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F5

Formed: 2004
From: United States
Last Known Status: Active

Latest F5 News

Below is our complete F5 news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

Westlake and The Pig interviews Dave Ellefson

In this podcast, Dave talks about his new projects: F5, Hail!, and the new album by Angels of Babylon "Kingdom of Evil." Westlake and the Pig play one of the new singles "Oh How the Mighty Have Fallen," off the album. The new album is scheduled to be released January 29th.

Ellefson has also a new channel on youtube called the "Rock Shop." New episodes are frequently posted.

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Tim "Ripper" Owens To Release Solo Album In May

Former Judas Priest and Iced Earth frontman, Tim "Ripper" Owens will be releasing his first solo album this May, entitled "Play My Game." The album boasts a large number of guest musicians including Jeff Loomis of Nevermore, Vinny Appiece of Heaven And Hell, Megadeth's James Lomenzo, Whitesnake guitarist Doug Aldrich, former Megadeth/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, Michael Wilton of Queensryche and many more.

Says Owens: "I’ve gotten better as a songwriter. And I also write songs that the fans can really get into and get their fist pounding in the air. I’ve always been a great fan of the Black Sabbath line-up featuring Ronnie James Dio, and I love Judas Priest. Both bands delivered records that are straight forward and go directly to the bloodstream – which also happens to be my compositional approach."

The release dates for "Play My Game" are as follows:

Germany / Austria / Switzerland: May 15th
UK / rest of Europe: May 18th
USA / Canada: May 19th

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Iron Steel Posts New Songs Online

Iron Steel, the new band that includes bassists David Ellefson (F5/ex-Megadeth) and Jim LaMarca of Chimaira, drummer Morgan Rose of Sevendust, guitarist Tommy Redd and vocalist Fran Strine, recently added a new song titled “Saints of Sin” and a cover of the Judas Priest track “Rapid Fire” on their MySpace player.

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Metal Legends Touring Chile Under One Band Name

Guitarist Andreas Kisser (Sepultura), vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens (Yngwie Malmsteen, Iced Earth, Judas Priest), bassist David Ellefson (F5) and Jimmy DeGrasso (F5 & Alice Cooper) will be touring Chile January 22-27 for five very exclusive shows under the collective name HAIL! Their set list will honor their own genres of metal as well as the classic music that inspired their careers.

Cities and dates are as follows:

January 22 Santiago, Chile - Rock & Guitarras
January 23 Valparaiso, Chile - El Huevo
January 24 Concepcion, Chile - Havana Club
January 25 Puerto Montt, Chile - Arena Puerto Montt
January 27 Antofagasta, Chile - Rock & Soccer

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F5 Posts "The Reckoning" Video Online

F5, the band featuring ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, former Megadeth/Suicidal Tendencies/Alice Cooper drummer Jimmy Degrasso and ex-Sick Speed vocalist Dale Steele, aswell as guitarists John Davis and Steve Conley, has posted their new video for the song "The Reckoning" online. You can check it out below.

The song is the title track from the bands new album which was released on August 19th. More...

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Iron Steel Hits The Radio, Plans Tour

IRON STEEL's debut EP, "Devil May Care," is a hit on college and metal radio. IRON STEEL has debuted at #35 with a bullet on the FMQB charts, #3 Most Added at FMQB and #6 Most Added at CMJ Loud Rock.

Adds at Music Choice and Sirius Radio will bring IRON STEEL's music to the whole country. Among the key stations that have come on board early are WAAF-Boston, MA; WSOU-South Orange, NJ; WRIF-Detroit, MI; KFAI-Minneapolis, MN; KDLD-Los Angeles, CA; WPBZ-W Palm Beach, FL; KNON-Dallas, TX; KROX & DMX-Austin, TX; WORT & WJJO-Madison, WI and WRUW & WCSB -Cleveland, OH.

"The only reason we are going on tour is to kick the asses of programmers that haven't played "Attack" yet," says guitarist/vocalist Fran Strine. Bassist, David Ellefson (F5, former Megadeth bassist), adds "Fran probably shouldn't have broken the tour news, but dammit, some people need to be scared into submission!"

