“I think Megadeth is certainly the charisma of Dave’s riffs, his singing…
We were talking the other day… There’s great singers – vocalists – and then there’s guys who just get on the mic with conviction and scare people, and that’s what Dave does.
“He’s just *adopts Mustaine’s vocal style* ‘Hello me, meet the real me.’ It’s believable.
“So the vocal prowess isn’t as important as the conviction, and I learned that as soon as I met Dave – that he had real conviction.
“And I think probably I’m the yin to the yang – I’m the balance to that. And every band needs that too – you have to have balance, because I think that’s what brings harmony to Megadeth.
Discussing the group’s current lineup, Mr. Ellefson noted:
“And now certainly Kiko [Loureiro] coming in has created a real team. I remember when we finished [2016’s] ‘Dystopia‘, Dave goes, ‘God, I’m so glad Kiko’s here. I feel like I have a real guitar partner.’
“I grew up with twin guitar – Thin Lizzy, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, KISS – and I feel like Megadeth has that real partnership now.
“With Dirk [Verbeuren], he really understands from a player, from a student and from a fan, he understands Gar [Samuelson] – the way his fabric of Megadeth in those days – Chuck [Behler], Nick [Menza], Jimmy DeGrasso [who was with us] just a short time, and then even the stuff Shawn Drover played on. So I think we now are Megadeth.”