On Sunday, April 22, late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza will be celebrated by his family, friends and colleagues in a night of musical remembrance of his vast and varied musical history at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California.
Mostly known to the public at large for his work with the Dave Mustaine-fronted band, Nick also contributed his substantial artistic talents over a broad spectrum of visual and musical expressions and all will be on display on this night of art, music and fun. A silent auction of some of his instruments, art and memorabilia will be on display and open for bidding. CDs of his music from former bands will also be on sale, as well as T-shirts and custom Nick Menza drum sticks.
Appearing that night will be a tribute from rock musicians and former bandmates coming together to honor their friend. All proceeds from this event will go to Nick's sons, including future sales of CDs, art and merchandise, as well as a DVD of this performance.
For a full list of currently scheduled performers, go to this location.
On May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital.
The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of natural causes. The cause of Menza's death was listed as hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
Nick's long-awaited memoir, "Megalife: Nick Menza - The Book", has been in the works for the last few years but has yet to see the light of day. The book, which was written with J. Marshall Craig, was delayed after being drastically reworked in the months following Nick's passing.
Menza's longtime manager Robert Bolger said the book will reveal how poorly Nick was being treated by MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine and the brutal truth of why there was never a MEGADETH reunion with the band's "Rust In Peace" lineup.
Nick rightfully earned his place as heavy metal's fiercest drummer during MEGADETH's 10-year peak at the top. With "Megalife: Nick Menza - The Book", music fans are going to be thrilled to discover his candor just as fierce as his drumming.
The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove was doctors feared was a cancerous growth.