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David Ellefson

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David Warren Ellefson (born November 12, 1964 in Jackson, Minnesota) is a bass guitar player who is best known as one of the founding members of American thrash metal band Megadeth. He currently resides in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is also currently a member of Temple Of Brutality, F5, Killing Machine, but as of 2010 he has rejoined and made Megadeth his top priority.

Early life

Ellefson started to play bass guitar because of its presence in heavy rock music. He then became an accomplished rhythm guitarist and honed his songwriting skills while leading several of his own bands through the club scene of North America’s Midwest region.

The Megadeth years (1983-2002, 2010-present)

Other than vocalist and primary lyricist Dave Mustaine, Ellefson was the only constant member of Megadeth from the time of their establishment in 1983 to the group’s dissolution in 2002 (Mustaine subsequently reformed Megadeth but without Ellefson). To differentiate between the two Davids, Mustaine referred to Ellefson as “Dave Junior”, which was often shortened to “Junior”. He appeared on every album and tour from 1985’s thrash record Killing Is My Business… And Business Is Good! up until 2002’s Rude Awakening. Ellefson’s original playing style involved using his fingers, however, as Megadeth progressed and the music became more complex, he tended to prefer playing with a pick/plectrum. Towards the end of his Megadeth career, Ellefson was not getting some of his material played for the band, which angered him.

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