Megadeth‘s Dave Mustaine has recently commented on his relationship with the metal band’s former bassist, David Ellefsonin light of Megadeth’s new single, “We’ll be back.“The song arrived Thursday (June 23); their 16th album will be published in September.
Last year, Ellefson was released from the group after a sex scandal there were sensitive recordings of the bassist popping up online. Replacement bassist James LoMenzo joined the outfit last month. Testament‘s Steve Di Giorgio entered it record bass on the album.
“With everything that had happened over the last 10, 20 years with my relationship with our former bassist,” says Mustaine Rolling stones this week, “it was just time to … it’s so uncomfortable for me to talk about.”
However, he continues, “It was hard for me to let go of him. And I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.”
In fact, Mustaine Di Giorgio calls “one of the just really amazingly talented players” and adds about Megadeth in general: “It’s a different camp now and I’m really happy. I feel totally encouraged. I feel I’ve reached my step., as if my best years are ahead of me right now. “
When Megadeth first learned about Ellefson’s controversial situation last year, it seemed to consider their options for the musician as they said in a statement“As far as creativity and business are concerned, we all know each other. However, there are clearly aspects of David’s privacy that he has kept to himself.”
In the end, however, the band’s decision on the bassist’s tenure in Megadeth was clear. This is not the first time the two parties have parted ways. Although he is a Megadeth co-founder, Ellefson missed the first six years of the act’s comeback after 2004.
Meanwhile, Megadeth’s “We’ll Be Back” marks the Mustaine-led band’s studio debut as drummer Dirk Verbeuren, who joined in 2016 but had not yet contributed to LP. The resulting album, The sick, the dying … and the dead! arrives in full on Sept. 2.
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