Ellefson Says Time Was Perfect For Megadeth Reunion

(Gibson) When Megadeth broke up in 2002, it marked the end of an era. Founded in 1983 by bassist Dave Ellefson and frontman Dave Mustaine, after the latter's expulsion from Metallica, the group pioneered the thrash metal genre. Mustaine would later restart Megadeth, but without his old partner, Ellefson—until last year, when the 46-year-old bassist rejoined the band to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Rust in Peace album. Subsequently, the group joined the wildly successful Big Four tour and things have never looked brighter for the heavy metal heroes.

Ellefson recently talked with Lithium Magazine about the reunion. "Yeah, it was a good time to come back," the bassist said. "There were discussions we'd been having for a while on our side, and it all just lined right up for us… 2010 really was a monumental year, not just for Megadeth, but for the entire genre. For us to be able to do the Rust in Peace tour was amazing. We'd never done a themed album tour like that before, so to do one of those and be able to film that for the Rust in Peace live DVD, and, of course, then rolling right into the Big Four shows and live DVD with that, as well. It was really just a real true homecoming on all fronts for all of us."

For the reunion to work, Ellefson said that he had to leave the past behind. "I think on my side of it, I mentally tried to not go back to where the baggage was," Ellefson admitted. "I mean, you can't change anything from the past. All you can do is hopefully learn from it and you move forward. I think that to not have learned from your past is probably the worst mistake you could ever make in your life, because none of us are perfect. And certainly in rock and roll bands, you are all very close to each other because of the creative aspect of making music. Then there is the business side of it. The time you spend in the yellow submarine and the iron lung—the airplanes and tour buses and backstages—it's those close confines where you seem to sacrifice a little bit of your personal space for the betterment of the group. more on this story

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