David Ellefson opens about his feelings after being fired from Megadeth: “I was disappointed in the way it went down.”

Author Samuel Järvinen - 21.10.2021

David Ellefson, who played long bass in Megadeth, was sacked from the band in May over grooming allegations. However, the girl with whom Ellefson was chatting and making sexual video calls turned out to be of legal age. Nevertheless, the firing from the band held, and Ellefson formed a new band, The Lucid.

Now Ellefson has given an interview to SiriusXM radio station’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk”. In the interview, Ellefson describes his feelings after being fired. The interview was transcribed Blabbermouth.

“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.”

Ellefson says that Megadeth then made its own statement to the public.

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

Despite all this, the bassist says he is still on good terms with the band.

“Ironically, things are fine between us. 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.”