David Ellefson’s bass parts have already been replaced on upcoming Megadeth LP

Dave Mustaine confirmed another bassist had re-done the parts.

Megadeth's David Ellefson

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has confirmed that the bass parts recorded by ex-bassist David Ellefson have already been replaced, following his dismissal from the band.

Mustaine made the statement in a new Cameo video, a service that allows fans to pay celebrities to record brief personalised videos. Responding to a fan question, Mustain said: “I hear you’re a big pretty fan of [the Megadeth track] Fatal Illusion right now. That’s cool. Actually, we’ve got one song on the new album – it’s called The Dogs Of Chernobyl – which is very similar to Fatal Illusion in aggression.

“So I hope you like that song when you get the new record. It won’t be long. It’s a matter of finishing the parts when I get home today and tomorrow. Our bass parts are all done. And it won’t be long.”

Mustaine had previously confirmed plans to re-record the bass parts on his own talk show, saying: “We are making progress. The record’s being completed, and we’re gonna have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had. “Which should be relatively quick because the person we’re talking to is a stellar bass player.”

The identity of the bass player is still unknown, but Mustaine expressed hope that they might replace Ellefson full time.: “Hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording,” he said. “Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward.”

Ellefson split from the big four members after explicit videos of him masturbating on a video call surfaced online. The videos led to accusations that Ellefson had groomed an underage fan, allegations which he denied. A police report detailing the incident also confirmed the woman involved to be 19 at the time of the video calls.

Ellefson, who is married, is seeking ‘revenge porn’ charges against the person who leaked the videos to the internet.

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