Ellefson (Megadeth) Delay New Covers Albums, Tease Video For Cheap Trick Cover With Ministry’s Al Jourgensen & More


Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has released the below tease of the upcoming music video for his band Ellefson‘s cover of Cheap Trick‘s “Auf Wiedersehen“. This take on the track finds David and his Ellefson bandmates joined by Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen, Anthrax drummer Charlie Benante and Crobot frontman Brandon Yeagley. The full video will be unveiled this coming Tuesday, October 06th.

You can find it on Ellefson‘s upcoming covers album “No Cover“, which is now due out on November 20th on Combat Records/EARmusic/Ward Records. The delay came in part by a massive heart failure suffered by Ellefson vocalist Thom Hazaret, who commented:

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“There’s no easy way to say it, but in July, right in the middle of recording the album, I had massive heart failure and went into full cardiac arrest. My heart literally stopped for several minutes, and I was revived at the hospital.

There was a long recovery, but we managed to finish the record, and secure amazing deals with our friends at EARMusic, and Ward, but obviously we had to revisit our timeline a bit. And literally, maybe a month and a half later we were in Los Angeles, at Al’s house, shooting the video for ‘Auf Wiedersehen‘.

I’m just extremely humbled and thankful to be here to be able to, not only, finish this incredible record, but be able to see it released Worldwide with incredible label partners, which really almost wasn’t the case.”

“Originally we had envisioned ‘No Cover‘ as a smaller, limited release ‘quarantine project’ we were doing for fun with a bunch of our friends, really just to not have to release our studio album during the pandemic. But as it neared completion, and we really got to see what it was turning into, we realized it was worthy of so much more.

I have a long history and friendship with Max at EARMusic, and they are an incredible label, and home to some of our favorite artists, and friends – Alice Cooper, Def Leppard, and more, and we are ecstatic to be able to partner with them for not only this release, but future Ellefson releases as well.

Ward had already released ‘Sleeping Giants‘ for us last year in Japan, and we had secured a deal with them for our upcoming 2021 studio album, so it was a natural fit when we went to them with the idea of partnering with us on ‘No Cover‘.”

Ellefson added:

“It really was a crazy, whirlwind process, not only making such an involved album so fast, but also remotely, during a pandemic, with not only dozens of guests, but the entire band, spread around the Globe. And then, almost losing our singer in the middle of it.

But at the end of the day, it turned out better than any of us had hoped, and really was one of the most fun records I’ve ever made. It’s been great to pull so many great and positive things out of 2020, despite all the challenges.”

The guest roster for the outing includes:

  • Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
  • Eddie Ojeda (ex-Twisted Sister)
  • Al Jourgensen (Ministry)
  • Dave Lombardo (Suicidal Tendencies, ex-Slayer, etc.)
  • Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (Sons Of Apollo, ex-Guns N’ Roses, etc.)
  • Brandon Yeagley (Crobot)
  • Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth)
  • Frank Hannon and Troy Lucketta (Tesla)
  • Mark Slaughter
  • Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, ex-Watchtower, Evil United)
  • Greg Handevidt (Kublai Khan, Ex-Megadeth)
  • Chuck Behler (Ex-Megadeth)
  • Gus G (Firewind)
  • John Aquilino (Icon)
  • Doro Pesch
  • Jimmy DeGrasson (ex-Megadeth, etc.)
  • Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head)
  • Dave Alvin (White Trash)
  • Todd Kerns (Slash & The Conspirators)
  • Andy Freeman (Last In Line)
  • Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars)
  • Russ Parrish (Fight)
  • Christian “Opus” Lawrence (Dead By Wednesday)

The track listing for the two-disc set runs as follows:

Disc One:

01 – “Freewheel Burning” (Judas Priest cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Gus G, Andy James, Dave McClain)
02 – “Tear It Loose” (Twisted Sister cover) (feat. Eddie Ojeda, Dave McClain)
03 – “Love Me Like A Reptile” (Motörhead cover) (feat. Doro Pesch, Greg Handevidt, Chuck Behler)
04 – “Holiday in Cambodia” (Dead Kennedys cover) (feat. Charlie Benante, Bumblefoot)
05 – “Rebel Yell” (Billy Idol cover) (feat. Paolo Caridi)
06 – “Wasted” (Def Leppard cover) (feat. Frank Hannon, Jacob Bunton, Dave McClain)
07 – “Riff Raff” (AC/DC cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Dave Lombardo, Bumblefoot)
08 – “Nailed To The Gun” (Fight cover) (feat. Andrew Freeman, Russ Parrish, Jimmy DeGrasso)
09 – “Not Fragile” (Bachman-Turner Overdrive cover) (feat. John Aquilino, Paolo Caridi, Bumblefoot)
10 – “Auf Wiedersehen” (Cheap Trick cover) (feat. Al Jourgensen, Brandon Yeagley, Charlie Benante)

Disc Two:

01 – “Love Machine” (W.A.S.P. cover) (feat. Dirk Verbeuren, Dave Alvin, Bumblefoot)
02 – “Love Hurts” (Nazareth cover) (feat. Brandon Yeagley, Chuck Behler, Tyson Leslie)
03 – “Eat The Rich” (Krokus cover) (feat. Jason McMaster, Dave Sharpe, Opus)
04 – “Sheer Heart Attack” (Queen cover) (feat. Bumblefoot, Doro Pesch, Charlie Benante)
05 – “Over The Mountain” (Ozzy Osbourne cover) (feat. Andrew Freeman, Bumblefoot, Jimmy DeGrasso)
06 – “Sweet FA” (Sweet cover) (feat. Todd Kerns, Bumblefoot, Shani Kimelman)
07 – “Beth” (KISS cover) (feat. Tyson Leslie, Bumblefoot)
08 – “Say What You Will” (Fastway cover) (feat. Mark Slaughter, Troy Lucketta)

Ellefson‘s full-length debut album is tentatively expected out in the spring of 2021.

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