Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On David Ellefson: “I’ll Forgive Him A Thousand Times. I Just Won’t Play Music With Him Anymore.”

During a recent interview with Metal Hammer, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine further opened up about his decision to part ways with David Ellefson. As previously reported, the frontman fired the bassist due to a sex video scandal that involved him masturbating with a young woman online.

Mustaine said the following:

“I have made mistakes myself and so I know what it feels like to have people gunning for you. But what we had to remember is that Megadeth has a lot of moving parts to it. There are four bandmembers, you’ve got their families, their management companies, the agencies, all of their technicians and on and on and on.

I can tell you, I’ve made decisions in the past that were detrimental to the security of the band, and I know what harm that caused. But I don’t want to be saying anything about anyone who is unable to defend themselves.

God, it’s so hard to tap-dance around this…

Let me just say this – it was a hard decision that had to be made. There were a lot of people involved and I had to make a decision, because unfortunately, when you’re the leader, you’re the one that has to suck it up and face the music.

All I wanted to do was make a clean break, and not hurt anyone, not hurt the fans and not hurt him. I just wanted to move on, and I hope the gentleman concerned is doing okay. I imagine there was some adjustment that had to take place when it happened.

It was hard for me when I lost my job. But I’ve forgiven him before when he sued me and I’ll forgive him a thousand times. I just won’t play music with him anymore.”

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine On David Ellefson: “It Was Hard On Me Letting Him Go”

During a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine opened up about his decision to part ways with David Ellefson. As previously reported, the frontman fired the bassist due to a sex video scandal that involved him masturbating with a young woman online. Mustaine said the following:

“With everything that had taken place over the past, 10, 20 years with my relationship with our past bass player, it just became time to… it’s so uncomfortable for me to talk about. It was hard on me letting him go. And I’m happier now than I’ve ever been.”

Megadeth To Release New Album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” In September, Premiere “We’ll Be Back” Music Video

Megadeth have officially revealed the details for their new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!.” The effort will be released on September 2 and it can be pre-ordered HERE. An official video for the record’s first single, “We’ll Be Back,” can be found below:

“The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” Track Listing:

01. “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”
02. “Life In Hell”
03. “Night Stalkers” (feat. Ice-T)
04. “Dogs Of Chernobyl”
05. “Sacrifice”
06. “Junkie”
07. “Psychopathy”
08. “Killing Time”
09. “Soldier On!”
10. “Célebutante”
11. “Mission To Mars”
12. “We’ll Be Back”
13. “Police Truck” (Dead Kennedys cover)
14. “This Planet’s On Fire (Burn In Hell)” (Sammy Hagar cover) (feat. Sammy Hagar)

Megadeth Launch Website For New Album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”

Megadeth have launched a new website for their upcoming album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!.” That effort is currently expected to be released in September with a new single set to debut on June 23. The band commented:

“The sick, the dying and the dead are among us. Mark yourself SAFE from Vic Rattlehead before it’s too late at sickdyingdead.com

Megadeth Seemingly Planning To Release New Single Next Week

It looks like Megadeth are planning to release a new song on June 23. The news was seemingly confirmed by a new teaser image on the band’s social media accounts. The track will appear on the band’s new album “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!,” which is now expected to be released in September.

Megadeth Officially Name James LoMenzo As Their Permanent Bassist

Megadeth have officially welcomed James LoMenzo back to the band as their permanent bassist. This news comes after the musician was previously serving as a fill-in following the departure of David Ellefson.

The group commented:

“Megadeth announce bass player James LoMenzo as a permanent member of the band. LoMenzo was Megadeth’s bass player in the mid-2000s and recently stepped back in as a touring member for The Metal Tour of the Year. LoMenzo now officially rejoins the Megadeth family.

Frontman Dave Mustaine added:

“I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family. James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it’s been a blast having him back, we thought let’s make it permanent.”

LoMenzo continued:

“I’m so excited to rejoin Megadeth and move forward full steam into the next phase of this iconic band’s history! With Dave, Kiko and Dirk there’s no stopping us! It just feels great to be home again.”

Former Megadeth Members David Ellefson, Jeff Young, & Chris Poland To Perform At “Days Of The Dead” Convention

Former Megadeth members David Ellefson, Jeff Young, and Chris Poland will be performing at the upcoming “Days Of The Dead” convention in Rosemont, IL. That event will take place at Crowne Plaza O’Hare on November 18-20. The aforementioned musicians will perform on November 18 alongside the Metallica tribute band Hardwired.

Life Of The Late Nick Menza (Ex-Megadeth) To Be Celebrated During Upcoming Livestream

The late Nick Menza (ex-Megadeth) is set to be honored with a special livestream event on May 21 at 1 p.m. PST / 4 p.m. EST. The virtual celebration of life will be available to watch on YouTube and it will include a behind-the-scenes sneak peek at the upcoming documentary “This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza,” a listening party for its soundtrack, brand new video content, and more. The event will be hosted by executive producer and film director Holly Mollohan (Screaming Butterfly Entertainment) and David Ellefson (ex-Megadeth). The duo will answer questions about the new film and will also chat with special guests.

[via Blabbermouth]

Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine Calls Out Aggressive Security Guard During Nashville, TN Show

During Megadeth’s May 6 show at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN, Dave Mustaine called out a security guard for getting rough with fans. The frontman said the following:

“Hey, mister security dude. You there. Stop interfering with our show. Okay? You don’t need to go up on the fucking barricade and point at people. Everybody’s having fun. Cool it or I’ll ask for you to be taken out of the pit. Do you understand me? Do we have a fucking understanding here? Don’t do it again.”

He then addressed the crowd:

“I’m sorry, you guys. It’s just I don’t want your show to be fucked with by a bunch of fucking people that don’t know why they’re here.”

[via Metal Injection]