Thursday, April 30, 2015

Former Megadeth drummer accuses Dave Mustaine of ripping him off

Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza has called out Dave Mustaine over alleged wrongdoings with regards to publishing royalties from his days with the group.

“To: Dave Mustaine in regards to my publishing royalties,” posted Menza on his social media sites. “I find it very unprofessional that you conduct business like a child, quit playing games! be a man and stop taking food from my kids mouths. It’s my earned money, Not yours. quit ripping me off. WTF?”

At press time, there had been no reaction from Mustaine over his former drummer’s remarks.

Menza’s comments are the second time recently he has chastised Mustaine publicly over his business practices: while revealing that a reunion of the band’s classic 1990s lineup fell apart during negotiations when they were looking for a new drummer, he later shared the details of a contract offer put on the table by Mustaine.

Menza says Megadeth requested he record the group’s 15th album without payment, with his earnings to be made from touring.

"As soon as I got home and it was time to sit down and negotiate my terms in writing, I was offered a very unfair deal that was so wrong,” revealed Menza. “They didn't feel I was worth anything to the band. Dave blocked my emails, changed his number and then, apparently, Ron Laffitte was fired as the band's manager. Here is one of my favorite bands and a huge part of my life achievements and I was shut out for wanting a fair deal.”

"I am really blown away how this band conducts business,”
he added. “A band is about a group of people who have respect for one another, sense of loyalty, camaraderie, and most of all honor and trust! I'm not a puppet I have integrity, loyalty, and honor. That's who I am!”

Mustaine and Megadeth are currently in the studio working on the follow-up to 2013’s "Super Collider" with new guitarist Kiko Loureiro and guest drummer Chris Adler from Lamb Of God.

See also:

Megadeth issue first photo of new studio lineup
Dave Mustaine raves about new Megadeth guitarist
Nick Menza details Megadeth reunion offer
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