Dave Mustaine says he forgives David Ellefson but firing him from Megadeth was “a hard decision that had to be made”

Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson
(Image credit: Per Ole Hagen / Mike Lewis Photography / / Getty)

Dave Mustaine has discussed the sacking of longtime Megadeth bassist David Ellefson, telling Metal Hammer, “I had to make a decision… when you’re the leader, you’re the one that has to suck it up and face the music.”

The frontman was talking to the UK publication ahead of the release of new album, The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!, due out September.

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Matt Parker
Features Editor, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is Features Editor for GuitarWorld.com. Before that he spent 10 years as a freelance music journalist, interviewing artists for the likes of Total Guitar, Guitarist, Guitar World, MusicRadar, NME.com, DJ Mag and Electronic Sound. In 2020, he launched CreativeMoney.co.uk, which aims to share the ideas that make creative lifestyles more sustainable. He plays guitar, but should not be allowed near your delay pedals.