Megadeth's Ellefson Explains Failed Rust In Peace Era Reunion

(Classic Rock) Dave Mustaine shouldn't be seen as the "bad guy" over the failed attempt to reunite Megadeth's Rust In Peace era lineup, says bassist David Ellefson. But he says the duo decided it would be the wrong move to bring back guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza following a series series of discussions earlier this year.

The opportunity to regroup arose following the departures of Chris Broderick and Shawn Drover in 2014. Ellefson told fans at the Comicpalooza comic convention (via Blabbermouth): "Dave was completely receptive to any and all options - probably more than I've ever seen. So he definitely should not ever be painted as a bad guy that the lineup reunion did not happen.

"I said, 'Before we do anything let's get in a room with Nick,' which we did. We had a lot of laughs and it was fun. But Dave and I weren't convinced that it was the next chapter of Megadeth."

Their impression was confirmed at a meeting in January with Menza, Friedman and the band's manager. "We gave it every possible opportunity for it to work," said Ellefson. "Dave and I walked out of that meeting, 'Yeah, I don't think it's going to happen.'" Read more here.

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