Megadeth Took 10 Years to Become Profitable, Says David Ellefson
"Everything we had, we put back in the band," the bassist says.
Posted on Aug 21, 2013 03:29 pm
While discussing the latest album "Super Collider" and overall band longevity with Sirius XM radio, founding Megadeth members Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson touched on the subject of early days, revealing that it took a decade for the band to become profitable.
Interestingly enough, the topic was brought up by guitarist Chris Broderick. "I almost have a question for them," he kicked off. "When you're 20, you're just living for the day, and you never think 'I'm gonna be doing this when I'm 40' or whatever. Did you ever think about that at the time?""I didn't think I'd live this long [laughs]," Mustaine jokingly replied, just to have Ellefson chip in and explain in more detail.
"This is one of these bands - when it came together, you could just feel that something was special," the bassist said. "Something big was surrounding this. And it didn't happen overnight, Dave and I worked - it was 10 years before we actually took a penny home from this thing. 'Cause everything we had, we put back in the band, we kept building it, we kept getting it bigger and bigger."
During the rest of the interview, Mustaine also discussed acoustic Megadeth performances, noting there is more to Deth tunes than meets the eye.
"The idea of Megadeth doing acoustic sounds kinda weird, but when you hear it, you realize there are so much of Spanish, classical flamenco elements in this music. You start to really hear the nuances, you start to hear the choruses - how hooky they really are when not covered in electric guitar sounds. It also shows the quality of music, 'cause in heavy metal, not a lot of bands emphasize the melody part of it."
As the group's fourteenth record, "Super Collider" was released on June 4 via Tradecraft. With 29,000 units shipped in the US within the first week it debuted at No. 6 on the Billboard 200 chart.