Saturday, January 24, 2015

Megadeth's Dave Ellefson Says Band is Moving Forward

Late last year, Big 4 thrash metal band Megadeth lost two of its members when lead guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover quit virtually simultaneously. They both wanted to go a different direction creatively and wanted to try something new. According to Spotlight Report, bassist and founding member Dave Ellefson is not too happy about this and feels as though he is losing family members (as both Drover and Broderick had both been in the band far longer than most other previous members).

Ellefson says:

“It is obviously going to be different without them. We spent five years together with them in that lineup. That's a long time. We did multiple live albums with them, two studio albums, we toured together – so it’s a bit like some family members are gone. Especially through the holidays I’ve kinda been a little sad about it. I realize that they wanted to move on to something else and I support them as my friends, but selfishly I’m definitely going to miss them for sure.”

However, while Ellefson is somber about the whole affair, the band is still moving forward and planning to release a new album to follow up their 2013 release Super Collider. He states that they have already found replacements. Ellefson elaborates saying the fans will be "very happy" about said replacements but he can't say anything on the matter yet.

Ellefson is psyched to be working on new material saying: “Most importantly, we’re moving forward with writing a new album. Once we get into the studio to record it, then the lineup will naturally evolve around that.”

Many fans of the band are currently speculating that former members lead guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza from the band's classic line-up may be rejoining. It would be nice to see such a thing happen, but only if they can all resolve for good whatever issues they have had with one another over the years. I'd hate for it to be like the Kiss "reunion" where really it was just a marketing ploy and none of the problems were solved; eventually leading to the classic line-up dissolving for good. Only time will tell.

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