Dave Ellefson: Here’s What I Think About Mustaine Refusing to Play Some Megadeth Songs Due to Religious Beliefs

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson discussed frontman Dave Mustaine's refusal to perform the band's 1986 tunes "The Conjuring" and "Good Mourning/Black Friday" during live concerts, explaining to Mitch Lafon:

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“Dave’s got a couple [of songs that he really feels, ‘I don’t wanna stand up there on that stage and sing that.’ He’s been open about it and, of course, no one asked about it until he said that, and then he said because it was a conviction to him.

“He was kind of like, ‘Look, I’m not gonna sing those songs. I don’t feel comfortable. I wrote ’em. I’ve got the right to play ’em or not, and I don’t want to.’ So I stand behind him on that. Again, as the author of those tunes, it’s kind of his choice, really.”

A few months ago, Mustaine told 105.1 The Blaze that he was reconsidering his stance, saying: “I used to do black magic when I was a kid, and I put a hex on a dude and his leg kind of got messed up. The other one was I put a sex hex on this girl and the next night she was in my bed, so I think that it worked.

“But the funny thing is – Chris Adler [Megadeth drummer at the time] just said, ‘Hey, dude, can we re-record ‘The Conjuring’ with different lyrics?’ And I was, like, ‘Nah. You know what? Maybe I should re-think this whole thing.’

“Because when I first did the whole, ‘You know what? I’m not gonna be a heathen anymore. I’m gonna clean up my life’ thing, I kind of put some brakes on things I would and wouldn’t do. And as I grow, I evolve in my outlook and my personal journey here, being a positive person and being a positive influence on other people’s lives.

“So as long as it doesn’t hurt anybody, I wouldn’t mind doing the song again, ’cause it is a good song.”

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