Grammy Award Winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced a European solo tour, featuring a full band playing songs from his recent solo release ‘Sleeping Giants‘, and other Metal classics. Featuring vocals by his More Life With Deth co-author Thom Hazaert, plus guitarist Andy Martongelli, who toured with Ellefson and Frank Bello’s Altitudes and Attitude, and appears on the ‘Sleeping Giants‘ track ‘Hammer (Comes Down)(featuring vocals by Hazaert and Eric AK (Flotsam and Jetsam) with Chris Poland, Mark Tremonti, Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), and more).

Ellefson published his new memoir More Life With Deth in July via Jawbone Press, which was an Amazon #1 bestseller, along with a companion solo release ‘Sleeping Giants‘, which features collaborations with Hazaert, DMC, John Bush, Mark Tremonti, Chris Poland, Bumblefoot, Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, Ex-Machine Head), Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), Eric Ak and Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam), David Glen Eisley, and more, and which debuted on 13 US Billboard Charts on release.

The tour kicks off November 3rd in Wolverhampton with a live one-off show at K.K.’s Steel Mill featuring a full band set from Ellefson’s Sleeping Giants band, followed by a full-length set of Priest Classics with legendary former Judas Priest guitarist K.K. Downing, former Judas Priest drummer Les Binks, and former Judas Priest vocalist Tim “Ripper” Owens. Former Iron Maiden vocalist, Blaze Bayley will be the evening’s opening support act.

Additionally, the Steel Mill will also host a special pre-show VIP event whereby attendees will be treated to a More Life With Deth book signing event and one on one Q&A session with Ellefson, Downing & Hazaert, moderated by Mark Eglinton who co-authored K.K. Downing’s recent memoir “Heavy Duty Days and Nights in Judas Priest”.

Says Downing, “I am very pleased to havebeen asked to perform a unique and special concert with Megadeth’s David Ellefson to celebratethe release of his new book “More Life With Deth”. The concert will also bring about the opportunity to play again with some very dear and talented metal legends from the past, the combination of these Icons will for sure enable us to deliver up one of the most exciting concerts this year, so much so that it would not be out of place to call this the ultimate ass kicking “MegaPriest” fest, and is one that is not to be missed.”

Adds Ellefson, “I speak very candidly in my new book “More Life with Deth” aboutthesignificanceJudas Priestplayed in my early musical trajectory, specifically the ‘Unleashed in the East’live album with its picture-perfect image of what heavy metal should look and sound like.  To me that album, along with its powerful cover image, capturedthe excitement I felt for anew era of music, one that would transition me from my roots in AmericanHard Rock over to that of British Heavy Metal.Over the years K.K and I became fast friends while we toured together with Priest & Megadeth, and I’m beyond thrilled to perform together onstagewith him andhis former Priest band mates, as we light up theSteel Mill together for a night of molten metal classics!”He continues, “Thom (Hazaert) and I have been touring all summer across the USA supporting the new book and our SLEEPING GIANTSrelease. Plus“Ripper” and I have shared stages all around the world in the last decade or so, and now to add Les Binks in the mix, who to my generation was the ultimate metal double bass drummer, this has become theultimate ‘metal’ family reunion!”

Tour Dates:

11/03 – Wolverhampton, ENG – KK’s Steel Mill (featuring K.K. Downing, Les Binks and Tim “Ripper” Owens)

11/04 – London, ENG – Camden Underworld

11/08 – Bellinzona, CH – Pit

11/09 – Collegno, ITA – Padiglione 14

11/10 – Milano, ITA – Legend Club

11/12 – Bologna, ITA – Alchemica

11/13 – Tuoro Sul Trasimeno, ITA – Supernova

11/14 – Roma, ITA – Let It Beer

Tickets go on sale at 5pm September 18th

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has revealed that he’s been diagnosed with throat cancer. The band have cancelled the majority of their upcoming commitments.

Mustaine announced the diagnosis on the band’s Official website, but said he was optimistic about his treatment plan.

It’s clearly something to be respected and faced head on – but I’ve faced obstacles before,” he said.

“I’m working closely with my doctors, and we’ve mapped out a treatment plan which they feel has a 90% success rate. Treatment has already begun.

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Grammy Award Winning Megadeth bassist, author, entrepreneur, and Metal Icon David Ellefson, in association with Hexagon Booking, has announced a string of European dates to his Basstory tour, a series of limited and exclusive “Storytellers” dates, starting 9/21 in Portland, OR, USA

Dubbed “Basstory: An Intimate Evening of Riffs and Repartee with David Ellefson“, the show combines solo bass performance with David’s celebrated brand of storytelling, as he recounts intimate details of his struggles and triumphs in the name of Rock N’ Roll.

Basstory will also include special VIP meet and greets, exclusive merchandise, and more.

Says Ellefson, “I have always done clinics, and a few years ago did an amazing spoken word tour in Australia to support my book My Life With ‘Deth, and have always welcomed the opportunity to be able to meet and connect with fans on a more intimate level.  These important parts of my professional life converged to create Basstory. Not only will fans get to hear some of their favorite bass riffs, but the stories behind them. It’s not often I get to get into small, intimate Rock clubs, the way this all started, and I’m excited for fans to get to experience this show.

David Ellefson Bassstory / Europe – Presented By Metal Casino:

15 October : BIMM, Bristol, UK *
16 October : ACM, Guildford, UK *
17 October : Rockhal-Esch Sur, Alzette, LU
18 October : 013, Tilburg, NL
21 October : Le Relais des artistes-Les, Bioux, (Reservations via email valprod.management@gmail.com), CH
22 October : Riff Megastore, Warsaw, PL
23 October : Private Club, Berlin, Germany *

*Private events. No public ticketing available.

More dates coming soon!

BASSTORY US DATES:

9/20 Portland, OR – Dante’s
9/21 Spokane Valley, WA – The Roadhouse
9/22 Fife, WA – Louie G’s
9/28 San Antonio, TX – Fitzgerald’s
9/29 Houston, TX  – BFE Rock Club
10/3 Bradley, IL – The Looney Bin
10/4 Lombard, IL – Brauer House*
10/5 Sturtevant, WI – Route 20 Outhouse*
10/6 Ringle, WI – Q and Z Expo Center*
10/7 Mankato, MN – What’s Up Lounge*

*With Green Death and WRATH

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Metal All Stars
Led by Black Label Society‘s Zakk Wylde, the inaugural Metal All Stars tour is set for a one-off stop in London at the O2 Brixton Academy in December.

The lineup (basically a who’s who of metal mastery) includes the likes of Gus G (Ozzy Osbourne), Joey Belladonna (Anthrax), James LaBrie (Dream Theater), Geoff Tate (ex-Queensryche), Chuck Billy (Testament), Ross The Boss (Manowar), David Ellefson (Megadeth), Cronos (Venom) and more.

You can expect to hear some of the greatest metal songs ever penned in ways you haven’t heard them performed by a group of musicians you wouldn’t have seen play together before. So what’s not to like?!

December 16th @ O2 Brixton Academy
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