Earlier this year, former Megadeth members David Ellefson and Jeff Young announced that they would be teaming up as Kings of Thrash (alongside ex-guitarist Chris Poland) to embark on a four-hour tour. “MEGA Years” shows across the United States this fall. . Despite what you might think, they’re not too worried about what Megadeth mastermind Dave Mustaine thinks about it.
In a recent chat (September 15) with the Rock Interview series YouTube channel, interviewer Thomas S. Orwat, Jr. spoke with Young about upcoming gigs (which Kings of Thrash will play in 1985 Killing is my business… and business is good! and 1988 So far, so good… So what! in their entirety).
When asked if he, Poland and/or Ellefson had heard of Mustaine about their new band and plans, he answered very candidly. As transcribed by Blabbermouth:
We really don’t care [about Mustaine’s reaction]. I’m not paying attention. . . . For us, it’s not about grudges or retaliation; it’s a celebration of the music that we were all a part of, that we helped create. And it’s fun for us to do that. . . . It’s a win-win – it’s a win for us, and it’s a win for [Mustaine], because performance royalties, whatever. . . if we included live tracks, he would make money off of it. He promotes albums that fans will hopefully come back to buy, which puts money in his pocket. . . . For us, it’s all about positivity. We are all in the moment – we live in the present moment and we don’t look beyond it. . . . Because we know what our intention is, and intention is everything. And our intention is positive. We like to play together. . . .It’s just something the fans wanted, and you want to give the fans what they want.
Speaking about the trio’s chemistry and rehearsals so far, Young added that there was no “toxicity in the room” and everything “sounded so good.”
“We didn’t have that musicality back then, so to be able to have the luxury and the opportunity to play those songs in these later years when we’ve had all of this growth as musicians and as people, it’s “It’s the coolest thing ever. I can’t even believe this is happening. I kiss the floor every day,” he gloated.
You can watch the full interview below.
Jeff Young talks about “MEGA Tour” with Rock Interview Series
Of course, the Kings of Thrash will also feature vocalist/guitarist Chaz Leon and drummer Fred Aching, and you can see their tour dates below. Also, you can get tickets here.
Kings of Thrash Fall 2022 Tour Dates
October 12 – San Diego, CA @Brick by Brick
October 13 – Phoenix, Arizona @ Crescent Ballroom
October 14 – Las Vegas, Nevada @ The Space
October 15 – West Hollywood, CA @ Whiskey A Go-Go
Meanwhile, Megadeth is still touring with Five Finger Death Punch, and you can get tickets here.