Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine has opened up about his former band member Nick Menza’s sudden death. Menza collapsed on stage on May 21st, while playing a gig with his band OHM in California. According to TIME, the drummer may have died of a heart attack. He died at age 51.
The night after Menza’s death, Megadeth played their scheduled show in Schaghticoke, New York, and Mustaine spoke to the crowd to say that the band plans to ‘do a benefit in California’ to honor Menza and ‘leave behind something’ for his children.
Tonight we are hoping to do a moment of silence, and the band has already agreed [to] do a benefit in California. … We’re working out the details. … We’re hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni for Megadeth to come there and play with us, so that we can help leave behind something for Nick’s children, which I think had been kind of left in a bad way. We wanted to get all that stuff set up and right now the wheels are all turning in our camp.
During an interview with Q103 – a local Albany rock radio station on the same day, Mustaine addressed the rumours that Menza was set to rejoin the band for their latest album Dystopia. He said that the reunion ‘just didn’t happen for whatever reason’ but that people should ‘remember Nick and his legacy of just great performances.’
People think we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn’t happen for whatever reason. I don’t know why, but it didn’t. Now, I think it’s the time to remember Nick and his legacy of just great performances.
Menza collaborated with the band on four albums before leaving Megadeth. The albums include Rust in Peace (1990), Countdown to Extinction (1992), Youthanasia (1994) and Cryptic Writings (1997).
After first hearing about Menza’s sudden death, Mustaine took to Twitter to say: TELL ME THIS ISN’T TRUE! I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip