Megadeth's Dave Ellefson: "All The Best Things In My Life Were Not My Idea"

Since 1983, metal band Megadeth has sold more than 20 million albums, and earned eleven Grammy nominations. The band has built an enduring fanbase around their intelligent take on heavy metal, lyrical themes like religion, politics, and addiction, and densely driven grooves. Most recently the band toured the world with the other three of the Big Four: Metallica, Anthrax and Slayer. They're also in the midst of planning their 15th studio album, and are releasing a live DVD/CD Countdown to Extinction: Live.

Megadeth has had quite the tumultuous ride over the years, dealing with rotating band members and one solid break up, but since 2004 the band has not only toured but continually produced new material. Bassist and founder Dave Ellefson has been a part of the rollercoaster ride from day one.

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Lauren Wise has worked as a rock/heavy metal journalist for 15 years. She contributes to Noisey and LA Weekly, edits books, and drinks whiskey.
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