This year's Download Festival turned out to be a very wet weekend with constant downpours and thunderstorms throughout the three days, but what would 'Drownload' festival be without a little bit of rain? Thick with mud and soggy from the rain, the crowds all gathered looking for a fantastic time and with phenomenal headliners Rammstein, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden the weekend was never going to disappoint. Aside from the wrestling and the creative Zippo lighters that you could engrave in the Zippo Encore booth, as well as get hold of the limited edition Download Zippo lighter, the music line up for this year's festival was phenomenal - and we can't wait for the next Download festival already.
There were multiple highlights throughout the weekend, and as we stocked up on burgers, we headed down to the Lemmy stage to catch one of the more out-there acts of the weekend - Babymetal. Babymetal were mesmerising as they always are, with hit songs Gimme Chocolate and Road To Resistance taking the crowd by storm. A giant circle pit opened as the Japanese J-pop/metal band took to the stage and gave a fantastically choreographed performance as always.
Killswitch Engage managed to slay the stage as they always do, even in the torrential downpour that overtook their set, as the band plunged into hit songs My Curse, Strength Of The Mind and My Last Serenade, there was nothing that they can do to disappoint. A huge crowd turned out to watch the band, even in the mudpit that the Lemmy stage gave way to.
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Former Megadeth drummer Nick Menza's death was reportedly not drug-related.
The rocker was performing with his band OHM at Studio City, Los Angeles' The Baked Potato jazz club on Saturday (21May16) when he collapsed on stage three songs into their set.
Paramedics attempted to treat him, but the percussionist was pronounced dead after he was admitted to a nearby hospital. His manager Robert Bolger told the BBC he had suffered a "massive heart attack".
According to editors at TMZ.com, police officers investigating Menza's death have ruled out drug use as its possible cause after conducting a search on the jazz club, reviewing autopsy results and interviewing those close to the late musician, concluding that he had no recent history of drug use.
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is planning a Megadeth supergroup concert to honour his former bandmate Nick Menza, who died on Saturday night (21May16).
The drummer was performing with his band OHM at The Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City, California, when he suffered a "massive heart attack" just three songs into the set. Paramedics were called to the venue and he was admitted to a nearby hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
Dave paid tribute to Nick on Sunday (22May16) and is now working on plans to reunite former and current MEGADETH members for a concert to benefit Menza's family.
"The band has already agreed (to) do a benefit in California...," Mustaine told New York radio station Q103. "We're working out the details... We're hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni for Megadeth to come there and play with us, so that we can help leave behind something for Nick's children, which I think had been kind of left in a bad way.
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The musician passed away while performing with his band OHM in LA.
Former drummer for MEGADETH Nick Menza has died suddenly following a collapse on stage in Los Angeles where he was performing a show with his band OHM. He was just 51-years-old, and while he hasn't been a long-term fixture of Megadeth since his departure in 1997, current members of the band and fans have reacted with total shock.
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It's reported that Menza suffered a major heart attack as OHM got into their third song while they were performing at a jazz club called the Baked Potato in LA on Saturday night (May 21st 2016). It was just one of Menza's regular sessions at the club with his band which he co-founded with former Megadeth guitarist Chris Poland back in 2002.
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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine is "gutted" following the death of former bandmate Nick Menza, who collapsed onstage on Saturday night (21May16).
The percussionist was performing with his band OHM at The Baked Potato jazz club in Studio City, California, where he suffered a "massive heart attack" just three songs into the set, his manager Rob Bolger told the BBC.
Paramedics were called and he was admitted to a nearby hospital, where he was subsequently pronounced dead.
The tragic news has hit Mustaine hard, and he took to Twitter.com on Sunday (22May16) to express his disbelief.
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Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine Has Urged Axl Rose To Invite Steven Adler And Izzy Stradlin To Take Part In The Guns N' Roses Classic Line-up Reunion And Add To The Spectacle Of An Amazing Gig.
Rose will hit the stage with Slash and Duff MCKagan at this year's (Apr16) Coachella festival in California, but it is not officially known who will be joining the trio.
Reports suggest Axl will fill out the band with current members of GUNS N' ROSES, but fan Mustaine tells The Strombo Show he'd like to see drummer Adler and guitar great Stradlin up there with their old bandmates.
"I don't know that that's going to happen," he said. "I certainly hope that it will, but, you know, in order for it to truly be a Guns N' Roses reunion, you've gotta ask yourself, 'Who's is gonna be there?' I think that it would be terrific if Steven and Izzy was there too, because that would be really, really nostalgic. There's nothing really keeping them from doing it other than personal differences.
Megadeth Star Dave Mustaine's Teenage Daughter, Electra, Has Covered Her Dad's I Thought I Knew It All As A Country Song.
The 18-year-old singer and her producers Ben Fowler and Phoenix Mendoza have reinvented the heavy rock anthem as Electra's country music debut.
"We thought it'd be a great tribute to MEGADETH fans for all the years of support," she tells Rolling Stone Country. "I wanted to say thank you, because honestly if it weren't for Megadeth fans, I wouldn't be able to try to fulfil my dreams now.
"I thought, 'Let's show everyone this is where I come from, and yes, I am Dave Mustaine's daughter, but look what I can do with it'. We tried to make it organic, raw and vocally driven."
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Megadeth Frontman Dave Mustaine Has Fired His Guitar Technician, Blaming Him For A Disastrous Gig In Brisbane, Australia This Week (Beg19oct15).
The furious heavy rocker took to social media on Thursday (22Oct15) to apologise to fans at the concert, insisting they deserve "way better" that "what this jerk-off did tonight".
Mustaine doesn't go into details, but claims the the former employee was a "total waste of skin and life".
He adds, "MEGADETH is much better than what we appeared tonight. But you know what the funny thing is? He (technician) has to live with himself. And as of, like, right now, I'll never see his stupid a** again."
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Brazilian Rocker Kiko Loureiro Has Been Confirmed As Megadeth's New Guitarist.
The former Angra star joins Lamb of God's Chris Adler as the group's new recruits following the departures of Shawn Drover and Chris Broderick at the end of last year (14).
Welcoming the guitarist to the group on Thursday (02Apr15), MEGADETH frontman Dave Mustaine said, "I first met Kiko around eight years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard.
"Since then, I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent... Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, the best is yet to come!"
Continue reading: Brazilian Guitar Great Kiko Loureiro Joins Megadeth
Lamb Of God's Chris Adler Has Been Recruited To Replace Shawn Drover On Megadeth's New Album.
Dave Mustaine has confirmed the rock news in a statement, revealing Adler will sit behind the drums for the band's 15th album.
The frontman says, "Chris is a tremendous talent and an amazing person. He's going to bring a new level of excitement and energy to MEGADETH that the fans are going to lose their minds over. I have nothing but respect for my previous drummers, but this is going to kill."
Fans are still waiting to hear who will step in for guitarist Chris Broderick, who quit the band shortly after Drover announced he would be leaving the group in November (14).