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12.07.2004: No more Mr. Ellefson! (Megadeth)
Dave Mustaine hat folgendes Statement auf der offiziellen MEGADETH-Website gepostet:

"After I found out that I had to make a MEGADETH record instead of a Mustaine record, I contacted the 'R.I.P.' lineup to make the record.

"I was going to still use Vinnie Colaiuta and Jimmy Lee Sloas to make the record, and then bring it out to Phoenix to save me the hassle of rehearsals with everyone, pre-production, the plodding pace of studio time with these guys, since I don't really know Nick's current ability anymore, and have watched the last three records producers say, 'Get a session bassist in for David Ellefson.'

"I told Nick Menza what I was going to do simply, and he didn't need a lot of details. He just wanted to play with me again. I offered Nick cash, a set percentage of the record, and told him the salary that I was going to offer him if we ever did shows again. He accepted, no questions asked.

"I told Marty what I was going to do and he wanted to know what the recording budget was, what the recording fund was, what the marketing plan was, touring plan was, and so on, because he had worked so hard to get his career going in Japan with his J-pop that he didn’t wanted to do this half-assed. Somehow, he missed that I said it was just a record and that it was not a reunion. I offered Marty cash, a set percentage of the record, and told him the salary that I was going to offer him if we ever did shows again. Communications stalled and I started talking to Ellefson. I still am trying to talk to him just on principle and that he is rad and will always be part of the MEGADETH legacy.

"I told Ellefson what I was going to do and he wanted to know what the budget was, what the fund was, and what the splits were; that's it. I told him that they were the same splits that were in force in the contract with Sanctuary, which was that he got 20%. He then started arguing about the splits that applied to when Jimmy and Al were there. I told him that, 'I don't know what to tell you, but Pam just got back from LA and I am going to have to get back to you.' Management called and tried to talk to him.

"He wanted 35%, and they told him that, 'Dave Mustaine's offer is 20%, just like it says in the contract.' They went on to say, 'Look, we really want you back in the band, but you have to be ok with things, because if you are not, then we don't want you here. Just take some time to think about it and get back to us.' He then told him the deadline that we had set.

"Ellefson blew off the first deadline and after having to fly out to LA to meet with the business manager, personal manager, and attorney, we wrote him a letter saying something to the fact that the deadline has passed and that we accept his 'not replying' to be his indication that he was not interested. We also told him that we were going on without him.

"30 minutes later he was on the phone saying, 'Can't we work this out? I still want to be in.'

"I said of course we can, but I don't appreciate him fucking around with my patience. Tell him that the deal is the same and that he has until a specified date to give us his answer. The second deadline.

"Meanwhile, when the management had talked to him they told him that he was really lucky that I had given him my publishing money over all of these years and that I did not have to do this. Ellefson allegedly said, 'I agree.' They went on to tell him the terms that he was asking for were out of the question. He asked that I allow him to continue his current commitments with Peavey and F5 to which I said, 'It would be unfair of me to expect him to forget all of the hard work that he has done in the break.'

"He also wanted the same salary as me and I agreed because I wasn't taking one, although I offered him 2,500 a week while we were on the road. And I only wanted MEGADETH to have priority with his work and there not to be a conflict of interest. He supposedly agreed to this.

"And he strangely said that he knew that he wasn't entitled to any of my publishing, but that would I give him an advance of the money that I was going to get for myself, since he is not recouped, or not repaid with the publishing company, nor the record company. I agreed to give him an additional
50,000 of my own money as an act of good faith and brotherly love.

"He then disappeared until the day before the deadline and when I called and asked my attorneys for an update, which is when they dropped the bomb on me. They said, 'Ellefson says he wants you to accommodate his schedule,' which is fine but the language was pretty aggressive. He then told me that, 'Ellefson doesn't accept your salary as a producer and . . .' and I cut him off. I said, 'Forget it, tell him . . .' and he cut in and said, 'I didn’t even tell you that he wanted some of your publishing again.'

"I was so done I couldn't stand it.

"The deal was non-negotiable. The record was completely written, and there was none of his songs on there, and wouldn't be. This was the second deadline that was passed when he did not accept my offer.

