The Ultimate Guitar team of Jamie Gonzales and Carlos Antunez conducted an interview with MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson at last month's NAMM show in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below (video filmed and edited by Erick Bravo and Ivan Heredia).
Asked about the progress of the songwriting sessions for MEGADETH's follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider", Ellefson said: "We have it pretty much written. We need to go in and, obviously, record. And we're looking at lineup things… That's the big question. But that's all moving forward. And we'll know more in the coming days, weeks, and certainly as the record's being made, that will tell more. I mean, to me, the record has to be great, and that will determine, I think, from that, where the lineup goes."
Ellefson also spoke about the possibility of a reunion of MEGADETH's "Rust In Peace" lineup, featuring Nick Menza on drums and Marty Friedman on guitar. He said: "We're very aware of what a lot of people are hoping we do. And I've connected with Nick over the last few years, last couple of years, especially at NAMM, and Marty's always been a friend. He lives way on the other side of the world [in Japan], Marty."
MEGADETH has yet to announce replacements for drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the band last year.
Only hours after Shawn Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25, 2014 to "to pursue [his] own musical interests," Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group "due to artistic and musical differences."
Broderick joined MEGADETH in late 2007 as the replacement for Glen Drover, who left the group in order to focus on family life.
Shawn joined MEGADETH in 2004 as the replacement for Nick Menza, who had only just rejoined the group. Drover performed on four MEGADETH studio records: 2007's "United Abominations", 2009's "Endgame", 2011's "TH1RT3EN" and 2013's "Super Collider".