Dave Mustaine recently reflected on his decision to hire Testament bassist Steve DiGiorgio to lay down the bass tracks on the new Megadeth album, “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”, which will be released on September 2 via UMe. Just months after DiGiorgio recorded his parts for the effort, former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo rejoined the band in time for the summer 2021 leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year”.
Dave Mustaine talks about Dave Ellefson scandal
During an appearance on Full Metal Jackie’s nationally syndicated radio show, he was asked what he appreciates most about DiGiorgio and LoMenzo musically and as people, Mustaine said: “I think that both of them are really fun people to be around. Although I didn’t know Steve DiGiorgio as much as I know James LoMenzo, I found him to be just as enjoyable to be around as James was.”
He then went on to reference the fact that Megadeth’s longtime bassist David Ellefson was fired from the band in May 2021, just days after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage involving the bassist were posted on Twitter, Mustaine said: “I think the band and everybody that’s associated with us, that period that we went through was a little touchy. So we wanted to do the right thing. And trying to find the replacement for anybody, I think, wasn’t the right thing to do at the time because nobody really knew all the facts and I certainly didn’t want to poach anybody. Not from Testament— they’re my friends — and I don’t think from anybody.”
Mustaine said about Metallica, “As great as Steve is, I remember what it felt like when we [Metallica] went up and poached Cliff [Burton] from Trauma. I mean, granted, the band Trauma wasn’t that good, but there are still guys in the band and their lives were changed when that happened.