Since Shawn Drover left Megadeth back in late November of last year, Nick Menza’s name has come up pretty often. Menza claims he was the mystery drummer in that footage that came out back in December, and at this year’s NAMM event in Anaheim, CA, Menza was even quoted saying, “it’ll be final when it’s final.”
But then it wasn’t final. According to Menza, in a statement to Blabbermouth, he didn’t get a “fair deal:”
“As soon as I got home and it was time to sit down and negotiate my terms in writing, I was offered a very unfair deal that was so wrong. They didn’t feel I was worth anything to the band. Dave blocked my emails, changed his number and then, apparently, Ron Laffitte was fired as the band’s manager. Here is one of my favorite bands and a huge part of my life achievements and I was shut out for wanting a fair deal.”
So according to Menza, he was almost back in the band, but Mustaine called it off. A fair deal for any working musician can simply be about money, but it can also be about song-writing credits, too.
Regardless, in mid-March rumors starting swirling (kicked up by Menza, no less) that Lamb of God drummer Chris Adler was going to get the Megadeth gig, and just two weeks later it was confirmed. In fact, Menza said that Marty Friedman was even part of the discussion, and they’d all had a dinner at NAMM. That’s certainly in keeping with a quote from earlier when Mustaine said that replacements were not what the fans wanted. Looks like we were a lot closer to a Rust In Peace lineup that initially thought.
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