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Megadeth are "officially parting ways" with David Ellefson following grooming claims


In the last few weeks, the story of David Ellefson has unfurled in twists and turns. Damning screenshots were revealed that appeared to show that the musician had been sending inappropriate messages and explicit material, which were later countered by the band in an official statement saying that they had been manipulated. Now, however, it would seem that the Megadeth have decided to part company with David Ellefson after all. 

The news was announced in a statement written by the Megadeth founder and frontman Dave Mustaine, which was posted on their social media outlets. 

“We are informing our fans that David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth and that we are officially parting ways with him,” begins the statement. ​“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.”

This decision comes only a matter of days after the band declared: “As this situation unfolds, it is important that all voices be heard clearly and respectfully. We look forward to the truth coming to light.”

It would appear that following a further investigation on the band’s part they thought it was best to part company with the accused bassist. Ellefson, 56, co-founded the band in 1983 with guitarist Dave Mustaine, so this decision will not have been taken lightly. 

Earlier this month Mustaine also revealed that he was putting the final touches on the band’s sixteenth studio album, stating: “Thankfully, my partner is coming back out to Nashville, and we’re gonna be commencing on some guitar tracks and solos and some ear candy to wrap all that up,” the frontman told Kerrang. ​

“We’ve got probably about another… I’ve got one song left to sing, and then another song I’ve got one sentence that I’ve gotta finish. Other than that, all the vocals are done on this record, and it’ll be time to focus now on background vocals and the remaining stuff with solos and, as we say.”

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