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David Ellefson Comments On Dimebag Tribute

As previously reported, SHADOWS FALL drummer Jason Bittner, current F5/former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-JUDAS PRIEST/ICED EARTH and current Beyond Fear/Yngwie Malmsteen singer Tim "Ripper" Owens and DAITRIBE guitarist Tristan "1690" Grigsby have joined forces to record a song for the upcoming tribute album to late PANTERA/DAMAGEPLAN guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott. Entitled "Leave It Alone", the track features solos by special guests Nick Bowcott (ex-GRIM REAPER) and fan Brian Cashmore. It was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh, with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona and Galahad Studios in Cleveland Ohio.

David Ellefson states "Ironically, it led to a really cool metal jam we did for Rockhouse at WNAMM this past year, a gig which brought in our friend "Ripper" to really tear it up on vox. "Leave It Alone" is not only a cool song but it was also the beginning of a great working relationship with me and Jason Bittner doing clinics, jams, and so forth.

"Leave It Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to the Little Kids Rock school program.

An audio sample of the track is available at this location.

Little Kids Rock believes that all children in our public schools deserve music education as music education is a transforming force in children's lives. Dimebag had the same philosophy with always sharing his passion and love of music to the world inspiring kids to pick up a guitar.

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Metal Artists Unite For Dimebag Memorial Song

"Leave it Alone" is the song that features a number of heavy metal artists including Shadows Fall drummer Jason Bittner, F5 bassist David Ellefson, DaiTribe guitarist Tristan '1690' Grigsby, and recently announced Yngwie Malmsteen (ex-Iced Earth, ex-Judas Priest) frontman Tim "Ripper" Owens. The song was written for the upcoming memorial album to Darrell "Dimebag" Abbott. "Leave it Alone" features solos by special guests, Nick Bowcott (ex-Grim Reaper) and fan Brian Cashmore. The song was recorded and mixed in Chicago at Farview Recording by Jason Walsh with additional tracks recorded at Saltmine studios in Phoenix, Arizona.

"Leave it Alone" will be released to radio in April and will be made available for download exclusively via iTunes. All proceeds from the song will go to Little Kids Rock. A preview of the track can be heard on its MySpace page.

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F5 Finish Work On Second Album

F5 — the Phoenix-based band featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis, and ex-MEGADETH drummer Jimmy DeGrasso — has issued the following update:

"We have just completed the new F5 album and delivered it to the record company this past weekend. The title and release dates will be announced shortly as the label is now making their preparations for release around the world.

"Thanks for hanging with us as we have worked long and hard to make this new album a real scorcher! We will keep you posted of everything as it develops here at this site and at www.f5theband.com during the coming weeks."

F5's follow-up to 2005's "A Drug for All Seasons" was produced by Ryan Greene at his Crush Recording facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

F5 called in Ellefson's longtime rhythm section cohort Jimmy DeGrasso to play drums on the album following the recent departure of original F5 drummer Dave Small.

"This looks to be a very musically invigorating record", said Ellefson. "No doubt there will be hints of F5's past sound on the disc but these new songs are definitely developing in a much more progressive direction."

"A Drug for all Seasons" was released in North America in September 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug for all Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.

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Ex-Megadeth Bassists "F5" Finishing Second Album

Revered as one of the greatest bass players in heavy metal history, former MEGADETH member David Ellefson continues to pump out great new music with several new projects, including the Scottsdale, AZ group F5. With another album on the horizon, David and the band seem geared to turn a lot of heads in 2008.

Commented Ellefson: "We entered the studio in October and are in the finishing stages of the mix right now. Our motto has been 'heavy, but melodic,' which defines the sound of the band but leaves the door open for us to be musically flexible and creative in our songwriting."

He continued, "I think this new record is a huge leap forward for us because we went into it wanting to raise the bar and see how far we could go with it while still retaining the F5 sound. That mindset seems to keep us from getting boxed into a niche and keep things really fresh and interesting for the listeners. It is turning into a very progressive record. A cool second album in my opinion."

