In a brand new interview with Roppongi Rocks, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson spoke about the band’s upcoming North American tour as the support act for the SCORPIONS. He said: “It is really a cool bill to play with SCORPIONS. A promoter friend in Arizona brought the idea to us, and right away it seemed like a great idea. We have played festivals with them over the years and it’s a really good fit musically between the two bands and our fans. Plus I think every metal fan loves a SCORPIONS song. Dave [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] and I have always been fans and they are one of Kiko‘s [Loureiro, MEGADETH guitarist] favorites, too. They are a real guitar player’s kind of band. In fact, when Dave and I first met in 1983, we had a friend who was attending the school Musicians Institute in Hollywood and would come over to our place and jam early SCORPIONS songs. We always studied a lot of the European guitar players, because they had a different influence that worked well in metal…mostly classical inspirations. In a way, those jam sessions were inspiring in the development of the earliest MEGADETH compositions, especially the complexity in the solos and riffs. It was a really creative and innovative period that defined some of those earliest songs for ‘Killing Is My Business…’ and even ‘Peace Sells…’. I think the tour is going to see a lot of us reliving some cool memories from over the years.”
SCORPIONS‘ “Crazy World” tour with MEGADETH will kick off on September 14 in Reading, Pennsylvania and run through October 15 in Tampa, Florida.
Mustaine recently said that he was “really excited” about the opportunity to support SCORPIONS. He explained: “It’s somebody I’ve never played with before that we’re actually gonna be supporting. They were so cool that we would step down from being a headliner to support this group.”
MEGADETH has spent more than a year on the road promoting the band’s latest album, “Dystopia”, which arrived in January 2016. The group is currently scheduled to head back out on tour at the end of April, to be followed by a short run of dates in June and July with MESHUGGAH, TESSERACT and LILLAKE.
MEGADETH recently completed a month-long U.S. tour with AMON AMARTH, SUICIDAL TENDENCIES, METAL CHURCH and BUTCHER BABIES.