Nick Menza Of Megadeath

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Nick Menza Of Megadeath

當1989年Megadeth樂隊需要鼓手的時候,Dave Mustaine邀請了Nick Menza加入樂團。Menza第一次和Megadeth一起表演是在1988年5月12日,地點是英格蘭的布拉德福德。

正是這一次合作經歷及個人關係,Megadeth在1990年製作其超白金唱片專輯《Rust in Peace》時正式邀請Menza加入。在之後接下來的十年裡,Menza參與了這支樂隊製作大賣唱片的經典時代,包括1990年的《Rust In Piece》,1992年的《Countdown to Extinction》,1994年的《Youthanasia》及1997年的《Cryptic Writings》。

1990年9月24日全球發行的《Rust in Peace》專輯了歌迷及樂評人的一致好評,一經發行即取得美國排行榜第23位及英國排行榜第8位的好成績。這張唱片中的暢銷單曲包括《Holy Wars》《The Punishment Due》及《Hangar 18》,均被製作成音樂錄影帶。這張專輯在美國賣出愈百萬張,樂隊也因此獲得1991及1992年格萊美獎最佳金屬表演獎的提名。

Countdown to Extinction》專輯Megadeth樂隊商業上最為成功的一張唱片。這張專輯中,樂隊的每個成員都參與了創作,而專輯名則由鼓手Nick Menza命名。1992年7月14日發行的這張專輯一經發行即引起轟動,取得美國Billboard Top 200第二位及英國排行榜第五位的好成績專輯中包括搖滾金曲《Symphony of Destruction》《Foreclosure of a Dream》《Sweating Bullets》。這張專輯迅速在美國達到雙白金唱片銷量,並於1993年獲得格萊美獎最佳金屬表演獎的提名。

再下一張的專輯《Youthanasia》更是獲得空前成功。這張在1994年11月1日發行的專輯在美國Billboard Top 200上排到第四位,在加拿大獲得黃金唱片銷量及美國獲得白金唱片銷量。在那年11月下旬,樂隊兩次受邀於《大衛·萊特曼深夜秀》進行表演:第一次表演的是《Train of Consequences》,第二次則表演《À Tout le Monde》。

1997年6月17日,Capitol 唱片公司發行了該樂隊的Cryptic Writings專輯。這張唱片衝進Billboard Top 200的第十位,也是Megadeth的連續第六張在美國獲得白金銷量的錄音室唱片。該專輯中的單曲《Trust》是Megadeth樂隊迄今為止單日最火爆單曲。這張搖滾唱片在1998年獲格萊美最佳金屬表演獎提名。

Megadeth曾參加Ozzfest 98,但在巡演途中鼓手Nick Menza因膝蓋傷痛臨時退出樂隊。當時Megadeth找了Jimmy DeGrasso做臨時頂替,但在樂隊在製作下一張唱片時,Menza未被邀請歸隊,而DeGrasso則成為樂隊正式鼓手。在醫院術後休養時Nick接到Mustaine的一通電話稱不再需要他的服務。J. Marshall Craig所作Nick Menza Megalife: Countdown To Resurrection》在2014發行,在書店及Kindle均有銷售。



When Megadeth needed a drummer in 1989, Nick Menza was asked by Dave Mustaine to join the band. Menza first played live with Megadeth on May 12, 1988 in Bradford, England.

This prior experience and personal relationship led to the invitation to join Megadeth for the 1990, multi-platinum recording Rust in Peace. and for the next ten years Menza became associated with the band’s classic and most profitable era. 1990′s Rust In Piece, 1992′s Countdown to Extinction, 1994′s Youthanasia, and 1997′s Cryptic Writings.

Released worldwide on September 24, 1990, Rust in Peace was a hit with fans and critics alike, debuting at No. 23 in the US and No. 8 in the UK The album featured the singles “Holy Wars”, “The Punishment Due” and “Hangar 18″, both of which had music videos made of them and remain live staples. Rust in Peace went on to sell more than a million copies in the US and received Grammy nominations in 1991 and 1992 for Best Metal Performance.

What would become Megadeth’s most commercially successful effort, Countdown to Extinction. The album was the first to feature writing contributions from each band member, and was named by drummer Nick Menza. Released on July 14, 1992, Countdown to Extinction was an instant hit, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top 200 album charts in the US, and No. 5 in the UK. Anchored by the Mainstream Rock hits “Symphony of Destruction” “Foreclosure of a Dream” and “Sweating Bullets” The album quickly went double platinum in the US, and received a Grammy nomination for Best Metal Performance in 1993.

More success was followed from Youthanasia, released on November 1, 1994 debuting at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart in the US, Certified gold in Canada after thirty minutes and was certified platinum in the US. Later in November, the band was invited twice to perform at David Letterman’s Late Show: the first time they performed “Train of Consequences”and “À Tout le Monde” on the second occasion.

On June 17, 1997, Capitol Records released Cryptic Writings. The album debuted at No. 10 on the Billboard Top 200, and was Megadeth’s sixth consecutive studio album to be certified platinum in the United States. “Trust”, a single from Cryptic Writings, became Megadeth’s highest charting single to date. The No. 5 Mainstream Rock Track was also nominated for a Best Metal Performance Grammy in 1998.

Megadeth joined Ozzfest 98 but, halfway through the tour, drummer Nick Menza discovered a tumor on his knee and was forced to leave to undergo surgery. Megadeth then hired a temporary replacement by Jimmy DeGrasso rather than cancel any dates.

When the time came to record a follow-up album, Menza was not asked back and DeGrasso became the band’s official drummer. while in the hospital recovering from knee surgery, Nick received a phone call from Mustaine that simply said your services are not needed anymore, “Nick Menza: Megalife”, Countdown To Resurrection the book by J. Marshall Craig, is due in stores, in Kindle and eBook versions, in late 2014.

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