David Ellefson's Bass Tracks Will Not Appear on Megadeth's New Album
Dave Mustaine says the band are talking to "a stellar bass player" who could become a full-time member
Published Jun 18, 2021Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says the bass guitar tracks recorded by David Ellefson prior to his dismissal will not appear on the band's forthcoming 16th studio album.
Mustaine shared the details yesterday (June 17) on his Gimme Radio program The Dave Mustaine Show, thanking fans and listeners for "all the kinds words and support as we get ready for this next tour and continue to hunt for a new bass player."
"We are making progress. The record's being completed, and we're gonna have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had. Which should be relatively quick because the person we're talking to is a stellar bass player," Mustaine explained [via Blabbermouth].
The frontman added that their arrangement with the new bassist — who is definitely not ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted — will hopefully "be an ongoing thing after the recording. Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward."
Blabbermouth notes that Ellefson completed tracking his bass parts in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville. He would later liken his in-studio performance alongside drummer Dirk Verbeuren to the rhythm section chemistry of Geddy Lee and Neil Peart of Rush in conversation with California's 96.7 KCAL-FM.
"I feel like on the new Megadeth record, me and Dirk have those same moments," he said. "It's Megadeth — it's not Rush, obviously — but in the field of what we do, there were these moments that I was just going, 'Oh my God.' This is me as a kid going, 'This is my Geddy/Neil moment right here.'"
In May, Megadeth officially split with Ellefson after the co-founding bassist become wrapped up in a sexual misconduct scandal. Ellefson denied allegations of grooming, after a video circulated online that showed the 56-year-old interacting inappropriately with a woman many thought to be underage.
In announcing Ellefson's departure, Megadeth wrote in a statement, "We do not take this decision lightly. While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed is now enough to make working together impossible moving forward."
Megadeth's forthcoming album will follow 2016's Dystopia.