I read about this when the news broke but I was away in Kentucky with my girlfriend so I had no time to write about this. Just a few days ago former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza finally broke his silence regarding the constant rumors that he and former guitarist Marty Friedman were rejoining Megadeth following the sudden departures of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick not too long ago. What he had to say was not too surprising but still a bit disappointing; but I’m not disappointed at Nick at all. To save some time I’ll make this as quick as I can.
Not long after Shawn and Chris bounced on the two Daves, Justis Mustaine, Dave Mustaine’s son, posted a video of David Ellefson jamming out on “Rust in Peace…Polaris” with a drummer, but was careful not to show his face. It sounded too good to be anyone else but Nick Menza so the rumor mill began. To fuel the fire more any time the two Daves or even Nick himself were approached on the subject neither one of them gave a straight answer. So we were all a tad saddened to learn that Mustaine had hired Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler to play drums for the next album. Should be interesting to hear, don’t get me wrong, I’m a Lamb of God fan and that band is HUGELY influenced by Megadeth.
Then came Nick’s statement. First off he revealed that he was in fact the headless drummer in Justis’ video. Well, duh!! I mean come on, who else would that be? No one can play the way Nick does! As I said before, it was too good to be anyone else! He also revealed that he also recorded a few drum tracks for the upcoming album and he even had dinner with the two Daves, their ex-manager, Ron Laffitte, and even Marty Friedman. Sounds good right? Well apparently not. As soon as Nick got home he decided it was time to talk writing credits. This is where shit gets dicey because at the end of the day this is the music business. Sometimes agreements get worked out, sometimes they don’t.
According to Nick he received a “very unfair deal that is so wrong”, basically insinuating that Mustaine was going to give him pennies, in comparison to what he alone must make off royalties. When he tried to renegotiated with Mustaine he apparently blocked Nick’s e-mails, changed his number and even fired Ron as their manager for the second time. I don’t know about you but that last part sounds a bit extreme to me. No?
But then Nick said the one thing that once again makes him come off as the better man yet again:
“Despite this dark final chapter, I wish MEGADETH the heartiest of health, happiness and success with their future plans.”
Boom! Done! Here’s the thing – this is not the first time that this has happened to Nick and neither is this the first time Nick acted as the better man. During his time as the youngest member of Megadeth during their most successful years, he was seen as immature, and was pulling hi-jinks that the other members had naturally grown out of. But as life has shown – people do change. A while back Nick spotted Dave Mustaine at NAMM and decided to approach him like a man. Dave decided to brush him off. Nick was surely a tad hurt but he still wished Dave the best, making him the better man and showing that he did in fact grow up. Hell, I know I’d be cursing his ass out if I were put in that position.
So honestly, I gained a bit more respect for Nick. He got screwed by a guy he spent the best years of his career with and instead of going online and being bitter about it he was the better man. And he would’ve totally been justified to be bitter. Who changes their number just to avoid a guy that wants to talk?? A bitch – that’s who! I had a lot of respect for Dave Mustaine. I grew up worshiping the ground he walked on. His music – back when his shit hit a nerve with people – made such a HUGE impact on my guitar style and my life as a whole. I’ve witnessed him seemingly losing his mind over the last few years but this is just pathetic, so low it’s even beneath him. Over royalties? Really? There are other reasons to change your number to avoid someone, not over something so fucking petty.
I’d like to wish Nick Menza the best. I’m excited to hear his new project with James LoMenzo and Chris fucking Poland!! I sadly can’t say the same about Megadeth. They lost it a long time ago but Mustaine lost a little personal integrity now as well. I just wish David Ellefson could see the light, get out again and stay out this time for his own sanity.
Unrelated to the whole Nick Menza situation; I’d like to express my relief in also hearing recently that not only did Black Sabbath pull out of their Ozzfest Japan shows in November, but apparently it was never to be their farewell. Sharon Osbourne seemingly forgot to mention that it would’ve just been their last Japan show. It was kind of odd since the band does want to do one last album and a farewell tour. Maybe the tour will end at home like I said they should do. Who knows?