On October 9, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson might be honored in his former hometown of Jackson, Minnesota with a declaration of a ceremonial annual vacation. “David Ellefson Day” will kick off at Jackson High School, David‘s alma mater, with Jackson mayor Wayne Walter in attendance. Ellefson can even carry out a particular variation of his “Basstory” efficiency to the coed physique and gathered native attendees and media.
The occasion in Jackson would be the official announcement of the formation of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation, a charitable basis which can assist put devices into the fingers of underprivileged and deserving youth, in addition to underfunded public-school music packages, beginning with a donation of things to the Jackson public faculties of donated gear from Jackson Guitar, EVH Amps, Hartke and extra.
Says Ellefson: “I grew up in Jackson, and the music program at the highschool was so instrumental to the basics of my music training, and, actually, served as an enormous a part of the inspiration that I’d construct my profession on. So it’s a super honor to not solely be capable to be honored by my hometown in such an unimaginable trend, however to have the ability to give again, and hopefully assist encourage the goals of the following technology of musicians.”
Ellefson left Jackson within the early ’80s to maneuver to Los Angeles, the place he met former METALLICA guitarist Dave Mustaine, and the pair co-founded multi-platinum, Grammy-winning onerous rock act MEGADETH, happening to change into one of many “Big Four” of thrash steel. Ellefson‘s smalltown Jackson roots have been immortalized in MEGADETH lore as the topic of traditional songs together with the smash hit “Foreclosure Of A Dream” and the underground traditional “Mary Jane”.
Ellefson, who has lived in Scottsdale, Arizona since 1994, can also be an writer and entrepreneur, with accomplice Thom Hazaert, holding the reins of EMP Label Group, Combat Records, Ellefson Coffee Co., and extra, along with a various portfolio of manufacturers and signature merchandise. Ellefson was additionally inducted into the 2018 class of the Iowa Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame, simply over the border from Jackson in Spirit Lake, Iowa.
There might be a public after-party at Ellefson Coffee Co. inside Kat’s Hog Heaven, 608 2nd St. in Jackson, Tuesday afternoon following the ceremony.
Ellefson is presently the center of his “Basstory” world tour, with exhibits throughout America and Europe.
Photo credit score: Mike Savoia