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« on: January 20, 2012, 09:34:32 AM »

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The curious mix of rock and religion has been part of Ellefson's life since childhood. Growing up in Minnesota, his family drove from their farm to Our Savior's Lutheran Church each Sunday. Ellefson, now 47, was confirmed there at age 16.

A few years later, in the summer of 1983, Ellefson moved to Los Angeles and within a week of his arrival had formed Megadeth, named for the unit of measurement equal to the death of 1 million people by nuclear explosion. Soon, he was playing bass on stage with other metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer.

The rock star lifestyle caught up with Ellefson by the time he was 25. He entered a 12-step recovery program and was reintroduced to his faith. And he embraced it.

Ellefson moved to Arizona, married and had children. He joined Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Scottsdale.

"I came from a good family, not a broken home," said Ellefson, 47. "That became a model for me, and I saw church at center of it."
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« Reply #1 on: January 20, 2012, 09:59:39 AM »

Interesting. I seem to recall Dave Mustaine (Megadeth's lead singer, songwriter & guitarist) became a Christian some years back. Ellefson too?

Perhaps I should dig out some of my old Megadeth albums. I used to be a big fan but these days I couldn't stomach listening to "Into the Lungs of Hell".
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« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2012, 11:24:23 AM »

Interesting indeed Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: January 20, 2012, 12:30:50 PM »

I hope he is happy with the decision.   Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 20, 2012, 12:44:28 PM »

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« Reply #5 on: January 20, 2012, 03:21:57 PM »

Question- who is going to take over his place in the band if they do any shows?
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2012, 03:25:25 PM »

Question- who is going to take over his place in the band if they do any shows?

Maybe James LoMenzo would come back? That's one of the bass players that was in Megadeth when Ellefson left for years because of band/legal issues. He played on a couple of the albums as well (United Abominations and Endgame).

Also, Mustaine has been throwing out "this might be the end" talk for a decade now... maybe they really are going to hang it up?
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2012, 03:27:25 PM »

Interesting. I seem to recall Dave Mustaine (Megadeth's lead singer, songwriter & guitarist) became a Christian some years back. Ellefson too?

Perhaps I should dig out some of my old Megadeth albums. I used to be a big fan but these days I couldn't stomach listening to "Into the Lungs of Hell".

My favorite from the first album was "Looking Down the Cross"  Shocked Cool
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2012, 04:30:25 PM »

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The curious mix of rock and religion has been part of Ellefson's life since childhood. Growing up in Minnesota, his family drove from their farm to Our Savior's Lutheran Church each Sunday. Ellefson, now 47, was confirmed there at age 16.

A few years later, in the summer of 1983, Ellefson moved to Los Angeles and within a week of his arrival had formed Megadeth, named for the unit of measurement equal to the death of 1 million people by nuclear explosion. Soon, he was playing bass on stage with other metal bands such as Metallica and Slayer.

The rock star lifestyle caught up with Ellefson by the time he was 25. He entered a 12-step recovery program and was reintroduced to his faith. And he embraced it.

Ellefson moved to Arizona, married and had children. He joined Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Church, a Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod congregation in Scottsdale.

"I came from a good family, not a broken home," said Ellefson, 47. "That became a model for me, and I saw church at center of it."
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« Reply #9 on: January 20, 2012, 11:58:27 PM »

Question- who is going to take over his place in the band if they do any shows?

Ellefson was one of my favorite bassists (though he played with a pick and I do not).  He had some really good licks e.g. Dawn Patrol.

Also, if I'm not mistaken, wasn't Ellefson wearing priestly garb (a Catholic collar) in the video for Go to Hell (From the soundtrack of Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey)?  Maybe it was a sign of things to come?
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