Megadeth's Dave Ellefson recently spoke with MetalSerbia.com
about the proposed collaborative project featuring Dave
Mustaine and Ellefson alongside Metallica's James Hetfield and Lars
Ulrich. You can listen to the full interview below. A couple
of excerpts from the chat follow:
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David Ellefson: "Look, it would be fun to do it. I think Dave
just threw that out there as kind of a wishlist, [as] something
[that would be] fun to do. I don't know if it's ever going to be a
reality. But a lot of people got excited about the thought of it.
If it would ever happen, absolutely, I'd participate. I think it
would be a blast."
On Megadeth being in the headlines for things that are
completely unrelated to music, usually as a result of controversial
statements by Dave Mustaine:
David Ellefson: "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. He says those things
because that's how he feels about them. Megadeth has always been a
band that has been about people's personal freedoms and liberties
anyway. So, I think, for us to be able to say and do whatever we
want, provided that it doesn't hurt other people, there's nothing
wrong with that."
Hetfield laughed off talk of a possible collaboration between
members of his band and members of Megadeth in a recent interview,
calling it "crazy" talk on the part of Mustaine. An original member
of Metallica before being kicked out in early 1983, Mustaine has
jammed with his ex-bandmates on several occasions over the past
couple of years during "Big Four" shows and at METALLICA's 30th
anniversary concerts last December.
Although Mustaine recently spoke about assembling a "supergroup"
combining him and Ellefson with Hetfield and Ulrich, Hetfield told
So What!, Metallica's fan club magazine, "I see [Mustaine]
healthier now. I see him as less of a bitter guy. But I do see a
lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us
and making an album. All this other crazy stuff. I read it and say
to myself, 'Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to
forget about. You know, the big-mouth that wants to just
Hetfield added, "But there is an authenticity about him when he
speaks. He doesn't think too much before he does. He just goes off
the cuff. Plus, when he says stuff like that, it's
Mustaine feuded with the members of Metallica for more than two
decades before finally patching things up over the last couple of
Mustaine recently made headlines when he told Canadian
television and radio personality George Stroumboulopoulos that he
is certain that President Obama "was born somewhere else than
"I have a lot of questions about [Obama], but certainly not
where he was born," Mustaine said. "I know he was born somewhere
else than America."
When Stroumboulopoulos pointed out that this school of thought
made the musician part of the so-called "birther" movement,
Mustaine countered, "I'm not calling a question to it, I just, you
know, it's a point. How come he was invisible until he became
whatever he was in Illinois?"
Stroumboulopoulos tried to further challenge Mustaine on his
claims, causing the Megadeth frontman to attempt to change the
"I don't want to talk about my president," Mustaine said, before
going on to admit that he was going to "have to do some more
homework on where Obama came from."
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