"He then said that I made him 'an unacceptable and offensive offer.' Which was the first time either one of us had spoken badly in the press about each other. He drew first blood.

"I told the management and legal team of MEGADETH to send a letter to Sanctuary requesting that he be taken off of the contract, to which they did without any question.

"I also asked that he be made an offer based on what he would be entitled to of all of the money left over after the recording. Which would equal, based on his percentage around 50,000, plus the 50,000 publishing advance from my personal money, totaling 100,000, but that he needed to be done and have a signed and fully executed settlement in my hands by a specified time and date.

"Now remember, he has gone to Metal Sludge and said, 'I only know what he told me,' about me arm when he saw it, and said, 'I never said no to Dave's offer, and that I am ready to go,' or something like that, which he has clearly said no to.

"I had every right to be mean to him, but I was not. Add to the fact that MEGADETH owed Sanctuary about
2,000,000 and that his 20% of that was 400,000 would mean that I was going to eat his debt, and pay him to go away a total of 500,000.

"Well, the deadline came and 15 minutes later he faxed the contract into my attorney's office, and he knew it needed to be in 'my' hands, not the attorneys. The third deadline passed.

"Although I didn't have to, I accepted this third offense and said, 'Now let's take over the world,' to my crew.

"You can imagine all of our astonishment when we got a call from Ellefson's attorney the next Monday, stating that Ellefson had fired his attorney, and he was backing out of the negotiations. I was staggered by this stupidity.

"Here we have a signed and fully executed document, the guy has been lying about not saying 'no' to my offer, lying about my arm, and implying that I am greedy and cheap, on top of trying to make us all, including you Droogies look stupid.

"David got a new attorney and he sent a letter saying that 'he was engaged by David Ellefson' to basically go after Dave Mustaine and MEGADETH, thereby requiring me to hire a litigator. In other words, I am being sued.

