Yesterday, Mustaine took to Twitter to wish Verbeuren a happy 45th birthday. He wrote: “Happy birthday to my drummer extraordinaire, Dirk Verbeuren! You are a powerhouse and your drumming on the new record is exceptional. Have a great day, buddy!”
MEGADETH has officially confirmed return to touring after band’s frontman Dave Mustaine was diagnosed with cancer earlier in 2019.
Band wrote on their Facebook page: “MEGADETH is back! We can’t wait to see and play for you all on the Killing Road in 2020! What songs do you want to hear?”
In November, Mustaine spoke about his battle with throat cancer in a new interview with Rolling Stone.
“I’m on the other side of the majority of the treatment, and I feel really strong,” Dave said. “After the radiation, the guy said all of my test results looked amazing. ‘You look like you’re in a stage 1 and you’re supposed to be in stage 3 right now.’ And then the oncologist said the same thing: ‘You look really strong.’ So we kept moving through the process.”
Mustaine also revealed that the band will release at least two songs prior to embarking on a European tour with FIVE FINGER DEATH PUNCH this month.
“All we need to do is get in the studio and capture them,” he noted. “We’ve got scratch drum tracks. We just have to get Dirk [Verbeuren, drums] to play through the songs once or twice and then it’s up to me and David [Ellefson, bass] and Kiko [Loureiro, lead guitar] to finish.”