I guess I should actually thank Facebook’s feed for a change since it actually showed me something that my Metal Media Mind was interested in as opposed to see what people are eating, learning the ending to shows I have not yet watched or just the conventional selfie. Mind you I do not hate that stuff (well okay sometimes I do) but according to a post on his official blog, the great Chris Broderick announced that he is leaving the ranks of Megadeth.
“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. Until then, Chris. \m/”
I have to say that this is a bit of a bummer to find being the case since I have enjoyed what Broderick brought to the table in the band. The photos that I added to this post were shot back in 2008 when I first saw the guitarist in the lineup, but I have been covering their shows for years since doing them as well as listening to their albums and adding the objective thoughts about the output right here on the site for your own awareness. I liked the riffing on the albums that he worked on such as “Endgame”, “13” and yes even some of the oft-criticized “Super Collider”. He will be missed in the band by scores of fans and I but who knows, perhaps this will lead to some sort of Jag Panzer return. For those who don’t know who I am referencing here, that’s the band that Broderick came from before Megadeth and while their sound was super solid, it was one of those other groups that remained deep in the underground. Do some searching I think you will like it.
I should add that Chris’ news comes on the heel of the fact that drummer Shawn Drover has also left Megadeth making the only members Mustaine and Ellefson. I’ll admit that this surprised me as I felt he would be here for the duration even after his brother Glen left the lineup leading to the hiring of Broderick. So what do you readers think about these dramatic changes in the world of Megadeth and does it surprise you? Do you think that the backlash against the last album led these two creatives to seek future fame and musical adventure on their own or that maybe Dave was just a bit much to handle based on his own personal world views? I would love to hear what you think so the comments are left open for you to chime in.
You can keep up with Chris and of course Megadeth via their official websites. On behalf of the PiercingMetal Command HQ, I wish both Chris and Shawn the best of luck in their musical future and anxiously await what they will be sharing with us.