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DAVID ELLEFSON Says He And DAVE MUSTAINE Are Fans' Heroes: "We Changed Their Lives"

"We're their f***ing heroes, man."

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Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has extensively discussed his tenure with the thrash trailblazers and his relationship with bandleader Dave Mustaine since he was dismissed from Megadeth two years ago. In his latest interview on the subject, Ellefson says that fans don't want to see him and Mustaine fight, despite the fact that Mustaine has remained largely quiet since firing Ellefson.

"I'm sad when I see Paul Stanley and Ace Frehley arguing, or whatever is going on," Ellefson told the interviewer. "It's, like, these are my heroes. And we're all grown men now, so it's a different kind of thing. But they're still my heroes. And I even think about that with our fans. It's, like, they don't wanna see us fighting. We're their fucking heroes, man. We changed their lives. We wrote songs that got them through good and bad times. So that's why I don't wanna go talk smack. I've had interviewers who have wanted to go there with me. I try not to take the bait. I've turned down some big interviews with people who wanted to address that. And I'm, like, 'Me and Dave aren't talking about it, so neither should you.'"

Ellefson also said that he is proud of what he accomplished with Megadeth despite the fact that he and Mustaine are not on speaking terms.

"My friend Dave, despite our differences and the things we've gone through, we've been friends through better or worse — it's like a marriage; for better or worse. And even though you may not be talking and you may not be hanging out together now, the truth of it is we did something that was just… Basically, it was like we were astronauts who went to the moon, man."

Ellefson is preparing to release a new record with his band, Dieth. Megadeth recently settled a lawsuit over album artwork.

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