August 13, 2010 - DAVID ELLEFSON CHECKS IN FROM ‘AMERICAN CARNAGE' IN NEW JERSEY
We're two shows into the "American Carnage" tour and things are going well after a short break following the Canada tour in late July. Tonight we played at the IZOD Center in New Jersey, just across the Hudson River from Manhattan, NY. It was a 'who's who' of guests including Eddie Trunk (VH1's "That Metal Show"), Jose Mangin from Sirius/XM Radio, Rat Skates (formerly of OVERKILL) and tons of the NJ/NY metal crew from back in the day. It was also arguably one of the best mosh-pits of the tour, too!
At one point we were all in our dressing room and it hit me that Dave and I were in New York City in 1986 being courted by the major labels (just before we released "Peace Sells…") when we went to this same arena to see METALLICA open for OZZY on their "Master of Puppets" tour. I recalled having a really good hang with everyone after the show, including a nice conversation with Cliff Burton in those same dressing rooms. Truly good memories of a time when we were all ramping up to our big days on the early Thrash scene. It's good to see it all back in action again with the 'Carnage' tour.
We all played really great sets tonight and it’s good to be out here kickin-ass out with the fans in the USA again. See you at the show when we hit your city in the coming weeks!