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Original Megadeth Bassist Returning for Rust in Peace Tour

Undoubtedly a lot of horror fans are also fans of metal band Megadeth, so we’re happy to pass along the news that original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) is returning to the iconic multi-platinum group. This reunion is appropriately timed to coincide with Megadeth’s upcoming historic month-long “Rust In Peace 20th Anniversary Tour,” which launches March 1 in Spokane, WA.

From the press release on the official Megadeth website:

At these incredibly special shows Megadeth will play their landmark, genre-defining 1990 album Rust In Peace in its entirety, in addition to other Megadeth favorites. The backup bands are Testament and Exodus.

Original Megadeth Bassist Returning for Rust in Peace Tour

“This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness,” Mustaine says. “David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked…HARD!”

David Ellefson concurs: “This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career.”

Ellefson will join Mustaine and Megadeth band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group’s current CD Endgame, which has received some of the highest critical accolades of the band’s career.

“We’d like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best,” Mustaine adds.

Below are all the dates/locations for the anniversary shows, all of which are taking place in March. Visit the Megadeth website for more tour dates, including the Endgame World Tour in Europe with Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, followed by the American Carnage Tour in the US and Canada during the summer with Slayer, Megadeth, and Testament.

1 – Spokane, WA – Knitting Factory
2 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
3 – Medford, OR – Medford Armory
6 – Calgary, AB – Big Four
7 – Edmonton, AB – Shaw Conference Centre
8 – Saskatoon, SK – Prairieland Exhibition Hall
11 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat Theater
12 – Greensburg, PA – Palace Theater
13 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
15 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
16 – Baltimore, MD – Rams Head Live
18 – Scranton, PA – Scranton Cultural Center
19 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVa
21 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
22 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
23 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall
25 – Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theater
26 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Amphitheater
27 – Lubbock, TX – The Pavillion
28 – El Paso, TX – Club 101
30 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater
31 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium

Thanks to DC reader Blockbuster for the heads-up!

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