Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK On Departure - "I Really Wanted To Be Able To Have That Kind Of Creative Freedom To Write Anything I Want"

December 19, 2014, 7 years ago

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Former MEGADETH Guitarist CHRIS BRODERICK On Departure - "I Really Wanted To Be Able To Have That Kind Of Creative Freedom To Write Anything I Want"

Former Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick spoke with Jose Mangin on SiriusXM Liquid Metal on December 17th. He discussed why he and drummer Shawn Drover left the band and what his musical future holds.

"He was definitely disappointed," Broderick said of frontman Dave Mustaine's reaction to him quitting. It's not something that he wanted to hear or anything like that. The one thing that you want to know is, in a way, we were hired guns."

As for why Broderick ultimately decided to leave, "It was simply time. I'd been in Megadeth for seven years and I really wanted to just be able to have that kind of creative freedom to write anything I wanted to, to go anywhere with it that I wanted to and just kind of direct my own course."

"The way I kind of think of it is it's kind of not unlike a chef that works at a restaurant that decides that he wants to open up his own restaurant or maybe a lawyer that wants to start his own firm or something like that. It was a great time to move on. And I think, talking with Shawn, Shawn was in the exact same place. We had talked about it and we had thought about it for a little bit. And so when Shawn quit it was, like, 'Whoah! What happened?' I mean, I knew that we had talked about it, but he did it; he actually just left the band."

"We talk all the time, and so I knew that he had thought about it and I had been thinking about it. But as soon as he quit, I knew he had made the right decision because Megadeth is going to be ramping up for their next CD recording cycle, and if you've got trepidation about being a part of something, you don't want to commit to that process, the writing process, and then bail on them. And so when Shawn quit, that instantly became clear to me. I mean, if there is a good time to leave, that was it."

Former Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover recently issued the following statement:

"To answer many who have inquired, YES, myself and Chris Broderick have a new BAND (Not a "project") TONS of info coming your way real soon, believe me!!!! #100%PUREMETAL!!!!!!!!!!!"

Following the shocking news on November 25th that Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover had left the band, guitarist Chris Broderick announced the following day that he had quit as well "due to artistic and musical differences," putting the group's future in question.

During a live online Megadeth fanclub chat on November 29th, bassist David Ellefson made it clear the band will continue: "As you can probably tell by me being here today, we are not disbanding. As of right now, we are looking at all the options, of which there are many. We'll certainly continue working on the new songs for the next record."

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has yet to comment on the situation.

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