Last week was an insane one in the Megadeth camp. While the heartbreaking news that the remains of Dave Mustaine’s mother-in-law were found likely brought some closure to Mustaine’s family, it was announced earlier in the week that both guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover had exited the band. That leaves two prime spots open in one of the big 4 bands, and while the band’s had somewhat of a revolving lineup over the last few years, they’re two of the most high-profile positions available in meta. And there’s talk that the band’s iconic Rust In Peace-era lineup or Marty Friedman and Nick Menza might slide back into the band.
Here’s why it’s worth at least considering for a second. Wolverinekills.com did some sleuthing, and discovered that in the last few days, bassist David Ellefson, the other surviving member of Megadeth, had started following Friedman and Menza’s Twitter accounts in the days immediately following Broderick and Drover’s exit. In Wolvie’s opinion, it’s not a coincidence that he would do this. It’ll be interesting to see what happens. One would think that the band isn’t going to waste their time making an announcement.
In other news, Blabbermouth reports that at a clinic in Switzerland, former Slayer drummer Dave Lombardo expressed interest in playing is he was asked:
“As Dave was signing my copy of Fantômas’ The Director’s Cut, I mentioned that Megadeth are in need of a new drummer as of yesterday. Lombardo looked up with a big smile and said, before a number of other fans (verbatim): ‘I know. I just heard. Dave [Mustaine] has my number, so I’m waiting.’ He looked up at us, grinned, and moved on to sign the next fan’s item. He might have made this reply in jest, but if nothing more, this indicates that Lombardo is open to the possibility of replacing Megadeth’s Shawn Drover. He appeared genuinely interested in the opportunity.
It’s hard to infer whether Lombardo was serious about this, or he was just joking around. A former drummer of a big 4 band joining another big 4 band would be one of the best moves for both bands. Again, both of these items should be taken with a grain of salt, and it would be totally understandable if Mustaine took a little time off.