Megadeth bassist David Ellefson and former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland will join forces for an Australian tour in May. It will be the first time the couple goes on the road in 37 years.
May 22 – Max Watts, Melbourne
May 23 – Manning Bar, Sydney
May 24 – Crowbar, Brisbane
May 25 – The Basement, Canberra
May 26 – Enigma Bar, Adelaide
Tickets go on sale on February 24 via Destroy All Lines.
Last September, Ellefson and Poland met on stage to perform the classic songs of the band “The Conjuring” and “Peace Sells” (with former Anthrax and current Armored Saint singer, John Bush on vocals) on Slidebar in Fullerton, California.
Poland makes a special appearance on Ellefson’s solo debut album, “Sleeping Giants,” which was released last July through Combat Records. The song “Hammer (Comes Down)” marks the first commercial collaboration of Ellefson and Poland since the iconic “Peace Sells of Megadeth. But who is buying?” album.
“It was great to reconnect with Chris, musically and personally, who is still, and always has been, one of the most innovative players in metal.
“When we were working on putting together the record, Thom [Hazaert, Ellefson’s partner] had brought up the idea to Chris of him playing on a track, and somehow it all worked out,” he continues. “Add some killer solos from Chris Poland, on to a song that already features Mark Tremonti [Alter Bridge], Dave McClain [Sacred Reich, Machine Head ], and Eric A.K. from Flotsam and Jetsam, and you can only imagine how incredible it came out. It’s truly an epic collaboration, and we couldn’t be more excited about it.”
Poland added: “Honestly the whole thing was a blur. Thom had told me they were working on what would become the ‘Sleeping Giants’ record, and I asked him if I could play on it. It was great to reconnect with David, musically, and the song has such a great energy. It was such a quick, painless process, and there’s so many other incredible players on the song, Mark Tremonti, etc, that it really couldn’t have been any cooler.”