Niagara Gazette — On Tuesday Artpark welcomes thrash metal pioneers Megadeth to Lewiston for the seventh installment of the popular series. They are part of the “Big Four” in the thrash metal genre, with Anthrax, Slayer and founding member Dave Mustaine’s former band, Metallica.
Formed in 1983, Megadeth has released 14 studio albums, seven of them achieved platinum sales status, and they have received 11 Grammy nominations. Last year the band released a new studio album, “Super Collider” and a live album, “Countdown to Extinction: Live.”
The band’s current lineup features Mustaine on guitar and lead vocals, Chris Broderick on guitar and background vocals, Shawn Drover on drums and co-founding member David Ellefson on bass and backing vocals.
“When Dave (Mustaine) and I met in 1983, I just had this feeling that it was going to be big and it was going to be forever. That didn’t mean it was going to come easy, we had to put in the work, and that is why we have this special connection with our fans,” Ellefson said during an exclusive phone interview earlier this week.
“I’m like a lot of kids from the Midwest who grew up listening to rock and roll on the radio and it gets its hooks into you. I listened to it when I was a kid on the school bus and knew that it was what I wanted to do. I never looked back, I never had a plan B, never thought of doing anything else.”
Rather than following a path blazed by others, Megadeth forged their own path and in a relatively short period of time they garnered a solid following.
“We don’t speak to everybody, but we appeal to a broad cross-section of fans because of our musical and lyrical sensibility. We have had commercial success, but at our core we are heavy metal kids," Ellefson said. "Heavy metal is not this Hollywood dream come true type of music. It’s heavy and it’s working class. We are that same way as musicians. You have got to suit up, show up and get it done.”