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Ex Megadeth Bassist Talks Possible Reunion

The Rock 'n Roll Fantasy Camp Podcast sat down last week with former MEGADETH and current F5 bassist David Ellefson, who talked about his experience at camp, his current projects, how he got into and out of MEGADETH, and if he'd ever work with Dave Mustaine again.

On the topic of whether he will ever reunite with Mustaine and his former MEGADETH bandmates, Ellefson said, "Dave and I have met — about two years ago, it was. He had reached out to me and I gladly reciprocated and we met and we had dinner and buried the hatchets. There was a lot of legal unhinging with our business stuff together and that's, to some degree… He and I will always be in business sort of the way Lennon and McCartney are always in business because we have a… sort of like we raised some kids — we've got albums, we've got work, we've got our songs we composed together — there's all this stuff, and that's gonna be there. And it was nice for he and I to sit down and look each other in the eye and talk without having managers and attorneys and, you know, the entourage and stuff, around. It was nice, because, really, that's how he and I met — he and I met just face-to-face — and it was nice that we got to have a hook-up like that; I'm really happy about that. And I don't know if that means one day we'll ever be in a room with our guitars on again or if it'll just be, like, when we come into each other's town, we call each other and go out to Starbucks and hang out and get caught up about what's happening with the kids, you know what I mean?! [laughs] I don't know what that is. But I think rather than trying to force it, it needs to just sort of happen on its own time. I think any successful reunion that I've seen — whether it's MÖTLEY CRÜE or THE WHO or THE EAGLES, or whoever it is — it seems like the only successful ones happen because everybody… It's almost like enough time has to go by where you're willing to forgive, you're willing to let… it's, like, the time does heal the wounds, and you're able to sort of move past all of that stuff so that you can be in that place that I saw Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend being — which is with a real sort of gratitude and a real zeal for the rock and roll reason they got together in the first place."

F5 — the Phoenix-based band featuring Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, and guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis — has entered the studio to record the follow-up to its 2005 debut, "A Drug for All Seasons". The CD is being produced by Ryan Greene at his Crush Recording facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

F5 called in Ellefson's longtime rhythm section cohort Jimmy DeGrasso to play drums on the album following the recent departure of original F5 drummer Dave Small.

"This looks to be a very musically invigorating record", said Ellefson. "No doubt there will be hints of F5's past sound on the disc but these new songs are definitely developing in a much more progressive direction."

A spring 2008 release via Oarfin Distribution is expected.

"A Drug for all Seasons" was released in North America in September 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug for all Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.

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Ex Megadeth Bassist To Appear On Maximum Threshold

Former MEGADETH and current F5 bassist David Ellefson will guest on the "Maximum Threshold" show on Saturday, November 3 at approximately 11:00 p.m. EST.

"Maximum Threshold" is an Internet radio show dedicated to presenting up-and-coming hard rock bands and successful bands as well as interviews, news and music reviews.

To hear the program, go to MaximumThreshold.net.

F5 — the Phoenix-based band featuring Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, and guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis — has entered the studio to record the follow-up to its 2005 debut, "A Drug for All Seasons". The CD is being produced by Ryan Greene at his Crush Recording facility in Scottsdale, Arizona.

F5 called in Ellefson's longtime rhythm section cohort Jimmy DeGrasso to play drums on the album following the recent departure of original F5 drummer Dave Small.

"This looks to be a very musically invigorating record", said Ellefson. "No doubt there will be hints of F5's past sound on the disc but these new songs are definitely developing in a much more progressive direction."

A spring 2008 release via Oarfin Distribution is expected.

"A Drug for all Seasons" was released in North America in September 2005 via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug for all Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.

