Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was recently offered a ‘very unfair deal to rejoin Megadeth’ In a brand new exclusive interview with Caleb Smith of the Heavy Metal Thrash, “The Sick Room” podcast in New Zealand, Nick Menza explains in depth the logistics of what went on in Dave Mustaine’s San Diego based Studio, you can you now listen to the two part interview below.
Menza: “I went and jammed with them for a 3 day weekend and then on the 3rd day we started to write new songs, and it was cool, they even told me that I was back in the band and to send a press release about it. I didn’t want to say anything until I had an agreement, a contract in writing on what is going to happen and they send this ridiculous proposal which pretty much said ‘You’re not going to get paid until the touring’, so basically I was going to be working on the new record for free, but then I had intended on leaning towards that anyway and then I thought to myself I’m not going to break, I’m not going to sell myself short for something that is going to be huge you know. They gotta realize the longevity it, and then the whole thing just became silly, I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate about anything, they just cut it off and said ‘that’s it’ and afterwards I couldn’t get hold of Dave or anybody, he blocked my emails”
The third of six webisodes documenting the making of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza’s first ever instructional DVD, “Intense Mega Drumming”, an exclusive sneak preview of rare and never before seen video footage from the “Menza Mega Vault”, “A Decade Of Deth” with clips featuring Dime Bag Darrell, Phil Anselmo Pantera, Scott Weiland and Eric Kretz, Stone Temple Pilots, can be viewed below.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. In addition to the DVD will include a bonus disc of exclusive out of control backstage footage, plus rare live concert footage of Pantera, Stone Temple Pilots, Alice In Chains, just to name a few.
Famed MEGADETH alumni drummer Nick Menza and bassist James LoMenzo former MEGADETH, WHITE LION, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY is offering a free MP3 download of their version of the METALLICA classic Motorbreath with guitarist / vocalist Davor Garasic from Croatian thrash metal band Sufosia.
(the download is available at link location below)
According to a press release, Menza and LoMenzo recnetley announced a working musical relationship that will lead into a full working, writing, recording and touring band at some point.
Their first encounter / jam session took place on June 25th at Menza’s Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, CA where they cracked through some of the old Megadeth catalog along with some of their favorite Metallica and Zeppelin songs.
Nick Menza exclusively told BWBK: James is a top-notch player with a killer sound and I’m totally pumped and looking forward to creating some heavy original material with him once we officially solidified the rest of the line up. he ads, things are still in the developing stages soon as James fulfills his touring obligations with John Fogerty we will sink our teeth into this project. right now we are having some fun and collaborating with other players from around the world via the internet to see what’s out there, nothing is set in stone…
James LoMenzo: I’ve been a fan of Nick’s drumming for a long time. Nick is a great guy and he’s one of Metal’s stand out drummers. It’s an honor and a privilege to be making music with him and I look forward to what we’ll create.
Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1990 recording “Rust In Peace” and for the next ten years became associated with the band’s “classic” and most profitable era. 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.
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006, toured and performed on two of the groups studio albums, 2007 “United Abominations”, 2009 “Endgame” it was then announced in 2010 that original MEGADETH bassist Dave Ellefson would replace LoMenzo.
Marty Friedman is an American guitarist, best known for his career as the lead/rhythm guitarist for Megadeth which spanned nearly the full decade of the 1990s. During that period, the band reached its commercial peak and released several classic albums including RUST IN PEACE, COUNTDOWN TO EXTINCTION and YOUTHANASIA. Marty’s last album with the band was RISK (1999) and after the following tour he quit the band. Later on, Friedman relocated in Tokyo where he’s been living since 2003. Friedman has been visibly active in Japan. He’s hosted several TV and radio shows and works with various Japanese musicians. Friedman has released several solo albums, first of those were released prior his Megadeth tenure, and he just put out INFERNO which is his 12th solo release to date. This spring, Friedman finally returned to Finland, for the first time since the Risk tour. The current tour, titled GUITAR UNIVERSE 2, also features Friedman’s long-time friend Gus G. and it started in Helsinki on May 2nd. Before the show we had the pleasure to sit down with Marty and discuss about his current tour, INFERNO, living in Japan, the Metal All Stars tour, KISS, and various other topics.
Drum-cam footage of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza laying down the drums to the song “Enter Through The Sun” can be seen below.
“Enter Through The Sun” marks the second collaboration to a previous “Ghost Resurrection” between Menza and Widek (Maciej Dawidek) can also be seen below.The footage was shot this past Monday, Febuary 3 at the Soultone Cymbals Studios in Los Angeles, California.
“Enter Through The Sun” will feature SYMPHONY X bassist Mike LePond and THREAT SIGNAL frontman Jon Howard.
Menza: “It feels good be jamming across the internet with such talented and rad players, Mike LePond is first rate I’m huge fan of SYMPHONY X and THREAT SIGNAL, Jon Howard has an amazing voice and vocal range. it’s to bad that Widek (Maciej Dawidek) don’t live here in the sates as he would be my first choice as the guitarist.”
“Enter Through The Sun” is expected to be released and available free in the weeks to come.
Two promotional videos for the 2014 Metal All-Stars tour featuring former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza can be viewed below.
Menza: I’m totally pumped and honored to get the opportunity of sharing the stage with some of the largest and legendary voices in heavy metal. It’s definitely going to be a interesting and unique tour, something European and South American fans don’t want to miss and I’m hoping it hits the states.
The Metal All-stars tour will feature “some of the biggest contributors to the heavy metal genre along with some of the most technical musicians in the industry,” according to a press release.