Grammy-Winning Megadeth bassist David Ellefson has announced the first dates for his Summer 2019 BASSTORY – MORE LIFE WITH DETH Tour. The shows will feature a Q&A/discussion, with co-author and partner Thom Hazaert, about Ellefson’s upcoming memoir MORE LIFE WITH DETH, in stores 7/16 via Jawbone Press, and a full live-band set including songs from the companion album SLEEPING GIANTS, in stores 7/19 via COMBAT RECORDS.
Dates are as follows:
Satuday 7/6 Providence, RI - Fete Music Hall
Sunday 7/7 Long Branch, NJ - Brighton Bar
Monday 7/8 N. Branford, CT - Strangeland (Book Signing)
Wednesday 7/10 New Bedford, MA - Vault Music Hall at Greasy Luck
Thursday 7/11 Waterbury, CT - Shamrock Pub and Grill
Sunday 7/14 Long Island, NY - Revolution
Thursday 7/18 - Pekin, IL - Twisted Spoke Saloon
Friday 7/19 - Lombard, IL - Brauerhouse
Monday 7/22 - Rockford, IL - Whiskey's Roadhouse
Saturday 9/7 - Phoenix, AZ - Joe's Grotto (w/Fatal Malady)
+ More Dates TBA.
Performing with Ellefson will be Hazaert, who handles vocals on the newly recorded tracks from Sleeping Giants, along with Basstory vets Dead By Wednesday guitarist Dave Sharpe and drummer Opus Lawrence, and Hatchet guitarist Clayton Cagle.
Support in various markets will be provided by EMP LABEL GROUP and COMBAT artists, including Archer Nation, Last Crack, Bleed (aka Crawl), Green Death, and more.
Says Ellefson, “When we got the unfortunate news that the Ozzy tour was postponed, we thought we’d make the best of the downtime, and take one more lap around the track to get up close and personal with the fans, and go talk about the book, and play some of these Sleeping Giants songs live.
BASSTORY started out more in the vein of a “clinic”, and has evolved into a full-on live band show, and now with some new material to play, and revisiting some of my past material from other projects on Sleeping Giants, I think it’s going to be that much more exciting. That's the great thing about BASSTORY, it's always a different show. And it’s always fun to get back into the clubs and get intimate with the fans in a way that’s not possible in a giant arena, and that's really what BASSTORY is all about.”
A limited VIP DINNER Experience is available for each show on the tour at this location:
Featuring cover art by Melody Myers (Altitudes and Attitude, Marc Rizzo, Escape The Fate), SLEEPING GIANTS will be a retrospective featuring several new tracks recorded by Ellefson and Hazaert, plus a collection of demos and unreleased material, from F5 and David’s other projects, including the unreleased demo “If You Were God”, featuring John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint), plus several unreleased demos featuring 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.
Produced by Ellefson and Hazaert, with additional production from ICON guitarist John Aquilino at the Platinum Underground in Phoenix, Sleeping Giants is tentatively set to include a multitude of guests including legendary MC Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, who shares vocals with Hazaert on the title track, Ken Mary (Alice Cooper, Flotsam and Jetsam), Steve Conley (Flotsam and Jetsam, F5), Ethan Brosh, Bumblefoot, Dave Sharpe and Opus Lawrence of Dead By Wednesday, Mark Tremonti, Joey Radziwill (Sacred Reich), Illias Papadakis (Memorain), Dave McClain (Machine Head, Sacred Reich), and more, plus a remix by Game of Thrones star Kristian (Hodor) Nairn.
MORE LIFE WITH DETH
In the follow up to his 2013 memoir MY LIFE WITH DETH, Megadeth bassist, and co-founder, David Ellefson continues where he left off with MORE LIFE WITH DETH. Co-written with his business partner, Thom Hazaert, also a celebrated Music Industry figure, Radio Personality and Music Journalist, MLWD picks up after Ellefson’s mid-2000’s departure from Megadeth, through his triumphant return in 2010, giving you an inside look at the continued saga of one of the World’s biggest, and most enduring, Heavy Metal bands.
From the record-shattering BIG 4 shows, alongside Metallica, Slayer, and Anthrax, to releasing DYSTOPIA, their highest charting record in over 25 years, to the massive 2-year World tour supporting it, and winning a GRAMMY along the way. MEGADETH have managed to stay at the top of the Metal world for over 35 years and 30 million albums.
Through the words of Ellefson and Hazaert, and friends including, Alice Cooper, Brian “Head” Welch (Korn), Kristian Nairn (Game of Thrones), Mark Tremonti, KK Downing (Judas Priest), Brian Slagel (Metal Blade Records), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys), Dirk Verbeuren (Megadeth), Kiko Loureiro (Megadeth), Chris Adler (Lamb of God, Megadeth), Dan Donegan (Disturbed) and many more, More Life With Deth is an insightful and personal look at one of the most revered Rock musicians, and celebrated Heavy Metal entrepreneurs, of our time.
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