Author: Sharbel Kanoun (Page 1 of 7)

What Happened Between Mustaine and Ellefson.

In a new interview with the YouTube channel of Brazilian music journalist Igor Miranda, acclaimed hard rock singer Jeff Scott Soto was asked if he thinks Dave Mustaine “overreacted” when he fired David Ellefson from MEGADETH in May 2021, just days after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter. Soto, who is involved with Ellefson in a project called ELLEFSON-SOTO, responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “My personal opinion… I don’t like to get into replying for somebody else in those kinds of things, because there’s so many sites out there that will watch what we’re talking about here and make a headline out of it. My personal opinion is I think there was already trouble in the water, I think there was already something happening, and maybe he was looking for a reason or an excuse to end it. And that’s just my own personal feeling. But without getting too into it, because I don’t wanna be in the headlines: ‘Jeff Scott Soto blasts Dave Mustaine.’ I don’t wany any of that shit in my life; it’s not necessary. So I’m gonna leave it at I think there was already something for years that was… he was looking for a reason to move on and use that one. That’s pretty much it. I think anyway; that’s what I’m assuming.”

Shortly before Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH, he released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan. He also filed a report with the police department in Scottsdale, Arizona alleging unlawful distribution of sexually explicit images of him by unknown offenders. In the report, Ellefson admitted that he had been exchanging sexual text messages with a Dutch teenager, who captured a video of several of their virtual “masturbating encounters” without his consent and shared them with friends. (According to Ellefson, the woman was 19 at the time of their first virtual sexual encounter.) Ellefson, who lives in Scottsdale, first became aware of the video on May 9, 2021, when the claim “David Ellefson of MEGADETH is a pedophile” appeared on Instagram. Ellefson told police he was notified on May 14 by MEGADETH that the band would be parting ways with him. Three days later, he was fired.

 

In October 2021, Ellefson spoke to SiriusXM‘s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk” about the circumstances that led to his exit from MEGADETH. He said: “I ran toward the bullets and dealt with it right away. The night [the messages and video were leaked online], a couple of people said, ‘Hey, don’t say anything.’ In particular, the MEGADETH camp didn’t want me to say anything. But my legal [advisers] said, ‘Hey, I think you should say something. I think some people have done some really shitty things here and made some false allegations about you, and you have every right to defend yourself.’ And I did. Ultimately, that led to my dismissal from MEGADETH. But I have every right, as anyone does, to defend yourself, especially when somebody is making false allegations about you like that. So I dealt with it that night, and quite honestly, that was it — it was over, and it was really kind of done. But then, as the MEGADETH camp in particular jumped in and had addressed it — and not that they shouldn’t, but they did. That pretty quickly led to them making the decision to part ways with me and to move away from it.

“We had originally talked about doing a joint statement of sorts, and, of course, that was not what happened,” David continued. “So I was disappointed in probably the way it went down.

 

“Ironically, things are fine between [me and MEGADETH]. We parted ways, and they took their road. And there’s not ill will between us, believe it or not. And I think any fights and those things, that was 20 years go — lawsuits and all that crap.

 

“Look, they moved forward [with ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’],” Ellefson added. “I wished them well in my [original] statement to them, and I mean it. It’s a group I helped form almost 40 years coming up here for the band. And the songs that are on the radio that I see come up are songs that I had a participation in, and we built a big legacy. I still consider them family, and my DNA is all over that. I don’t think you build something of that size together and then suddenly you’re just out and that’s it.”

