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Former Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Dead at 51 Former Megadeth drummer
Nick Menza has died after suffering what one concert-goer described as a seizure during a performance by his band Ohm at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California, May 21. He was 51. The latest updates indicate that he died of a heart attack.
An unnamed person who was attending Ohm’s concert described the incident, “It appeared to be a seizure but [Nick] stopped breathing. Two patrons took over and began CPR until EMS arrived. EMS worked on him for 25-plus minutes, including adrenaline shots, three shocks and non-stop compressions.”
A Facebook post from The Baked Potato stated simply: “RIP Nick Menza.”
Nick Menza’s Death Reportedly Not Drug-Related
Investigators have reportedly ruled out drugs as a factor in the death of former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza.
TMZ reports that “law enforcement sources” have shared autopsy results indicating that the 51-year-old drummer did not succumb to a “stereotypical drug-related death.” Instead, after conducting a search and interviewing people close to Menza, they’ve reached the conclusion that he’d been sober for close to a decade, and his system was clean when he suffered a fatal heart attack.
Megadeth’s Dave Mustaine “Shocked, Devastated and Saddened” About Nick Menza
Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine has released the following statement regarding the passing of the band’s former drummer Nick Menza:
“I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza’s passing. Shocked, devastated and saddened don’t begin to describe my feelings.
“Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn’t take long for us to realize he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. We asked Nick to join Megadeth as our drummer in 1989. At the time, the band already had its first platinum album, which only served to stoke the fire. We all wanted world domination — with so much of our lives and dreams ahead of us. As we navigated through the pitfalls of life and the music business, our first album with Nick, ‘Rust In Peace’, and subsequent albums ‘Countdown To Extinction’ and ‘Youthanasia’, kept up the momentum. We parted ways after ‘Cryptic Writings’. We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout.
“As a player, Nick had a very powerful jazzy flair, unpredictable and always entertaining, And as great a drummer as he was, the time spent with him as a person, a bandmate, and a friend was even more fun. “There were several times we discussed him coming back to the band, but for various reasons, it never came together. We’ve been in touch all along, he had come out to our shows recently, and he had remained a great friend, a true professional and a larger-than-life personality.
“The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick’s children.
“All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones.
“My deepest condolences go out to Nick’s family.”
Aerosmith Respond to Rumors About Replacing Steven Tyler
Aerosmith tweeted this weekend that rumors of them replacing frontman Steven Tyler are just that, rumors. Said the band, “There’s absolutely no truth to a story circulating that Aerosmith is looking for a new singer.”
Lemmy Kilmister Now Has His Own Commemorative Stamps in Germany
The German postal service has launched a collection of commemorative stamps featuring late Motörhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister.
Made in collaboration with local newspaper Bild, the book of ten stamps will be limited to 7777 copies (a fitting tribute to Lemmy’s lucky seven) and will be priced at €10. The stamps will only be sold in Germany and will only be available until June 17, 2016.
“A great artist, a gentleman, an honest and loyal person, an icon for many and an inspiration for his fellow artists and fans,” said Bild.
The heavy metal icon passed away last December, aged 70. The surviving members of Motörhead will play with Saxon at the Metal Hammer Golden Gods Awards next month.
Guns N’ Roses Axl Rose Is Back on His Feet (Sort Of)
He’s still wearing a rather large walking boot as a result of an injury suffered during Guns N’ Roses’ surprise April 1 show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles.
Check out the fan-filmed video, here.
Ozzy Osbourne to Have Birmingham Train Named in His Honor
Bust out the “Crazy Train” jokes because Ozzy Osbourne is about to have a Midland Metro tram named after him in Birmingham, England.
Ozzy’s hometown of Birmingham will launch its official Ozzy train on May 26.
“It’s a great honour to have a new tram named after me, I’m proud to be a Brummie and this means so much,” Ozzy tells the Birmingham Mail.
Kelly Osbourne Goes On Twitter Rant and Trashes Ozzy’s Alleged Mistress
On Monday night, Kelly took to Twitter to attack celebrity hairstylist Michelle Pugh, whose alleged affair with Ozzy Osbourne is rumored to have led to his unexpected split from Sharon Osbourne.
