DAVID ELLEFSON (ELLEFSON, MEGADETH): “I Feel Like We Did [No Cover] For The Betterment Of Our [Metal] Community”

David Ellefson & Thom Haezart

Bassist, Author, Producer, Record Executive, Roaster/Barista, and Grammy Award Winner

You may know him as the bassist and co-founder of Thrash Metal legends Megadeth, but David Ellefson is quite the versatile musician and entrepreneur. He has his own coffee brand Ellefson Coffee Co. David has written four books, with his first novel on the way. Together with Thom Hazeart he heads up a movie production company (Ellefson Films) and a record label (Ellefson Music Productions). EMP recently revived the Combat Records label, the very same one Megadeth debuted on in 1985.

Under the moniker Ellefson, David & Thom have released their latest album No Cover [review]. A double album of 70s and 80s Hard Rock and Glam covers. Ellefson called up a bunch of their brothers and sisters in Heavy Metal to make the album extra special. I had the chance to talk to David Ellefson about his latest release, the influences he covers, his other business ventures, and how he feels about being constantly reminded that the No Cover album bears resemblance to another famous Rock album.

Ellefson is:

David Ellefson – Bass
Thom Hazaert – Vocals
Andy Martongelli – Guitar
Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal – Guitar
Paolo Caridi – Drums

Band Links:

Official Website


  • George Dionne

    George was a contributor here at Metal Express Radio, reviewing albums and conducting interviews, out of Massachusetts, USA. George has contributed to numerous music related websites and blogs, and even managed his own from 2004-2009. George's first assignment was covering a live show by the mighty GWAR. By contrast his later assignments featured Judas Priest, Van Halen, and Bon Jovi. George was also the front man for the South Eastern Massachusetts cover band Sound Tower from 2009-2015.  Sound Tower played 300+ shows across MA and had two original songs on the Cape Cod radio station PIXY 103. George enjoys a good whiskey, scotch, and/or bourbon and fights crime in his spare time.

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