MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine has broken his silence on the band’s status following the recent departures of guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover. In a new tweet posted Monday (December 22), Mustaine wrote, “I wish Megadeth fans could know what is going on right now…you would be very happy!”
Dave‘s son Justis Mustaine recently uploaded a short video clip of the band’s bassist, David Ellefson, rehearsing with an as-yet-undisclosed drummer, presumably as part of an audition for the slot left vacant by the departure of Shawn Drover.
Ex-MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza recently said that he “doesn’t rule out” rejoining his former bandmates, explaining that his return to the group is up to MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine.
Writing on his Facebook page, Menza said: “Like I have said in the past, I don’t rule out rejoining MEGADETH and the opportunity would be totally cool. I’m open to whatever could possibly happen. That’s up to Dave. Right now I’m focused on writing and demoing songs with [fellow former MEGADETH members] Chris Poland [guitar] and James Lomenzo [bass].”
Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording “Rust In Peace” and for the next nine years became associated with the band’s “classic” and most profitable era.
Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”
Only hours after Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25 to “to pursue [his] own musical interests,” Chris Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group “due to artistic and musical differences.”