Megadeth Parts Ways with David Ellefson

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.

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    Why doesn’t Mustaine inform his fans that he is acting like an old grandma with her girdle strapped too tight!!! So now after alcohol and heroine abuse and then joining the dark side of practicing black magic and sorcery casting spells on God who knows how many people, Judge “Grandma” Mustaine is deciding moral ethical sex conduct amongst band members, that apparently is not allowed when you are a member of the saint choir church group called Megadeth. All I can say like the famous quote in the Van Halen song “Unchained” is…..Come Dave, give me a break!

    • Inmydarkesthour

      I saw them in concert just recently and it ain’t the same without Ellefson. Now I know the bassist they have now used to play with them awhile back when Ellefson was gone before but so what! And I also know that the other guitar spot and drummer role has been a revolving door since the beginning of Megadeths career but so what! What I will always remember about Megadeth is that you were almost guaranteed to see the two Dave’s up there on stage and If you had a Chris or a Marty or a Gar or a Menza it was all good in tha hood. But now you got one Dave and the rest hired ringers that by my ears are all just parodies of the guys who came through in the 80s and 90s Megadeth. I’ll give Mustaine credit for keeping the machine rolling but I think after this tour …….its time to hangup the whole thing before even the mighty Dave becomes a parody of himself. We’ve seen this band go from awesome to super fucking spectacular……now we are seeing it going from meh… meh-meh.
      Sorry Dave but someone has to say it and since you have no loyalty for band brothers anymore…….you gotta take it as much as you can dish it out.