Guitarist Chris Poland (pictured),best known for his work on MEGADETH's first two albums — "Killing Is My Business... And Business Is Good!" (1985) and "Peace Sells... But Who's Buying?" (1986) — has been confirmed as the lead axeman for the as-yet-unnamed new project featuring fellow former MEGADETH members Nick Menza (drums) and James Lomenzo (bass). The trio will hold its first rehearsal today (Saturday, November 1),with plans to release an EP in early 2015. According to Menza, Poland "already has six heavy original songs in the can that we will start working on next week."
Menza and Lomenzo's first jam session took place on June 25 at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, California where they cracked through some of the old MEGADETH catalog along with some of their favorite METALLICA and LED ZEPPELIN songs.
Following the reissue of the entire MEGADETH catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired and replaced with Shawn Drover. MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared."
Lomenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group's studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame". He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.