As most of you may have heard, 50% of Megadeth called it quits, and only a few weeks before they were going to take to the studio in January. With Broderick and Drover both gone, and the studio days coming up, lots of people have been speculating on who the new members are going to be. The obvious (and boring) choice is to pull in old members of the band, as they’ve gone through so many lineup changes. This is looking to be a lot harder than it would seem, as a few former members have come forward to say that they want no part of the band. Guitarist Glen Drover, who left the band back in 2007, was the first to comment on the events, saying:
"I'm very sorry, but to those who want to see me back in Megadeth, that will never happen. Other cool things coming up. Again, sorry, but there is NO chance I would ever do that. Now saying all of that, thanks a ton for all of your awesome support and it was fun while i was there playing all those cool shows and meeting a lot of you!"
A bit absolute, to say the least, but it’s a theme among former members of the band. Jeff Young, who only worked on So Good, So Bad... So What! also said
"I [have] zero interest in 'the Megadeth situation.' The band is done. Put a fork it it."
Again, absolute, and it’s not a surprise coming from young either. This was the guy who said some pretty nasty things about Dave Mustaine, like
"everything that came out of that guy's mouth was just the highest grade of pure horseshit."
and accused him of
"dissing, exaggerating and just plain lying on some level about nearly every talented musician that has passed through his dysfunctional little ensemble."
So, it’s not exactly a surprise that he isn’t lined up to join the band, or that he’s salty enough to say that the band is done. Not only that, but a bunch of former Megadeth members (Nick Menza, James Lomenzo, Chris Poland) already have a project that they're working on together, so it's even less likely that they'll want in on it. The point being that the well of options that are former Megadeth members are slowly dwindling, so they may have to look elsewhere.
Now though , through pure word of mouth, and this statement probably has absolutely no weight to it whatsoever, but apparently, former Slayer drummer and current Philm drummer Dave Lombardo MAY be interested in working with Megadeth. There’s a high possibility the story isn’t true, but according to blabbermouth, a fan detailed his encounter with the drummer:
"During the autograph session, Dave made it clear that he was open to the possibility of joining Megadeth if the invitation were extended to him.
"As Dave was signing my copy of Fantômas' 'The Director's Cut', I mentioned that Megadeth are in need of a new drummer as of yesterday. Lombardo looked up with a big smile and said, before a number of other fans (verbatim): 'I know. I just heard. Dave [Mustaine] has my number, so I'm waiting.' He looked up at us, grinned, and moved on to sign the next fan's item. He might have made this reply in jest, but if nothing more, this indicates that Lombardo is open to the possibility of replacing Megadeth's Shawn Drover. He appeared genuinely interested in the opportunity.”
So, It’s obviously one fan recounting his experience, and trying to guess if it was just a joke, or wether it was genuine. Even then, it probably doesn’t mean anything, but it might be worth paying a tiny bit of attention to? Just because the possibility of Lombardo being in Megadeth is pretty cool. Also, if they get a Dave to do guitar, they’ll have too many Daves. MegaDave, amirite?