Ellefson, Soto Team Up For Riot Classic

Photo Credit: Anthony Frisketti

Two rocck titans have partnered to re-imagine a Riot classic.

Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson and Sons of Apollo front man Jeff Scott Soto have teamed up to take on Riot’s classic song, ‘Swords & Tequila.’ The original song was featured on Riot’s 1981 album, Fire Down Under.

Ellefson talked about taking on the song during a recent interview.

“The first time I ever heard of Riot was on the Castle Donington Monters of Rock album from 1980,” said Ellefson. For me, they were the USA representatives during the New Wave of British Heavy Metal. And, “Swords & Tequila”, along with the entire Fire Down Under album for that matter, show the band delivering it’s rowdy and high energy rock n roll like no other band in the USA was doing at that time. So, it is an honor to offer them much deserved reverence, as well as a reminiscent tribute to the mighty Guy Speranza, who fronted the band like a god during that period.

Soto expanded on Ellefson’s comments.

“What can I say? This was a classic metal track from Riot that we all knew growing up,” he said. “When David brought up that we should cover it I was thrilled. But when we added Rick Hughes from the band Sword onto it, it truly came to life! 40 years after its release, we hope you dig this new version we built for you!”

The duo’s updated take, which also features Andy Martongelli on guitar, Paolo Caridi on drums, and a special guest appearance by Riot tribute band Swords & Tequila front man Rick Huges, stays largely true to its source material. The most notable difference between the two versions is that the new version’s sound is fuller and richer than that of its predecessor.

Hughes also shared his thoughts on taking part in the song’s creation.

“To me, music has always been the best medicine and that is why in this time of not being able to perform with live musicians in front of a live audience, I was more than happy to participate in this camaraderie of seasoned musicians,” he said.

The collective’s cover of ‘Swords & Tequila’ is available now through Ellefson’s Combat Records. More information on the song is available along with all of the latest Combat Records news at:

Website: https://combatrecs.com

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/combatrecs

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