Dave Mustaine is willing to forgive David Ellefson, but ‘will not play music with him anymore’

Megadeth conductor Dave Mustaine said he is willing to forgive the former bassist of the heavy metal act, David Ellefson. But he is reluctant to play music with him again.

That’s how Mustaine put it Metal hammer in an open conversation on Friday (June 24).

Megadeth’s new single, “We’ll be back“arrived the day before. The band 16. study album,, The sick, the dying … and the dead! will be published in September. Last year, Ellefson was released from the group amid a sex scandal. Bassist James LoMenzo replaced him last month; Testament‘s Steve Di Giorgio entered it record bass on the album.

“I’m made mistakes myself, and so I know what it’s like to have people shooting after you,” Mustaine tells Metal Hammer. “But what we need to remember is that Megadeth has a lot of moving parts to it. I’ve made decisions in the past that were detrimental to the band’s safety, and I know what damage it caused.”

He adds: “But I do not want to say anything about someone who is unable to defend himself.”

Still, the Megadeth singer-guitarist continues: “Let me just say this – it was a tough decision to make. There were a lot of people involved and I had to make a decision, because unfortunately, when you are that leader , it’s you who’ll suck it up and face the music. All I wanted to do was take a clean break and not hurt anyone, not hurt the fans and not hurt him. I just wanted to move on and I “I hope the gentleman in question is okay. I imagine there was an adjustment that needed to be made when that happened.”

Reminiscent of the fallout of Megadeth’s two years bride from 2002 and Ellefson’s subsequently $ 18.5 million lawsuit in 2004, Mustaine says, “I’ve forgiven him before when he sued me, and I’ll forgive him a thousand times. I just do not want to play music with him anymore.”

Mustaine also talked about the difficulty of the decision to Rolling stones this week and said, “It was hard for me to let go of him. And I’m happier now than I ever have been.”

Last year, Ellefson returned The clear a band with Mushroom singer Vinnie Dombroski and Frygtfabrik drummer Mike Heller – with the singles “Cursed“and”Maddike Vind“Meanwhile, Megadeth’s ‘We’ll Be Back’ marks the Mustaine-led band’s studio debut as drummer Dirk Verbeurenwho joined in 2016 but had not yet contributed to LP.

The sick, the dying … and the dead! arrives Sept. 2. This summer, Megadeth is going on tour with Five finger death blows for one lots of shows in North America. Get concert tickets here.

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