Watch: Ex-MEGADETH Bassist DAVID ELLEFSON Brings His ‘Bass Warrior Tour’ To Bochnia, Poland

On March 14, former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson performed at Kino Regis in Bochnia, Poland as part of his inaugural “Bass Warrior Tour”. Video of the entire concert can be seen below.

The “Bass Warrior Tour” sees Ellefson gracing select European cities with a captivating evening of cherished classics, deep cuts, and insightful storytelling from his illustrious career. This journey encompasses his role as a co-founding member of MEGADETH, his ELLEFSON solo material, and more.

When the “Bass Warrior Tour” was first announced, Ellefson said in a statement: “I’ve approached my career as that of a musical warrior, always accompanied by my bass guitar. I eagerly anticipate bringing these songs back to the stage, while sharing introspective and entertaining anecdotes about their creation. It’s been a wild ride of low notes and high stakes!”

Accompanying Ellefson on this tour is Italian guitarist and musical director Andy Martongelli, a longtime friend and collaborator who has been by Ellefson‘s side during his solo ventures, “Basstory”, ELLEFSON-SOTO and ALTITUDES & ATTITUDE tours across Europe. On drums is Roberto Pirami (Michael Angelo Batio, Rowan Robertson, Gus G.),on vocals Titta Tani (EHFAR, ex-drummer of Claudio Simonetti‘s GOBLIN),and on rhythm guitar Walter Cianciusi (Geoff Tate band).

Featured songs in video below:

00:00 Intro
03:05 Skin O’ My Teeth
06:18 99 Ways To Die
10:53 Celebrity Trash
14:46 Reckoning Day
20:02 Bad Omen
24:25 Go To Hell
29:34 Like A Bullet
34:54 I’ll Get Even
42:18 Simple Truth
46:36 Countdown To Extinction
51:02 Lucretia/Take No Prisoners
54:35 Tornado Of Souls
01:00:40 Love Me Like A Reptile
1:03:08 Roberto’s Solo
1:04:01 Walter’s Solo
1:05:20 Andy’s Solo
1:06:48 David’s Solo
1:12:20 Anarchy In UK
1:15:19 Symphony Of Destruction
1:19:10 Peace Sells

Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH nearly three years ago, just days after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter.

Shortly before Ellefson was dismissed from MEGADETH, he released a statement on Instagram denying all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan. He also filed a report with the police department in Scottsdale, Arizona alleging unlawful distribution of sexually explicit images of him by unknown offenders.

Dave Mustaine — who formed MEGADETH with Ellefson in 1983 — released a statement on May 24, 2021 announcing the bassist’s departure from the band. In the statement, Dave said: “We do not take this decision lightly. While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward.”

Last June, Ellefson told Andrew McKaysmith of the “Scars And Guitars” podcast that he was prepared for his latest exit from MEGADETH.

“When my departure from MEGADETH happened, a lot of people were hitting me [up and saying], ‘Oh my God. It’s so terrible. It’s so terrible,'” he recalled. “[And I said], ‘Yeah, believe me, it’s not.’ [Laughs] It really isn’t. I was ready for it. I didn’t think it was gonna go down that way; I didn’t see that coming. But the fact that it happened, I was not sad about it. I was okay with it. Because I knew there’s another journey ahead, and that journey wasn’t gonna start until I was out of the old one.

“When you’re in a group, you’re in a setting, you’ve gotta play company man and you kind of go along with the narrative that’s been set forth.

“There was a lot of things, a lot of the narrative in that band that I never agreed with,” Ellefson admitted. “A lot of that band was started on a grudge and a hardship of the firing [of MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine] from METALLICA. That was never my story. I was always a METALLICA fan and I became friends with those guys. I have nothing but gratitude for that group and those gentlemen for what they’ve done for all of us, and I think they deserve the biggest applause. So it was hard to be in a band that always had this saltiness around that whole narrative, because it was never my narrative. So I went along to get along, but now I don’t have to do that. And now I can be on my own path. These are my words; it’s my story now. And maybe the events that happened a couple of years ago, I needed to have my own story to tell. ‘Cause when you quit a band, everyone’s pissed at you; they hate you: ‘Oh, fuck you. You quit. You quit my favorite band.’ But when you get tossed out… And I’m not looking for the sympathy card. You don’t have to feel sorry for me; you don’t have to do any of that. But it’s interesting that, I guess the way it happened… it went down in a way that it was certainly visible enough and on a level that… It was sort of, like, okay, well, what’s gonna happen next? And I just tried to be faithful to just following my heart, following the path.”

In 2004, Ellefson filed an $18.5-million lawsuit against Mustaine, alleging the frontman shortchanged him on profits and backed out of a deal to turn Megadeth Inc. over to him when the band broke up in 2002. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed and Ellefson rejoined MEGADETH in 2010.

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