Dan Shinder of Drum Talk TV recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza to talk about his up coming instructional DVD Intense Mega Drumming, A Decade Of Deth, influences from Jazz, gospel and funk to the heavy metal he is best known for. Watch the chat HERE.
In the interview Nick explains using three brands of heads on the same kit at the same time and KickPort in the bass drums, as well as SnarePorts in his snares, and his pedals and settings, including what springs he gets at The Home Depot to refit his pedals with!
According to Examiner.com, ex-MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza has not denied that he has been in contact with his former bandmates about rejoining the group, further fueling rumors about the possibility of a reunion of MEGADETH’s classic “Rust In Peace” lineup after guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover unexpectedly quit the band late last year.
During an appearance at the Soultone Cymbals booth at this year’s NAMM show in Anaheim, California, Menza replied that “it’ll be final when it’s final” when he was asked if there has been any communication between him and the MEGADETH camp about him returning to the band.
Pressed if he was going to rejoin MEGADETH as the replacement for Drover, Menza who was photographed at the event talking to MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson (see below) turned it around, asking, “What do you think are the chances of me coming back?”
Menza later addressed concerns by some fans that his return to MEGADETH would be complicated by the fact that he is involved in an as-yet-unnamed new “supergroup” with fellow ex-MEGADETH members Chris Poland (guitar) and James Lomenzo (bass). Menza said: “I’m a free agent. I can do whatever I want.”
Menza has previously said that his return to MEGADETH is down to the band’s mainman, Dave Mustaine. “Like I have said in the past, I don’t rule out rejoining MEGADETH and the opportunity would be totally cool,” Menza wrote in a December 2014 online posting. “I’m open to whatever could possibly happen. That’s up to Dave.”
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.
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. Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick “just wasn’t prepared.”