DAVID ELLEFSON Interview Page 6
By Bob Nalbandian
SW: There was a lot of stuff that was said in the press about that tour - how all the bands were at each other's throats and all. Obviously there must have been fierce competition between the bands, especially when you're rotating the bill from city to city...
DE: Well, initially we did the tour in Europe, which was us, Testament, Suicidal Tendencies and Slayer, who always closed the show. Right after that we did an American tour with Testament and Judas Priest [the Painkiller tour] that was a very cool tour. And then we did the American version of Clash Of The Titans. And it worked in a way that we never played after Slayer, so when we closed the show it would be Slayer, Anthrax and then us and Alice In Chains was the opening band. That was the beginning of a pretty cool era for us because we started taking out some bands that were outside of our genre like Alice In Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Pantera, Korn...that is kind of ironic since many of those bands eventually became bigger than us. Obviously music was changing at that time and you could feel the shift and as it turned out the Clash Of The Titans tour was the exclamation point at the end of a very loud statement. And after that thrash metal kind of went away until it became reinvented by bands like Lamb Of God and a bunch of the new bands out there.
SW: Let's put an end to this rumor...after Jason Newsted left Metallica did they ever contact you for an audition?
DE: No, they never did. I know a lot of people maybe thought they would, but they never did, or at least I never got the message (laughs). Of course it would have been a huge honor if I ever got the call but I think it might have hit a little too close to home just given the history and all. I think Robert [Trujillo] is an incredible bass player and he seems to be working out great for them.
SW: Have you had a chance to check out the new Megadeth DVD Arsenal Of Megadeth that just came out?
DE: I haven't seen it yet. Obviously there was a ton of cool stuff that was sitting in the vaults, there's just a ton of footage out there so I think it's really cool that this DVD has been released for the fans to finally see. It was a huge part of our lives, and obviously it will always be a huge part of my life and I'm really proud and glad to have been a part of it, and I kind of still feel I am.
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