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!

Should “older bands” perform “new music” ?

If it’s up to Jay Jay French of Twisted Sister, the answer to that question is no. He doesn’t believe classic rock and metal acts from the 70’s and 80’s should invest time in new music. That includes: making new music, and touring it. He says,

“I mean, they can justify it all they want but no one cares. Let me tell you, you’re a bunch of stupid fools if you think that anyone gives a s–t. They don’t. They say they do but they don’t. Which is why most of these classic bands make a new album, go out on a tour, start out with five songs from the new record, after a few weeks there are two songs and then they just want to play that one new song and get it over with. Because no one knows it and no one gives a s–t about it, and they’re delusional to think they do.”

This is a long held debate in the rock community. While musicians themselves are divided on the subject, the fans are too – even more so. Some love seeing what their favorite band is “up to now,” and others are purely interested in older catalogues.

MegadethDystopia.pngIn recent years, we’ve seen examples of “older” bands finding new success with new
material, and, some flops. One of the most recent examples of “new material success” is Megadeth‘s Dystopia. Though they’re “older,” their brand new album was still selling a record 10,000 copies in the US, fourteen weeks after its release. Furthermore, the success was highlighted by Dystopia earning the number three spot on the Billboard 200 charts at its debut.

Aerosmith‘s Music From Another Dimension is another “new material from an older band” release that comes to mind. Though it debuted at #5 on the Billboard 200 charts in 2012, it quickly slid. It sold just 63,000 copies in its first week, and less and less as time went on. aerosmith-music-from-another-dimension-1350682128.jpegBy Aerosmith standards, it was a bummer.

Perhaps the question we should be asking is, “who do we want new music from?” Sure, bands love playing new material to keep things exciting – but given my previous examples, there is an obvious divide in opinion on the subject when you look at it from a “band by band” basis. It just might be that Megadeth fans were “ready” for new stuff, and Aerosmith ones prefer older hits.

Regardless, we, the fans, shouldn’t limit bands to doing solely one or the other. We might be putting them in the “novelty act” file too soon.

It should be a band decision to create new material or not. Let’s be open to whatever they give us, then decide.

Investigators release details on Nick Menza’s cause of death

The death of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza shocked the rock world when it was made public on Sunday. According to TMZ,

“Investigators have ruled out drugs as a factor in the death of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza.

“Law enforcement sources” have told the site that autopsy results indicated that the 51-year-old drummer did not succumb to a “stereotypical drug-related death.” They reached the conclusion that Menza had no recent history of drug use after conducting a search and interviewing people close to him.

Friends close to Menza said he’d been sober for eight years, and on-lookers at his last show described what appeared to be Nick having a seizure in his last moments. Autopsy results officially declared his passing the product of a heart attack.

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.


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,


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.


Should Marty Friedman rejoin Megadeth?

Welcome to 2015! The first big story in heavy metal music broke this week, and it’s all about Marty Friedman, who we know from Megadeth. A lot of stories have made the rounds about Megadeth’s lineup situation lately (Chris Broderick left the band a month ago), and a rumor quickly spread that Marty may rejoin Megadeth because in response to being asked if he’d like to rejoin – he replied:

10888708_774327025937649_8184820506968509076_n“I don’t really have an answer for you. I know that people would want to know. Honestly, I don’t have an answer. I have never said ‘never’ to anything in my life, so who knows? I really don’t know.”

While this prospect is exciting, Marty’s actions seem to be speaking louder than words. Marty hasn’t commented on the story further since this interview, and to top it all off – he’s said before he has no interest in taking money from fans while not he’s not into playing music himself. Sadly, I think it’s doubtful that he may seriously return to Megadeth. Marty has been happy in Japan since 2003. He’s expressed that he has a lot of creative freedom there, and I think it’ll take a lot for him to give it up.

We’re now left asking – should Marty rejoin Megadeth at all? I think it’d be amazing if he did. It may even reignite interest in Megadeth, and metal. However, at the end of the day, it’s up to Marty.