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Former Megadeth Bassist David Ellefson Rejoins The Band

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Megadeth has announced that co-founder and former bass player David "Junior" Ellefson has returned to the band as a full time member. This reunion is appropriately timed to Megadeth’s upcoming historic month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA. Ellefson and band leader Dave Mustaine were feuding for a small period after the band's breakup in 2002 and attempted to sue one another, as a result of which, Ellefson was not a part of the band when Mustaine revived the Megadeth name in 2004.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," Mustaine says. "David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...HARD!

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best." Mustaine adds.

David Ellefson concurs: "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

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1. David Rocks! writes:

WOO

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. BrunoHockalugie writes:

f***in A! Junior rejoins the Dave Mustaine Project. I will be getting my tickets today or tomorrow at the latest for the LA show.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:30 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. RTB writes:

Isnt lomenzo the one thats been slamming him via the internet?...
Saw dave on that metal show, while it was hard to stomach, i didnt think he was too bad, but the best part was eddie trunk going 0-3 on the stump questions....

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Diamond Oz writes:

Nah Jef Young (guitarist during the SFSGSW era) is the guy that's been slagging Mustaine off.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Unholy_Thrasher writes:

This is great news! "Rust In Peace" was practically driven by Ellefson's bass lines.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 7:40 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Prince of Thrash writes:

FINALLY!

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 8:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. creepindethinc writes:

Now we just need Friedman and we'll be in thrash-metal heaven.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 8:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. RTB writes:

Thats right....well that ll give jeff more venom to spew on his twitter page...
Dannys a good bassist

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 8:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. devin writes:

thats cool and everything but i doubt its gonna change their sound much

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 8:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. Diamond Oz writes:

To be fair they don't need to change their sound much if Endgame is anything to go by. Great to have Ellefson back.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 8:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Natsquatch writes:

Sweetness. It would be cool if Marty Friedman could rejoin the fold for the sake of authenticity and all that jazz (doubt it would happen, though), but Chris Broderick is still a beyond-capable player and has a great stage presence, so I'm happy either way.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 10:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. KREDD writes:

total sweetness. i hope it lasts! friedman would just be unbelievable but yeah, totally don't see it happening.

i saw them in knoxville with machine head and just stood there peeing my pants for 2 hours.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 11:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. cudos to paul, fuck you bruce writes:

Thats pretty cool man, I never thought that would happen what with the law suits and all. Good to have him back, just in time for the Rust In Peace tour as well.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 11:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. cudos to paul, fuck you bruce writes:

Now if only Chris Poland rejoins and they all get back on the heroin.

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 11:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. jbalanzar writes:

Awesome news!!!! Made my day for sure!

# Feb 8, 2010 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. METAL213 writes:

YYEEEEEEESSS! So great to have D.E. back in the group. Nothing against James Lomenzo, but Ellefson will always be THE Megadeth bassist. Now I REALLY have to catch this show. I wish the best for James and I know he'll hook up with someone else down the road. STAY METAL MY FRIENDS!
Now Playing: "Malfunction" by Cro-Mags

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 12:31 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. DeathCrush writes:

wow, is this temporarily for the tour or permanent? Is james lomenzo fired?

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 12:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. BigEvilMetalhead writes:

From the looks of it, it looks permanent.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 2:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. tallica_fan writes:

great news..mustaine seems to have his head on screwed on with band member choices at the moment. hopefully hes starting to mature. great to have a bit more originality back in the band too.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 3:08 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Dying_Isis writes:

SWEET! Rust In Peace is the best Megadeth album and now with Ellefson back the shows will be even better. I've seen MD 3 times but I was too young to go to concerts when RIP came out so I'm def. looking to catch this tour.

and I guess it's back to White Lion for Lomenzo...from playing Peace Sells to When The Children Cry..bummer, jk White Lion rocked ;)

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 4:07 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. Dying_Isis writes:

WTF? not coming to MI? I have to wait until august for a cleveland show? %#%$%#^%#

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 4:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. wilco writes:

damm great news
he belongs in megadeth his bass playing what makes
rust in piece a master album

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 4:41 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. naumatorrr writes:

yeah. Junior was a motor of Megadeth.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 5:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Peter Parker writes:

Mustaine still sounds like an old woman screeching live.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 7:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. Blindgreed1 writes:

I wonder if Elefson will be allowed to call himself a member of Megadeth now? Cumstain leveraged a lawsuit against him when he left forbidding him to ever use the name of the band in association with himself. Good to see him back in the fold though because he was always the backbone of Megadeth.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 9:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. KMADD writes:

Now this def. makes me want to go to the show at the Murat.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. KMADD writes:

Man I hope this is good for $47.20!!

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 12:26 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. ThrashattheHeart writes:

this literally is the best thing ever. and I(and you if you choose) can see them on two different tours this year. I know i'll be at both.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 12:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. M666 writes:

the price must have been right...
This has been negotiating since August of 2009.

# Feb 9, 2010 @ 1:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. HarvesterOfSorrow18 writes:

Seems to have come out of nowhere but WOOOO

# Feb 10, 2010 @ 3:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. MetalBro4Life writes:

Mustaine is a pr!ck and Ellefson obviously went back with his tail between his legs. It's good that he's back, but it also sucks because LoMenzo got screwed. He's so gracious about this, and admits that this will be good for the "Rust in Peace" tour. I wish nothing but the best for J-Lo, he's a class-act!

# Feb 10, 2010 @ 3:21 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. Dethbass writes:

Awesome news for us Droogies!! I'll be at 2 Megadeth shows this year, can't wait to see the 2 Daves!

# Feb 11, 2010 @ 8:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. killernofiller writes:

Now if only Friedman would return to the fold.....

# Feb 11, 2010 @ 10:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Valentine_no_more writes:

Whoopity-F*cking-do! IDGARA(i don't give a rat's @$$)
about Megadeth. They Kicked Suicide Silence off their tour. So F*ck You!

# Feb 11, 2010 @ 4:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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