During a recent interview with Andrew Daly of Metal Edge, former Megadeth bassist David Ellefson disclosed that he believes Megadeth functions as Dave Mustaine‘s solo project rather than a collective effort.
Referring to Megadeth’s current state, the musician said:
“Megadeth, as it stands now, is not what it was meant to be. It could be much more, while not distracting from the fact that Dave is musical quarterback.”
He further elaborated on Mustaine’s impact on the band:
“Megadeth is supposed to be a group, not a solo project masquerading as a group. It’s always been a group. But there’s a reason the guys in the band back in 1983 aren’t playing with Dave now. But there’s also a reason that when other people left, I stuck around. Not a lot of people know how to complete Dave’s sentences. But I inherently know how to complete the musical sentences of Megadeth. It’s my primary language.”
Ellefson also reflected on his departure from Megadeth:
“The fact that things in Megadeth when down as they did was a blessing in disguise. Because even before I was fired, it was clear that I was not musically wanted in Megadeth. Everything I had written and recorded was pulled from the last album [‘The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!’]. I guess it took the gates of hell opening for me to finally escape what had become a rough situation. So, I’m not bitter at all. I’m happy to be doing my own thing.”
Despite the challenging situation with Mustaine, the bassist doesn’t regret his dismissal and is content pursuing his own musical endeavors. Following his departure from Megadeth, Ellefson has kept busy through his works with Kings of Thrash, the Lucid, and Dieth. His debut album with Dieth, ‘To Hell and Back,’ arrived on June 2.
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