Nick Menza died in May 21, who legendary drummer from Megadeth. It was a very sudden death and it was a shock to the music world.
Wisconsin radio station 102.9 The Hog recently conducted an interview with Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. Mustaine still not been able to overcome the death of Nick Menza. Hi speech about it (transcripted by Blabbermouth):
“Well, we talked with Nick’s family about it a little bit, and we’ve just been so busy touring, the opportunity hasn’t happened. And it never was really an alumni thing, because there’s not really any connection with those guys to Nick. We wanted to do something that had to do with Nick, and the guys that were [in the band] after Nick, they don’t know him. So we wanted to do something that really showcased his music and had a possibility for his art, because he was a painter too — something with a silent auction. So it’s kind of in the hands of the family now. We love Nick. It was a tragic loss. So we’re just kind of hanging out and seeing what’s gonna happen.”
He is also mention about the new members of Megedeth, Kiko Loureiro and Dirk Verbeuren:
“Well, these guys are some of the best at what they do in the business, so it’s really made me re-evaluate my playing. And usually I would not warm up before I would go out and play, because I know what I’m doing, and it’s kind of like… I’m just a natural at it; for whatever reason, God blessed me with this gift. And seeing them now, they’re just so fierce, it makes me wanna be the best I can be at what I do. Even if I am self-taught, even if it is something that I just was born with, I wanna be the best I can at it. You know, after I had the surgery on my neck, when my neck [was] broken, I had a plate stuck in my neck and it touched my vocal box so my voice changed, and it’s made it so that my voice is a little lower. And that’s kind of a bummer, because a lot of songs in the past we had to just skip because the register was so high. But with working through it and exercising and practicing and warming up and stuff like that, I’ve been able to return a lot of my vocal range, and that’s been good for us, because we’ve been able to have more songs [to choose from].”
Megadeth is continuing to tour in support of its latest album, “Dystopia”. You can listen the interview below.