Late Megadeth Drummer Nick Menza Unearthed Heavy Drum Riffs To Be Produced by David Ellefson

Late Megadeth drummer Nick Menza’s unearthed drum riffs – an expected 13 tracks, touted as “the heaviest and fastest drum material Nick ever created” – will be produced by David Ellefson.

“Hey, everybody, David Ellefson here,” begins the former Megadeth bassist. “Just wanted to let you know about a new crowdfunding opportunity involving this David Ellefson signature Jackson bass. We’re actually recording some new riffs and parts to some brand new existing Nick Menza drum riffs.

So posthumously, we’re actually forming a new band with Nick. I got a handful of different people from our industry around the world participating in this and I’m going to be writing some new riffs and some new things. This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza documentary film coming your way soon. Step up, and help support the cause. And I think you’re going to enjoy the story.”

In conjunction with the announcement of Ellefson’s attachment to the film, an Indiegogo campaign has since been launched to raise funding for the completion of the film. Fans have the opportunity to support the production of the film directly, as well as obtain some very rare official Megadeth touring memorabilia. These items include various touring laminates personally owned, and authentically signed by Nick himself and David Ellefson.

In addition to memorabilia, fans can purchase brand new Nick Menza merchandise including hats, posters, and even Nick Menza skateboard decks. Fans can even have their names and a message added to the end credits of the film.”
This Was My Life will be the first-ever film to memorialize Menza’s legacy and celebrate his life exactly how it was. It is described in a press release as “an unflinching exploration into the life of one of the most successful thrash-metal drummers of all time, authorized by the Menza family. 

From his childhood all the way through to the end of his life including a true blow-by-blow account of the repeated failed attempts of the classic Rust In Peace lineup.”
This Was My Life will feature rare and never-before-seen photos and video footage from Nick’s archived VHS tape collection, personally filmed by Menza himself from 1988 through 1991. Included will be exclusive content showcasing Nick working at the studio, personal home movies, casual time and party time with his fellow bandmembers, as well as other well-known artists of the era that Nick toured with. 

A screenshot from the film was recently released that featured an interview with former Lamb Of God / Megadeth drummer Chris Adler.

“We are excited for the fans to see the life Nick lived before, during, and after Megadeth, it was quite the journey. Stay tuned for an epic documentary, as Nick would say, ‘It’s gonna be rad!’ Thank you everyone for the continued support in keeping Nick’s legacy alive.

Sincerely, Menza Family.”

Late in the evening on May 21, 2016, Nick collapsed after suffering a heart attack during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino “Pag” Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California and was pronounced dead upon arrival at the hospital. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.