Megadeth chooses permanent drummer

If there was ever a person both qualified and awesome enough to drum for Megadeth, it’s certainly Dirk Verbeuren.

He’d been “filling in” while Megadeth is touring Dystopia per the recommendation of Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler – and doing a kick ass job! 

This weekend, we finally received the news that Dirk was going Dave & Co. full time. 

Of the news, Dirk said….

“Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth – and for your encouragement and support.”

If you’re a Soilwork fan asking “what’s going to happen to Soilwork now?” you’re not alone. We don’t have a clue where they’re going from here, but Björn Strid doesn’t seem too concerned.

Björn Strid

“In regards to the statement Megadeth released yesterday, confirming that Dirk will join them as their full time drummer, I just want to take the time to wish Dirk good luck on this new venture and thank him for 12 great years together. Together we have created a beast of a band and have pushed the limits musically further than we ever could have imagined.”
In the recent years Soilwork have found new ways of expressing ourselves and as much as of a cliché it is, I strongly believe that this is very much of a new era for us and that we still have so much left to say, whether it being with or without Dirk. This band has grown to be quite a metal collective and an institution that paves the way creatively and we hope that you, the fans, can feel the presence and the heart in our music still to this day.
Believe me, it’s there. I can assure that you will forever get 100% Soilwork, as long as we release albums. We aim to surprise ourselves and the listeners by constantly developing our sound and songwriting, something I believe we have succeeded in doing and yet remained true to our roots. That is something to be proud of and we are. We appreciate all our loyal fans and are excited that so many of you share our musical vision.
Meanwhile, I’m sure many of you have seen us at a festival in Europe this summer with our friend, Bastian Thusgaard filling in on drums and I’m sure we can all agree on what a monster he is. Thank you Bastian, you are absolutely killing it. Check out the remaining festival dates and come see us. We’ll be there. Thank you.”

In the meantime, check out Soilwork‘s newest project coming next month. 

What do you think about Megadeth choosing Dirk?


Megadeth & Dirk Verbeuren take on River City Rockfest

Check out this piece of bad-assery!

About a week and a half ago, it was announced that Dirk Verbeuren of Soilwork was going to join Megadeth on tour to fill drum duty. This is a temporary move (Chris Adler is currently touring with Lamb Of God at the moment), but a welcomed one. We now have our first taste of what happens when the mesmerizing Belgian drummer joins the legendary “Big 4” members…

WOW!! It’s obvious that Dirk is happy to be there! Way to go Dirk! These performances come from River City Rockfest. I wonder if he’ll do more guest spots. It’s clear that there is very little he can’t handle when it comes to drums!

Megadeth pays tribute to Nick Menza

Last night in New York, Dave Mustaine discussed the passing of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza, and lead a Megadeth tribute to him. A moment of silence was held, and Dave later said, “I usually say ‘You’ve been great. We’ve been MEGADETH.’ But Nick, you’ve been great, I love you, buddy.” before launching into the tribute. Fans were not disappointed! Check out the tribute below.

Additional note: Soilwork’s Dirk Verbeuren was behind the drum kit for this! (Way to go Dirk!!)

Dave also posted the following on Facebook…

What may come as a surprise, is the super early announcement that Megadeth was working with Menza‘s family to put on a benefit show in California. To my knowledge, Dave didn’t announce this on stage, but (according to Blabbermouth) he told Tigman of the Q103,

“I think now, it’s the time for everyone to remember Nick and his legacy of just great performances. And tonight we are hoping to do a moment of silence, and the band’s already agreed, we’re gonna do a benefit in California to… I mean, we’re working out the details; you’re the first person to hear this. So we’re working on a benefit there. And we’re hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni from MEGADETH to come there and play with us, so that we can help leave behind something for Nick‘s children, which, I think, had been kind of left in a band way. We wanted to get all that stuff set up and right now, that’s what… the wheels are all turning in our camp.

So, to anybody that thinks that I don’t love Nick [raises middle finger]… You can imagine what I just said.”

We’ll see where that goes! It’s an awesome idea. Sadly, this past Saturday night, Nick Menza passed away after suffering a heart attack on stage while performing with OHM. He was 51.