In a brand new interview with AOL‘s Noisecreep, MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson — who battled hard drugs and alcohol before getting sober in the late ’90s — spoke out about the passing of singer Amy Winehouseand how hard it clearly was for her to get clean.
“She’s been pretty open about her troubled life and the addictions, and as a recovered guy, my heart always goes out when I see that happen because there’s a lot of misunderstanding behind overcoming those personal issues,” Ellefson said. “My prayers are with her family right now and all the people in her organization, because it’s unexpected but it’s a reality, and everyone has to deal with it.”
When asked about some people’s belief that being plagued by inner demons is dancing with the Devil — which is along the lines of what MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine was talking about in his recent interview for ABC‘s “Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief – Battle With the Devil”, Ellefson said, “When you’re in it, it just seems like it’s all fun and games, and then eventually it turns dark. And that darkness is where a lot of people can’t get out of. And that’s really the correlation to the Devil. If you believe in God, you’ve got to believe in the devil. And if you believe in the Devil, you’d better believe in God.”
He added, “I actually just got accepted to go into a seminary program within the Lutheran Church; they bring up people within the congregation, it’s a graduate level course. I’m fairly well steeped in the world, and having been clean for several years, that’s kind of a natural progression for my walk.”