NICK MENZA: I Was Not Surprised By Announcement Of MEGADETH's Split

April 14, 2002

Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza had spoken to former MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine about a week prior to the release of Mustaine's statement announcing the band's break-up and was not surprised by the group's split, Menza told BLABBERMOUTH.NET.

It is hard to really explain [how I feel about the band's break-up], said Nick. It's sad and yet, maybe it is the best thing [that could have happened for them]. Sometimes you should go during your glory, instead of draining it and leaving with nothing. After [guitarist] Marty [Friedman] and I left, the legacy didn't continue, it was a different band. I think that Dave did what he needed to do and I support that decision.

Despite the fact that Mustaine and Menza haven't played together since the drummer was fired from the group under acrimonious circumstances back in 1998, Nick has made no bones about wanting to work with Dave again, and he insists that the feeling is mutual.

I talk with Dave [from time to time], stated Menza. When Dave wants to do music again, he said he wanted to work with me. He said he wanted to do some producing and I told him that I knew of a really rad drummer in Studio City we just laughed.

We had our good and bad times. I think that happens to make you grow and come to terms with situations. Dave was my mentor and I would do it again! Things will be different the next time around!

In related news, it appears that many of Dave Mustaine's personal guitars and much of his gear will shortly be available for sale online via this location. Among the items being sold are Dave Mustaine's Jackson V and Double neck V guitars, amps, rack gear, tour cases, Marshall 4x12s, pedals, cables, guitar picks, MEGADETH backstage passes, laminates, stage backdrops, postcards, posters, keychains, pins, and unreleased photo prints of Dave Mustaine.

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