MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson says that the band will carry on following last month’s departures of drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, explaining that he and MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine are “looking at all the options” in terms of how to fill out the group’s lineup.
Only hours after Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25 to “to pursue [his] own musical interests,” Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group “due to artistic and musical differences.”
In a November 29 exclusive online chat with members of MEGADETH‘s official fan club, the Megadeth Cyber Army, Ellefson addressed the band’s future, saying: “As you can probably tell by me being here today, we are not disbanding. As of right now, we are looking at all the options, of which there are many. We’ll certainly continue working on the new songs for the next record, Hopefully that brings everyone up to speed on things as of today. Thank you for all of your kind words, concerns and support to us.”
Ellefson, who was part of MEGADETH‘s classic lineup from 1983 to 2002 before rejoing the group in early 2010, did not comment on Drover and Broderick‘s decision to leave MEGADETH, only saying that they quit for their own “personal reasons” and that they did what they felt was “right.”
Speculation is rife as to whether fans can expect a reunion of MEGADETH‘s classic late 1980s and early 1990s lineup featuring Nick Menza on drums and Marty Friedman on guitar.
Shawn joined MEGADETH in 2004 as the replacement for Menza, who had only just rejoined the group. Drover performed on four MEGADETH studio records: 2007’s “United Abominations”, 2009’s “Endgame”, 2011’s “TH1RT3EN” and last year’s “Super Collider”.
Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life.