The co-founder member of Megadeth, David Ellefson, spoke in a recent interview with Lokaos Rock Show from Brazil and remembered the split of Megadeth in 2002.

During the conversation, David has revealed some little-known details about the background of his departure from the band.

Here’s what he said:

“Technically, Megadeth ended. Dave called me and he needed to step away from Megadeth in 2002. So we disbanded. He and I left our business matters intact. But a couple of years later, when he was ready to work, he wanted to do a solo album. And I think he’s talked about this in his memoir and stuff. But the record companies and people, they really pushed him to, ‘No, we need it to be Megadeth.’

So that started the calls to all of us about, ‘Hey, okay, I’ve got an album written. I wanna make an album.’ And the trick was just kind of how to try to put it all back together again because Al Pitrelli had gone back to work with Trans-Siberian Orchestra; Jimmy DeGrasso was available, but doing some other stuff. I think the first attempt was to try to put together the ‘Rust In Peace’ lineup, with Nick [Menza] and Marty [Friedman]. And that just — it didn’t connect. It was just a weird moment, and it just didn’t come together.

So, quite honestly, in my heart, was more, like, ‘You know what? Let Dave just go do what he needs to do.’ I was doing some other business things at the time. I was toying around, playing with… I had a little group called F5. And I was very realistic about the success of that — it was more just kind of a fun thing for me to do to write and explore some other things.

But when it didn’t work for us to connect, in my heart, I just said, ‘You can never go back, but sometimes things come around the front again.’ Which is exactly what happened.”

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