of his diagnosis earlier today via his social media. He wrote: "I've been diagnosed with throat cancer. It's clearly something to be respected and faced head on — but I've faced obstacles before. I'm working closely with my doctors, and we've ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON On Failed Reunion Of MEGADETH's 'Rust In Peace' Lineup: 'We Gave It Everything We Had To Try To Make It Work'

David Ellefson says that he and Dave Mustaine tried "everything" to make a reunion of MEGADETH's "Rust In Peace" lineup work. The opportunity for MEGADETH's most celebrated lineup to regroup arose following the departures of guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover in 2014. Drummer Nick Menza was approached by Mustaine and Ellefson to replace ...

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MEGADETH Enters Studio For New Album Pre-Production

MEGADETH has entered a studio in Franklin, Tennessee to begin pre-production for its follow-up to 2016's "Dystopia" album. Earlier today, the band tweeted a series of photos from the studio, along with the following caption: "It begins #megadeth16" MEGADETH's sessions for the new disc are being co-produced by Chris Rakestraw, who previously worked on "Dystopia". ...

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MEGADETH's DAVE MUSTAINE: 'I've Got This Reputation That I'm A Right-Winger'

Dave Mustaine has lamented what he perceives to be growing political divisiveness in the United States. Although heated political arguments have existed for hundreds of years, politics seem to be dividing Americans more and more. Consequences include marital stress, divorce, family separations and even sharp divides over national pastimes like football. "There was a time ...

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DOUG ALDRICH Says He Almost Auditioned For MEGADETH

Former WHITESNAKE and DIO guitarist Doug Aldrich says that he nearly auditioned for MEGADETH in 1989. At the time, MEGADETH had just parted ways with Jeff Young and was preparing to go into the studio to record the now-classic "Rust In Peace" album. "Dave [Mustaine] and I are friends now — Dave Mustaine and Dave ...

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DAVID ELLEFSON: No New MEGADETH Album Before 2020

David Ellefson says that fans will probably have to wait until at least early 2020 to see a new studio album from MEGADETH. MEGADETH hasn't released any fresh music since 2016's "Dystopia" record, whose title track won a Grammy for "Best Metal Performance" at the 2017 ceremony. Asked by Meltdown of Detroit's WRIF radio station ...

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DAVE MUSTAINE On MARTY FRIEDMAN's Tenure In MEGADETH: 'He Stayed Longer Than He Wanted And I Kept Him Longer Than I Should Have'

MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine said a dispute over a guitar solo in the song "Breadline" led to lead guitarist Marty Friedman's departure in 1999. "Breadline" appeared on the band's oft-lambasted "Risk" studio album, an effort that saw MEGADETH undergo a heavily criticized change in direction in favor of more commercialized and accessible songwriting, a move ...

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