DAVE ELLEFSON: “We [MEGADETH] Had The Goods As A Band… I Don’t Think There Were Any Rivals”

Dave Ellefson stage photo

Dave Ellefson established himself as a premiere bass player in the classic Megadeth lineup, and is currently in Metal Allegiance with Mike Portnoy, Alex Skolnick, and Mark Menghi. Metal Allegiance is set to play their 10 year anniversary show at the House of Blues in Anaheim on Jan. 24th, coinciding with the 2024 NAMM show.

Metal Express Radio’s Bryce Van Patten caught up with Dave for a chat about the upcoming Metal Allegiance show, the NAMM Show, the debut of the movie trailer for the upcoming film “This Was My Life – The Story of Nick Mensa”. Dave also talks about his time in Megadeth, Rock T-shirts, and a whole lot more.


  • Bryce Van Patten

    Bryce is an audio engineer and a graphic designer here at Metal Express Radio. From the day he purchased his first album (Machine Head by Deep Purple), he has had a passion for heavy music, which has influenced his whole life. Bryce is from the great Pacific Northwest in USA, and has played in metal bands like Babylon, Holy Terror, The Wild Dogs, Warhead and Egypt through the 80s. He had his first interview for the Portland, Oregon publication The Rock Rag with guitarist Paul Gilbert in his Racer X days. Then he was honored to get to have drinks, and talk for an hour with the legendary Dan McCafferty of Nazareth for his second interview. In 2013, he spent an amazing hour talking to Andi Deris of Helloween, which was the high point of his heavy metal journalism.   In the year 2001, he formed Man in Black Music Publishing. They released recordings by several local bands, and in the spirit of the old Metal Massacre compilations, he created a 2-album series called The Defenders of Metal. The albums featured classic styled Metal bands from all around the world, with bands from Australia to England, and from Argentina to Russia. Currently, he is the producer/creator/vocalist of the Metal band The Black Tuesdays.

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