Former MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that he was recently given the title of baron by Sealand — described as the smallest independent state in the world.
Sealand is a WWII defense platform off the coast of Britain, consisting of a large steel d…
bassist David Ellefson
says that he was recently given the title of baron by Sealand — described as the smallest independent state in the world.
Sealand is a WWII defense platform off the coast of Britain, consisting of a large steel deck sitting atop two concrete towers. It was seized and proclaimed a nation by a pirate broadcaster named Roy Bates
in 1967. His grandson Liam Bates
currently holds the title of Prince Of Sealand
To fund Sealand's operational costs — including two full-time security personnel who live on the micronation year-round — Sealand's online store
sells t-shirts, stamps and royal titles. A lord, lady, baron or baroness peerage costs $44.99. To receive the title of sir or dame, you will need to cough up $129.99.
discussed his Sealand lordship in a new interview with Drew Stone
of The New York Hardcore Chronicles Live!
he said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET
, musician, filmmaker and actor], one day we were talking, and I was talking about castles across Europe. And he said, 'Dude, you can go to Sealand' — look it up online — 'you can buy like a square foot of land of Sealand.' So I became a lord, 'cause that's what a landowner is, is a lord. And then I upgraded to becoming a baron. And then I even paid another couple of hundred bucks and became a sir. So now I'm Sir Lord Baron David Ellefson
, the royal and noble title of the royal family. So I [paid] a few hundred bucks and became a sir as opposed to Paul McCartney
and Elton John
; they have to pay — I don't know — a million pounds to the Queen or something to become a sir. So you can refer to me now as award-winning [film] producer Sir David Ellefson
was fired from MEGADETH
earlier this year after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter
was in MEGADETH
from the band's inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest exit.
In 2004, Ellefson
filed an $18.5-million lawsuit against Dave Mustaine
, alleging the MEGADETH
frontman shortchanged him on profits and backed out of a deal to turn Megadeth Inc.
over to him when the band broke up in 2002. The lawsuit was eventually dismissed and Ellefson
, a Christian who launched the Mega Life Ministries
worship group in 2007, studied for a year at Concordia Lutheran Seminary in St. Louis nearly a decade ago.