Big Four thrash metal band Megadeth recently (November 25th) suffered a major loss when lead guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover made a nearly simultaneous departure from the band; ending its most stable line-up of seven years. According to founding member and bassist Dave Ellefson however, this does not mean the end of the band. They are currently "looking at all the options" laid out before them.
According to Blabbermouth, Ellefson said the following in a recent online chat with Megadeth's official fan club The Megadeth Cyber Army:
"As you can probably tell by me being here today, we are not disbanding. As of right now, we are looking at all the options, of which there are many. We'll certainly continue working on the new songs for the next record, Hopefully that brings everyone up to speed on things as of today. Thank you for all of your kind words, concerns and support to us."
Naturally many fans are hoping to see the return of the "classic" line-up of Megadeth, including lead guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. This was the line-up that worked together from the majority of the 90's. However, I don't see this happening due to not only the friction between them but also the fact that Friedman is off in Japan busy making J-rock/metal and Menza is currently working with former Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Poland and bassist James LoMenzo on an album that should be out some time next year.
Personally, I'm sad for Megadeth because I know how much losing a good chunk of your band in one go can feel. It sucks. However, maybe this is a chance for band leader and rhythm guitarist/lead vocalist Dave Mustaine to chill for a bit and get some fresh ideas as they search for new members. The last couple of Megadeth records haven't been quite up to snuff in comparison to what they have put out in the past. I think Mustaine has kind of lost his edge ever since he got older and lost his anger. The rage is what fueled his music and his live performances. Hopefully he takes the time to reflect on this so that something new and better can be released.