The second of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first-ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, can be seen below. The footage shot this past March at Uberbeatz Studios in Seattle, Washington, and was produced and directed by Kari Pearson and Robert Bolger.
According to a press release, the “Intense Mega Drumming” DVD will be “educational, entertaining and will feature Menza’s years of playing drums in MEGADETH with tons of tips and tricks from his arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player, plus rare and unseen bonus footage from the ‘Menza Mega Vault.’”
The DVD is tentatively due at the end of the year.
Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording “Rust In Peace” and for the next nine years became associated with the band’s “classic” and most profitable era.
Asked last September by Argentinean rock journalist Lucas H. Gordon if there is a possibility of him ever doing anything with MEGADETH again, Menza, who appeared on four of the band’s studio albums, said: “You never know what can happen in the future. It’s, like, I’m open to whatever. I would never say, ‘I’ll never join MEGADETH back up again.’ But it’s really up to Mustaine. I put the ball in his court.”
Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”
Menza has been writing, recording and producing constantly but only releasing sporadic singles for years. That will all change when he opens the floodgates with the upcoming release of his memoir, Originally announced as “Megalife”, Nick’s book will now be titled “Menzalife”. by acclaimed writer J. Marshall Craig.
He explained: “It got changed just as of recently, because I can’t use ‘Megalife’ someone’s already using that name and it’s trademarked. No big deal. It’s still the same content inside. It’s gonna be for sale at the stores and stuff like that. A publisher is gonna put it out. I don’t have a deal as of yet, but the book is really cool.”
“MEGADETH was a big part of my story,” Menza said, “but it was just one part. Jeff Craig has got me to talk about it all!”
Menza is currently negotiating a publishing deal for the book, which will feature rare and never-before-seen photos of Menza with every band he’s ever been in, including, of course, MEGADETH.
“It’s a memoir of music,” writer Craig said. “But a lot more. It’s a book about chasing the ultimate gig, the ultimate drum setup, the ultimate sound and, it will come as no surprise to Nick’s fans, the ultimate aliens, government conspiracies and anything else his muse sees fit to lay across his path.”
Menza’s first performance was at the age of two on stage at the Montreux Jazz Festival when legendary jazz percussionist Jack DeJohnette (Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Joe Henderson) placed Nick on his kit. Thirty years later, he was stepping out on stage in front of thousands of screaming fans every night.
Menza, son of legendary jazz saxophonist Don Menza, was at the top of his game when MEGADETH started a world tour in support of its album, “Cryptic Writings”, but began to suffer knee problems and escalating pain. Doctors diagnosed him with a tumor. Surgery waylaid the drummer briefly, but he was relieved to learn the tumor was benign and was eager to rejoin his bandmates, who had continued their tour with a replacement drummer. But deteriorating relations within the band exploded and Menza was replaced permanently.