MEGADETH's Mustaine On Ellefson's $18.5 Lawsuit - "Thank God The Judge Dismissed (It)"

July 27, 2011, 8 years ago

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Giorgio Mustica from The Aquarian Weekly spoke with MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine recently about a number of topics. A few excerpts from the chat follow:

On David Ellefson suing him for $18.5 million, claiming that the vocalist shortchanged him from profits, including publishing and merchandise sales, in addition to making libelous statements about him:

“Thank God the judge dismissed his lawsuit. I don’t think he did anything wrong, I think he just listened to the wrong person. When I met with him after this whole thing went down and I told him that I forgave him, he probably wasn’t expecting that. But if anybody deserves a second chance, as many as I’ve had, I shouldn’t be [stopping] from giving someone else a second chance.”

On Megadeth 2011: “Right now, we’re totally blessed, we’re totally covered and we’ve got great players with us,” Mustaine stated. “Chris is amazing too. And I got to tell you that Shawn, if I would have met him in the beginning, he probably would’ve been my only drummer because we’re just cut from the same cloth. And I really wish things hadn’t changed with David and I for that, you know, eight-year timeout that he was in, but we’re closer now, I think, than we’ve ever been.”

On the Mayhem Fest will be headliners DISTURBED and GODSMACK. “You know, I was never really a big fan of Godsmack or Disturbed [but] having been out on this tour, we got a chance to hear some of their songs, and it’s cool stuff, man,” Mustaine said. “I’m probably a little more partial to the energy of Disturbed than Godsmack because it kind of reminds me a little bit of ALICE IN CHAINS. But Disturbed, to me, doesn’t sounds like anybody I’ve ever heard before.”

Read the entire interview here.

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