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Ministry To Be Joined By Megadeth Members

MINISTRY mastermind and industrial metal pioneer Al Jourgensen has revealed the band's lineup for its final tour, which is expected to kick off early next year. It is as follows:

Al Jourgensen - Vocals
Jimmy DeGrasso (MEGADETH, Y&T, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) - Drums
David Ellefson (MEGADETH, F5, TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY) - Bass
Tommy Victor (PRONG) - Guitar
Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS) - Guitar
John Bechdel (FEAR FACTORY, KILLING JOKE) - Keyboards

In a recent interview with Germany's Rock Hard magazine, Jourgensen said, "We're tourng pretty extensively – we're doing like the CHER farewell tour. [Laughs] It's gonna be, like, 20 weeks of mayhem around the world, and then we're done."

After 27 years, 11 studio albums, four Grammy nominations, and plenty of pain, MINISTRY will release its final album, "The Last Sucker", on September 18. This will give Jourgensen plenty of time to devote himself to expanding his borderland compound, 13th Planet Records.

"I've got a lot of side-projects and new projects I want to focus on," explained Jourgensen. "We have our our own label, 13th Planet Records, we're building, and I want to sign, produce and collaborate with other artists. Being in the studio writing, recording and collaborating is my favorite part of this snake-oil industry. I'd rather be behind the console than behind the mic. Plus, I kinda like the synchronicity of Dubya and MINISTRY riding off into the sunset hand in hand."

"The Last Sucker" is the third in an unrelenting and uber-critical trilogy aimed at exposing the foils, failures and fabrications perpetrated by the George W. Bush administration. The CD, which follows 2004's "Houses of the Molé" and last year's "Rio Grande Blood", is the final nail in the Dubya coffin. The album was produced and recorded by Jourgensen himself at his 13th Planet compound in El Paso, TX, with musicians Thomas Victor (PRONG) on guitars, Paul Raven (KILLING JOKE, PRONG) on bass and guitarist Sin Quirin (THE REVOLTING COCKS). In addition, Burton C. Bell (FEAR FACTORY) makes a vocal appearance on "Die In A Crash", as well as the album's final two songs, "End of Days" parts One and Two.

"The Last Sucker" track listing:

01. Let's Go
02. Watch Yourself
03. Life Is Good
04. The Dick Song
05. The Last Sucker
06. No Glory
07. Death & Destruction
08. Roadhouse Blues
09. Die In a Crash
10. End of Days (Pt. 1)
11. End of Days (Pt. 2)

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F5 Announce DVD, Live Perfromance Posted Online

F5’s new “’LIVE!’ For All Seasons” DVD is a complete re-cap of the band’s musical history from inception in 2003 through 2006 including the recording sessions and touring for the debut album "A Drug For All Seasons". Edgy and raw the DVD focuses on live concert footage shot during the band’s recent tour stop in Ithaca, New York. Also included is close and personal video of music from the group’s early rehearsals, a special “making- of” studio segment, band interviews and more, giving fans a true glimpse behind the stage curtains of rock n’ roll revealing how F5 morphed from the rehearsal hall into a full fledged powerhouse recording and touring act.

Shot and directed by Rich Stahle of Underground Video Television (UVTV) the live video for “Dissidence” from the DVD is available for viewing at the UVTV website. Additional live tracks include “Hold Me Down”, Defacing”, “Fall To Me” and also a brand new previously unreleased song entitled “Cause For Concern”.

You can pick up a copy during a special ‘pre-release’ sale going on now, right here.

F5 is:

Dale Steele-Vocals
Steve Conley- Guitars
John Davis- Guitars
Dave Small- Drums
David Ellefson- Bass Guitars

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Temple of Brutality Schedule Dates With Chimaira

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY, the new band featuring former MEGADETH/current F5 bassist David Ellefson, ex-W.A.S.P. drummer Stet Howland, guitarist Peter Scheithauer (BELLADONNA, KILLING MACHINE) and vocalist Todd Barnes (13-A), will be joining the Jägermeister-sponsored CHIMAIRA/ARCH ENEMY/HATE ETERNAL tour between April 30 and May 6. The dates are as follows:

Apr. 30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
May 02 - Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero
May 03 - Norfolk, VA @ NorVa
May 04 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
May 05 - Winston-Salem, NC @ Ziggy's
May 06 - Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's debut album, "Lethal Agenda", will be released on May 24 in Europe and Asia and June 27 in North America. More U.S. shows are planned for May-July as is a European tour for August/September. TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY will also perform at the Rock convention in Mexico City on August 19. A U.S. tour in October/November is also in the works.

