Mark Weiss To Appear Saturday On Latest “Oh Say Can You Stream” Broadcast

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David Ellefson will welcome a special guest this weekend for the latest installment of the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation’s “Oh Say Can You Stream” series.

Ellefson, EMP Label Group co-founder and Megadeth bassist, will join fellow EMP Label group founder Thom Hazaert Saturday in welcoming famed photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss” to the streaming broadcast.

Weiss’ appearance on the latest episode of the “Oh Say Can You Stream” series is in support of his new book The Decade That RockedThe Photography of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss.  Scheduled for publication June 2 through Insight Editions, the nearly 400-page book features more than 700 images captured by Weiss during the course of his career, such as those of Ozzy Osbourne, Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Van Halen and Judas Priest.  Speaking of Judas Priest, the book features a forward penned by famed Judas Priest front man Rob Halford.

Weiss’ accolades are not limited to his photography work.  He is also known for his role in the creation of album art for records from acts, such as W.A.S.P., Bon Jovi and Anthrax.  He also had a hand in some of the exhibits displayed at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Grammy Museum.

The first two episodes of the “Oh Say Can You Stream” series generated more than half a million viewers collectively.  Saturday’s edition of the series will feature an eBay auction that itself will feature items, such as signed Weissman prints, and clothing and gear worn and used by Ellefson on stage.  Audiences can see the full list of items up for auction here.

Proceeds from the auction will benefit the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation in its efforts to spread music and music education in schools nationwide.  The foundation is an affiliate of the Grammy Music Education Coalition, which also works toward providing access to music and music education in public schools across America.

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Ellefson Debuts Cover Of Post Malone Song ‘Over Now’

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Megadeth bassist David Ellefson’s band Ellefson is covering a Post Malone song for its latest single.

The group — Ellefson, Thom Hazaert, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal and Paolo Caridi — released its cover of Post Malone’s song ‘Over Now’ May 8 through its official Youtube channel and official Bandcamp page. The band’s cover is expected for inclusion on the band’s as-yet untitled album, which is due out this fall.

The song’s arrangement is a heavy rap-rock style composition that adds in screaming vocals and heavy down-tuned guitars accompanied by full-throttle double-bass-centered time keeping for its foundation.

According to information available at, Malone’s song, which is featured in his 2018 album Beerbongs and Bentleys, is centered on the end of a relationship that happened as the result of the revelation about the relationship by the song’s subject.

Hazaert talked about the genesis of Ellefson’s cover of Malone’s song in a recent interview.

“As I actually told him [Malone], some of my stuff on Sleeping Giants was heavily influenced by Beerbongs and Bentleys, which I spent 2 months on tour last year driving around the country listening to on repeat, which was really where the impetus for the cover came from,” Hazert said. “So, it was a huge honor to put our stamp on this song, and pay my respects to what he does, and how much I appreciate it. And I think the emotions and dynamic of the song really lend themselves to the heavier arrangement. Posty is a Rock and Metal guy at heart, and I think ‘Over Now’ is definitely a Metal song at heart.”

Ellefson added his own thoughts to the discussion.

“We’re all fans of Posty, and he’s also been a huge fan of Megadeth and all things metal,” he said. “Aside from being a great song for any genre, our cover of “Over Now” is our way of showing our mutual admiration and paying homage to our friend.”

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Dave Ellefson Debuts ‘Sleeping Giants’ Video

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Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson released his solo debut album last month, and this week, debuted the video for the album’s lead single.

Ellefson, who also heads EMP Label Group, debuted the video Sleeping Giants‘ lead single Friday.  the video features guest appearances from Darryl “DMC” McDaniels, Bumblefoot, Ilias Papadakis (Memorain), Steve Conley (Flotsam  and Jetsam) and Ellefson’s fellow EMP Label Group head Tom Hazaert.

Ellefson talked about the collaboration in a recent interview.