"Now you know why I don't want this guy in MEGADETH anymore. Are we clear here?"
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18.07.2016: Megatour mit Amon Amarth, ST und Metal Church.
06.07.2016: Trommler Chris Adler ist wohl raus
23.05.2016: Temporärer Ersatz aus Europa
22.05.2016: Nik Menza mit 51 Jahren verstorben!
26.04.2016: 360° Video zu "Poisonous Shadows".
13.01.2016: "Dystopia" Deutschland-Tourdates.
25.12.2015: Bärenstarker Clip zu "The Threat Is Real".
28.11.2015: Nächster Song von "Dystopia" online
03.10.2015: "Dystopia" Artwork und erster neuer Song.
24.06.2015: Erste Details zum 15. Studioalbum
06.04.2015: Mustaine präsentiert sein neues Gefolge.
05.02.2015: Werden Anfang März das Studio entern
28.11.2014: Chris Broderick und Shawn Drover verlassen die Band
22.05.2014: Sagen alle Shows bis Ende Juni ab.
05.11.2013: Trailer zu Ellefsons Biografie "My Life With Deth".
21.09.2013: Trailer zu "Countdown To Extinction Live".
28.08.2013: Bringen "Countdown To Extinction" Live Paket.
20.05.2013: Neuer Track... "Kingmaker" online
12.04.2013: "Super Collider" Artwork und Höreindruck.
05.11.2012: Patriot GI-Dave wird vom Militär geehert.
20.08.2012: Asshole Dave in stupider Topform.
29.02.2012: Aus "Megatallica" wird (vorerst) wohl nix...
17.10.2011: Nächster neuer Song steht bereit.
24.09.2011: Nächster neuer Song "Never Dead" online.
08.09.2011: Erste Single und Artwork zu "TH1RT3EN".
09.07.2011: Neues Album, neuer Song als Liveclip.
17.05.2011: Fettester "Peace Sells..." re-release.
09.05.2011: Arbeitet mit Dan Spitz an neuem Nebenprojekt.
28.03.2011: Dave war mit dem Teufel in Bunde...
18.11.2010: Vorbereitung zur nächsten LP im Gange
17.08.2010: Ego-Alarm im Megadeth Lager?
24.06.2010: Bringen die "Rust In Peace Live" Blu-ray!
24.06.2010: Mustaine mit Hetfield und Co. auf einer Bühne!
30.04.2010: Video von Unplugged Session online.
09.04.2010: Stellen den "The Right to Go Insane" Clip vor.
30.03.2010: Dave Mustaine mit neuem Trauma.
18.03.2010: Megadave bricht Show wegen P.A. ab.
16.03.2010: Ellefson's Statement zur Rückkehr!
09.02.2010: Dave Ellefson is back!
19.12.2009: Ex-Mitglied wetter fett gegen Mustaine.
22.09.2009: Zwei neue Filmchen zum "Endgame" Spektakel.
14.09.2009: Offizieller "Headcrusher" Videoclip.
11.09.2009: "Endgame" im Komplettstream online.
30.08.2009: Samples von allen Songs
18.08.2009: Noch ein Song online
28.07.2009: "Endgame" Coverartwork online.
01.07.2009: Das Meisterwerk naht. Gratis Song online!
19.06.2009: Wird "Endgame" der nächste Hammer?
06.04.2009: Die schockierende Mustaine Biografie.
03.03.2009: Stolzer Mustaine gratuliert Metallica!
30.12.2008: Erste Eindrücke vom kommenden Album.
20.08.2008: Mit Best Of im September
31.03.2008: Daveyboy und seine neue große Liebe...
05.03.2008: Mit Cristina Scabbia auf der Bühne
23.02.2008: Chris Broderick eingeweiht!
09.02.2008: Broderick fühlt sich pudelwohl
08.01.2008: Chris Broderick neuer Gitarrist?
10.08.2007: Vollbedienung für Sammler
10.08.2007: Vollbedienung für Sammler
28.04.2007: Endlich wieder in Bestform!
18.03.2007: Neues Album, neues Cover...
01.03.2007: den Schlafwandler runterladen!!!
25.01.2007: neuer Song online!!!
29.10.2006: Aktuelle Liveclips
11.10.2006: Interessante News
26.07.2006: Greueltaten sind fertig und vereint...
16.05.2006: miep! miep!!
08.11.2005: Davey macht weiter....
11.10.2005: Es geht weiter!
22.06.2005: Davey endgültig durchgeknallt?
21.02.2005: beim Gods of Metal
05.11.2004: ...schon wieder weg?
20.10.2004: Das Deth´sche Rochadenspiel geht wiedrmal in die Verlängerung
23.09.2004: Charteinstieg
16.09.2004: neuer Bassist
06.08.2004: neue Single - Soundsample online
23.07.2004: Details
11.07.2004: Details zu Rereleases
05.07.2004: Nick Menza zurückgekehrt
21.06.2004: Single im Anmarsch
21.05.2004: neues von Megadeth
03.04.2004: Tattoos gesucht!
10.03.2004: Megadave äussert sich zu Reunion
15.02.2004: nähere Infos zu Megadeth gefunden
15.02.2004: neue CD ohne Nick Menza
11.04.2003: Dave Mustaine meldet sich zu Wort
26.01.2003: Marty Friedman über eine Reunion
26.11.2002: Ex- Mitglieder zusammen unterwegs
12.10.2002: Ex- Drummer hilft STONE SOUR
31.08.2002: Still, Alive... And Well?
11.07.2002: Neues über Ex- Mitglieder
26.06.2002: Nachfolgeband im Entstehen
20.04.2002: Der Ausverkauf geht weiter
18.04.2002: Ausverkauf bei Dave Mustaine
04.04.2002: Dave Mustaine wird nicht mehr spielen
17.01.2002: Endlich wieder mal sinnvolles MEGADETH Material
03.12.2001: Killing Is My Business Re- Release
02.10.2001: DAVE MUSTAINE SEHR FRIEDLICH
Reviews
02.07.2018: Killing Is My Business…The Final Kill (Review)
25.12.2015: Dystopia (Review)
09.06.2013: Super Collider (Review)
30.10.2011: Th1rt3en (Review)
20.09.2010: Rust In Peace Live (Review)
12.09.2009: Endgame (Review)
24.05.2008: Rust In Peace (Classic)
22.06.2007: United Abomination (Review)
23.02.2006: Peace Sells…but Who’s Buying (Classic)
24.09.2004: The System Has Failed (Review)
Interviews
02.02.2002: Wir machen wieder was wir wollen!
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