Megadeth Interviews


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

So Far, So Good For Megadeth

taken from Rock, August 1988
Celesete Gomes talks to David Ellefson


Celesete Gomes: Now that the Megadeth tour is over, you can finally sit back and relax.

David Ellefson: Actually, I'm kind of bummed out, to tell you the truth. I had a real good time on this tour. Every time that we come to the end of a tour, it's kind of a bummer for me, so I try and live it up as much as I can the last couple of weeks of the tour, you know. Have as much fun as possible.

CG: Doesn't being on the road all the time ever get you down?

DE: No, not at all. I love it, I think it's great. On the road, it's like, never a dull moment. There is always a new adventure in every city that you go to, so it's pretty fun.

CG: Can you tell us any wild stories from the tour?

DE: No, I don't know if there is anything that you can print!

CG: OK. So what do you get out of playing live?

DE: I really like playing live because now the whole band is really starting to jell together. I just have a good time because we're up there to entertain and have a real good time with all the people that come to the show. Really make everybody feel a part of what's going on there, instead of like, "here's this band playing, you guys should feel privileged to see us play." The only thing that bums me out is that it seems like it goes by really fast. I mean, we start the set, and the next thing you know, the encore is done and we're off the stage.

CG: What happened with Chris Poland and Gar Samuelson?

DE: Well, the marriage was over between us. They were really tired of being on the road. To some people, being on the road almost sounds like a four letter word or something - you know, "the road." To me it's a lot more than that. It's a way of life, you either like it or you don't, and I think Chris and Gar just really got burned out on that.

CG: How did you hook up with Jeff and Chuck?

DE: Dave [Mustaine] and I knew Chuck for about two years. When we saw we were having problems with Gar, we had Chuck fly out a few times to join us on the road and just kind of walk around, playing it low key. You know, we didn't want to be caught off guard if Gar left or we fired him and sit there without a drummer, so we covered our asses. The first day we rehearsed together, Dave and I just looked at each other and said, "Yeah, this is the guy. This is it, let's go for it."

CG: What about Jeff?

DE: The funny thing about Jeff is that I knew about him for like a year, but I never got to really know the guy that much. One night he was giving a friend of mine guitar lessons - this is like, about a good six to eight weeks into the recording of the album already - and I heard him play so I told Dave, "You know, I've known for a while that Jeff is a good guitar player, but I heard him play last night and he's like, on fire!" Dave talked to him and asked him to go down to the studio the next day and that was it, just what we needed.

CG: So far, so good, is doing great.

DE: Yeah, I think that like, now, if you listen to our three records, there's a certain sound and a certain style that Megadeth definitely has. People will know that it's Megadeth and not mistake us for somebody else. I think that the lyrics too are real mature on this record. They're real, it's like a slap in the face, saying, "hey, this is the real world!" A lot of people in metal music talk about stupid bullshit, you know. I think that we have always tried to be a no frills, no bullshit kind of band. I think this record gets the point across pretty good.

CG: Are there still any bad feelings between Megadeth and Metallica?

DE: I've been in this band from the very beginning and that's something that I've never even wanted to get involved in, because that's between Dave and them. As far as I'm concerned, that's none of my business. I get along fine with all of those guys. You know, Lars [Ulrich] always comes to our shows and hangs out. But there is always going to be that little vibe in the air when those guys and Dave are in the same room together. It's like when you're sitting around in the room with your ex-girlfriend or something. But a lot of that really got blown out of proportion by the press. I mean, they were kind of bitter in the beginning, because things were happening for Metallica and Dave felt like he got cheated out of that situation.

CG: But it worked out better in the end.

DE: Exactly. Now there are two good bands instead of one.

CG: How long would you like to see Megadeth last?

DE: A long time. Instead of being a band that relies on like, hit singles and a lot of radio play, we're just doing our own thing. We started out with a real strong cult following, so we're building it up from there. I think that if this band were going to be arrogant, we would have done it a long time ago. The egos are totally under control here.

CG: You and Dave have both been described as intense workaholics. Is that a true description?

DE: Yeah, most definitely. But it's only because this is what we like doing so we just do it all the time. We don't approach it as a job. Everything from interviews, to pictures, to playing, everything, this is what we like to do. That's why we work ourselves to death. of course, I don't look at it as work.

CG: What kind of music do you like listening to?

DE: There's a lot of good shit. I listen to a lot of different stuff. It's like, in the morning, I wake up and listen to Guns 'n Roses and then at night I listen to like, Rush.

CG: Guns 'n Roses early in the morning, huh?

DE: [laughing] Well, I listen to the Police or something when I try to go to sleep! I'm not a prejudiced person, like, "well, I'm in Megadeth so I've got to listen to the heaviest stuff around.''

CG: How would you like to be remembered?

DE: Well, I think that our songs have a lot of good things to say, and we're not just another fly by night band that comes in and is gone in a couple of years. We're a band that is really gonna be around for a while.

CG: Well, three albums in five years together, so far, so good, right?

DE: Yeah! [laughs] So far, so good... And so what! You know?


On the Phone with Dave :: Out to Lunch :: So Far, So Good for Megadeth :: Rust in Peace :: Dave the Human, Mustaine the Artist :: A Founding Forefather of Thrash :: The Outside Corner :: Music Is Our Business... And Business Is Good :: Deth Rally :: Trial by Fire :: Megadeth Conquers Globe :: Megadeth: Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered :: Shooting from the Hip :: I Made It Home Alive! :: So Far, So Good... Now What? :: Megadeth: Online and Onstage :: Sodom and Gomorra :: Metal Is Still Their Business... But Who's Buying? :: Shooting from the Hip II :: Country and Western :: Metal Church :: Get in the Van :: Foreclosure of a Team :: Last Men Standing :: Without the MTV Support :: Set the World on Fire :: Dave Mustaine University :: Heavy Metal Marines :: The Real Line-up of Megadeth :: Risk Factor :: The World Will End in Megadeth :: Megadeth: Crush'em with Ferocity and Finesse :: An Ugly American :: Try to Sue Capital Records! :: Big Boys :: We're Pissed Off Again :: Dave Mustaine's Symphony of Reconstruction :: It Wasn't Fun Anymore :: Metallidethica :: Answers to the Questions Everyone's Been Asking :: Dave Ellefson: Life After Megadeth :: Die Another Day

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