“It was truly an honor to collaborate with DMC, and I think the track came out great,” he said.  “When Thom and DMC wanted to do a collaboration with us, I instantly thought of ‘Sleeping Giants.’  When he [McDaniels] came out to Revolution in Amityville to perform with us and shoot the video, it was an awesome energy.  I think everyone there got a show they won’t ever forget.”

Hazaert expanded on Ellefson’s comments.

“David had all these great instrumental songs laying around, and ‘Sleeping Giants’ was one of them,” he said.  “He suggested I write and record some vocal parts for them, so I called up DMC andasked if he’d want to collaborate with us on a track, and we got to work.  I’ve always loved off-the-wall metal/hip-hop collaborations (E.g. ‘Judgement Night’ — from Onyx and Biohazard) and I think ‘Giants’ definitely draws from that.  The song and video both ended up with a really cool aggressive, old-school New York hardcore/hip-hop feel.  In my book, it doesn’t get any more legendary than Run DMC.  This was definitely one for the history books.”

The video for ‘Sleeping Giants’ was shot on location in Amityville, NY and the Salton Sea in California.  Hazaert and Melody Myers co-directed the video.  It was filmed and edited by Myers/Designed by Melody (Altitudes and Attitude, Escape The Fate).

Sleeping Giants was released July 19 through EMP Label Group and Combat Records.  The record is a compilation of new music from Ellefson as well as demos and previously unreleased material that spans Ellefson’s career outside that with Megadeth.

One of those previously unreleased tracks is the song ‘If You Were God,’ which features a guest appearance from John Bush (Anthrax, Armored Saint).  The CD version features a bonus compilation of artists and songs that are in the EMP and Combat Records stables.

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EMP Outlaw Giving Audiences A Double Dose Of Ron Keel In 2018

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Ron Keel fans will get a double dose of the veteran southern rock artist’s music this year.

EMP Label Group officials announced via press release Tuesday that Keel’s 2014 album Metal Cowboy will be re-issued March 2 via EMP Label Group’s recently launched Southern Rock/Outlaw Country imprint EMP Outlaw.  Along with its release, this year will also see the long-awaited release of Fight Like A Band, the follow-up to Metal Cowboy.  It will also be released via EMP Outlaw.

EMP Outlaw’s upcoming Metal Cowboy re-issue features remixed and remastered versions of the original album’s songs, which featured guest appearances by Frank Hannon Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Travis Toy (Rascal Flatts) and Paul Shortino (Rough Cutt/Quiet Riot). It also includes the bonus studio track ‘Rock N Roll Hell,’ which features Jeff Labar and Eric Birttingham (Cinderella) and Mike Vanderhule (Y&T) on guitar and bass.

Keel said of releasing his music via EMP Outlaw that the decision and progress were natural.

“I knew EMP was the perfect home for this project,” Keel said.  “Knowing David (Ellefson) personally, their diverse artist roster, and the quality of their products and business model told me all I needed to know.”

EMP Label Group A&R Director Thom Hazzert agreed.

“When someone like Ron Keel comes to you and says he wants to be on your label, it pretty much just happens, and that’s pretty much verbatim how it happened,” Hazaert said.  “One day me and David got an email from Ron saying he was a fan of EMP and he wanted to be on the label. So we created a label just FOR him. Bottom line, Ron is one of the most talented Rock vocalists of our generation, and a true gentleman outlaw, and we are honored to have him as part of the EMP family.”

Keel said his albums’ upcoming releases are a new beginning for him and his new band.

“I want each album to contain new original music, covers of some classics that I love, and brand-new versions of songs from throughout my career,” Keel said.

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Kik Tracee Announces Compilation Release, Live Dates

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90s rock act Kik Tracee will release its new compilation record this summer.

Big Western Sky is currently scheduled to be released Friday, July 17 via THC Music/EMP Label Group/Amped.  The record will feature a collection of B-Sides, Demos and other rarities from the band’s classic No Rules/Field Trip era prior to its break-up in the early 90s.

In discussing the upcoming release of Big Western Sky, Shareaux said its release happened naturally.

