Ashton-Magnuson Media

DAVE MUSTAINE
ANNOUNCES RETURN OF FOUNDING BASSIST DAVID ELLEFSON
TO MEGADETH LINEUP

Megadeth. Pictured from left to right: Shawn Drover (drums), David Ellefson (bass), Dave Mustaine (guitar/vocals), Chris Broderick (guitar). Photo by Stephanie Cabral, www.stephaniecabral.com.
Photo credit: Stephanie Cabral
www.stephaniecabral.com

Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine has announced the return of original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) to the iconic multiplatinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth's upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. At these incredibly special shows, Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," Mustaine says. "David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked…HARD!"

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group's current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band's career.

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine adds.

For more information on Megadeth, go to: www.megadeth.com.


Publicity Contacts:

For media inquiries regarding this announcement:

Kristine Ashton-Magnuson/ASHTON-MAGNUSON MEDIA
kristine@am-media.net, (818) 996-2496

For tour publicity and general Megadeth media inquiries:

Amy Sciarretto/ROADRUNNER RECORDS
amy@roadrunnerrecords.com, (212) 274-7500