Dave Mustaine reveals bassist on new Megadeth album – and surprise Sammy Hagar, Ice-T guest appearances

Dave Mustaine performs with Megadeth on stage at the Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, Texas on August 20, 2021
(Image credit: Suzanne Cordeiro/AFP/Getty Images)

In May 2021, Megadeth parted ways with longtime bassist David Ellefson after a series of intimate videos and conversations featuring Ellefson and a teenaged fan were leaked on Twitter.

Though Ellefson had recorded most of his parts for the band's forthcoming album, The Sick, the Dying and the Dead, the band chose to re-record them with a mysterious bass guitar player, the identity of whom has remained unknown for the better part of a year.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at GuitarWorld.com. He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.