Megadeth lead guitarist Chris Broderick has left the band citing (wait for it) “artistic and musical differences.” From a message to fans on Broderick’s blog:

(I)t is with great reluctance that I announce my departure from Megadeth to pursue my own musical direction. I appreciate the amount that you the fans have accepted and respected me for the last seven years, but it is time for me to move on. I wish Dave and everyone in Megadeth all the best.

As for “everyone in Megadeth,” that leaves the Daves, founders Mustaine and Ellefson, as drummer Shawn Drover also quit this week.

Read Chris Broderick’s complete statement at his site.

Right here.