MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has confirmed that David Ellefson‘s long-completed bass tracks for the band’s upcoming album will be removed and re-recorded by another bassist prior to the record’s release.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH‘s sixteenth LP in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
Yesterday, (June, 17), Mustaine revealed during an episode of his Gimme Radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show” that Ellefson‘s bass tracks will not be used on the new MEGADETH record.
“I just wanna thank you for all the kinds words and support as we get ready for this next tour and continue to hunt for a new bass player,” he said. “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. And hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording. Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward.”
David Ellefson was fired from MEGADETH last month after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the 56-year-old musician leaked.
MEGADETH is in a bit of hurry to find a new bassist since their ““The Metal Tour Of The Year” with LAMB OF GOD is scheduled to kick off on Friday, August 20 in Austin, Texas and hit a further 26 cities before wrapping in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada on Saturday, October 2. Joining them will be special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES, heralding the long-awaited return to the stage for these bands, who are every bit as excited about these historic and not-to-be-missed shows as fans are.
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