NICK MENZA: MEGADETH Wanted Me To Work On New Album For Free
Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza was recently interviewed by Caleb Smith of the “The Sick Room” podcast in New Zealand.
On why he is not playing on the new Megadeth album: Nick: “I’m thinking [Megadeth singer Dave Mustaine] doesn’t wanna pay anybody any money. They didn’t show me any kind of love at all. They were just, like, ‘No, dude.’ Basically, ‘You’re not worth what you’re wanting.’ And it sucks it all has to come down to that; that it all has to come down to money and it’s about the money. But you know what?! I don’t work for free, first of all. And second of all, they made me such a ridiculous offer that it just wasn’t cool. And I wasn’t the one that said no. They just cut it off and then I was left standing there, going, ‘Okay, now I’m not gonna do it, so…’ I wanted an agreement in writing is what I wanted. They didn’t wanna give me that. They didn’t wanna give me anything.”
On what went down during the talks about his returning to the band: Nick: “Basically, I went out there [to Dave Mustaine’s studio] and jammed with [Mustaine and David Ellefson]. We played for, like, a weekend — like, three days — and on the third day, we were working on new songs. And everything was cool. They were telling me, ‘You’re back in the band. We’ll do a press release.’ And I’m, like, ‘I don’t wanna say anything until I have an agreement, a contract in writing of what’s gonna happen.’ And then they send me this ridiculous proposal stating that, ‘You’re not gonna paid anything until the touring starts.’ So, basically, I was gonna work for nothing, doing the record. Which I was still kind of ready to bend in that direction anyway. But I’m, like, ‘You know what?! I’m not gonna break or sell myself short with something that’s gonna be huge. They’ve gotta realize the longevity of it.’ And then they were kind of coming back at me the same way. So the whole thing was silly. I didn’t even get a chance to negotiate with them about anything. They just put it off and said, ‘That’s it.’ And I couldn’t get hold of anybody. Believe me, I wish I was doing it, but, hey, it’s not meant to be, obviously.”
On the current drummer position in Megadeth: Nick: “I kind of cracked up when I thought about all the drummers that have been in Megadeth. There’s, like, six or seven of them, and now there’s another guy playing on the record, Chris Adler [Lamb of God], and I’m sure he’s gonna do an awesome job and it’s gonna sound rocking. But who’s gonna do the live gig?”