David Ellefson

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    November 18, 2014

    15 Best Guitarists in the Phoenix Metal Scene Right Now

    The Valley of the Sun has a lot of musical talent that spans across all genres. However, when it comes to heavy metal, the desert spawns some pretty killer musicians. So we decided to take a look at some of our favorite heavy metal shredders. There's no way to really define the best guitarists -- ev ... More >>

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    October 13, 2014

    Metal Memoirs and Stories Abound, Including Books from Scott Ian, Phil Anselmo, Carla Harvey

    Former Guns N' Roses manager Alan Niven once told me that rock 'n' roll is created because people are subconsciously trying to form the perfect family that they didn't experience as children. As transparent as that may seem, it's an easy concept to grasp. Heavy metal lyrics celebrate the underdog ... More >>

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    September 8, 2014

    Richie Cavalera's Band Incite Leads the Pack of Strong Phoenix Metal Releases in September

    There must be something in the desert water. I'm not talking pesticides or Valley Fever -- I'll leave the exposé side to the news section. I'm talking heavy metal. But I'm okay with it.

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    October 31, 2013

    Megadeth - Arizona State Fair - 10/30/13

    MegadethArizona State FairOctober 30, 2013 It was pretty easy to tell who was at the State Fair for Megadeth last night, and who was there for fried twinkies. You just had to look for the people wearing '80s-style jean vests bedecked with heavy metal band patches or spiked metal studs. By the tim ... More >>

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    October 11, 2013

    Arizona State Fair Concerts: Who You'll See and When in 2013

    Arizona State Fair concerts aren't like most concerts--and this isn't even about the average age of the performers involved. They're different because you can go to them almost by accident. Exhausted your fried food budget? Unwilling or unable to win your sweetheart a gigantic, unlicensed Angry Bird ... More >>

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    June 10, 2013

    Eight Must-Read Heavy Metal Books

    Metalheads are some of the most devoted music fans on the planet. No--I mean we really love our music. Oh, you memorized Lady Gaga's music video dance moves? Check out my Kreator Coma of Souls back piece, and meet my friend's daughter, Sabbath. Later we're going to karaoke to cover Pantera and Motor ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Your Holiday Heavy Metal Gift Guide

    What's the most metal gift you've ever received? I can think of several that stick out: Led Zeppelin vinyl, a miniature model of Dimebag Darrell's Razorback lightning bolt guitar, spike-bedecked high heels that would make a dominatrix envious, a stripper pole paired with a handle of whiskey. But I ... More >>

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    August 16, 2012

    10 Most Ridiculous Claims Made By Megadeth's Dave Mustaine

    See also: Dave Mustaine Says Obama Staged Fast and Furious Gunwalking Scandal, Aurora, Colorado, and Sikh Temple Shootings See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" See also: Dave Mustaine's Advice for Starving Women in Africa: "Put a Plug in It" See also: Gigantour Fea ... More >>

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    August 15, 2012

    Dave Mustaine Says Obama Staged Fast and Furious Gunwalking Scandal, Aurora, Colorado, and Sikh Temple Shootings

    See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" See also: Dave Mustaine's Advice for Starving Women in Africa: "Put a Plug in It" See also: Megadeth's Dave Mustaine is Metal's MVP See also: Rusty Assault Rifles Found in Madera Canyon Not Part of Fast and Furious, ATF Confirms ... More >>

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    July 23, 2012

    Is Heavy Metal Really The Devil's Music?

    See also: Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson to Headline KUPD's Desert Uprising See also: Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor" Last week, I found myself in an awkward conversation with douchebag with a popped collar and frosted tips. He asked me if I worshipped "the Devil," lo ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Metal Mondays: Phoenix Needs a Heavy Metal Strip Club

    I've never been a fan of Texas, even though it's the stomping ground for a wide range of heavy acts. From the Dallas Cowboys to the phrase "everything is bigger in Texas" to George Bush, everything about the state has always had a way of agitating the hell out of me. Like, nails-on-a-chalkboard ag ... More >>

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    April 9, 2012

    Metal Mondays: All Hail Jim Marshall's Black Wall

    See also: The 10 Hottest Chicks in Heavy Metal So, the Revolver Golden Gods are this week. Screw you if you're going. Yeah, I didn't plan wisely. Too busy bumbling about how Dungeon and Dragon nerds are more metal than you (guaranteed a ton of those dudes planned ahead) and shattering whiskey bottl ... More >>

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    February 23, 2012

    From Print: Blogs Teased in Our February 23 Issue

    ​This week, New Times ran a list in our print publication highlighting some of the most interesting posts published at Up On The Sun over the past week. Here are links to those posts. Want to listen to (almost) all of our 100 Songs that Defined Arizona? Why is Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson bec ... More >>

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    February 20, 2012

    Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "Why I'm Trying to Become a Pastor"

    You gotta hand it to American thrash metalheads Megadeth. For as rocky as their successful road has been, the band has done great job at keeping things surprising. Just last week, guitarist/vocalist Dave Mustaine made headlines by announcing his endorsement of far-right presidential candidate Rick " ... More >>

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    December 14, 2011

    Five Holiday Gifts for Your Metal-Loving Uncle

    ​Alright, slacker. There's no more denying it: the holidays are here, and you need to get on that shopping list. Luckily, Up on the Sun has caught gift guide-fever, and over the course of this week we'll be offering you suggestions for the entire family. It's hard to forget your metal-loving ... More >>

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    July 16, 2011

    Rockstar Mayhem Festival at Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion, 7/15/11

    Maria Vassett​Megadeth, Godsmack, and Disturbed at Rockstar Mayhem Festival Friday, July 15, 2011 The Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion"You guys are fucking amazing, Phoenix!"This was the first thing I heard as I approached the Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion for the Rockstar Mayhe ... More >>

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    April 21, 2011
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    August 26, 2010
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    January 7, 2009

    The Valley's Top 10 Local Guitarists

    Phoenix teems with guitar players, and some of them are actually pretty good. A handful of them are exceptional.

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    August 19, 2008
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    February 23, 2006

    Mega Makeover

    Life after deth

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    February 2, 2006
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    February 3, 2005

    Soulfly, and Morbid Angel

    Celebrating the birth of death metal

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    August 12, 2004


    "The Bob Marley of metal"

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    May 6, 2004

    Manchester United

    Trash! piles up in Tempe

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    April 15, 2004

    Open Space

    Gallery celebrates grand reopening on Grand