Megadeth icons reuniting for first tour together in 37 years

Megadeth co-founder and bassist David Ellefson and ‘Peace Sells’-era guitarist Chris Poland are reuniting in Australia for their first tour together in 37 years.

Ellefson is bringing his solo band More Live With Deth in May and has enlisted Poland as a special guest.

The tour will begin in Melbourne on May 22 before setting off to Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra and finally Adelaide on May 26.

The band is fresh off the boat from Megadeth’s Megacruise, where Ellefson and vocalist Thom Hazaert performed a set of tracks from their debut 2019 release, ‘Sleeping Giants’, alongside Megadeth classics and deep cuts.

Their set featured guest appearances from Megadeth’s Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren and was dedicated to Dave Mustaine, absent from the cruise due to his throat cancer diagnosis.

Ellefson and Poland appeared together on Megadeth’s debut, 1985’s ‘Killing Is My Business.. And Business Is Good’ and their landmark 1986 album, ‘Peace Sells But Who’s Buying’.

With a career spanning four decades, Ellefson is a Grammy Award-winning musician and best-selling author, with one of the most recognisable and distinctive bass guitar sounds in metal.

In 2019, Ellefson also released his second memoir, More Life With Deth (co-written with Hazaert), recounting both the early days of Megadeth and his journey since re-joining the band in 2010.

Chris Poland left the band in 1987 and returned for 2004’s ‘The System Has Failed’.

After his departure from Megadeth, Poland went on to release his 1990 solo debut ‘Return to Metalopolis’, as well as play with Damn The Machine and Ohm (which would later include late former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza).

In 2020, Poland was inducted into the Metal Hall of Fame at a star-studded induction ceremony, which also included inductees Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Prong, Don Dokken, Geoff Tate and more.

In 2019 Poland reunited with Ellefson, making a guest appearance on Sleeping Giants, which also included contributions from Mark Tremonti (Alter Bridge, Creed), Eric AK (Flotsam and Jetsam), DMC, John Bush (Armored Saint, Ex-Anthrax), and more.

Poland later joined Ellefson, Hazaert, and the “Sleeping Giants” band live in Fullerton, California at The Slidebar for a surprise guest appearance, with Mega-fans hungry for more.

From that moment, More Live With Deth was born.

“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,” Ellefson said.

“Playing with him live again was amazing, and the fans really loved it.

“We’re so excited to be able to do it again, and bring it to Australia!”

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