AceShowbiz - Rocker David Ellefson won't appear on Megadeth's upcoming album.
Although the bassist recorded some tracks for the project, frontman Dave Mustaine has confirmed that Ellefson - who was dismissed from the band last month (May 2021) - will not feature on the album and the songs will be re-recorded by another musician.
Speaking during "The Dave Mustaine Show" on Gimme Radio, he said, "I just wanna thank you for all the kind words and support as we get ready for this next tour and continue to hunt for a new bass player. We are making progress."
"The record's being completed, and we're gonna have someone coming in in a couple of weeks to replace the bass tracks that we had. Which should be relatively quick because the person we're talking to is a stellar bass player."
"And hopefully this will be an ongoing thing after the recording. Or we will find someone prior to the recording that will be our permanent guy going forward."
Ellefson was booted from the band in May after sexually explicit photos and video footage of the artist leaked online, along with allegations suggesting he had been grooming an underage fan from the Netherlands.
He vehemently denied the accusations, telling Rolling Stone in a statement, "Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me."
"The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with Scottsdale Police Department [in Arizona] in their investigation into charges regarding revenge pornography to be filed against the person who posted this video."
"Also, my lawyers are preparing a defamation lawsuit to be filed against this person. This person will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I am taking this time to be with my family. I wish my bandmates the best with their upcoming tour."
Ellefson previously shared a statement from the woman featured in the footage, who has insisted she was "the one to initiate" the interactions, and was "never" underage but "always a consenting adult".