DIRK VERBEUREN: 'MEGADETH Came Into My Life At A Perfect Time'

DIRK VERBEUREN: 'MEGADETH Came Into My Life At A Perfect Time'

All About The Rock recently conducted an interview with former SOILWORK and current MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

All About The Rock: MEGADETH have had some amazing drummers in the history of the band. How was it learning the songs ready for a live audience?

Dirk: They sure have! The current live set is based on "Dystopia" and the early albums, from Gar Samuelson to Nick Menza. These guys really had their own style. Nick was actually one of my influences as a young drummer. Anyways, I had ten days to study eighteen songs. I tried to capture the intention behind the drum parts in order to respect the band's vision. Gar and Nick have a more old-school swing whereas Chris Adler's approach is more contemporary. I stay true to the originals while injecting some of my own groove and flair. Chris was very helpful in guiding me as to what the band would expect from me, which is super cool of him. It made the rehearsal and first shows a lot easier.

All About The Rock: Has your new position affected your personal relationships with the other members of SOILWORK?

Dirk: No. Our friendship is stronger than that. We spent twelve years together and I've been playing with Sylvain in SCARVE since way before then. I've got nothing but immense respect those guys as musicians and human beings. Leaving SOILWORK was obviously not a light-hearted decision but I think they understand my choice. I've been working hard my whole life trying to make a living as a band member, studio musician and drum teacher. MEGADETH came into my life at a perfect time. I didn't realize that until it actually happened but I was ready for a new experience. To have the support of the SOILWORK guys really means a lot to me. I'll forever be proud of everything we accomplished together.

All About The Rock: Apart from the last track of the set, what's the most fun/fave to play?

Dirk: I really like the drum grooves in "Wake Up Dead". It's quite seventies-influenced with some cool accents and fills. "Tornado Of Souls" and "Poison Was The Cure" are a lot fun to play… In fact, anything off of "Rust In Peace" is a blast. The songs from "Dystopia" have enough double-kick action to keep me on my feet. We've also been adding some tunes from "Killing Is My Business"; they're pretty intense with that old-school thrash vibe. But I enjoy playing more straightforward stuff like "A Tout Le Monde" or "Trust" as well. We usually play around twenty songs and every song has its place in the set.

Read the entire interview at All About The Rock.


To comment on a BLABBERMOUTH.NET story or review, you must be logged in to an active personal account on Facebook. Once you're logged in, you will be able to comment. User comments or postings do not reflect the viewpoint of BLABBERMOUTH.NET and BLABBERMOUTH.NET does not endorse, or guarantee the accuracy of, any user comment. To report spam or any abusive, obscene, defamatory, racist, homophobic or threatening comments, or anything that may violate any applicable laws, use the "Report to Facebook" and "Mark as spam" links that appear next to the comments themselves. To do so, click the downward arrow on the top-right corner of the Facebook comment (the arrow is invisible until you roll over it) and select the appropriate action. You can also send an e-mail to blabbermouthinbox(@)gmail.com with pertinent details. BLABBERMOUTH.NET reserves the right to "hide" comments that may be considered offensive, illegal or inappropriate and to "ban" users that violate the site's Terms Of Service. Hidden comments will still appear to the user and to the user's Facebook friends. If a new comment is published from a "banned" user or contains a blacklisted word, this comment will automatically have limited visibility (the "banned" user's comments will only be visible to the user and the user's Facebook friends).