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May 25, 2020


MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson performed with the MEGADETH tribute band WOKE UP DEAD before a meet-and-greet and signing session on August 4 at Warwick’s Books in La Jolla, California. Joining them on vocals was Ellefson‘s partner, and “More Life With Deth” book co-author, Thom Hazaert. Video footage can be seen below (courtesy of YouTube user “The Nerdy Book Fairy”).

Ellefson recently released a video for “Sleeping Giants”, the title track of his debut solo release, in stores now via Combat Records. “Sleeping Giants” is a companion release to Ellefson‘s latest memoir, “More Life With Deth”, in stores now via Jawbone Press. The track features lead vocals by Hazaert, and legendary hip-hop MC Daryl “DMC” McDaniels, plus guest appearances by Steve Conley (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), Ethan Brosh, ex-GUNS N’ ROSES guitarist Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, and Ilias Papadakis (MEMORAIN).

“More Life With Deth” is the follow up to Ellefson‘s celebrated “My Life With Deth”, and delves deeper into the later stages of Ellefson‘s career, as well as a thorough exploration of the earliest days of MEGADETH and beyond.

“Sleeping Giants” is a retrospective featuring several new tracks, plus a collection of demos, and unreleased material spanning David‘s career outside of MEGADETH, including the unreleased demo “If You Were God”, featuring John Bush (ANTHRAX, ARMORED SAINT), and several unreleased demos featuring former HOUSE OF LORDS/GIUFFRIA vocalist David Glen Eisley. The CD version will also include a second bonus disc, featuring a compilation of EMP and Combat Records artists, including WRATH, LAST CRACK, DOYLE, ARISE IN CHAOS, SUNFLOWER DEAD, Marc Rizzo, and more.

Produced by Ellefson and Hazaert, with additional production from ICON guitarist John Aquilino at the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, “Sleeping Giants” also features a multitude of guests including former MEGADETH guitarist Chris Poland, Ken Mary (ALICE COOPER, FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), Steve Conley (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM, F5), Eric AK (FLOTSAM AND JETSAM), Ethan Brosh, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal, Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence of DEAD BY WEDNESDAY, Mark Tremonti, Illias Papadakis (MEMORAIN), Dave McClain (MACHINE HEAD, SACRED REICH), Joey Radziwill (SACRED REICH), and a remix by “Game Of Thrones” star Kristian Nairn (Hodor).

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