Previously unreleased drum-cam footage of late MEGADETH drummer Nick Menza playing along to the band's classic song "Holy Wars" can be seen below. The HD clip, shot in a four-camera-angle mix, was filmed in March 2014 at Uberbeatz Studios in Seattle, Washington and is believed to be some of the final studio drum recordings of Menza before he passed away more than two years later. The footage was supposed to be used for the late drummer's first-ever instructional DVD, "Intense Mega Drumming", that was to feature 10 re-recorded classic MEGADETH drum tracks with tons of tips and tricks from Menza's arsenal to help teach anybody out there become a better player. The DVD — which was produced and directed by Kari Pearson and Menza's manager, Robert Bolger — has since been shelved and the footage will be utilized for another project that will be announced soon.
Menza joined MEGADETH for the 1989 recording of the "Rust In Peace" album and for the next nine years became associated with the band's "classic" and most ever profitable era.
Nick died in May 2016 after suffering a heart attack and collapsing during a concert with Chris Poland and Robertino "Pag" Pagliari in their band OHM: at The Baked Potato in Studio City, California. The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said Menza died of hypertensive and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease.
A few days after Menza's passing, Dave Mustaine insisted that he had a "very, very close" relationship with the drummer, who previously accused the MEGADETH frontman of sending him a "ridiculous proposal" for a failed 2015 reunion of the band's classic "Rust In Peace"-era lineup. Mustaine told the Q103 radio station: "I think when you're that close with somebody, the temperatures run a lot hotter than in most relationships, so the love is that much more deeper and the anger is so much more hot and the sadness is so much more profound. So I think that's when you know that you're really in a relationship with somebody that matters to you."
He continued: "People think that we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason — I don't know why, but it didn't."
Menza's book "Megalife: The Autobiography Of Nick Menza" by J. Marshall Craig was released in December via Post Hill Press.