David Ellefson: 'Metallica/Megadeth Supergroup Would Be A Blast'

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson shares his opinions on Metallica/Megadeth supergroup, Dave Mustaine's recent controversial statements, current tour and album.

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In a recent interview for MetalSerbia.com, Megadeth bassist David Ellefson spoke about the band's current touring activities, the latest album Th1rt3en, as well as about his opinions on the Metallica/Megadeth supergroup.

The bassist commented that although he doubts that such project will ever happen, it would definitely be a fun thing to do.

When asked about the controversial statements Dave Mustaine recently made, Ellefson commented that everyone has a right to state their own personal opinions and as long as those opinions aren't hurting anyone there's nothing wrong with it.

Excerpts from the interview can be seen below.

Metal Serbia: What is your opinion on forming the Metallica/Megadeth supergroup project?

David Ellefson: It would be fun to do it, I think Dave just threw that out as kind of a wishlist. I don't know if it's ever going to be a reality. A lot of people got excited over a thought of it. If it would happen, absolutely I'd participate. I think it would be a blast.

Lately Megadeth has gotten into a lot of headlines for things completely unrelated with music, usually for certain controversial statements by Dave Mustaine. Has this affected the band in any way?

Those are Dave's feelings and opinions and here in America with our freedom of speech and liberties that we have, every one of us can voice their own opinion. Megadeth has always been a band that has been about people's personal freedom and liberties anyway. Provided that it doesn't hurt other people, there's nothing wrong with it.

Full interview, along with bassist's impressions of the current Th1rt3en World Tour, thoughts about his favorite period in Megadeth and personal musical influences can be seen below (courtesy of MetalSerbia.com).

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    Maiden95
    Although a super group would be cool... I would really prefer a Metallica/Megadeth co headlining tour... Wishful thinking..
    Snakebyte1996
    if it happens, by "co-headlining" you mean metallica will headline xD seek and destroy is the best way to end a concert
    HarvesterofPain
    Minivirus2 wrote: For **** sakes lil' Dave, the other Dave just put this to bed and now you've gotta stir things up again. I can only imagine the response. You know it, Mustaine knows it, the fans know it, but Lars and James will never commit to it. Let it go!
    Easy, dude. The interviewer specifically asked how he felt about it, and UG took that one question and blew it up to sound like it's the only thing Dave talked about.
    Raven_Flight
    I bet that if this really happens, the shitstorm against Kirk Hammett would be catastrophic.
    noobcakepwner
    I dont see why people get caught up over the "Dave is more technically talented than Hetfield or Hammett." Sure, he is, and thats great and all, but speed doesnt equal quality music. I love Dave and Metallica, i dont see why people feel the need to bash bands back and forth.
    AaronianKenrod
    Doesn't hurt anyone? Didn't dave say something along the lines of (paraphrashing here) 'As a Christian I don't believe in gay marriage', 'African women should put a plug in it' and 'Obama wasn't born in anerica'? Words themselves cannot harm but I think using them this way offends and therefore hurts people
    iommi600
    If I wanna hear Metallica + Mustaine, I just listen to No Life 'Til Leather. That version of Jump in the Fire is boss.
    6-String_Madman
    Why can't we all just get along? Why can't we just bash pop**** altogether rather than bashing each other?
    JFRules
    AaronianKenrod wrote: Doesn't hurt anyone? Didn't dave say something along the lines of (paraphrashing here) 'As a Christian I don't believe in gay marriage', 'African women should put a plug in it' and 'Obama wasn't born in anerica'? Words themselves cannot harm but I think using them this way offends and therefore hurts people
    Great lyrics to Daves new song lol
    goddamncanadian
    john_kimble wrote: P.S. Mustaine could shred crop circles around Hetfield and Hammett.
    ...While Hetfield and Hammett could each buy an army of combines and just pay some farmers to do it. What's your point? Speed-wanking doesn't equal the ability to write a song that appeals to the masses; their financial success is enough evidence of that.
    Asmochrist616
    having read Metallica's stand on this made me kinda sad for Mustaine though. All he really wanted to do was play music with his brothers again. I guess this'll never happen at least not in the near future.
    smittyanthrax
    Dont fancy the idea at all.I love both bands but i just dont think it would work.Personalitys would clash.Simple as that.
    Minivirus2
    For **** sakes lil' Dave, the other Dave just put this to bed and now you've gotta stir things up again. I can only imagine the response. You know it, Mustaine knows it, the fans know it, but Lars and James will never commit to it. Let it go!
    Metal-pro
    This supergroup is almost like the old Metallica, but I think they can make some great badass songs.
    JMZ08
    Bit over hearing about it to be honest. I never liked Megadeth so I reckon they should each definitely stay away from such a group. I hate how Metallica seem to have to hold the blame for everything in other peoples eyes though. Metallica rule man \m/
    jackjb94
    CommanderMeaty wrote: I think Mustaine wants to be the napkin. what?! didn't James say he's a table?
    No.
    Mouloudo
    and here in America with our freedom of speech and liberties that we have, every one of us can voice their own opinion.
    got to love that typical superiority feeling... hey liberty of speech is a consitutional right in a lot of countries, if you'd listen to some yankees, they would be the only one entitled to express an opinion in the world
    moshpig666
    Maiden95 wrote: Although a super group would be cool... I would really prefer a Metallica/Megadeth co headlining tour... Wishful thinking..
    I know what you mean but lars would never let them co-headline.
    Minivirus2
    HarvesterofPain wrote: Minivirus2 wrote: For **** sakes lil' Dave, the other Dave just put this to bed and now you've gotta stir things up again. I can only imagine the response. You know it, Mustaine knows it, the fans know it, but Lars and James will never commit to it. Let it go! Easy, dude. The interviewer specifically asked how he felt about it, and UG took that one question and blew it up to sound like it's the only thing Dave talked about.
    I should clarify (my first comment was a little heavy handed), my point was that the suggestion of such an idea by Mustaine was enough to have James publicly bash him for it. It wasn't a simple no. He brought up the past and acted as though Mustaine hadn't changed in the least. Mustaine then public issued an apology and commited to staying quiet about the idea and letting it fade away, just to avoid conflict. Now, lil' Dave decides to public comment on it as well, whereas, all things considered, he should have just refused to answer the question, rather than fanning the flames. He didn't need to reiterate how it sounds like it would be awesome, most people had already stated they felt that way. I getting more towards the question of asking, why add fuel to the flames, when the Metallica/Megadeth fued has finally been put to rest after so many years? Metallica don't want it to happen, so just let it go away, rather than poking the bear.