Chris Adler won’t return to Megadeth says Dave Mustaine

Megadeth with Chris Adler
Adler, left, with Megadeth

Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has said that Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler’s time with Megadeth is over.

Adler acted as a session musician for 15th album Dystopia, and played a number of shows with the thrash icons over the past six months.

Although he was invited to join full-time, he insisted he’d remain with Lamb Of God, while trying to make as many appearances with Megadeth as possible.

Last month Dirk Verbeuren took over as he returned to duties with his own band, but it had been suggested that he’d return for further shows in July.

Speaking at a press conference in Israel, reported by Machine Music, Mustaine said: “Chris Adler is not with Megadeth – he’s in Lamb Of God. He was a session guy. It was what you could call work for hire.

“He has nothing to do with us any more. I’m grateful for his contributions. I’m grateful for him introducing us to Dirk.”

The bandleader – who’d recently reported that he’d reveal a full-time sticksman “real soon” – added: “We still haven’t announced who our new drummer is going to be. It won’t be Chris Adler, because he’s in Lamb Of God.”

Following up on Twitter, Mustaine wrote: “Every interview said he was a session drummer and that he was in LOG.” Replying to a fan’s comment that many had secretly hoped Adler would join full-time, he said: “I know. But as you say, I made it clear that he was not in Megadeth.” Later he emphasised: “We have not announced who the new drummer will be yet.”

Megadeth’s Dystopia tour continues.

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Megadeth remaining tour dates 2016

Jul 05: Athens Piraeus 117 Academy, Greece
Jul 07: Sofia Universiada Hall, Bulgaria
Jul 10: Istanbul Rock Off, Turkey
Jul 13: Bucharest Arenele Romane, Romania
Jul 15: Dunaujvaros Rockmaraton, Hungary
Jul 16: Presov Harley Festival, Slovakia
Jul 17: Vozovicev Masters Of Rock, Czech Republic
Jul 30: Quito Teleferico, Ecuador
Aug 02: Santiago Teatro Caupolican, Chile
Aug 04: Neuquen Estadio Ruca Che, Argentina
Aug 05: Neuquen Estadio Ruca Che, Argentina
Aug 07: Sao Paulo Espaco Das Americas, Brazil
Aug 09: Belo Horizonte Expominas, Brazil
Aug 12: Brasilia Net Live, Brazil
Aug 13: Fortaleza Siara Hall, Brazil
Aug 16: Porto Alegre Pepsi On Stage, Brazil
Aug 18: Curitaba Spazio Van, Brazil
Aug 20: Ascuncion Independiente, Paraguay
Aug 22: Buenos Aires Luna Park, Argentina
Aug 23: Buenos Aires Luna Park, Argentina
Aug 26: San Salvador Gimnasio Nacional, El Salvador
Aug 29: Mexico City Pepsi Center, Mexico
Sep 01: Santiago Plaze de Toros Santa Maria, Mexico
Sep 03: Monterrey Mexico Metal Fest, Mexico
Sep 24: San Bernardino Ozzfest Meets Knotfest, CA

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