During a recent appearance on the “Real Music With Gary Stuckey” podcast, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about the band’s secret to longevity.
“I think there’s a couple of things. One, I think [fans] look to Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH guitarist/vocalist] as their hero, their leader. And Dave‘s a fighter, and he’s a survivor. I mean, look — he’s gone through being fired [from METALLICA], kicked out, kicked down. He just went through cancer. The guy, he’s a tireless warrior, and I think that’s a big part of the MEGADETH story. And that’s worldwide; that’s global.
“And then, behind that, of course, there’s this brotherhood between me and him that, as much as Dave‘s the fighter — Dave‘s the fighting one, and I’m the friendly one,” Ellefson continued. “So there’s a chemistry there that people like. They’re, like, ‘Okay, as long as Ellefson‘s in the room, we feel safe.’ So there’s a dynamic that works. And I think, look, musically, the material’s always been exceptionally well done, well played.
“These songs have stood the test of time, so they fall in the ‘timeless’ category. And there’s been a consistency; the MEGADETH style has been very consistent over the years. And I think those are kind of the four components — four or five components — that make it work.”