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Mustaine on Megadeth lineup changes: ‘You've got to ask yourself what's good for the band’

Metal act reach lifetime total of 20 musicians, but maintain high expectations for new album

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has defended his band's latest lineup changes, arguing that bands are living organisms, and need to have the same vision to move forward.

"You've got to ask yourself what's good for the band rather than the individual and we made some changes," Mustaine told New York publication The Leader. "The two guys we have playing for us now have been great. We all go through these unfortunate changes. You be the judge when you hear the record."

The as-yet-untitled 15th studio album will not feature long-time drummer Shawn Drover or guitarist Chris Broderick, both of whom departed the band in late 2014.

This record will instead feature Lamb Of God drummer Chris Adler and Kiko Loureiro of Brazilian band Angra.

Talking of the release, Mustaine said:

"Our publishing company just said it's the best thing we've done in 15 years. I was a little bit offended, but excited at the same time. It's like when someone says, 'Wow, I didn't know you knew how to cook this good.'"

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The record is expected in late 2015 or early 2016, and Mustaine has previously said that it will not be radio friendly, and might reflect his orchestral work with the San Diego Symphony last year.

The interview with The Leader also explores Mustaine's passion for motor racing, with the singer comparing racing to speed guitar.

Megadeth have a UK arena tour – the 'Thirty Years Of Megadeth Tour' – lined up for November, which will take in the following dates:

Braehead Arena (November 11)
Manchester O2 Apollo (12)
London SSE Arena Wembley (14)
Birmingham O2 Academy (15)
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