May 26, 2020
Megadeth’s David Ellefson to Host Streamed Broadcast with Legendary Photographer Mark “Weissguy” Weiss
On Saturday, May 30 at 7:00 PM Eastern Time, the David Ellefson Youth Music Foundation (DEYMF) and GRAMMY Music Education Coalition will present The Decade that Rocked, the third in their Oh Say Can You Stream livestream series, streaming on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, and right here:
The broadcast will be both a loving nod to all things metal and hard rock ,and a decadent celebration of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss’ upcoming book, The Decade That Rocked: The Photography of Mark “Weissguy” Weiss. The book features almost 400 pages of Weiss’ iconic images, with over 700 photographs of legendary artists including Motley Crue, Guns N’ Roses, Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Megadeth, Twisted Sister, Joan Jett, Van Halen, Aerosmith, KISS, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, and many more.
Complementing Saturday’s broadcast, the DEYMF has set up eBay auctions of signed Mark Weiss prints, a collection of Ellefson’s stage-used clothing and gear, and other donated items.
Weiss was one of the driving artistic forces of the 80’s and one of its most notable “go-to” music photographers. He is celebrated for his photographic work and creative direction on iconic album covers and images for artists including Bon Jovi, Dokken, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, Suicidal Tendencies, Skid Row, Raven, W.A.S.P., and more. And he’s worked in subsequent decades with artists including Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera, and Kelly Osbourne. He’s also had exhibitions in the Hard Rock in Las Vegas and the GRAMMY Museum.
Says co-host Thom Hazaert, “The first two OH SAY CAN YOU STREAM events were a phenomenal success, really beyond our wildest imaginations, and we were so thrilled with the outpouring of support and excitement that came with it. Since then, David and I have livestreamed several times a week, just, if anything, to try and keep people entertained. Aside from raising awareness and funds for the Ellefson Youth Music Foundation and all of our work there, entertainment is what these events are about. And as far as entertainment goes, we are definitely going to outdo ourselves this time around… Personally, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a decade that rocked harder. And we’re truly honored to have many of the guys who made it rock so hard joining us on Saturday.”
Ellefson adds, “We’re so appreciative for all the support from our friends on the first two OH SAY CAN YOU STREAM events, Alice Cooper, Dee Snider, our partners at Cisco, Jackson Guitars, Hartke, Samson, Shure, Peterson Tuners, of course the GRAMMY Music Education Coalition and so many more of our amazing friends who joined, and supported us. It’s always a great time when you can get that many friends together, all with a common goal and purpose. Not only has it given us an incredible platform to support and inspire kids around the world through music, but to bring people together in a time when I think we all so desperately need it.
“And we will continue that with The Decade That Rocked, not only paying homage to Mark, his incomparable career, and the incredible book that it has now inspired, but to the decade that spawned Megadeth and all of our contemporaries. It’s amazing to be able to get so many of us together to talk about it.”
The DEYMF has also set up a fundraiser in support of its SCHOOL’S OUT initiative.
Scheduled to appear on Saturday’s live stream:
- Zakk Wylde
- Scott Ian (Anthrax)
- Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
- Don Dokken (Dokken)
- Tamie Downe (Faster Pussycat)
- Rudy Sarzo (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Ozzy)
- Stephen Pearcy (Ratt)
- JJ French (Twisted Sister)
- Jack Russell (Great White)
- Jacob Bunton (Mick Mars, Adler)
- Mark Slaughter
- Roxy Petrucci (Vixen/Madam X)
- Maxine Petrucci (Madam X)
- PJ Farley (Trixter)
- Jason McMaster (Dangerous Toys, Broken Teeth, Evil United)
- Carmine Appice (Ozzy, Blue Murder, Vanilla Fudge)
- Marc Storace (Krokus)
- Bruce Kulick (KISS)
- John Gallagher (Raven)
- Dean Davidson (Britny Fox, Blackeyed Susan)
- Bob Chiappardi (Concrete Marketing)
- Andre Comeau (The Real World NYC)
- Fred Coury (Cinderella)
- Steve Lacy (FOX 5 NYC)
- Steve Whiteman (KIX)
- Chip Z’Nuff (Enuff Z’Nuff)
- and more!