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28th January 2014

nick menza

Former Megadeth sticksman Nick Menza claims that Megadeth founder Dave Mustaine ignored his attempts for a reconciliation in their relationship saying that Mustaine's security team brushed him off and told Menza to "go away" while Mustaine was at the Dean Guitars stand at the 2014 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) Show.

Menza was the drummer in Megadeth from 1989-1998 and played on some of the band's most successful recordings including the platinum selling 'Rust In Peace' in 1990 (which also saw the band nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Metal Performance) and its multi-platinum selling follow up, 'Countdown To Extinction' in 1992.

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While the band was touring on the back of the 'Cryptic Writings' release in 1998, Menza was having knee problems and sought medical advice. A benign tumour was discovered and subsequently removed, however, as a result of his absence from the band, Mustaine employed Jimmy DeGrasso as a temporary replacement to complete the scheduled tour dates.

In 1999, Megadeth entered the studio to record the follow up to 'Cryptic Writings' but Menza received a call prior to this telling him his " are not needed anymore" and DeGrasso was installed as a permanent member of the band.

This latest altercation comes on the back of several attempts by Menza to heal the past wounds and re-connect with Mustaine but a posting on his (Menza's) Facebook page reads: "I had a blast at NAMM hanging with fans and old friends I also made a major mistake for trying to saying hello to Dave Mustaine at the Dean booth, [which] he totally blew me off and wouldn't even look at me then had his hired goons/bodyguard tell me go away, pretty lame! I'm over it and life goes on!!!"

He also added a note saying: "I have so many other things going on right now that even if Dave asked me back in the band, I would have to turn down the offer."

Menza has written an autobiography (tentatively entitled 'Nick Menza: Megalife') with acclaimed writer J Marshall Craig and is currently trying to sign a publishing deal for the book.

Menza performing Megadeth's 'Holy Wars... The Punishment Due' (drums only)



Wacken Winter Nights 2018 takes place between February 23rd and 25th 2018 and the great news is that you can now experience a full-on, top class German Metal Festival easily and affordably.

It only takes an hour to fly to Hamburg from London and we've had longer journeys than that within the capital and they were certainly more expensive than the £33 air ticket that just appeared in our 'flights to Wacken Winter Nights' search.


Wacken Winter Nights is organised by the same team who are responsible for the world's greatest Metal festival, Wacken-Open-Air and the 2018 bill includes Skyclad, Orphaned Land, Elvenking, Finntroll, Grave Digger, Aeverium, Comes Vagantes, Coppelius, Corvus Corax, Die Pressgëng, Elvellon, Heimataerde, Hell-O-Matic, Ignis Fatuu, Ingrimm, Irdorath, Johnny Deathshadow, Krayenzeit, Letzte Instanz, Mr Hurley und die Pulveraffen, Pampatut, Pat Razket, Schandmaul, Sündenrausch, The Aberlour's, The Moon And The Nightspirit, Torfrock, Visions Of Atlantis, Vroudenspil, Wind Rose and more.

Besides this rich billing of superb Metal bands, there is so much more to see in the festival area including the medieval market and also the walking acts and jugglers you will meet at the theme worlds, including Robert Blake, three-time World Cup winner of street magic.

Wacken Winter Nights is something not to be missed and you can check out the amazing ticket and accommodation prices right here.

We just priced up the whole four day trip with hotels, flights, shuttles and festival tickets for less than £300 and we don't think you will get a better value festival than that, anywhere.


MetalTalk recently sat down with Wacken founder and owner Thomas Jensen and that interview will be online next week and it's a fascinating insight into how Wacken originated from nothing to become the world's premiere Heavy Metal event.


Wacken 2018 takes place from 2nd to 4th August 20218 and as with Wacken Winter Nights, if you have never experienced all it has to offer, then you owe it to yourself to remedy that.

Already announced for Wacken 2018 are Judas Priest, Nightwish, Running Wild (exclusive), Arch Enemy, Dirkschneider, Doro (Special Anniversary Show), In Extremo, Sepultura, Amorphis, Amaranthe, Firewind, W.A.R., Belphegor, Mantar, Knorkator, Deserted Fear, Watain, Night Demon, Epica, Knorkator, Belphegor, Firewind, Deserted Fear and many more and we'll have more Wacken 2018 announcements during December.

As well as being the greatest Heavy Metal festival in the world, it is without a doubt the Mecca of Metal and the one thing that every single person who loves our music should have on their bucket list.

For 2018, MetalTalk have joined forces with Wacken-Open-Air to help you get to Wacken easily and inexpensively and you can peruse the ticket and travel options right here.

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