Is Jason Newsted joining Megadeth?

Inside the rumor that's rocking the metal world
Jason Newsted and Dave Mustaine
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Megadeth is searching for a new bassist as speculation has run rampant a former member of Metallica could be stepping into the role.

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Ever since Megadeth dismissed David Ellefson, there’s been plenty of speculation amongst fans online and on social media for who will become the band’s new bassist. One name that’s popped up is former Metallica bassist Jason Newsted.

While the idea of Newsted joining Megadeth certainly excited many, his wife Nicole put an end to those rumors rather quickly. “Hi guys! Two things,” she wrote in an Instagram post. “Jason is not joining Megadeth. Peace to them. Listen to metal.”

Welp, so much for that.

Last week, Megadeth fired David Ellefson after sexual misconduct allegations emerged that the bassist groomed an underage female fan through social media.

Dave Mustaine wrote a lengthy statement on social media saying Megadeth “do not take this decision lightly.”

“While we do not know every detail of what occurred, with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward”

A few days later, Ellefson issued his first statement following his dismissal from the band and denied any wrongdoing. “Recently, a very private video was illegally posted on the internet and false allegations were made against me,” he said at the time.

"The actions in the video were between two consenting adults and were recorded without my knowledge. I am working with Scottsdale Police Department 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.”

Megadeth is scheduled to kick off their Metal Tour of the Year with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and In Flames this summer and is gearing up to release their first studio album since 2016.

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