Photo: Hannah Verbeuren

Speaking in a recent interview with Clint Switzer, Megadeth drummer Dirk Verbeuren has revealed the story of how he joined Megadeth.

He said that it was a very difficult and sad time because of Nick Menza’s death… Here’s the statement:

“The beginning was definitely a little bit crazy because Nick Menza passed when I was playing my second show with the band.

That was a very difficult, sad time, especially for Dave [Mustaine] and David [Ellefson], of course, who have spent all these years with Nick. That was very emotional and kinda strange for me because I grew up revering Nick and his playing.

He was an influence of mine. That was very sad, but from there, things kind of fell into place. It turned out Chris [Adler] was too busy with Lamb of God to carry on, so they asked me to join the band. Everything kind of worked out pretty smoothly and clicked right away.

As soon as we were playing together, it all felt natural. So, yeah, it’s been a total trip. I saw some amazing things and we got some amazing things coming up. I couldn’t be in a better place, really.”

Two days ago, Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine announced that they are working on a new album with Dirk. In addition, they shared a short video of recording sessions. You can watch it from below.

You can watch the entire interview from below.