Former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson announces his first concerts with The Lucid, releases music video for “Deaths Of Despair”

THE LUCID, the hard rock group composed of four musicians with the bassist David Ellefson (ex-MEGADETH), singer Vinnie Dombroski (SPONGE), guitarist Drew fortier and drummer Mike heller (CROW, FEAR FACTORY), released a music video for the song “Deaths of Despair”. The clip, directed by Fortier, can be seen below.

In other news, THE LUCID announced a short tour of the United States in May. The band will perform the following shows, with more to be announced:

May 20 – Clifton, NJ – Dingbatz

May 21 – New Bedford, MA – The Vault

May 26 – West Dundee, IL – Rochaus

May 27 – Westland, MI – The Token Lounge

May 28 – Akron, OH – Empire Concert Club

Last month, THE LUCID shot four new music videos. Three of the pieces are taken from THE LUCIDthe self-titled debut album by, which was released on October 15 via SpoilerHead Records.

Ellefson announced the completion of the videos in a social media post in December. He wrote: “THE LUCID knocked out 4 clips in LA over the weekend. 3 songs from our first album and one that is full cover that will be released in a few months. What a great time it was! “

“The Lucid” was produced by Heller and mixed / mastered by Lasse Lammert.

Ellefson previously said about the LP: “It was a real blast making a record with these guys and I have to say it’s refreshing to explore new musical avenues… to come out a little bit of what each of us has been doing. stylistically in his own career. There was an effortless synergy when creating these songs together which is always amazing when working with new people. Can’t wait for everyone to listen to it! “

In an appearance in November 2020 on “The Chuck Schute Podcast”, Ellefson explained how he got involved in THE LUCID: “Drew Sent me a track and said, “Hey, can you put a bass in here?” »And I wrote a new ELLEFSON solo recording at the time, so my studio ears were ready. I was plugged in and ready to go. He sent it over and I was like, “Yeah, that’s really cool, man.” I had seen Drew play, I know his BANG TANGO the story and the other things he did. But it was really cool stuff that spoke to me. And then he called me and he said, ‘Hey, Vinnie gonna come in and write vocals and lyrics and put on songs. ‘ And it became a thing. “

“I like [Vinnie]. I like SPONGE, ” David continued. “He’s a rock star. He’s just a cool guy. And he writes such beautiful lyrics – very trippy lyrics. He’s the kind of lyricist I’ve never worked with before, so he’s fun with it. Drew is an excellent guitarist. Mike heller – he is good friends with [MEGADETH drummer] Dirk Verbeuren. And Dagger‘s, like,’Mike‘is great.’ They are good friends. We all met in LA. We composed the songs and we all met in LA in mid-July. I plugged in and banged 10 songs in two days. And it was fun. Mike was very good in the studio; he really knows his way. “

As for THE LUCIDthe musical direction of, Ellefson said: “It’s cool stuff, and it’s very different. It’s obviously not thrash metal, hence the name LUCID. [The name] sort of sounds like music. “

Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH last spring after the posting of sexually explicit messages and video footage involving the bassist on Twitter. At the time, Ellefson was charged with treating a minor through videos and online messages. David denied the allegation and repeatedly stated that the woman in question was a consenting and consenting adult at the time of their virtual intercourse. Ellefson accompanied his denial with an alleged screenshot of a statement from the woman he was allegedly involved with at the time. In it, the woman admitted to recording the alleged intimate communications she had with Ellefson and calls himself “naive” for having shared them with a friend without the permission of the musician.

David was in MEGADETH since the creation of the group in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until its last release.

In 2004, Ellefson filed an $ 18.5 million lawsuit against Dave mustaine, alleging the MEGADETH the leader cheated him on profits and pulled out of a deal to turn Megadeth inc. to him when the group broke up in 2002. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed and Ellefson joined MEGADETH in 2010.

David, a Christian who started the Mega Ministries of Life worship group in 2007, studied for a year at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis ten years ago.