David Ellefson’s New Megadeth Book Coming in 2019
A lot has happened in the life of David Ellefson since he released his biography, My Life With Deth, in 2013. The book tells the story of the Megadeth's bassist's life, wrapping up right around 2011, and More Life With Deth, the sequel, will tell the rest of the tale when it arrives "early" next year.
“The content is pretty solid. The manuscript is essentially done; there’s a few little touch-ups and we’ll turn it in. The story has been written because the story has been lived," Ellefson told BraveWords in a new interview. The follow-up will be released through JawBone press and was co-written with the bassist's business partner, Thom Hazaert, whereas Joel McIver co-authored the first.
"Whereas the first book was life from birth until 2011 or 2012, this one really picks up, obviously from there until current day," he said before previewing what the book will cover. "Also, all these other… I call them the Ellefson industries, if you will — the coffee company, EMP Label Group, Combat Records... Even tying back into my life in Minnesota — my father died April 2, 1994 – the day I got married. My brother passed away from cancer four years ago; then my mother passed two years ago. So, I thought, maybe my life in Jackson, Minnesota is over. It’ll always be a wonderful memory for me of my youth, but maybe life moves on now. No sooner did I say that; I’m literally driving down I-90 heading towards Minneapolis to catch my flight home, and then Megadeth would carry on to do a big South American tour. I’m driving away from Jackson, looking at it in my rear-view mirror. A year later or so, and here we are, back again, with Ellefson Coffee Co. on Main St. in Jackson.”
Ellefson also said he loves writing and credited Korn's Brian 'Head' Welch as an inspiration. "Quite honestly, I was doing an autograph signing at The Days Of The Dead Horror Convention with Charlie Benante (of Anthrax) and Head from Korn; Brian Welch," he explained, going on, "Brian’s got like three books, I’ve got to get on my game here. This guy’s got books left and right. Honestly, Brian inspired me. There’s so much stuff in life to write about; just keep writing man. Keep putting the pen down to paper."
There's more to the story still to come in 2019 as Megadeth will provide support on the next North American leg of Ozzy's farewell tour. See those dates below. The thrash legends are also expected to release a new album next year and Dave Mustaine shared a brief teaser clip back in November.
Loudwire will be hosting a live conversation with David Ellefson and Frank Bello, who joined forces under Altitudes and Attitude. The event will be held in Los Angeles on Jan. 18 and is free to attend. Get more info here.
Ozzy Osbourne + Megadeth 2019 Tour Dates
05/31 - Sunrise, Fla. @ BB&T Center
06/02 - Tampa, Fla. @ Midflorida Credit Union Arena
06/04 - Charlotte, N.C. @ PNC Music Pavilion
06/06 - Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
06/08 - Hershey, Pa. @ Hershey Concerts
06/11 - New York, N.Y. @ Madison Square Garden
06/13 - Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBan Pavilion
06/15 - Bangor, Maine @ Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
06/20 - Hamilton, Ontario @ FirstOntario Centre
06/22 - Uncasville, Conn. @ Mohegan Sun
06/26 - Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
06/28 - Kansas City, Mo. @ Spirit Center
06/30 - Des Moines, Iowa @ Wells Fargo Arena
07/04 - Milwaukee, Wis. @ Summerfest / American Family Insurance Amphitheatre
07/06 - Saint Paul, Minn. @ Xcel Energy Center
07/09 - Edmonton, Alberta @ Rogers Place
07/11 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ Rogers Arena
07/13 - Tacoma, Wash. @ Tacoma Dome
07/16 - Portland, Ore. @ Moda Center
07/18 - Sacramento, Calif. @ Golden 1 Center
07/20 - Las Vegas, Nev. @ MGM Grand Garden Arena
07/23 - Chula Vista, Calif. @ Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
07/25 - Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
07/27 - Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07/29 - Los Angeles, Calif. @ Hollywood Bowl
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