Ex-MEGADETH Drummer NICK MENZA Unveils New Kit; Video Available

A short video clip of former MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza playing his new DC California drum kit has been posted at this location (Quicktime required). More information on Nick's kit can be found here.

Nick Menza was born July 23, 1968 in Munich, Germany. As the son of famed jazz musician Don Menza, Nick began playing drums at the age of two. It was then Nick performed at his first public concert when during the intermission someone sat him down on Jack De Johnette's drums and he proceeded to play.

Nick was nurtured around the tutelage of such notables as Buddy Rich, Steve Gadd, Nick Ceroli, Jeff Porcaro and Louis Bellson.

Menza began his professional musical career at the age of 18 drumming in the band RHOADS, featuring singer Kelly Rhoads, brother of late OZZY OSBOURNE/QUIET RIOT guitarist Randy. Nick released his first record with RHOADS called "Into The Future" in Europe. The band hit the road with FOGHAT for a short time.

Moving on to session playing including styles ranging from R&B to gospel, funk and heavy metal recording with the likes of John Fogerty, Nick caught the attention of then-MEGADETH drummer Chuck Behler and became his tech. When MEGADETH needed a drummer, Nick Menza was asked to join the band.

Nick's solo album, "Life after Deth" is now available.


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