Former JUDAS PRIEST singer Tim « Ripper » Owens apparently closed the door to the possibility of David Ellefson join PRIEST OF KK, the new group Tim trained with a fellow ex-PRIEST member KK Downing.
Ellefson performed a full series of PRIEST classics with Owens, Downing and find outJUDAS PRIEST drummer Les Binks in November 2019 in Wolverhampton, UK. However, when PRIEST OF KKThe formation of the group was announced a little over a year ago, the bassist of the group was listed as Tony Newton, founding member of longtime British hard rock band VOODOO SIX. At the time, it was assumed that Ellefsonthe non-involvement of PRIEST OF KK was due to the fact that its main priority was MEGADETH, who was working on a new studio album.
Monday (May 24), MEGADETH announced that Ellefson was no longer a member of the group, which prompted some fans to speculate that he would join PRIEST OF KK in time to play shows in support of the band’s next album.
Earlier today a fan tagged Owens and Downing and tweeted: “Hi guys, #DavidEllefson Dave is available again !! Let’s rock mf !!! ” In response, Owens wrote: “We have a bass player, his name is Tony« .
MEGADETH fired Ellefson two weeks after the leaked messages and videos from the bassist featuring a woman who is not his wife.
On May 10, several sexually explicit videos of Ellefson have been disclosed by an anonymous third party on the Internet and shared with Twitter; at least two of the videos showed him masturbating. The long time MEGADETH The member subsequently issued a statement on Instagram deny any social media chatter that he has “groomed” a minor fan.
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band’s inception in 1983 to 2002, when the band briefly broke up because the lead man Dave Mustaine suffered severe nerve damage which prevented him from playing. After Mustaine reform MEGADETH with a brand new range in 2004, Ellefson sued his former bandmate for $ 18.5 million, alleging that Mustaine still owed him substantial merchandise and publishing royalties. In January 2005, the case was dismissed by the court, and five years later, Ellefson joined MEGADETH.
Photo courtesy of KK steel factory
We have a bass player, his name is Tony ?? ♂ ???????
– Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens ?? (@TimRipperOwens) May 25, 2021
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