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  10th February 2010


This month's biggest and most unexpected announcement was the return of David Ellefson to Megadeth.

The bass player and founding member appeared on every Megadeth album and tour from 1985's 'Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!' through to 2002's 'Rude Awakening' before relations with Mustaine soured and Ellefson left the band.

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The pair have clearly made a huge effort to heal the rifts and this has culminated in this week's announcement that Ellefson is back and just in time for the 'Rust In Peace' 20th Anniversary Tour of The States from March 1st onwards.

Dave Mustaine's delight at his partner's return is evident from his interviews this week and we put some brief questions to the bassman about the whole scenario. Your return to Megadeth was very sudden indeed. How did it all come about and was it planned for long before the announcement?

David E: It all came about the last few days which is very exhilarating. I think it was a pleasant surprise for all of us. Is it a permanent return or just for the Rust In Peace tour? Are you coming to play Download with Megadeth as well?

David E: The plan is to fire it up and go! How will this affect Hail! and Angels of Babylon?

David E: HAIL! was always intended as a celebration of metal for the fans to see well known musicians perform the soundtrack to our heavy metal lives. I think a rotating lineup has kept it fresh and exciting so I give it my full blessing to play shows if I'm unavailable, just as the band has done with other member's schedule conflicts.

For ANGELS OF BABYLON I'm happy to have participated on that album and there is discussion for the USA release. There are no current touring plans right now and that would have to be visited if they were to come about. Obviously, right now my plate is pretty full with MEGADETH. Dave Mustaine said in the announcement that you belong in Megadeth. Have you had many thoughts about rejoining Megadeth in the eight years since you left and were you always hopeful that it would happen?

David E: It's always been on my mind and I was hoping this day would arrive. I've done a lot of new things these past few years and really enjoyed them, which brings me new perspective and an even greater appreciation of what Dave and I have done over the years. What do you think the future holds for you and Dave Mustaine? Can we expect a follow-up album to Endgame with you on it?

David E: My attitude is to take it all a day at a time and cherish the moments we have as they come to us.



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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