David Ellefson








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David Ellefson

Vital Stats

DOB: November 12
Birthplace: Jackson, MN
Height: 5’9”
Weight: 160 lbs.
Eyes: Hazel
Hair: Auburn
Status: Married
Children: Roman and Athena
First Band: TOZ
Other Bands: F5


Band/Album: Judas Priest Unleashed In The East Movie: The Great OZ
Meal/Food: Italian
Book: The Firm by John Girsham
Historical Figure: Steve Jobs
Holiday: Christmas
Megadeth Solo: "Super Collider" and "Burn"
Venue: Wherever I'm at that night!
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live
Hobbies: Sports with my kids, charity work
Cliché: "it is what it is and it aint what you thought it'd be"
Bass Guitar: Jackson Signature Concert and Kellybird basses
Sport: Summer
Album cover from a band: Judas Priest "Unleashed In The East"
Season: Christmas
Number: 2
Piece of technology: iPhone
Vacation Spot: Costa Rica
Websites: www.jokesdaily.com
Christmas/holiday song: Angels We Have Heard On High
Song from Dystopia: Post American World


Most memorable concert: "Rust In Peace Live"
What do you like to do to relax while touring: Watch movies, go to the gym
Occupation if not a musician: Communications person
Musical Influences: KISS, Al Dimeola, Judas Priest, Stanley Clarke, AC/DC
First concert ever seen: Kiss "Rock and Roll Over"
Fondest memory: Watching my children grow up
Advice to other bands/musicians: Play for the enjoyment of it....the audience can tell!
Most memorable tour story/experience: Gigantour 2012
Most Important Life Lesson: Keep all doors open, always.
Who would you want to play you in a movie? Owen Wilson
Morning person or night owl? Night owl
Where/when would you go in a time machine? To another dimension of existence
Who do you think Vic Rattlehead was when he was alive? A bad dude!
What 3 items would you want with you on a desert island other than food and water? iPhone, coffee and sunscreen
What is the last book you read? Dean Koontz
What is your must-have travel item when you’re on tour? Laptop and iPhone
What is your favorite part of the process when you’re recording or preparing to record an album? Trying new ideas in the studio because some of the best inspiration happens on the spot.


  • Jackson David Ellefson Signature Concert Basses; four and five string
  • Jackson Signature Kelly Bird basses; four and five string
  • SIT Signature Nickel four and five string sets
  • 2 Hartke KILO Bass amplifiers
  • 2 Hartke HX810 HyDrive cabinets
Mics for Cabinets & DI:
Other Effects/Rack Equipment: