Jeff Young passed on auditioning for David Lee Roth’s band because “I just don’t really like his voice”
Former Megadeth guitarist Jeff Young has offered an explanation for why he once ‘passed on’ auditioning for David Lee Roth’s band in the late 80s.
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In a new interview with Canada’s The Metal Voice, the musician recalled the time he was offered the gig as guitarist in Roth’s solo band, saying “Jason Becker got the [gig], which I’m glad, because that gave him a chance to do one really killer project before he got sick [with ALS].”
“And he was a buddy of mine. Once I saw his movie, I was really glad I passed on it. I was being managed by Diamond Dave management, and that’s how I got that offer.”
Asked if he thought he wasn’t the “right fit” for the Roth gig, Young replied, “No, I turned it down… I thought he would end up in Vegas. And that was all the way back then. And where did he end up? I might have ESP or something.
“I just don’t really like his voice, to be honest. And now I’ve since learned he is a lunatic, so I made a great choice. He’s nuts.”
Meanwhile, Young and fellow ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson are currently on tour with Kings of Thrash. The group will release a live CD/DVD package called “Best Of The West…Live At The Whisky A Go Go” on 24 March via Cleopatra Records.
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