Between Gigs, Megadeth Rocker Studies Online for the Lutheran Ministry

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David Ellefson

David Ellefson once tried to get a traditional college education. It didn't work out.

Mr. Ellefson, bassist in the heavy-metal band Megadeth, underestimated his own fame. "As soon as I walk in the door" of the community college in Scottsdale, Ariz., "the first kids I see have Megadeth T-shirts on," he recalls. It "was like walking into our concerts." So he traded the classroom for online courses and earned a bachelor's degree in business and marketing from American InterContinental