Megadeth Parts Ways with David Ellefson
In a shocking turn of events, Megadeth has officially parted ways with David Ellefson. The news comes two weeks after a controversy emerged around the bassist for his involvement in a sex video scandal. Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine made a statement via the band’s social media.
“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him. We do not take this decision lightly,” he wrote. “While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward. We look forward to seeing our fans on the road this summer, and we cannot wait to share our brand new music with the world. It is almost complete.”
The leaked footage and text conversations implicating Ellefson were released at the same time that Megadeth announced a co-headlining tour with Lamb of God. A replacement bassist has not been named, and Ellefson himself has not commented on his removal from Megadeth. He has deleted and locked most of his social media accounts.
Ellefson co-founded Megadeth with Mustaine in 1983. He was with the group until the band until the singer disbanded it in 2002. The band reformed in 2004 without Ellefson, though he would return to the fold in 2010 as a salaried member rather than an equal owner.
The bassist still appears to be scheduled to present his “Bass Chronicles” storytelling tour in September. We’ll keep you up to date as more details emerge.