Famed Megadeth alumni drummer Nick Menza and bassist James LoMenzo (Megadeth, White Lion, Black Label Society) have announced a working musical relationship that will lead into a full working, writing, recording and touring band at some point.
Menza and LoMenzo's first jam session took place on June 25th at Menza's Disintegrator Studios in Studio City, CA where they cracked through some of the old Megadeth catalog along with some of their favorite Metallica and Zeppelin songs.
A cover version from the session of the Metallica cult classic Motorbreath with guitarist / vocalist Davor Garasic from Croatian thrash metal band Sufosia could be streamed below.
Nick Menza exclusively told BraveWords: James is a top-notch player with a killer sound and I'm totally pumped and looking forward to creating some heavy original material with him once we officially solidified the rest of the line up. he ads, things are still in the developing stages soon as James fulfills his touring obligations with John Fogerty we will sink our teeth into this project. right now we are having some fun and collaborating with other players from around the world via the internet to see what's out there, nothing is set in stone...
James LoMenzo: I've been a fan of Nick's drumming for a long time. Nick is a great guy and he's one of Metal's stand out drummers. It's an honor and a privilege to be making music with him and I look forward to what we'll create.
Menza joined Megadeth for the 1990 recording "Rust In Peace" and for the next ten years became associated with the band's "classic" and most profitable era.
Following the reissue of the entire Megadeth catalog, Menza was invited to reunite with the band in 2004. Days after a reunion was announced, Menza was fired after rehearsals and replaced with Shawn Drover. Mustaine said that this was because Nick "just wasn't prepared.
LoMenzo joined Megadeth in 2006, toured and performed on two of the groups studio albums, 2007 "United Abominations", 2009 "Endgame" it was then announced in 2010 that original Megadeth bassist Dave Ellefson would replace LoMenzo.