An official trailer for “Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza” by J. Marshall Craig is on the market under. The guide shall be launched on December 11 through Post Hill Press.
Official guide synopsis: “With Nick Menza behind the equipment, MEGADETH transitioned from celebrated cult band to worldwide superstars. ‘Rust In Peace’, the primary album to function Menza and Marty Friedman, was immediately thought of a traditional, bought over one million copies, bought nominated for a Grammy Award, and established what many take into account to be the definitive MEGADETH lineup. It was the start of a exceptional run by which the band would launch three career-defining albums and tour the world many instances over.
“Success was a rollercoaster trip of highs and lows: sobriety and habit, peace and rigidity, laughter and anger. Until sooner or later all of it got here crashing down. Despite his contributions to the band’s most iconic and enduring work, when Menza was compelled to hunt remedy for a debilitating tumor in his knee, he awoke from surgical procedure to be taught he was being fired from the band by the person he thought of a brother and mentor, the ever-enigmatic Dave Mustaine. The devastating information despatched him right into a spiral of anger and frustration, adopted by a darkish interval of self-medication that almost killed him.
“‘Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza’ is an unflinching take a look at life inside certainly one of metallic’s most profitable bands, from the again of the stage to the bunks on the bus, in addition to a blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous, sophisticated relationship between Menza and Mustaine. It can be the singular story of a self-taught musician who achieved his goals by way of sheer will and willpower, watched all of it disintegrate, after which rebuilt himself from scratch.”
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Last 12 months, Menza‘s household, administration and biographer promised some shattering public disclosures about Nick‘s remaining months — and the disgraceful remedy they’ve obtained for the reason that musician’s sudden loss of life.
Late within the night on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after struggling a coronary heart assault throughout a live performance with Chris Poland and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari of their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced useless upon arrival on the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner stated Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic heart problems.
Two years later, the Menza camp had MEGADETH founder Dave Mustaine within the crosshairs, in accordance with creator J. Marshall Craig, supervisor Robert Bolger and Rose Menza, Nick‘s mom, who’s now guarding and caring for the drummer’s property and legacy.
Shortly after Nick‘s passing, Rose expressed her “monumental gratitude for the outpouring of affection and condolences from Nick‘s many pals and followers,” including that she was “so completely satisfied and excited” that “Dave Mustaine has chosen to assist have fun Nick‘s life and assist the boys (Nick‘s two surviving sons)” with a profit memorial live performance that was proposed to function all prepared former members of MEGADETH.
In the times after Nick‘s loss of life, Mustaine instructed Kerrang! journal that, “The Nick that I do know, on the finish, I feel that he… he went to heaven doing what he needed to do: play drums. And I feel that as a substitute of us all mourning, we must always have fun his life, have fun his legacy.”
Mustaine insisted in interviews that he had a “very, very shut” relationship with the drummer, regardless of Menza‘s public accusation that the MEGADETH frontman despatched him a “ridiculous proposal” for a failed 2015 reunion of the band’s traditional “Rust In Peace”-era lineup. In interviews and public posts on his social media, Nick revealed that Mustaine refused to pay for him rehearsals and even recording the subsequent document, and provided an insulting weekly touring fee. When Nick‘s legal professional and administration submitted a counter-proposal, Mustaine allegedly misplaced his mood and scuttled the reunion, altering his cellphone quantity and e-mail deal with. Nick and Mustaine by no means spoke once more, which Craig says is explored absolutely within the upcoming guide.
“Dave‘s betrayal was actually an enormous blow to Nick,” Craig stated. “But I can say that not lengthy after, Nick was as positive as ever that he was higher off and much more musically glad taking part in with Chris and Pag. He completely beloved these guys. He was much more excited concerning the prospect of taking part in Europe with OHM: than he ever appeared to me when the topic of MEGADETH got here up. He instructed me he needed the reunion for what it might have and will have been — a celebration of a band at its zenith, regrouping yet one more time for the followers.
“Yeah, it will have been nice. And who’s to say it nonetheless cannot be someday sooner or later,” Nick stated in his remaining interview with Craig, at Rose Lane Studio in Carpinteria lower than a month earlier than his loss of life. “It positive would not look good now however I am going to by no means say by no means; it is all as much as Dave. It at all times has been.”
In the 2 years since Menza‘s loss of life, sadly, Mustaine has didn’t not solely stage a memorial live performance that includes surviving MEGADETH alumni and for the good thing about Nick‘s sons — he has reportedly but to name Menza‘s dad and mom and even ship a condolence letter.
“He by no means referred to as,” Rose stated from the household residence in Studio City. “I’m actually upset at him (Mustaine). They have been NOT good pals, it doesn’t matter what he says now that Nick‘s not right here to reply what’s being stated about him.”
Mustaine instructed the Q103 radio station a few days after Menza‘s loss of life: “People suppose that we had this failed reunion try. There have been a number of instances that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it simply did not occur for no matter cause — I do not know why, nevertheless it did not.”
Said biographer Craig: “Dave is aware of precisely why there was no reunion, since he pulled the plug — once more — as may be clearly seen in mail exchanges between him and Nick, which Nick gave me full entry to. I’ve put the conversations within the guide, unabridged,” Craig stated. “Dave‘s directly pleasant and inspiring after which, instantly, infantile and impolite; Nick comes throughout like, effectively Nick: well mannered, agreeable and accommodating, making an attempt his greatest to get alongside and make it work.
“I have been telling media earlier than and after Nick‘s passing that he by no means sought to name out Dave for the issues he did and stated, which is totally true. Nick needed to take the excessive street and, certainly, he at all times did, and we’re honoring that legacy.
“Believe me — there may be A LOT that Nick revealed to me that isn’t within the guide … although what’s most followers will discover fairly surprising, however not a shock.
“In session with Nick‘s mother and pop and sister and ex, his supervisor Rob and Nick‘s closest pals, we’re unanimous within the determination to not censor something now.”
Craig, greatest identified for his deeply behind-the-scenes books with THE ANIMALS frontman Eric Burdon and THE ROLLING STONES keyboardist and musical director Chuck Leavell, believes essentially the most disgraceful incident up to now is the MEGADETH frontman’s remedy of Menza‘s surviving younger boys.
As for repeated declarations from Mustaine that he “sang nearly each single be aware of Marty Friedman‘s guitar solos, and I wrote the vast majority of Nick‘s drum elements, and I wrote nearly each bass be aware that Ellefson performed” and “I did it to [former guitarists] Jeff [Young], Chris [Poland] and Al [Pitrelli], too,” Craig stated that lengthy earlier than Nick‘s loss of life, he held nothing again on discussing his time in MEGADETH and the way the band’s administration handled him in years since. “I have been aware of all of it,” Craig stated, “the e-mails, the attorneys’ and managers’ correspondence on each side. I feel it paints an unsightly image, however followers will be capable to make that evaluation for themselves once they see the guide.
“Nick did not need a tell-all, and nothing about this guide may be thought of salacious within the least,” Craig concluded. “But that does not imply it is not going to be controversial and maybe bruise just a few emotions that should have the wind knocked out of them: This guide is the reality — Nick Menza‘s true MegaLife.”