Watch: DAVID ELLEFSON and JEFF YOUNG perform MEGADETH songs together for the first time in 34 years
Ancient MEGADETH members David Ellefson and Jeff Young gathered on stage last night (Tuesday May 10) at Ultimate jam nightthe longtime community show-in-residence at the famed Whiskey A Go Go in West Hollywood, CA, as part of a special tribute to the so-called “Big Four” of 1980s thrash metal – METALLIC, MEGADETH, KILLER and ANTHRAX. The event marked the first time David and I f had played MEGADETH songs together on stage from the UK rock monsters feast day August 20, 1988.
According to Whiskey A Go Go Facebook page, last night’s concert featured appearances from the following “very special guests”:
* David Ellefson (MEGADETH)
* Jeff Young (MEGADETH)
* Neil Turbine (DEATHRIDERS, BLEED THE HUNGER, ANTHRAX)
* mike heller (FEAR FACTORY)
* Brian Beller (DETHKLOK, JOE SATRIANI, STEVE VAI)
* Ira Black (CHURCH METAL, BREAD, I AM MORBID)
* Doc Coyle (BAD WOLVES, GOD FORBIDDEN)
* Paulie Z (QUEEN BOHEMIA, SWEET)
* Fred Aching (POWERFLO, BILLY BIO, GUILTY)
* Pierre-Patrick (BUDDERS SIDE)
* Jordan Zif (MARTY FRIEDMAN, RATT)
* mike duke (DEE SNIDER, WASP)
* Philippe Naslund (MULTI-PLATINUM PRODUCER)
* Rick Thorne (PRO BMX-ER)
* Ricky Bonazza (BUTCHER BABIES)
* Gregory Coates (LEMMO, ROCK OF AGES)
* Miles Schon
* Lonny Pasillas (ZOLTO)
* Victor Wichman (ROC VOICE BRAZIL, SUN CHASKY)
* Gabriel Colon (GUILTY)
* Gabriel Connor (RED DEVIL VORTEX)
* JD McGibney (ANGELS ON THE BATTLEFIELD)
* Johnny Blade (NIGHTSWORD, OZZMANIA)
* Adi Argelazi (WHITE WITCH, CLUB 27)
* Edouard Baldo (RED DEVIL VORTEX)
* Luis Kalil (RED DEVIL VORTEX)
* Danny Almanza (MOTORBREATH, DAMAGE, INC)
* Frank Valdez (MOTORBREATH)
* Neil Metcalf (HIRAX)
* Nathalie Nova (BEYOND THE ROOTS)
* Robert Madrigal (DIE BY THE SWORD)
* Chaz Leon (WAKED DEAD)
* Dino Gonzalez (NEIL TURBIN)
* Eleazar Llerenas (NEIL TURBIN)
* Franck Gastelum (NEIL TURBIN)
* Kevin Mayorga (NEIL TURBIN)
* Francois Cassol (RAGE IN MY EYES)
* Freddie Scott (RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE, SHERMANS SHOWCASE AMC)
* Yohai Portal (GREEN-BLACK, MOON-ASH)
* Adrian Villanueva (DEEP CUTS, ENGRAVING)
* Antoine Vera (BULLET BUMPS)
* Ira Black Jr. (CORRUPT)
* Corrupted Efren (CORRUPT)
* Vincent Salazar (VEXXUM)
* matt anderson (VEXXUM)
* Edgar Delgado (VEXXUM)
* Geremi Perez (VEXXUM)
The Whiskey A Go Go concert took place four months after Ellefson and Young reunited in Los Angeles for interviews to be included in the upcoming feature documentary “It Was My Life: The Nick Menza Story”. Ellefson signed on as the film’s co-producer, and will also provide narration to guide the viewer through the exploration of the ending MEGADETH drummer’s life.
Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH a year ago after sexually tinged posts and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter.
David was in MEGADETH from the creation of the group in 1983 to 2002, then from 2010 until its last release.
In 2004, Ellefson filed an $18.5 million lawsuit against Dave Mustainealleging the MEGADETH the chef cheated him out of profits and backed out of a deal to transform Megadeth inc. to him when the band broke up in 2002. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed and Ellefson joined MEGADETH in 2010.
Younghis entire career with MEGADETH was devoted to recording and touring to support the band’s 1988 platinum selling album “So far so good…So what!”
I f made headlines in December 2009 for accusing Mustaine to, among other things, “discuss, exaggerate and just plain lie on some level about nearly every talented musician who has come through his dysfunctional little ensemble”. He also disputed Mustainesays in an interview that YoungThe drug problem has led to MEGADETHThe 1988 Australian tour was canceled and the band “banned” from performing in the country.
My buddy, Chaz Leon slaying with Jeff Young and David Ellefson on “In My Darkest Hour!” Wow! What a treat!
Posted by Brad Schecter on Tuesday, May 10, 2022