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David Ellefson: Don’t Blame Dave Mustaine for ‘Rust in Peace’ Megadeth Reunion Not Happening

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Megadeth’s David Ellefson participated in a Q&A panel in Houston, Texas, this weekend as part of Comicpalooza, and MSRcast got their hands on the audio. During the panel the bass player covered a lot of ground, even addressing further why the classic fan-requested Rust in Peace lineup reunion didn’t happen after their drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick left the band late last year.  He also revealed more about Megadeth’s upcoming album and tour.

First things first, Ellefson made it very clear that fans should not blame his bandmate Dave Mustaine for a reunion of the Rust in Peace lineup featuring Nick Menza and Marty Friedman not materializing. Ellefson stated (as transcribed by Blabbermouth), “I’ve gotta be honest with you: Dave, again, was as open as he could have ever been to having a reunion and trying to make it work. And, if anything, I was the ‘bad cop’ of that. I let Dave be the ‘good cop’ for a change. As partners, I thought, ‘He always gets the bad rap. I’ll be the guy, kind of, stirring the waters, and I’ll let him be the good guy.’ And we gave it every possible opportunity for it to work, and it just really… Dave and I walked out of that meeting, ‘Yeah, I don’t think it’s gonna happen.’ And we just really had to be honest with ourselves and preserve the name Megadeth.”

The bass player went on to talk a little more about the meeting they had with Menza, where they played some music. “It’s like, we had a lot of laughs and it was fun, but I think Dave and I felt right away that musically… We weren’t convinced that it was the next chapter of Megadeth,” continued Ellefson. “And to go back and just do a cash grab, it would be short-lived, and I think our fans… Again, the transparency of the metal fans… They would know right away.”

Guitarist Kiki Loureiro and Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler and have since been added to the group to record the band’s new album. Ellefson spoke about their new disc and also revealed that fans may be able to catch Adler on several of their live dates, if things go to plan. “He may play one show with us and go, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I don’t ever wanna do that again.’ So we’ll find out as it’s coming up,” stated Ellefson. “But the goal is Chris would like to play with us as much as possible. And we are still looking to where is the best time to release this new record, so as we’re looking at some dates coming up, they’re not necessarily predicated on the new album being out. And I guess it’s kind of cool thing with Megadeth, we can play shows and not necessarily have to have a new album to go play those [dates].”

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