The first of three episodes of the revamped 2020 “Menza Mega Video Vault” featuring the late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza behind the camera filming some very rare unreleased intimate and funny backstage moments can be seen below. The 10-minute episode is hosted by EXODUS frontman Steve “Zetro” Souza.
“Behind The Scenes With Nick Menza” consists of clips from Menza‘s personal and private collection VHS tapes that includes previously unreleased live concert footage of PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS the drummer captured during 1992 and 1993 when PANTERA and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS opened for MEGADETH on the “Countdown To Extinction” tour. The series is being produced by Menza‘s longtime manger Robert Bolger, Wayne Marsala and Brian Huntington of Grey Haven Media.
Menza‘s official autobiography, “Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza” by J. Marshall Craig, was released in December 2018 via Post Hill Press.
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.
Nick rightfully earned his place as heavy metal’s fiercest drummer during MEGADETH‘s 10-year peak at the top. The highlight of his career, Nick said, was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people. The lowest point was being fired by MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth.