Megadeth Have Erased Dave Ellefson’s Bass Tracks from Their Upcoming Album

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Last month, thrash legends Megadeth parted ways with bassist Dave Ellefson due to an online sex scandal. Several text interactions were posted online between Ellefson and a woman who is not his wife, as well as a sexually explicit video of Ellefson (rumors that the woman in question was underage and that the bassist had been “grooming” her were swiftly proved false). Now, it has been revealed that Dave’s work will not appear on Megadeth’s upcoming new record, as frontman Dave Mustaine has erased his bass contributions.

As reported by Ultimate Classic Rock, on the latest episode of Mustaine’s Gimme Radio show, the guitarist discussed the current state of all things Megadeth, including that Ellefson’s bass parts were being redone by a new player.

“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,” said Mustaine. “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.”

Who Megadeth’s new bassist will be remains to be seen. In the meantime, the band’s tour with Lamb of God, Trivium, and In Flames is currently still scheduled to begin this August, so catch the bands live at one of the dates below:

8/20 – Austin, TX @ Germania Insurance Amphitheater
9/21 – Irving, TX @ The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
8/22 – Woodlands, TX @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
8/24 – El Paso, TX @ Don Haskins Center
8/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ Isleta Amphitheater
8/27 – Denver, CO @ Ball Arena
8/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Arizona Federal Theatre
8/31 – Reno, NV @ Reno Events Center
9/1 – Irvine, CA @ FivePoint Amphitheatre
9/2 – Concord, CA @ Concord Pavilion
9/4 – Portland, OR @ Moda Center
9/5 – Auburn, WA @ White River Amphitheatre
9/9 – Tinley Park, IL @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – Chicago
9/11 – Danville, VA @ Blue Ridge Festival*
9/12 – Wantagh, NY @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/13 – Boston, MA @ Leader Bank Pavilion
9/15 – Camden, NJ @ BB&T Pavilion
9/16 – Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
9/18 – Noblesville, IN @ Ruoff Music Center
9/19 – Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
9/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ PNC Pavilion
9/22 – Rogers, AR @ Walmart AMP
9/24 – Mount Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
9/26 – St. Louis, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – St. Louis
9/28 – Minneapolis, MN @ Armory
9/30 – Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
10/1 – Laval, QC @ Place Bell
10/2 – Quebec City, QC @ Centre Videotron


Words by Chris Krovatin