Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced that his autobiography – My Life With Deth – will be released on Oct. 29 through Howard Books.
Ellefson penned the tome last year with the assistance of writer Joel McIver, and it delves deep into his personal story, covering his descent into addiction early in his career, his recovery and his return to a Christian faith. He also talks about his studies to become a Lutheran pastor and his current work with MEGA Life! Ministries.
“My autobiography is not the usual tale of rock ‘n’ roll woe, but rather something I hope will truly inspire people,” Ellefson said in a statement. ”I have dedicated my life to my craft, and I wanted to share the story of how a kid with a bass guitar and the dream of rock stardom literally risked it all to move from the farm in Minnesota to Los Angeles, and with a lot of hard work, sacrifice and a little luck along the way, made the dream come true.”
Megadeth is set to embark on Gigantour on July 3 in Guilford, N.H., along with Black Label Society, Device, Hellyeah, Newsted and Death Division.
Click here to see a full list of tour dates. And for a taste of Megadeth’s epic live performance, check out video from the band’s recent stop in the U.K. after the jump. Continue reading →
Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick recently talked to Guitar World about how he almost quit high school because of his love affair with the guitar.
That is, until his mom spoke out against the idea.
“When I was in high school, I almost dropped out because I was so into guitar,” he said. “All I wanted to do was play. I went to my mom one day and said, ‘I can’t deal with school anymore, and I know I want to play guitar.’ My mom begged me not to drop out of school, so I stayed there for another week, and during that week I discovered that you could actually go to college for guitar.”
That’s precisely what he did. Broderick stayed in school and pursued a degree in classical guitar performance at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music – which explains the classical influence in the face-melting solos he writes for Megadeth.
An Iron Maiden show is always an epic production, and their recent set at Download in the U.K. was no exception.
To kick off the proceedings, the metal heavyweights had a Spitfire fighter plane zip over the crowd at Donington Park in Leicestershire before they ripped into “Moonchild” from their 1988 album Seventh Son of a Seventh Son.
Check out the flyby and some fan-shot video of the performance below and visit Iron Maiden’s official website for more information.