Former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza will take part in The Rock N Roll Autograph Show, set to take place September 13-15 at The Westin Los Angeles Airport. The show will provide attendees to meet musicians and performers that have played a major role in rock music history. Proceeds from this event with benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.Said Menza: "I'm very honored to be part of this major event, as well as seeing my good friend David Ellefson whom I have not talked to in years. I will be on sight for from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 15 signing posters for my upcoming book release. Stay tuned for the unveiling of the working title and cover art. Come on out; it's for a great cause!" Other musicians scheduled to appear at The Rock N Roll Autograph Show include Lou Gramm (FOREIGNER); Chris Holmes (W.A.S.P.); Jean Beauvoir (THE PLASMATICS); and Ross "The Boss" Freidman and David Shankle (MANOWAR). For more information, go to this location. Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1990 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next ten years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era. By 1998, while MEGADETH was still touring in support of "Cryptic Writings", Menza was having knee problems and sought medical advice. He was informed he had a tumor, which was later found to be benign, and had it removed. As a result, MEGADETH hired a temporary replacement, Jimmy DeGrasso, rather than cancel any dates. When the time came to record a follow-up album, Menza was not asked back and DeGrasso became the band's official drummer. Menza has said in several interviews that, while in the hospital recovering from knee surgery, he received a phone call from MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine that simply said "Your services are not needed anymore." 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 after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared." Drover was hired six days before a MEGADETH tour. Shawn's brother Glen had become MEGADETH's lead guitarist about six weeks earlier, and when the drummer spot opened, things were kept familial — especially because Mustaine dug the Drovers' previous band, Canadian thrash/power outfit EIDOLON.
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