Last year Mustaine said there had been talk about the Megadeth pair working with Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich on an album.
That led to a recent comment from Hetfield, who said: “”I do see a lot of stuff in the press with him talking about jamming with us and making an album. All this other crazy stuff. I read it and say to myself, ‘Hold on. This is the Dave that we kind of wanted to forget about. You know, the big mouth that wants to just go-go-go.’”
Mustaine apologised and vowed never to discuss the topic again, adding: “I probably shouldn’t have said stuff like that.” But now Ellefson has spoken up instead.
The bassist tells MetalSerbia: “It would be fun to do it. I think Dave just threw that out as a kind of wish-list. I don’t know if it’s ever going to be a reality. But a lot of people got excited at the thought of it.
“If it would ever happen, absolutely I’d participate. I think it would be a blast.”
It’s not the first time Mustaine’s public comments have landed him in hot water – and although it doesn’t happen as often as it once did, it’s unlikely to be the last time.
Ellefson says: “Those are Dave’s feelings and opinions. Here in America, with our freedom of speech and liberties that we have, every one of us can voice their own opinion. He says those things because that’s how he feels about them.
“Megadeth has always bee a band that’s about personal freedoms anyway. So for us to be able to say and do whatever we want – provided that it doesn’t hurt other people – there’s nothing wrong with that.”
Meanwhile, Ellefson is set to narrate a documentary movie about the plight of US veterans struggling on or below the breadline after having served their country in armed conflict.
Entitled Shame On America, the film will be directed by Fran Strine and co-produced by Staind frontman Aaron Lewis. The team say: “On any given night not far from your front door, there are upwards of 75,000 veterans trying to survive the brutal conditions of the streets.
“Shame On America tells the raw and tragic details of what life is like as an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran today. Many veterans suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and among them are those whose lives have fallen apart and have become homeless as a result. Severe PTSD leaves these returning heroes on a downward spiral into their own personal hell.”