According to BendBulletin.com, former MEGADETH and current ACT OF DEFIANCE drummer Shawn Drover will offer one-on-one drum lessons and a two-hour drum clinic at The Drum And Guitar Shop's grand opening in Bend, Oregon this weekend. Drover will also judge a drum-off all day Saturday.
The drum lessons with Drover cost $80; everything else is free.
The Drum And Guitar Shop
63830 Clausen Road, Suite 103
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Drover quit MEGADETH last November "to pursue [his] own musical interests." Guitarist Chris Broderick announced his departure from MEGADETH a few hours later, saying that he was exiting the group "due to artistic and musical differences." The duo has since launched a new project called ACT OF DEFIANCE with ex-SCAR THE MARTYR singer Henry Derek Bonner, and SHADOWS FALL's Matt Bachand (bass).
Speaking about his exit from MEGADETH, Drover told Revolver magazine: "Everybody's looking for the negative story, but there isn't one. Keep in mind, I was in the band for over 10 years. I was in the band longer than anybody besides the two Daves [MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine and bassist Dave Ellefson]. We had a really massive break coming up — about a year — and I thought to myself that if I was ever gonna branch off and have my own thing, it would be a really good time to do it. So that's pretty much what I did. I have nothing but good things to say about the whole [MEGADETH] experience. I wouldn't be talking to you right now if I hadn't been in that band. That's a fact."
Asked if Broderick's decision to announce his exit from MEGADETH the same day as Drover was a coincidence, or if ACT OF DEFIANCE was already in the works at the time of the announcement, the drummer said: "It was actually the same night. That was a coincidence, yeah. But, of course, we talked about where we were at in our careers and what we wanted to do in the future. Chris and I share a lot of the same vision musically and personally, and neither of us wanted to take a year off. We realized that we were both serious about doing something, so we decided to hook up and see where this path takes us."
In a recent interview with Metal Hammer magazine, Mustaine stated about Drover and Broderick: "The two guys that left were, I believe, unfairly treated by management: they didn't even say goodbye to me — that's how badly they were spoken to — and for that I'm sad. We spent a lot of years together and I wish them well."
ACT OF DEFIANCE's debut album, "Birth And The Burial", was released on August 21 via Metal Blade Records.