Ellefson also talked about the statement Mustaine — who formed MEGADETH with Ellefson in 1983 — released on May 24, 2021 announcing the bassist’s departure from the band. In the statement, Dave said: “We do not take this decision lightly. While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward.” Asked if he was aware of any tension between him and Mustaine and whether he “felt like the ice was getting ready to break again,” Ellefson said: “I did not. I think one of the things — and this probably started 20 years ago, when MEGADETH was disbanded in 2002 and then put back together in 2004, it was very clear in 2004 that it was gonna be reframed around Dave unilaterally, one hundred percent being the boss and running the show. Gone were the days of the partnership, the ’90s, where it was me, Nick [Menza], Marty [Friedman], Dave — kind of ‘the four horsemen ride again’ kind of mentality… That day was done; it was not gonna be that anymore. And that’s where we fell apart in 2004 and I wasn’t with the group through those years. Coming back to it in 2010, now we’re a few years older, [with] a little more maturity in the situation, realizing that we’re better together, that even though it’s not, on paper, a partnership, there’s a kind of visual partnership — the optics of it are kind of, like, ‘Yeah, this looks better as MEGADETH with me and Dave together. We’re one of those bands that, although Dave is the quarterback and the quarterback still plays, the overall feeling and likability and I think everything about it just feels better when it’s Dave and Dave together, because we’ve been together from the beginning for so many years. And I think that worked really well for the last decade. At the same time, Dave and I are grown men, and we have opinions. It’s not the thing where it’s just Dave and three side guys when it’s me and the band. And apparently, they didn’t want that anymore — they wanted it to not be that. And I can’t speak for them, ’cause I don’t know. I’m not trying to put words in anybody’s mouth about that. But it just seemed like ‘there’s just too much history here, and let’s just part ways now and let MEGADETH move forward on a new day with kind of a new marching order.’ So rather than fight it, which is what happened 20 years ago, ’cause we were dissolving a partnership at that point, we’re not dissolving a partnership [this time]. It’s, like, ‘Hey, we don’t want you here. There’s the door. Don’t come to work on Monday.’ So, it’s, like, ‘Okay. Fine.’ And that’s just how I viewed it, and that’s how I view it today. I don’t have any sour grapes over it, and I’m not bitter about it.”

Two days after Mustaine announced Ellefson‘s latest departure from MEGADETH, the bassist released a follow-up statement in which he vowed to file a “defamation lawsuit” against the person who “illegally posted a very private video” of the bassist and made “false allegations” against him. He also said he was working with the police in Scottsdale “in their investigation into charges regarding revenge pornography to be filed against the person who posted the video. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Ellefson wrote. He went on to say that he was “taking this time to be with my family” and wished his “bandmates” the best with their tour.

 

Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest exit.

ELLEFSON-SOTO released a full-length album, “Vacation In The Underworld”, in October 2022 via Rat Pak Records. Ellefson and Soto are joined in the project by Andy Martongelli on guitar and keyboards and Paulo Caridi on drums.

 

NIKKI SIXX Is Hungry For Playing And Wants MĂ–TLEY CRĂśE To Keep Going.

In an interview with Brazil’s A Rádio Rock conducted this past December but only now uploaded to YouTube, MĂ–TLEY CRĂśE bassist Nikki Sixx was asked about the possibility of him and his bandmates writing and releasing new music.
He responded (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “We just did those four songs for ‘The Dirt’ soundtrack. We’re pretty much locked down right now. We’re having conversations beyond [2023]. So what’s ’24 look like for us in a touring capacity? As far as new music — I think new music always comes when the band is getting along. We get along so great right now. We’ve been having the best time. We spend time together. We go out to dinner.

Tommy [Lee, MĂ–TLEY CRĂśE drummer] just had his 60th-birthday party [last October] down in Mexico, and he invited a small group of his very good friends. And I was there, and a bunch of cool Tommy‘s friends. All of our wives were there. John 5 came in. And it was just cool to be able to not talk business, be in rehearsal, get on the phone, talk about the photo shoot or the video. It was just hanging out, walking on the beach. And we had some sweet conversations. Me and Tommy and Vince [Neil, MĂ–TLEY CRĂśE singer] had this conversation. I said, I go,’ What are you guys doing for the next eight years?’ And everybody’s laughing: ‘I don’t know.’ I said, ‘Why don’t we just keep going? Let’s just take it to 50 [years since the band’s inception, which will be in 2031]

“So this isn’t a final tour,” Sixx clarified. “What does that look like? I have no idea. I’m just telling you, you have the band saying, ‘We’re having a blast. Why stop?'”

After selling more than 1.3 million tickets on their 2022 North American stadium tour, MĂ–TLEY CRĂśE and DEF LEPPARD are going global in 2023 with “The World Tour”, along with special guest Alice Cooper.

 

New Version Of VAN HALEN’s”Unchained” Streamed by DAVID LEE ROTH

David Lee Roth is now streaming his new version of Van Halen‘s 1981 track “Unchained” from the Fair Warning album.

Much like the other re-recordings Roth has shared over the past year or so, “Unchained”” was tracked on May 3 at the Henson Recording Studio in Hollywood, CA with guitarist Al Estrada, bassist Ryan Wheeler, and drummer Francis Valentino.

