NICK MENZA collapsed during the third song of OHM's set and was pronounced dead of a heart attack at a hospital, MENZA was 51.
NICK MENZA performed on the classic MEGADETH release "RUST IN PEACE", and toured extensively with the band from 1989-1998 and in 2004..
FROM DAVE MUSTAINE (MEGADETH):
I woke up this morning to a text message from my son, with the news of Nick Menza's passing. Shocked, devastated, and saddened don't begin to describe my feelings.TELL ME THIS ISN'T TRUE! I woke at 4 AM to hear Nick Menza passed away on 5/21 playing his drums w/Ohm at the Baked Potato. #nickmenzarip— Dave Mustaine (@DaveMustaine) May 22, 2016
Originally a tech for the band, Nick soon displayed such talent and personality, it didn’t take long for us to realize he belonged on stage with us, behind the kit. We asked Nick to join Megadeth as our drummer in 1989. At the time, the band already had its first platinum album, which only served to stoke the fire. We all wanted world domination- with so much of our lives and dreams ahead of us. As we navigated through the pitfalls of life and the music business, our first album with Nick, Rust in Peace, and subsequent albums Countdown to Extinction and Youthanasia, kept up the momentum. We parted ways after Cryptic Writings. We, like all brothers, would disagree at times, but our bond was strong throughout.
The Megadeth family take care of each other, and expect to hear soon about an initiative to help Nick's children. All of us in this community are connected, take care of yourself and your loved ones.
My deepest condolences go out to Nick's family.
FROM MARTY FRIEDMAN (FORMALLY OF MEGADETH):
We all know the great and unique drummer that Nick Menza was, but he was also a trustworthy friend, a hilarious... https://t.co/Fyhj5aQ72o— Marty Friedman (@marty_friedman) May 22, 2016
FROM DAVID ELLEFSON (MEGADETH):
FROM ABCNEWS:Condolences to the Nick Menza family and friends. We have lost a gentle giant... A true artist and friend to us all. #ripnickmenza— David Ellefson (@ellefsondavid) May 22, 2016
Nick Menza, former drummer for the influential metal band Megadeth, died after collapsing on stage during a performance of his progressive jazz trio in Southern California. http://abcn.ws/20niJCX
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FROM SHAWN SHANNON (GENOCAUST):
Well that fucking sucks. Hard to believe a guy who has to be in better shape than any of us and was an incredibly humble and nice guy after seeing everyone bother the shit out of him at namm every year can leave so unexpectedly. On to the next Nick.
FROM MARK HOWITT:
It's a sad day in the metal world today...Nick Menza was an influential musician to many people, having performed on Megadeth's greatest albums! He died on stage playing with his band Ohm, doing what he loved most! He will be missed by many. Details are scarce but his Wikipedia page has confirmed. Rust In Peace Nick
FROM BILLBOARD MAGAZINE:
RIP, Nick Menza.
FROM PROG POWER:
Very sad loss to the world of metal #RIPNickMenza
FROM WICKED MUSIC:
It's never a good thing when talented musicians die before what we feel is 'their time'. Nick Menza, former drummer of Megadeth who performed on the albums 'Rust In Peace', 'Countdown To Extinction', 'Youthanasia', & 'Cryptic Writings', passed away yesterday after suffering a major heart attack while performing on stage.
His contributions to the metal scene and having played on one of the most memorable metal albums of all-time (Rust In Peace), have secured his place among the metal titans. He will be sorely missed.
FROM AKEM MANAH:
R.I.P. Nick Menza (Megadeth). Some great music during his time in the
FROM HEAVY BLOG IS HEAVY:
It is with a great sadness that we bid farewell to drummer Nick Menza, who collapsed on stage and passed from sudden heart failure while performing with his band OHM at the Baked Potato in Studio City, California.
Rest in peace, Nick. Your endeavors will not be forgotten.
FROM KUMAS CORNER:
RIP Nick Menza. \m/
FROM THE BLACK DAHLIA MURDER:
Nick Menza..... Can't believe it. Rust In Peace, dude — feeling heartbroken— TheBlackDahliaMurder (@bdmmetal) May 22, 2016
FROM ALEX SKOLNIC (TESTAMENT):
Very sorry 2 hear of Nick Menza's passing. Didn't know him well, but always enjoyed his drumming live & on @Megadeth's essential albums. RIP— Alex Skolnick (@AlexSkolnick) May 22, 2016
FROM MIKE PORTNOY (FORMALLY OF DREAM THEATER):
So sad to hear about the passing of Nick Menza...we hung many times back in the day...taken way too soon. #RIPNickMenza— Mike Portnoy (@MikePortnoy) May 22, 2016
Nick Menza RIP brother. Such a sad loss. Thoughts go out to your family and friends Megadeth
FROM BANGER TV:
Shocking. RIP Nick Menza.
OFFICIAL STATEMENTS FROM CHRIS POLAND and ROBBY PAGLIARI ON NICK MENZA'S DEATH:
Chris Poland: There are no words... just to describe what a great guy he was, let alone his creative ability and amazing talent. Not enough words to describe. Just devastated right now.
My wife showed me a photo he just photoshopped from when he was up north, where he looks like atlas holding up that ring. I mean, that's the kinda stuff he did just off the top of his head. I honestly think God ran out of ideas and had to have Nick, like, help him out. Because... why else?
Robby "Pag" Pagliari: Stunned. Just stunned. Such a kind generous human being and great dad. Probably the happiest he's been in a long time. He got a chance to see his kids for a couple weeks. In a year we've lost so many talented people - we just lost another one... Great guy, great player, most importantly great guy. We're devastated with what happened.
Poland and Pagliari: Our prayers go out to the Menza family and all his friends and fans.
FROM BLABBERMOUTH.NET: http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/former-megadeth-drummer-nick-menzas-death-reportedly-not-drug-related/
MORE TRIBUTES LATER..
Thanks-Stay Metal, Stay Brutal-\m/ -l- R.I.P. NICK