Saturday, June 19, 2021

New Megadeth album will not feature David Ellefson

Megadeth leader Dave Mustaine has revealed that the band’s next album will no longer include recordings by former bassist David Ellefson, who was recently dismissed from the group in the wake of a video scandal that included the leak of sexual conversations with a woman other than his wife.

"I just wanna thank you for all the kinds words and support as we get ready for this next tour and continue to hunt for a new bass player,” said the rocker on his Gimme Radio program, The Dave Mustaine Show. "We are making progress. The record's being completed, and we're gonna have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had.

"Which should be relatively quick because the person we're talking to is a stellar bass player. And hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording…or, we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward."

Last month, Mustaine announced that Megadeth had parted ways with their longtime bassist, saying: "We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him. We do not take this decision lightly. While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward.

"We look forward to seeing our fans on the road this summer, and we cannot wait to share our brand new music with the world. It is almost complete."

Mustaine co-founded Megadeth with Ellefson in Los Angeles in 1983 following the guitarist’s dismissal from Metallica; the bassist was in the lineup until the group’s 2003 breakup and, while they reformed a year later, he rejoined the band in 2010.

Megadeth’s forthcoming project will be the follow-up to their 2016 album, “Dystopia.”

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