Megadeth fans were dealt a double blow yesterday after guitarist, Chris Broderick and drummer, Shawn Drover both quit the thrash metal elders.
The pair's departure leaves Dave Mustaine and Dave Ellefson in somewhat of quandary as there had been plans to begin recording their 15th album at the beginning of next year.
Both Broderick and Drover cited slightly different reasons for leaving . The long term drummer claimed he wanted to "pursue a new musical direction" after ten years in the band while Broderick cited “artistic and musical differences” as his reason for departing.
In a statement, Broderick said,
“It is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you, the fans, have accepted and respected me. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own, and hope that when they come out, you’ll all dig it.”
Whilst Drover said,
“I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as all the amazing fans around the world. I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.”
No statement has yet been made by the band.