There are few bands who could be left standing with just two remaining members after the rest of the lineup walks out and still deliver a comeback, and yet that’s exactly what Megadeth has managed to do.
Following the joint departures of guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover last year, there were some fans who put the chances of mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson reviving the band at near impossible.
It was during Megadeth’s appearance last Saturday (July 18) during the Quebec City Summer Festival in Quebec, Canada that the band returned as resilient and formidable as ever.
The members of Megadeth – which currently features former Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro with support from Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler – stepped onstage to the energetic themes of “Hangar 18,” and abruptly set the crowd ablaze.
Megadeth would go on to perform a set highlighted by the familiar fan favorites (“Wake Up Dead,” “Sweating Bullets,” “Peace Sells”) and a handful of rarities, such as a cover of Thin Lizzy‘s “Cold Sweat” which previously appeared on the group’s 2013 studio album ‘Super Collider.’
It was during a recent appearance at the Comicpalooza international comic convention in Houston, Texas that Ellefson discussed how the addition of Adler to the Megadeth lineup has benefited the band, even if temporarily.
“Chris is such a fan of Megadeth. Chris playing with Megadeth would be like me joining KISS. We’re, like, his favorite band ever and the band that got him into music. I mean, he’s so humbly appreciative of the opportunity and being part of this.
“We’ve talked about shows coming up, [and] Chris was, like, ‘Dude, I’ll move anything I can anywhere to try to make it happen; I just wanna play with Megadeth.’ He may play one show with us and go, ‘That’s it. I’m done. I don’t ever wanna do that again.’ So we’ll find out as it’s coming up. But the goal is Chris would like to play with us as much as possible.”
Chris Adler currently has some rather strong commitments to Lamb of God that will likely interfere with Megadeth’s future plans; Lamb of God have a new album that’s coming out next month, and will be heading out on the road with Slipknot and Bullet for My Valentine later this week.
“We are still looking to where is the best time to release this new, so as we’re looking at some dates coming up, they’re not necessarily predicated on the new album being out,” Ellefson acknowledged. “And I guess it’s kind of cool thing with Megadeth — we can play shows and not necessarily have to have a new album to go play those [dates].”
Dave Mustaine says as far as a long term drummer for Megadeth is concerned, Adler is still in the running. “Our hopes were to have a permanent drummer, but the option to do a record with Chris was really exciting to me,” Mustaine told Rolling Stone.
“So I thought, ‘Well, we’ll cross that bridge when we get to it. We’ll figure out what we’re gonna do about live shows, who’s gonna take the drum throne.’ And we’ve looked at a lot of people. I talked with my friend Mike Portnoy, who I think is an amazing talent.
“I talked to [ex-Slayer drummer] Dave Lombardo. [Dream Theater drummer] Mike Mangini’s name has come up. But there was just something telling me to pause, saying, ‘Really think about who you’re gonna play with,Mustaine. Make sure you’re going to do something that’s really going to excite people and that is not predictable.'”
At the very least, it’s a welcome sight to have Megadeth back out on the road with a new album on the way. Footage from Megadeth’s show in Quebec can be found below.