After one fan criticized her for sharing Pugh’s information publicly, Kelly fired back, “Are you my family? NO YOU ARE NOT YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHE DID! So keep ur high-mighty opinions to yourself!” Michelle has not commented on the allegations, though Kelly certainly opened her up to further scrutiny. When one Twitter user argued that Ozzy would be just as “guilty” as Michelle if the affair rumors proved true, the former reality star wrote, “My father is almost 70 ever heard of elder abuse?”
As Twitter collectively condemned Kelly’s behavior, Sharon defended her daughter’s tweets on The Talk Tuesday. “Oh, Kelly has the best sense of humor ever. And you know what? In cases like this, what can you do but laugh?” Sharon asked. “You have to laugh. She is just so funny.”
Tommy Lee vs. Nikki Sixx
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Mötley Crüe drummer Tommy Lee spoke to Rolling Stone about the band’s pre-show ritual for the last-ever concert.
He said: “It’s kind of strange, man. We’re a f**king weird band. Even stranger, after the final night, we had a big party backstage on New Year’s Eve, and I never saw the other guys. We never even said ‘goodbye.’ F**king strange as hell, dude. I mean, what the f**k?”
Asked why nobody would say goodbye to him, Tommy said: “I really don’t know. I mean, if you’re getting divorced, you still give your ex a hug, or flip her off or something. You either get a kiss or a slap, or … something. Give me a sign! Let me know you’re alive.”
Tommy also confirmed that he hasn’t spoken to Mötley Crüe bassist Nikki Sixx or singer Vince Neil since the show. “I think f**king Nikki unfollowed me on f**king Twitter, like, the next day,” Tommy said. “I was like, ‘Wow. Okay, dude.’”
Steven Tyler, Joan Jett Among Narrators for Discovery Channel’s “Hello World!” Series
Beginning July 9, the Discovery Channel will begin airing a six-part family-friendly series titled “Hello World!” that will take a look at the wonders of the natural world through the narration of some of music’s top musicians, including Steven Tyler and Joan Jett.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the series is being made in association with the World Wildlife Fund. There will be back-to-back episodes airing over a three-week span during the month of July.
Tyler’s episode is titled “Red, White & You,” and will provide the backdrop of how several critters like prairie dogs, hawks and wild mustangs like to spend their summer vacations.
As for Jett, her episode “Bad Reputation” centers on animals like wolves, alligators and sharks that often get a bad rap. “It is important for us to learn about misunderstood animals and how they affect the ecosystem and support human life,” says Jett.
Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan Documentary Hitting Theaters
Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan will screen his documentary, “It’s So Easy And Other Lies: Live At The Moore”, in several U.S. theaters starting May 26.
Directed by Christopher Duddy, the project sees McKagan telling his life story in a live performance setting at the famed Seattle venue in 2013. The film will open in 50 U.S. cities ahead of the its theatrical release in Los Angeles on June 3.
The Seattle appearance was part of a promotional tour by McKagan in support of his 2012 memoir, “It’s So Easy (And Other Lies).”
AC/DC’s Music Rocks New Applebee’s Commercials
The opening riff of AC/DC’s classic 1980 song “Rock And Roll Ain’t Noise Pollution” is featured in a new series of TV spots from the Applebee’s restaurant chain.
AC/DC has been famously reluctant to license its music for advertising, although the band now appears to have changed its tune. In 2011, AC/DC allowed the opening riff to its “Back In Black” song to be used in a commercial for Walmart, three years after making its “Black Ice” album available for sale in the U.S. exclusively at Walmart stores.
Metalheads Say The Damnedest Things
“Thinking out loud here: We are currently covering 8 albums in our full set. We try to please the crowds and ourselves the best we can, and by far the majority love our set. Some only know the classics, while others crave more new stuff. Regardless of what we play, we are artists that always write new music even if some new stuff never gets in the live set.
“I recently read a rather ignorant comment about why even bother to write and record new music if we don’t play it live… (facepalm)
“Obviously that perspective is from someone that isn’t creative or an artist. How many painters, writers, sculptors, etc. put down their tools because the world may not see or hear their work? It doesn’t work that way. It’s in the artist’s blood to create FIRST. It’s like telling a runner to stop running if they are not going to enter a race. Queensrÿche is always writing and feeding the machine. Thanks for all your amazing support, and to all the creative spirits out there, feed your passion and keep doing what you do!”
~ Queensrÿche frontman Todd La Torre via Facebook