“I heard bits and pieces of it as it was being put together — obviously, vocals and lyrics and things like that,” Ellefson responded.
“I do not own a copy of the new one, nor will I. Honestly, once I was let go, I moved on. And I didn’t look back… For me, it’s, like, ‘Well, move on. I’ve been here before. I’ve been without MEGADETH once before. Everything worked out fine.’ I think the difference was this time… The first time, I’d only done MEGADETH for almost 20 years, so when it ended, it was a pretty abrupt… the plane fell from the sky pretty frickin’ hard for everybody.
“This time I was prepared for it. And the transition… I mean, look, we didn’t work very much in the last five years I was in the band anyway — that album took almost five years to get it together and get it out. So honestly I’d been already working on a bunch of other stuff. I’d been doing Ellefson solo records, playing on other records, I worked with Al Jourgensen from MINISTRY, I wrote books. So my creative thing was really up and running and in motion. So it’s kind of, like, ‘Well, one gig went away. Oh, well. Next. Move on.’ I don’t have time to sit around and get all butthurt about it; I just f**king moved on. And that, I think, kind of just keeps me positive and moving forward.”
As previously reported, Ellefson was fired from the group after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the 57-year-old musician leaked.
MEGADETH‘s 16th studio album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, was released on September 2 via UMe.