David Ellefson On a Megadeth Reunion: ‘I’ll Always Take The Call’

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Even after his rough falling out with the band, David Ellefson says he would go back to playing in Megadeth if there were to be a “family reunion.” Ellefson was fired from Megadeth back in 2021 following a sex scandal he was involved in.

In the past, Ellefson has spoken about the anger he felt upon being fired and how he believes Dave Mustaine held “other resentments” against him that led to his firing. However, per a more recent conversation he took part in, it appears the bassist is willing to let go of that past anger and play with Megadeth again if an opportunity were to arise.

While chatting with the Loaded Radio podcast, Ellefson said that while he’s not waiting on a Megadeth reunion to happen, he would “always take the call” if he was asked to come back. Among his other points, he also shares that Mustaine will “always” be his “brother.”

Speaking about how open he is to a Megadeth “family reunion,” Ellefson shares the following (as transcribed by MetalSucks):

“Well, look, I’m not the one who closed the door. [Laughs] You know what I mean.

“Dave’s [Mustaine, Megadeth leader] always gonna be my brother, man. And it’s funny, when I think about Dave — I’m just walking around the house, I’m thinking about some moment in our friendship and our history together — they’re usually fond memories. And look, brothers fight, brothers hug and make up, and that’s the journey. As a musical gig, it’s, like, oh, well, set that off. That’s off the palette now. Clearly I’ve moved on with other things that you can see I really enjoy. So… whatever.

“I’ve talked to other friends of mine about this who have had bands, and they’re in other bands where members have come and gone and whatever, and especially when you’re a principal, key member and a founding member and all these different things, you have a deferent kinship to your fans.

“I always say this: when you make a record, you’re making it for you. But when you put that record out, that record is for your audience. And at that point, it now becomes bigger than you; it becomes bigger than the four or five or three of you, whatever are in the band — it’s bigger than you now. And those songs are gonna outlive us. And everything about that legacy and the stories we just talked about here are now in infamy; they’re gonna last forever.

“So, for me, you’re part of a family. And look, should there ever be a family reunion? Hey, of course, I’ll always take the call. But with that said, I’m not sitting around waiting for a Megadeth reunion. Let’s just put it that way. I’m very forward focused right now and I’m very laser focused on what’s ahead.”

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