Let us know what you think of this version

NAPALM DEATH Vocalist Continues Touring After Breaking His Ankle On Stage

Napalm Death vocalist and obvious badass Mark “Barney” Greenway broke his ankle during a February 19 show in Munich, Germany and is still on the road, doing his thing from a chair. Greenway addressed the injury during a February 26 show in Paris, France, saying he had no interest in bailing on the tour and will continue to play shows for the next few weeks.

“We are Napalm Death from the picturesque fucking utopia that is Birmingham, England. And so yes indeed, to come to the obvious focal point in the room – broke an ankle on stage in Munich seven nights ago,” said Greenway to the crowd. “So I’ve got another five fucking weeks in this thing, but I’m gonna make the fucking most of it.

“Needless to say, there may have been an option for me to not do the gigs, but that is not what I do or what I don’t do. I wanted to go [and play the gigs], and that is it. So, once again, apologies and thanks for your patience in advance.”

Yes, this is an incredible amount of dedication to the craft… but we do wish Greenway a very speedy recovery and hope this isn’t too painful

 

NITA STRAUSS Rejoins ALICE COOPER

Nita Strauss  is back, she joined Alice Cooper‘s live band in 2014, and left in 2022 to join Demi Lovato‘s backing band. 
Cooper has now announced that Strauss is back in his band once again and guitarist Kane Roberts appears to be out.
Cooper‘s statement shows why he’s one of the nicest dudes in the rock and metal world, while Strauss seems thrilled to be back.

“She’s back!” said Cooper. “Nita asked for a leave of absence to work with someone else, something I always encourage my band members to do. I like them to challenge themselves and try new things. I’m thankful to my old friend Kane Roberts for stepping up and filling in for her, but she’ll be back with us for the new tour that starts up in late April. It’s going to be great to have her back.”

Nita is quiet thrilled to be back, she said: “From the studio to the stage, it’s always an immense honor to make music with Alice Cooper!!” added Strauss. “I’m very excited to be rejoining the band on the road for the 2023 dates, and so I’ll see you on the road in April. Let the nightmare return!”

Catch Alice Cooper at one of the dates below.

 

 

4/28 — Mt. Pleasant, MI — Soaring Eagle Casino + Resort
4/29 — Youngstown, OH — Covelli Centre
4/30 — Hershey, PA — The Hershey Theater
5/2 — Fort Wayne, IN — Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
5/3 — Milwaukee, WI — Miller High Life Theatre
5/5 — Prior Lake, MN — Mystic Lake Mystic Showroom
5/6 — Bemidji, MN — Sanford Center
5/7 — Sioux City, IA — Tyson Events Center
5/9 — Champaign, IL — State Farm Center
5/10 — Louisville, KY — Louisville Palace Theater
5/13 — Knoxville, TN — The Tennessee Theatre
5/14 — Spartanburg, SC — Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
5/15 — North Charleston, SC — Performing Arts Center
5/17 — Shreveport, LA — Shreveport Municipal Auditorium
5/18 — Biloxi, MS — Beau Rivage Theatre
5/20 — Daytona Beach, FL — Welcome to Rockville

 

Tour with Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe

8/5 — Syracuse, NY — JMA Wireless Dome
8/8 — Columbus, OH — The Ohio State University Ohio Stadium
8/11 — Fargo, ND — Fargodome
8/13 — Omaha, NE — Charles Schwab Field Omaha
8/16 — Tulsa, OK — Skelly Field at H.A. Chapman Stadium
8/18 — El Paso, TX — Sun Bowl Stadium

 

Tour with  Rob Zombie

8/24 — Dallas, TX — Dos Equis Pavilion
8/26 — Tampa, FL — Mid-Florida Credit Union Amphitheatre
8/27 — West Palm Beach, FL — iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre
8/29 — Raleigh, NC — Coastal Credit Union Music Park @ Walnut Creek
8/30 — Virginia Beach, VA — Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheatre
9/1 — Tinley Park, IL — Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
9/2 — Des Moines, IA — Wells Fargo Arena
9/5 — Clarkston, MI — Pinke Knob Amphitheatre
9/6 — Toronto, ON — Budweiser Stage
9/8 — Scranton, PA — The Pavilion @ Montage Mountain
9/9 — Wantagh, NY — Northwell Health Theatre @ Jones Beach
9/10 — Hartford, CT — XFINITY Theatre
9/12 — Nashville, TN — Bridgestone Arena
9/15 — Bonner Springs, KS — Azura Amphitheatre
9/16 — Englewood, CO — Fiddler’s Green
9/19 — Ridgefield, WA — RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheatre
9/20 — Auburn, WA — White River Amphitheatre
9/22 — Concord, CA — Pavilion
9/23 — Anaheim, CA — Honda Center
9/24 — Phoenix, AZ — Ak-Chin Pavilion

HELLFEST Reveals 2023 Line-up

The day Hellbangers have been waiting for is finally here.