TEMPLE OF BRUTALITY's music is said to follow a very aggressive direction in the vein of SLAYER and PANTERA.

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F5, Featuring Ex-Megadeth Bassist, Tour Dates

F5, the new Phoenix-based band featuring former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson, ex-SICK SPEED vocalist Dale Steele, drummer David Small, and guitarists Steve Conley and John Davis, have lined up the following dates during the coming weeks:

Mar. 18 - Flagstaff, AZ @ Mogollon Brewery
Mar. 30 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Venue of Scottsdale
Apr. 21 - Houston, TX @ Forgettaboutit
May 05 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Corporate Show
May 08 - El Paso, TX @ The Stampede

F5's debut album, "A Drug for All Seasons", was released in North America in September via Cleopatra Records. The original version of "A Drug For All Seasons" is also available in Asia on JVC Victor Entertainment and in Europe on Mascot Records.

F5, whose sound is being described as guitar-heavy melodic hard rock, recorded the album last year at a Phoenix-area studio with producer Ryan Greene, who had previously worked with Ellefson in 1991 on the demos for MEGADETH's "Countdown to Extinction" album.

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Peavey Announces David Ellefson Signature Series

Peavey has announced the Zodiac DE Scorpio, the first signature-model bass guitar in the Zodiac Series. Designed with veteran metal bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH, currently in F5), Peavey Zodiac DE bass guitars are solid rock basses featuring both J-style and P-style pickups.

"I wanted to create a bass that incorporates the best sound qualities of a traditional instrument but also has cutting-edge features designed for modern players," says Ellefson. "My technique and playing style have always demanded more from a bass guitar to really capture the power and depth of my music. The Zodiac DE brings those elements together in one powerhouse instrument."

In the celebrated Peavey tradition, Zodiac basses combine sought-after features with the road-worthy durability required by serious rock players. Like other basses in the Zodiac Series, the David Ellefson signature model — named Scorpio after Ellefson's sign in the astrological zodiac — is built using a solid alder body with sculpted front and back contours and equipped with an articulating bridge with machined saddles. The Scorpio is also outfitted to his specs, including custom Seymour Duncan pickups, a gloss-black finish and a mirrored pickguard.

"Rock n' roll is about constant reinvention and taking things to new extremes, and the Zodiac DE reflects my passion for that lifestyle," adds Ellefson. "I like the bass to be heard as well as felt through the music, and after all, what good is a fancy bass if you can't hear it?"

Zodiac DE Scorpio basses feature one P-style and one J-style pickup, with two master volume controls and one master tone control for shaping the Zodiac sound. Other features include an 8" radius maple neck so players can work into the 21-fret rosewood fingerboard in comfort, plus all-chrome hardware; butterfly tuners; and a Switchcraft jack.

The Peavey Zodiac DE Scorpio bass guitar will be available from authorized Peavey retailers in Q1 2006.

For more information, visit www.peavey.com.

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F5 Announce North American Release Date

F5, the band featuring former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, have set September 13th as the North American release date for their debut album, "A Drug For All Seasons", which will be released via Cleopatra Records.

The album was released in Europe on August 15th by Mascot Records.

In addition to the full length audio version of the album the North American release will also feature bonus video material of the band in the studio filmed during the recording sessions for the album.

Additionally, the special “pay now, play now” version of the album is available at F5theband.com which allows the listener to purchase, and digitally download, the entire audio record into their computer and still receive the full length copy in the mail, all at one special low price.

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David Ellefson Posts Song From New Band Online

The band called F5 consists of David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth) on bass, Dale Steele(ex-Sick Speed) on Vocals, Steve Conley and John Davis on the guitars and David Small on Drums. Listen to their new song on their official website.

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