Singer Tim "Ripper" Owens (JUDAS PRIEST, ICED EARTH, YNGWIE MALMSTEEN), drummer Shawn Drover (MEGADETH) and guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH. KING DIAMOND) joined forces for the "Masters Of Metal" Christmas concert this past Friday night (December 12) at Paper City Music Shop in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Fan-filmed video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Only hours after Drover announced his exit from MEGADETH on November 25 to "to pursue [his] own musical interests," guitarist Chris Broderick revealed he also quit the legendary metal band, saying that he was leaving the group "due to artistic and musical differences."
Shawn joined MEGADETH in 2004 as the replacement for Nick Menza, who had only just rejoined the group. Drover performed on four MEGADETH studio records: 2007's "United Abominations", 2009's "Endgame", 2011's "TH1RT3EN" and last year's "Super Collider".
Owens recorded two studio albums with JUDAS PRIEST — 1997's "Jugulator" and 2001's "Demolition" — before the band reunited with Rob Halford in 2003.
Glen's debut solo album, "Metalusion", was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records.
Asked if his desire to spend time more time with his family was the reason he left MEGADETH in 2007, Drover told the "Metal Attack MTL" radio show: "No, not necessarily. I mean, it was part of that, but there was a lot of turmoil going on in the band while I was there, and it wasn't as much fun. See, the first couple of years in MEGADETH, it was a lot of fun — it was a very healthy atmosphere — but towards the end it wasn't, and I think that kind of magnified the fact that I didn't wanna be a part of that kind of destructive kind of atmosphere, and I wanted to be at home with my family and then stage the next plan of attack for the next project, whatever that may be."