Remembering Nick Menza

Sad news to report! 2016 just seems to be a rough year for musicians, and fans alike. Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has passed away at the age of 51. Loudwire reports,

“Menza was performing with the band OHM at the Baked Potato in Studio City, Calif. Saturday night (May 21) when he reportedly collapsed. Two patrons attempted to perform CPR until emergency personnel arrived and attempted to revive him.”

For those who don’t remember, and would like a refresher, Nick was key (most notably) to Megadeth‘s sound on four of their biggest albums: Rust in Peace (1990), Countdown to Extinction (1992), Euthanasia (1994) and Cryptic Writings (1997). Obviously, Countdown probably being what he’s most recognized for since it spawned so many hits that continue to inspire metal bands today (“Sweating Bullets”, “Skin O’ My Teeth” and “Symphony Of Destruction.”)

 

Loudwire additionally reminded us that,

“Menza began his career at the age of 18 drumming in the band Rhoads that featured Randy Rhoads brother Kelle on vocals. After working as a session musician for a bit, Menza answered the call in 1989 when Megadeth needed a new drummer. He remained with the band through 1998 and returned briefly in 2004. During his tenure with Megadeth, he appeared on the albums Rust in PeaceCountdown to ExtinctionYouthanasiaNativity in BlackHidden Treasures and Cryptic Writings. There had been discussion of Menza returning to Megadeth prior to the release of the band’s Dystopia album, but ultimately Megadeth went another direction. He also recorded on albums with fellow former Megadeth member Marty Friedman, issued a self-titled disc and performed with Memorain.”

Current and former Megadeth members were certainly distraught at learning this news. Dave Mustaine was at a loss for words this morning, simply tweeting, Screen Shot 2016-05-22 at 10.29.32 AM.png

Dave Ellefson soon followed, tweeting,

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Finally, Marty Friedman wrote,

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Seriously, 2016 has been a huge bummer when it comes to losing musicians. Rest in peace Nick! I’d like to extend condolences to his fans, family and friends during this rough time.

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