It was rumoured that former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza would be returning to the drummer’s chair for the first time since 1998 to work on Megadeth’s new album but Menza has now suggested that the replacement will be Lamb Of God‘s Chris Adler.
Menza posted a video titled Maybe I can play on Lamb of God’s new album? to YouTube over the weekend showing him jamming on his drumkit with a new Sleishman snare. Underneath the video he commented, “Well since Adler is playing on the new Megadeth album. Do I get to play on Lamb of God new album ? I’m down for it ….”
It seems to be a playful poke at Adler as Menza added, “Chris you rock ! one of my favorite drummers. good luck bro …..” Unless of course, it’s all a double bluff.
The band’s former guitarist Glen Drover sparked rumours earlier this year that Menza would return as the band’s drummer when he told Metal Wani, “I would bet money I don’t have [that] it’s [going to be] Nick Menza on drums.” This was in response to a video Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine posted to YouTube showing him jamming with bassist David Ellefson and a drummer whose head was cropped off.
Menza was open to the idea of rejoining the band posting to Facebook last December, “I don’t rule out rejoining MEGADETH and the opportunity would be totally cool.”
There’s no official word yet from Megadeth or Adler on whether or not he is the new drummer. There’s also no word on who will replace guitarist Chris Broderick who also left the band last year.
This isn’t the first time Adler has been rumoured to be the replacement drummer for an iconic band. Last year he was hotly tipped to be drumming on Slipknot’s new album, which never eventuated.
As for the new Megadeth album, Dave Mustaine posted on his Twitter at the end of last month, “Next week will see an official press statement from Megadeth regarding the new recording.”
That didn’t happen and so we’re still waiting for word on when we can expect the LP, but Mustaine has since tweeted that the band will start dropping “clues” as to the band’s studio lineup “in 10 days or less”.
Last month Ellefson revealed to Ultimate Guitar that the album was “pretty much written.”
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