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Dave Mustaine Reveals the Bassist on Megadeth’s New Album, Ice T and Sammy Hagar Guest Performances

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In a new interview with Jose Mangin on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine revealed that Testament’s Steve DiGiorgio was the bassist who replaced Dave Ellefson after his unfortunate firing due to an infidelity.

Here’s what Dave said:

“We obviously had that weird little…well, it wasn’t little, but we had something happen that we needed to make a decision on, and it set us back a little bit timing-wise, because we needed to recalibrate and find someone to perform the bass parts, and we found who I thought was the perfect fit for us while I decided what to do….do you know who it was?…It was Steve DiGiorgio. You’re the first person I told.”

There you have it — you’ll be hearing Steve on Megadeth’s new album. Kudos to DiGiorgio!

Mustaine also revealed that Ice T will do a guest spot on the record:

“There’s a song called ‘Night Stalker’…I can’t remember if that was the fastest one or not, but ‘Night Stalker’ is about the 160th Battallion with the U.S. Army, and it’s all the black-ops helicopters that go in at night, nobody knows they’re there, they’re in, they’re out, and…I had my buddy Ice T join me on a part in the middle of it, because Ice was a Ranger in the army, and he did two tours over in Afghanistan…I think that was back in ’91, when I first met him. I know he was a Ranger. “

On top of all that, the album features a cover of Dead Kennedys’ “Police Truck” and Sammy Hagar’s “This Planet’s On Fire” featuring vocals from Hagar himself. Dave also confirmed the band will release The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead on July 8. 

You can hear more on on Sirius XM’s Metal Tour Of The Year interview special w Dave, Randy, Matt Trivium, Chris In Flames, airing Fri 4/1 @ 12pm ET, Sat 4/2 @ 7pm ET, Sun 4/3 @ 2pm ET, Mon 4/4 @ 9pm ET, Tues 4/5 @ 6pm ET, Wed 4/6 @ 11am ET and Thurs 4/7 @ 4pm ET (also available anytime with SXM APP, just search “Metal Tour Of The Year”).

Listen to the interview below! Catch the band at one of their upcoming dates with Trivium, Lamb of God, and In Flames below:

Sat Apr 09 – Las Vegas, NV | Michelob Ultra Arena
Sun Apr 10 – Tucson, AZ | Tucson Arena
Tue Apr 12 – Colorado Springs, CO | Broadmoor World Arena
Thu Apr 14 – Corpus Christi, TX | American Bank Center Arena
Fri Apr 15 – Lafayette, LA | Lafayette Cajundome
Sat Apr 16 – Brandon, MS | Brandon Amphitheater
Tue Apr 19 – Grand Rapids, MI | Van Andel Arena
Thu Apr 21 – Fort Wayne, IN | Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Fri Apr 22 – Green Bay, WI | Resch Center
Sun Apr 24 – Sioux Falls, SD | Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
Tue Apr 26 – Omaha, NE | Baxter Arena
Wed Apr 27 – Cedar Rapids, IA | Alliant Energy PowerHouse
Fri Apr 29 – Kansas City, MO | T-Mobile Center
Sat Apr 30 – Tulsa, OK | BOK Center * No Trivium
Tue May 03 – North Charleston, SC | North Charleston Coliseum
Wed May 04 – Greenville, SC | Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Fri May 06 – Nashville, TN | Bridgestone Arena
Sat May 07 – Peoria, IL | Peoria Civic Center
Mon May 09 – Pittsburgh, PA | Petersen Events Center
Tue May 10 – Rochester, NY | Blue Cross Arena
Thu May 12 – Portland, ME | Cross Insurance Arena
Fri May 13 – Uncasville, CT | Mohegan Sun Arena
Sun May 15 – Allentown, PA | PPL Center

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