Last night, Hellfest has finally pulled the curtain and revealed a beautiful blue poster than includes over 170 bands that will raise HELL in Clisson from the 15th ro the 18th of June 2023.

People rushed online at 7PM last night to discover the poster and boy, Santa has come early for us Metalheads.

The line-up is just mad, four days of Fast, Heavy and Loud groups and we can’t stop looking at this poster down below.

KISS returns once more to headline the first day, and we are super excited about this.

The festival will also see the return of Motley Crue to headline day two.

On Saturday, the mighty Iron Maiden are making their return to Clisson to headline day three while Slipknot will close next year’s edition.

And let’s not forget PANTERA, but I guess we already knew that they will be there, knowing how close Phil Anselmo is to this mighty festival.

I will leave you here to admire the line-up, let us know what your thoughts are and if you’ll be there next year.

You can also read our story about last year’s historic edition right here:
Surviving Hellfest

SURVIVING HELLFEST XV

I’m not going to write a classic review like everyone always does, and certainly like we do here too.
Instead, I’m gonna write you a short story, probably me talking gibberish but… this is what you get.

I’m writing you a brief description of another dimension where you can have the time of your life. The goal is for these words to move you and make you join us next year in HELL.

The Imagination

Have you ever felt like you need to break out of this world? Your daily routine and all the horrible things that are happening around you.

Have you ever wished to have the portal gun of Rick and the liberty to teleport away from all of this?

This is me and my portal is the gates of Hellfest…

This is the place where people from around the globe gather to break out, be ourselves and forget about whatever is outside the gates of music. We gather for the same passion… MUSIC.

We forget where we came from, our differences, and our colors with everything else that divides us. None of that matters because we are in another dimension, remember! A dimension where hate doesn’t exist. Doesn’t that make Music the only God that should be worshiped?

The Imagination: Existence

As soon as you’re inside the gates of Hell, you realise that this recurring dream actually exists, and you’re just in it.

As it is your first visit, you start wandering around like someone completely lost, but in fact, it’s quite the opposite, you’re observing what’s going around you.

It’d take you a few moments before you stop, you smile and you’re awake to this reality and it is happening.

Freak Show

One show after another, running from one stage to another, trying to catch the train of photographers. 

So many childhood heroes are now in front of your lens, such a heavy pressure to make sure the shot will kick-fucking-ass.

Crossing paths with all the beautiful freaks who are exactly just like you, you feel that we belong but not only that, we should be ruling too!

One stage and you’re in the fame, the huge set-up, the rock stars’ presence, the place where the huge acts play.

Then you move to another stage and you’re in a completely different atmosphere, you’re a Viking fighter, fighting to keep the music alive, swimming on the backs of your fellow fighters.

Your next adventure is more intimate, up close, and personal with your favorite artists, under the tents of HELL.

When The Crowds Are Gone

When we used to pass three days in (let’s call it) dimension Hellfest, we enter the phase of so many officially calls today: “post-Hellfest depression”

This year that phase was longer. The seven days of Hellest were just incredible, we are lucky to be part of such an EPIC event that’d never be forgotten. We did survive seven days in Hellfest but not only that, I’m sure that so many of us wished for Hellfest to go on.

Now we cannot wait for the news to come and what kind of surprise the team of Hellfest is preparing for us, we are used to BIG FAT HEAVY news so… Bring It On

I hope those experiences will encourage you to join me, join us next year, and if you do, don’t hesitate to contact me, I promise we will share a beer together 

I’ll leave you now with some bad-ass shots taken by the team of Metal Bell Magazine.

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© Photography by Sharbel

© Photography by Mayaz

HELLFEST XV by Sharbel

A gallery of images from Hellfest XV taken by Sharbel

HELLFEST XV by Mayaz

Here is a collection of images from Hellfest XV shot by our Photographer Mayaz.

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