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Dave Mustaine Fires Bassist David Ellefson

It has only been a month since Megadeth was reunited with their former bassist: David “Junior” Ellefson. This reunion was vital to the success of the Rust in Peace Tour which featured Ellefson on the actual recording. Unfortunately, Ellefson’s return was short lived. Megadeth’s frontman Dave Mustaine issued the following statement on Megadeth.com:

"Droogies! The end of the Rust in Peace tour is before us, and Megadeth is in a state of transition once again. I cannot believe the nerve Junior had throughout the tour to ask me for additional compensation on merchandise. Have you seen Junior after he left Megadeth to where he was now? I mean, he's technically the new guy again! It’s almost like he completely dismissed what I taught him. Have you seen the way he dressed in his side-projects F5, Hail and Angels of Babylon? I felt almost bad for him. Of course the initial reasoning for bringing back Ellefson was obviously since I knew that guy… not many people know the other reason though. Jeff Young and his current band Hydrogyn was going to steal my bassist. I couldn't let that happen. Junior has too much talent to join a band with that prick I fired. Dave also is too good to play in a band where the former guitarist canceled tours because he loves heroine… I worried about his well being so naturally, I made a deal with him to come back home, where he belonged. Of course this was contingent on him being considered a new member. Junior expects me to give him shares of profits from touring? Now, I don’t hold grudges because I consider myself a Christian but no one gets a free ride to Megadeth. That is not how that goes. He kept on badgering me about being paid less than Chris Broderick was making. I just told him that he can wear the Angel Witch hand me down shirt of Lomenzo if he needed new clothes so badly. Yes, and he did wash after every show Lomenzo…. Junior has to realize that money does not grow on trees… What, he can just waltz in and make what I make, get real? He was getting paid, don’t worry, but he still has to pay at least 2 years of Rock School 101. After becoming incredibly moody and belligerent, Junior started lashing out at the other band members and me especially. You know the PA that went out in Baltimore? I have a strong hunch that Junior sabotaged it to get back at me over the argument we had over merch costs. Besides, this can have a secondary benefit, namely, that we are offering Lomenzo his former job back… After hearing that he recorded four base tracks already on Hydrogyn, I could not help but feel angry again. I felt compelled to have my former bassist back because I did not want Jeff Young to keep stealing my members!"

Anyways, we thank David Ellefson for all of his services, and wish him good luck in his future endeavors."

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1. Rychemn writes:

Why does this not surprise me?

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:39 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. Des writes:

In case we needed more evidence that Mustaine is an arse...

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. LordAssenfroth writes:

what a f***ing douchebag. i mean i guess its expected b/c its dave sh**stain, but this is just retarded.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Angelsix66 writes:

Um...Can you tell me where this appears on the megadeth site? Don't see it anywhere. Just saw the Rust In Peace tour this weekend. Dave E was amazing.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. thewisecrab writes:

Hmm, it's not on the official website. I hope it's an April Fool's joke.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:51 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. brandedcfh420 writes:

YO MEGA-EGO, DID YOU EXPECT HIM TO WORK FOR PEANUTS?!?!?!?!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:52 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. TommyS writes:

Whats todays date again? ;)

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:56 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. XxSorrowxX writes:

ummm is this even f***ing true?? i dont think thats on the official website!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. Karnage writes:

GREAT APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!!! DAVE MUSTAINE RULES!!!!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. PuckettJp2 writes:

wow, looks to me like im one of the lucky ones to see Megadeth w/ Dave Effelson

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. hellrat writes:

and encore!

did all you folks want SPOONS with that???

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:25 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. grim writes:

sorry one of your worst april fools jokes ever way to obvious a topic and poorly thought out

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. Really? writes:

April fools

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:46 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. DJonesLMT writes:

maybe Ellefson's perspective was that since he PLAYED on the Rust in Peace recording he might be a little more entitled to share in the profits resulting from the performance of that album. just sayin'

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. Blindgreed1 writes:

Damn... I really wish I would have had a chance to see both Dave's grace the stage together again, but alas... Mustaine is the boss and what he says goes. Why would Jr. even tempt fate like that? Oh well, back to F5 and the drawing board for Jr. What a dumba$$.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 11:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Rob writes:

How bout yall report the news not April Fools jokes

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 11:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BLACKENED88 writes:

Bravo DeathCrush this was the one I actually thought was real BRAVO!!!! you sick basterd

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:02 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Hammerheart writes:

Damn, that didn't last long..

