Only hours after it was revealed that drummer Shawn Drover had exited Megadeth, guitarist Chris Broderick announced he has quit the legendary metal band, too! Broderick had been with the band for 7 years.
Megadeth are now left with just frontman Dave Mustaine and bassist David Ellefson following the back to back exits of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick. In a statement on his official website, Broderick cited “artistic and musical differences” as the reason for his exit. His post reads as follows:
“Due to artistic and musical differences, it is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I want all of you to know how much I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me as a member of Megadeth for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best. I am working on a few things of my own and hope that when they come out, you will all dig it.
As for Shawn Drover, who joined the band in 2004 and played on the band’s last four albums, including 2013′s ‘Super Collider.’ the drummer wrote the following, in an official statement:
After 10 years, I have decided to quit Megadeth to pursue my own musical interests. I want to thank Dave Mustaine and the entire Megadeth family, as well as thanking all the amazing Megadeth fans around the world!!! I truly appreciate all of you. Stay tuned for info on my next musical journey.
No statement has yet been made from the band. The lineup had been stable since Ellefson’s return in 2010. Drover has been the band’s longest-serving of seven drummers, and spend his first four years in the band alongside guitarist brother Glen. Broderick’s service length as guitarist is second only to Marty Friedman’s.