Last year, bassist David Ellefson was fired from thrash legends Megadeth over an online sex scandal. A series of lascivious conversations between Ellefson and a woman who is not his wife were published, along with a video of him masturbating (the accusations that this woman was underage were quickly proven to be false – the actions of Ellefson may have been inappropriate, but they were not illegal). Now, in a new interview, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has said that while he will forgive Ellefson for his transgressions, he won’t play with him again.
Talk to metal hammerMustaine said the following about his split from Ellefson:
“Let me say this – it was a tough decision to make. There were a lot of people involved and I had to make a decision, because unfortunately when you’re the leader it’s you who has to swallow. and face the music. All I wanted to do was take a clean break and not hurt anyone, not hurt the fans and not hurt them. I just wanted to move on, and I hope the gentleman concerned is doing well. I imagine there were some adjustments to be made when it happened.
“I already forgave him [in 2004] when he chased me and I will forgive him a thousand times over. I will no longer play music with him.
I’m firmly split on Ellefson’s firing. For one, as a guy running a business, Mustaine probably wants to keep things as undramatic as possible, so of course he fired Ellefson after that. More so, maybe Dave is really good friends with Ellefson’s wife and family and he’s angry about what he did.
On the other hand, Ellefson isn’t a youth pastor or a children’s TV host, he’s a bassist in a thrash metal band, and given Mustaine’s fame for shaking up his line- up in the blink of an eye, it felt more like Mustaine ignoring a musician he’s had past dramas with rather than making a tough decision. In the end, I don’t think Ellefson really deserved to be fired.
Anyway, Megadeth’s new album The sick, the dying… and the dead! releases September 2 and is available for pre-save and pre-order.