Dave Mustaine Deletes David Ellefson’s bass lines from the new Megadeth LP
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The Album Is Almost Complete
Dave Mustaine has revealed that former member David Ellefson’s bass playing won’t be featured on the new Megadeth album, which is nearing completion. Mustaine is going to erase them and hire a “stellar bass player” to re-record Ellefson’s parts and also join the band for their 2021 gigs.
Ellefson was dismissed last month after sexually explicit videos and messages circulated online and Ellefson was accused of grooming an underage fan. He’s currently seeking to press revenge-porn charges against the one who released the screenshots and clips.
“I just want to 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,” Mustaine said on the Gimme Radio show. “We are making progress. The record’s being completed, and we’re going to have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had.”
“Hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording,” he added. “Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward.”
In their announcement on Ellefson’s dismissal, Mustaine admitted to having “an already strained relationship” and that “what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward.”