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  • Pro Tone Pedals Now Shipping David Ellefson Signature Dawn Patrol Chorus Pedal

    Pro Tone Pedals Now Shipping David Ellefson Signature Dawn Patrol Chorus Pedal

    Pro Tone Pedals has teamed up with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to launch the Dawn Patrol Chorus pedal. Debuted at the London Bass Guitar Show, the stompbox is described as a tool to help recreate the bassist’s tone from the seminal album Rust In Peace. “When Pro Tone approached me with the idea of making some... »

  • Megadeth Announces Tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok

    Megadeth Announces Tour with Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok

    Megadeth have announced a new 18-date tour for September and October, and the billing is insane. The iconic metal group will be joined by Amon Amarth, Suicidal Tendencies, Metal Church, and Havok. If you’re a metal bass fan, that means you get to see David Ellefson, Ted Lundström, Ra Diaz, Steve Unger, and Nick Schendzielos... »

  • Megadeth Releases “Dystopia”

    Megadeth Releases “Dystopia”

    Megadeth, one of the “big four” bands of thrash metal (along with Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer) has released its 15th studio album, Dystopia. The album started coming together in an unusual way, as the band was between guitarists and drummers. “It was an interesting process. I don’t know of any other record that started with... »

  • Megadeth to Begin North American Tour in February with Impressive Support

    Megadeth to Begin North American Tour in February with Impressive Support

    Megadeth’s Dystopia North American tour will kick off in February, with support from Suicidal Tendencies, Children of Bodom and Havok. Megadeth, of course, will feature David Ellefson on bass. Suicidal Tendencies now has Michael Morgon handling bass duties following the death of Tim Williams. The lineup also reveals Megadeth’s longevity — Children of Bodom’s bassist... »

  • Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey and Friends: Jingle Bells

    Steve Bailey has sent out his annual audio Christmas greeting, and this year’s is the biggest yet. As head of the Berklee Bass Department, Bailey brings in featured artists during their visits to the college to make special bass arrangements of holiday carols. This year has Bailey, Sandro Scoccia, Leland Sklar, John Patitucci, Victor Wooten,... »

  • Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Bassists Converge on Metal Allegiance Album

    Metal Allegiance’s self-titled debut album, featuring some prominent metal bassists, has arrived. The core group includes Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and songwriter/bassist Mark Menghi, drummer Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs) and guitarist Alex Skolnick (Testament). The metal supergroup pulled in some bass heavyweights for a little extra thunder. Rex Brown (Pantera/Kill Devil Hill)... »

  • This Boat’s Big on Bass: ShipRocked Prepares for 6th Annual Voyage

    This Boat’s Big on Bass: ShipRocked Prepares for 6th Annual Voyage

    A boatload of rock and metal bass awaits anyone taking the 6th annual ShipRocked cruise in February. The cruise features a host of bass heavyweights performing as part of the Metal Allegiance supergroup: Rex Brown (Kill Devil Hill/ex-Pantera), Frank Bello (Anthrax), David Ellefson (Megadeth), and Troy Sanders (Mastodon). Bands performing during the Feb. 2-6 cruise... »

  • Megadeth Bassist Says Band Remains Intact After Departures

    Megadeth Bassist Says Band Remains Intact After Departures

    Although Megadeth’s drummer and guitarist have left the band, band bassist and co-founder David Ellefson is assuring fans that the band isn’t over. He recently talked with the Megadeth Cyber Army (the band’s fans) online, and noted that his presence on the fan forum should reveal that the band is still together. He then added,... »

  • Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Introduces David Ellefson Signature Kelly Bird V Bass

    Jackson Guitars has announced a 5-string version of Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s signature Kelly Bird Bass. Building on the 4-string version, the bass retains many of the same features including a basswood body and a bolt-on bound maple neck with block inlays. The bass is fitted with a pair of EMG HZ40 pickups matched with... »

  • Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth: Bass Play-Along

    Hal Leonard Releases Megadeth: Bass Play-Along

    Have you always loved Dave Ellefson’s bass work in Megadeth and the metal band’s bass sound in general? If you want to replicate it yourself, check out the new from Hal Leonard. The 64-page book features a CD containing all the songs covered in the book, as well as backing tracks. You can also change... »