Guitarist K.K. Downing shared some support words to bassist David Elefson who was fired from Megadeth after sexually explicit photos and video leaked online.
Talking to SiriusXM’s “Trunk Nation With Eddie Trunk“, KK was asked if he considers Ellefson as the new KK’S Priest bassist, replying:
“No. We’re all consolidated now. We’ve actually been, obviously, working pretty hard for over a year and a half now together as a unit. And, obviously, we’ve got all of these videos we’re about to release. So we’re totally consolidated.
“But, yes, Dave and I, every now and again we’re in touch, and, obviously, I did send David a text saying, obviously, ‘You’ve got a lot of friends around the world,’ And he does. He’s not just liked — he’s actually loved. Because he’s such a gentleman. He gives time to… I prided myself in Priest, I really felt I was the one guy that was the very last person to hang out with the fans and just socialize and all of that. But David is exactly that person — he really is — and everybody says that about him.
“What happened — and I talk about it with other journalists and things like that — if this had happened in the ’70s or the ’80s, it would have just been put down to rock and roll. He’s no different to anybody else. We’ve all got strengths, and we’ve all got weaknesses, especially as men, I’m afraid. And so many have kept the doors closed where David messed up and left the door ajar, but he’s no different to anybody else.
”So, I wish him well and everything, and I know that he will, obviously, come back, because he’s so good. And he’s an amazing bass player; there’s no two ways about it. ‘Cause when we did the gig at [the Wolverhampton club] Steel Mill, he flew in. We had one rehearsal, in the freezing-cold rehearsal room. He just got off the plane — and Ripper as well — and we ran through the set once. Then we went out and did the show, for better or for worse.”