Metal Wani‘s William Richards and Owais “Vitek” Nabi recently conducted an interview with former MEGADETH and KING DIAMOND guitarist Glen Drover. You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On whether MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine is as difficult to work with as his reputation suggests:
Glen: “Well, I mean, there’s been a lot of personnel changes in the band throughout the years. There’s [been] a lot of changes, period, with just anybody that’s in the organization. What I can say is that I think that speaks for itself, and he’ll probably tell you the same thing. But, for me, up until the time I left, we actually had a lot of good times. We never had any big falling out or anything like that. I have a lot of good memories, especially, probably, from the first two years. Maybe the last six months or so, things started to change and it wasn’t as… A lot of people thought I left because I just wanted to stay home and look at the walls, which is quite ridiculous, but whatever… This is an old story, but I just didn’t like it. I didn’t like being in that atmosphere anymore, because it wasn’t as fun and positive as it once was, and I was getting a little bit disillusioned and a little bit irritated with certain things, and it just got to a point where I was, like, ‘Okay, I’m not happy. I’ve gotta leave.’ And that was pretty much the story. There was really nothing more to it than that.”
On his recent comment that he had no interest in rejoining MEGADETH:
Glen: “The thing is, with that, it’s funny how the power of the Internet… All it was… That purely just came from… I had a bunch of messages sent to me on Twitter, Facebook, blah blah blah… People asked me that question [whether I was interested in rejoining MEGADETH]. But it wasn’t, like, a million people asking. It was quite a few, but I just, instead of answering and giving everybody the same answer, I thought, ‘I’m just gonna do a group thing here and say, ‘Hey, guys, sorry,’ for the people that inquired. It wasn’t, like, this big announcement. But it turned into an announcement… that, ‘Oh, yeah, I would never…’ It wasn’t even talked about. I’m sure they’ve moved on as much as I have. And it was that simple, but it turned into something where it was more like, like I said, an announcement, and it wasn’t. All it was was just answering a few questions… Answering it once instead of answering it fifty times, you know?!”
On what he thinks MEGADETH‘s next lineup will be:
Glen: “Yeah. I don’t know what they’re gonna do. I would imagine, by the little video that they [posted on the Internet of Mustaine and MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson rehearsing with a drummer], I would bet money I don’t have [that] it’s [going to be] Nick Menza on drums. And whoever the guitar player is, we’ll find out. But, you know, a lot of people, a lot of the fans want that, and that’s great. I can understand, from the fan point of view, where you grew up with a certain band and you favor a certain lineup and you want that lineup to get back together. Like BLACK SABBATH, or whatever it is… So I get that.”
On how he looks back on his time with MEGADETH:
Glen: “One thing I’m really happy and proud about is when we were in the band, it wasn’t supposed to be a MEGADETH reformation; it was supposed to be a farewell tour. There wasn’t supposed to be this thing that was supposed to carry on for the last ten years. When I joined, it was [Dave Mustaine saying], ‘We’re just gonna do this farewell tour. I wanna end it properly.’ And that was it. But the reaction we were getting… Dave decided, ‘No. I’m not gonna kill the band. I’m gonna keep this thing going.’ So I’m really happy and proud to have put all that hard work in in really bringing the band back and making it powerful — just going out there and just playing really hard and doing the best we could.
“A lot of people don’t know that [MEGADETH‘s first tour with me in the band was initially supposed to be a farewell tour]. A lot of people though it was a reformation, period. Purely all it was… Apparently [Mustaine] hurt his arm at some point. And, basically, he put this album out, ‘The System Has Failed’ [in 2004], and it was getting good reviews, and he decided that he wanted to do a farewell tour. I think, initially, he was gonna be looking at [reuniting] that ‘Rust In Peace’ lineup. He had recruited Nick Menza, then me, and then we got Jim MacDonough [bass] in the band. And then we went to rehearsals, and Nick wasn’t working out, and was let go, and then Shawn [Drover; Glen‘s brother] was brought in [to play drums]. That’s how it went. It’s very simple. And then after the farewell tour, he was gonna continue, with calling the band DAVE MUSTAINE, and he wanted us to be involved with that. And for me, it didn’t make any sense, because one minute we’re called MEGADETH, then the next minute we’re called DAVE MUSTAINE. It just wasn’t a good idea. And we all had said, ‘Hey, we’re all interested if you wanna carry on the MEGADETH thing. We’re not really as interested in the DAVE MUSTAINE thing.’ ‘Cause that just creates confusion, and I didn’t wanna have anything to do with that. And then he ended up keeing the name and then the band just kept going. And it hasn’t stopped ever since.”