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. RTB writes:

Elfson's a d!ck....good call by dave...
Maybe this was staged to hire J Newsted and to get back at metalica.....idk, whatever the reasoning it was to fire this pr!c was good enough for me

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. hater_guy writes:

on thegaunlet.com there's another apirl fool's entry that says ''Zakk Wylde fired from Black Label Society''. that i actually wish were true

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. dave69 writes:

THATS NOT TRUE!!!!

APRIL FOOLS JOKE!!!!


HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAH

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:37 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Hammerheart writes:

RTB: Ellefson's not a d***, he's a classy guy. I can't believe he'd come back to Megadeth in the first place after all the sh** he put up with from Mustaine. Personally, I think that says a lot about his character.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. RTB writes:

Ya but elfson can be a whinny little b!tch sometimes, gets on my nerves...no offence HH, but i really hope he goes after newsted...i think that may finally put megadeth in the R&R hall of fame with that addition...

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 12:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. inyabush writes:

dave mustaine is a beast. and its pretty obvious that none of this is true at all.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 1:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. METAL DESTROYER writes:

better be april fools joke. a horrible one

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 2:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. Hammerheart writes:

RTB: I know where you're coming from, but I don't honestly care if they get into the R&R HOF. The R&R HOF doesn't know good music if it bit them on the ass, lol. Deep Purple and Rush aren't even in there, and they've been eligible for a long time.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 2:45 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. haha writes:

its april fools dumbass

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 3:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Emperor4Ever writes:

Too much detail on the convo guys! This would've made a great joke, if you didn't go so far!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 3:18 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. wilco writes:

damm thats fast but why am i not supprised about this
everyone knows mustaine is a d*** head
and di dave really think he would and play bass for nothing

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 3:32 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. RTB writes:

No sh!t 27, whats your point!?

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 3:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. duncan hills writes:

this worried me for a while, i even nearly wrote commiserations on david ellefson's wall (yeah he's my fb friend). nice one deathcrush, good april fools gag.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 5:00 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. jimmy j. writes:

HEY YOU GUYS ITS A f***ING APRILS FOOLS JOKE.BUT THIS WAS ON THE NEWS TODAY RICKY MARTIN SAID HE HAD A AFFAIR WITH TIGER WOODS.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. douchebagz all ye.. writes:

.. who did not get this as an April foolz!

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 5:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. ThrashattheHeart writes:

if this isn't an April fools joke I'll f***ing cry

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. Jordan writes:

It's almost believable

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 6:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. DeathCrush writes:

Well, it was good while it lasted..... i

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 8:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. Dasher10 writes:

Surprised that half the people here thought this was real. Then again, it's Dave Mustaine, who's known for all sorts of irrational and jackassy behavior.

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 8:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. The Vampyr writes:

I do not see this anywhere on Megadeth's site and believe it is just a rumor

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 9:22 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. the lord satan writes:

How did anyone NOT realize this was a JOKE?!?!? The english alone is terrible

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. DeathCrush writes:

^Well, since he was quoted it was supposed to be informal aka his own words

# Apr 1, 2010 @ 10:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. ak writes:

people dont even read other's comments do they??? haha its CLEARLY an april fools joke, a very good one at that... chill out ppl

# Apr 3, 2010 @ 1:24 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. Texas writes:

Technically money does come from trees--Dave---
(paper)

# Apr 4, 2010 @ 11:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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43. Blindgreed1 writes:

^^^LMAO.

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 11:33 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. duncan hills writes:

this has to be by far the most successful april fools article

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 1:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. DeathCrush writes:

^thx i tried to sound like him. I watched some interviews before writing. The angel witch shirt is an inside joke that Lomenzo posted on broderick's facebook. Basically, ellefson wore Lomenzo's shirt for the new pose. Lomenzo said "I hope you washed that shirt!" ROFL

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 1:03 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Blindgreed1 writes:

DC: Anyone can sound like cumstain, just act like a total pr!ck and you just nailed it. lol. \m/\m/

# Apr 5, 2010 @ 1:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. DeathCrush writes:

^I personally like Dave Mustaine... I think the things he half-says now is just to stir the media... I don't think he means half of those things. The heroin thing of jeff young we all knew was false; I just think he did that just to get an arise personally. Mustaine had a trouble past and has compensated the early 80's and 90's with a magnificent return. So no, I did not write this article to badmouth mustaine, but simply as satire to the whole thing. I hope people understand the difference.

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