MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was asked how important it was for him to have bassist David Ellefson as his “right-hand guy” while the band was being revamped once again during a recent appearance on “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk‘s podcast, “Eddie Trunk Podcast”. Mustaine responded (as transcribed by Blabbermouth.net):
“Well, let’s not… Dave‘s not my right-hand guy, first off. He’s my bass player, he’s my friend. We’ve been friends for thirty years, but he’s not my right-hand guy. I think that was obvious when we parted ways; you know, he went and did his thing, I did my thing, MEGADETH kept going. I’m glad to have him back. I think that he’s a remarkable person. He’s got a great personality. He’s very lovable. And I think that the fans know that they can count on him to be consistent. Dave‘s always been like the ambassador for MEGADETH.”
He continued: “I would say, right now, if you were gonna talk about who’s a right-hand guy and who’s not a right-hand guy, I would say that, as far as the musical stuff is [concerned], that Kiko [Loureiro, current MEGADETH guitarist] has taken that position, because the conversations we’ve had been really in-depth and he’s really stepped up to the plate, with talking about different stuff, like what should be parked over at VEVO or YouTube or Facebook and stuff like that. And stuff where I’m scratching my head and I’m thinking, ‘How do you have time to figure all this stuff out?’ ‘Cause not only does he do everything that we ask of him as a player, but he’s constantly coming with new ideas and stuff, how to build the brand and to protect the fan base and stuff like that, which is a great feeling.”
You can listen to entire interview at this location.
MEGADETH‘s new album, “Dystopia”, debuted at number three on the Billboard 200 chart, right behindJustin Bieber and Adele, resulting in the band’s highest charting album in 24 years
“Dystopia” opened with 48,000 copies, marking MEGADETH‘s highest-charting album since 1992’s“Countdown To Extinction” debuted and peaked at No. 2 on the chart dated August 1 of that year.“Dystopia” also logs the group’s best sales week since 2007, when “United Abominations” landed at No. 8 with first-week sales of 54,000.