Megadeth’s frontman and founder, Dave Mustaine, has confirmed that former bassists David Ellefson – who was recently relieved of his duties with the band following an unfurling masturbation scandal – will never appear in the band again.
Ellefson was fired from the band earlier this summer after online grooming allegations surfaced. Initially, the band stood by the bassist awaiting further evidence as Ellefson first cited that there was nothing untoward about his actions and that he had been manipulated.
Thereafter, further details came to light and Mustaine and band management made the call decision to part company. “We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him,” a statement from bandleader Dave Mustaine read. “We do not take this decision lightly.”
It then continues to say: “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.”
Now, in an interview with Rock Feed, Mustaine remarked, “Any chance on Ellefson coming back later on? The answer to that is no.” When later asked if former Metallica bassist John Newsted would join the band in his place, he replied, “To answer your question about Jason Newsted joining the band, I don’t think that is going to happen.”
With the band set to support Lamb of God on a tour starting in August, a replacement announcement is surely imminent and expected in the coming weeks, if not days.