“After all these years, why a Kik Tracee release now?  The timing just felt right,” Shareaux said.  We’ve been sitting on these songs for what, 25 years now?  Kinda pulled them out recently and listened to the stuff and know..let’s package this stuff and put it out there for the diehard fans to relive the glory days, if you will.  Or just get their Kik Tracee on, man.”

Shareaux added discussions with Thom Hazaert and representatives with THC Music led to the compilation’s creation and its upcoming release.

The announcement of the record’s impending release comes fresh on the heels of former front man Stephen Shareaux’s addition to this weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffe Company’s first brick and mortar store in Jackson, MN.  That performance is just one of a handful of live acoustic dates that Shareaux will perform this spring.  His current live schedule is noted below.

Dates are as follows:

4/5 Live Wire – Chicago, IL
4/6 Rock N Roll Land – Green Bay, WI
4/7-4/9 Ellefson Coffee Co – Jackson, MN
4/10 Aster Cafe – Minneapolis, MN

Shareaux will be joined by his one-time band mate, guitarist Drew Fortier for the tour.  Fortier also performs with Shareaux as a member of Zen From Mars, which also features Shareaux on vocals, Chip Z’nuff of E’nuff ‘Z nuff and members of FLIPP and Fear Factory.

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Ellefson Coffee Company Grand Opening Celebration Grows Again

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Next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s first brick and mortar store keeps growing.

The festivities for next weekend’s grand opening of Ellefson Coffee Company’s Jackson, MN store now include performances by two more acts.  Kik Tracee/Zen From Mars vocalist Stephen Shareaux and Bang Tango/Zen From Mars guitarist Drew Fortier will perform at the store throughout the weekend.  The duo will perform songs from Kik Tracee and Zen From Mars over the weekend.

Also added to the weekend’s festivities is Bryn Arens, front man of beloved local Minneapolis-based band FLIPP.  Arens, Shareaux and Fortier are just the latest additions to next weekend’s grand opening celebration. Local Jackson, MN-based stock car racer Luke Sathoff’s Ellefson Coffee Company-sponsored car will be on display at the store throughout the weekend, too.

The newly noted additions to next weekend’s festivities join already announced celebrities That Metal Show co-host Don Jamieson and paranormal author and investigator Adrian Lee.

Jamieson will be at the store April 8 while Lee will lead Ellefson and others on an exploration of Loon Lake Cemetery, the local Jackson, MN cemetery that inspired Megadeth’s hit song ‘Mary Jane.’

The permanently displayed “Museum of Deth,” which features artifacts and memorabilia from Ellefson’s personal collection. The items that will be on display include Ellefson’s own high school marching band uniform and memorabilia from other acts including Korn, Machine Head, Max Cavalera and Coal Chamber.

Ellefson said in a recent interview he was looking forward to next weekend’s events.

“As the grand opening draws nearer, it’s amazing to see the excitement build and be able to announce some more killer things we have planned for the grand opening and beyond!,” Ellefson said.  “We have people traveling from all over the country to join us in this celebration of all things coffee and metal and we’re going to show them all a great time.”

Ellefson Coffee Company Marking Director Thom Hazaert agreed.

“The Ellefson Coffee Company store has turned out to be an amazing way for David to have a permanent face in his hometown, while being able to tie in EMP, Jackson, Dean, SIT and everything else in our universe,” Hazaert said.  “With the huge sense of Megadeth history in Jackson, we are excited to be able to create a really unique an amazing fan (and coffee) experience that, as predicted, is turning out to not only be a highlight for the people of Jackson, but a destination for Megadeth fans from around the world.”

Ellefson Coffee Company’s new brick and mortar store sells more than just coffee.  It also serves as an outlet for anyone looking to purchase products from Ellefson’s EMP Label Group, Jackson Guitars, SIT Strings, Puck Hcky, Dean Guitars and other companies connected with Ellefson and EMP Label Group.

Ellefson Coffee Company’s grand opening will take place Friday, April 7 – Sunday, April 9 at 404 2nd Street, Jackson, MN.  The store can be contacted by phone at 507-847-4065.  More information on Ellefson Coffee Company is available online now at:









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