In a brand new interview with USA Today, MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine spoke about what transpired to cause the band's drummer Shawn Drover and guitarist Chris Broderick to abruptly announce their exits within hours of each other in November 2014. "I was surprised but not surprised," Mustaine said. It didn't help that MEGADETH fans kept asking the band to re-team with"Rust In Peace"-era guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza. Although that reunion never panned out, "everybody was talking about it and they quit," Mustaine said. "I would have, too."
As for whether there are any hard feelings, Mustaine said: "I got to this point in my life where I realized that you don't have to put somebody down to make somebody else look great. I've got nothing bad to say about Shawn and Chris. I miss the friendship. I wish we had gotten the chance to say goodbye."
MEGADETH's current lineup includes Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with ANGRA, and LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.
Mustaine told Australian Associated Press about MEGADETH's latest additions: "In no way is this meant to be offensive to Shawn or Chris, but we've definitely upgraded talent-wise, personality-wise, friendship-wise."
Mustaine also shot down the widely held belief that MEGADETH is a dictatorship, explaining that his goal at the end of the day is just to be a good leader.
"A lot of people think that the way we do things is always my way but it's not," he said. "Sometimes I've chosen the right way, sometimes the way that I've chosen was not the right way. Basically, treat people the way you want to be treated ... If you're a good leader and you love your people, they'll do it."
MEGADETH's fifteenth studio album, "Dystopia", will be released on January 22. The follow-up to 2013's "Super Collider" was recorded last year year in Nashville, Tennessee and was mixed by Josh Wilbur, who has previously worked with LAMB OF GOD, ALL THAT REMAINS and GOJIRA.