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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN: DAVE MUSTAINE And DAVID ELLEFSON 'Haven't Lost The Fire That Drives Them Wanting To Do This'

MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN: DAVE MUSTAINE And DAVID ELLEFSON 'Haven't Lost The Fire That Drives Them Wanting To Do This'

In a new interview with the “Into The Darkness” podcast, MEGADETH drummer Dirk Verbeuren spoke about the passion that his bandmates Dave Mustaine (guitar, vocals) and David Ellefson (bass) still have for performing live, nearly 40 years into the group’s existence.

“With Dave, he’s very passionate about what he does,” Dirk said (see video below). “And I think it’s a beautiful thing. Both Dave and David — it’s been so many years, and they haven’t lost the fire that drives them wanting to do this. It’s not just, like, ‘Hey, we’re getting paid to do the shows. Just play the fucking show and half-ass it.’ No. There’s constant discussion about how to make things better. And when we’re on stage, it’s magical. There’s a respect that comes from those guys for their body of work and for their fans that you can feel when you become a part of that. You feel like it’s your obligation to give 110 percent at all times, which that’s my spirits anyway when I do something, so it’s not too hard for me to be in that mindset. But definitely they enhance it and they have that. And that’s why when you see a MEGADETH show, if you go see one now with the current lineup, it’s full-on. Sure, none of us are 20 years old anymore and it might not be the same energy as when the band started out, because that’s just not possible, but there’s a lot that goes into it. There’s a lot of energy and a lot of passion and power that goes into it and that we try to bring to those who are watching the show, for sure.”

Asked if Mustaine has always been happy with Dirk‘s live performances with MEGADETH, the drummer replied: “Most of the times, yeah. I remember one time he said to me, ‘Dirk, you played really bad tonight.’ It was in the bus after a show. And I was, like, ‘Oh, man. I’m sorry. I’ll work on it and stuff.’ And then I think it was the next day or the day after, we had another show, and he came up to me and he said, ‘I’m sorry I was so hard on you the other day.’ And I’m, like, ‘Dude, it’s cool. You put the bar really high. I have the utmost respect for that. You’re passionate about what you do, and you’ve been doing this for so many years, and you still want it to be fantastic every night. And I can only respect that, and I’m gonna do the best I can every night. You can count on that.’ And truly, it’s amazing to see, because you never know how something like that is gonna be with any band that’s been at the top for 30 years, ’cause MEGADETH has been huge for 30 years. And so to see that, and to see that he cares that much about putting on a good show, that’s fucking cool.”

Verbeuren had been playing with SOILWORK for more than a decade before joining MEGADETH in 2016 as the replacement for Chris Adler (LAMB OF GOD), who called Dirk “probably [one of the] top three drummers in the world.”

In interview with the KATT Rock 100.5 FM radio station, Mustaine described Dirk as “one of the most pleasant, easy-to-get-along-with guys I’ve ever met in my life. I’ll walk up to him and he’ll smile and lean forward and pat me on the back. He goes [adopts thin accent], ‘How’s it going, buddy?’ I could say, ‘Oh, man…’… anything. ‘Oh, okay, buddy.’ [He] smiles and pats me, ’cause he’s just a happy guy. I’ve never, ever, ever seen him not smile.”

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MEGADETH's DIRK VERBEUREN: DAVE MUSTAINE And DAVID ELLEFSON 'Haven't Lost The Fire That Drives Them Wanting To Do This'
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ANTHRAX Has Six Or Seven Songs Written For Next Album

ANTHRAX Has Six Or Seven Songs Written For Next Album

Charlie Benante says that ANTHRAX has written six or seven songs for its next studio album.

The follow-up to 2016’s “For All Kings” will be ANTHRAX‘s third full-length release since the 2010 return of singer Joey Belladonna, who came back into the fold for the “Big Four” shows with METALLICA, SLAYER and MEGADETH, in the process helping inspire a new wave of creativity.

During a “HardDrive DL Roundtable” with HardDrive Radio‘s Lou Brutus and CROBOT‘s Brandon Yeagley and Chris Bishop, Benante stated about the progress of the ANTHRAX songwriting sessions (see video below): “There is new music — there actually is. There’s about six, seven songs. And it’s really good.”

Asked if ANTHRAX fans can expect to hear some of the new material soon, the drummer said: “I don’t think anybody’s thinking anything is coming out until… The first thing I wanna see come out is a vaccine [for the new coronavirus]. Then we’re gonna put a record out.”

As for how ANTHRAX will spend the remainder of 2020, Benante said: “There’ll be no shows for us. The first show we have is next year in Japan — Knotfest in Japan — in the beginning of the year. Other than that, we’re probably just gonna work on this record.”

At last year’s Download festival in the United Kingdom, Benante said fans can expect to hear some surprises on ANTHRAX‘s next disc. “There’s some extreme stuff on this record that we touched on,” he said. “There’s different things that we’re gonna try and do that’s gonna make it next level.”

Earlier last year, Benante told Australia’s “Everblack” podcast that ANTHRAX‘s new music is shaping up to be “a little more in the aggressive style.”

“For All Kings” was called by some critics ANTHRAX‘s strongest album to date. Its arrival followed a five-year period during which the band experienced a rebirth of sorts, beginning with ANTHRAX‘s inclusion on the “Big Four” tour, and continuing with the 2011 release of comeback LP “Worship Music”.

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ANTHRAX Has Six Or Seven Songs Written For Next Album
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WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Says It's 'Breathtaking' To See People Ignoring Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines

WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Says It's 'Breathtaking' To See People Ignoring Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines

WHITESNAKE singer David Coverdale has told Ultimate Classic Rock in a new interview that he is concerned about people not following the CDC‘s social distancing guidelines created in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s just a really challenging time,” he said. “I see some people taking the protocols seriously and others just completely ignoring it. As if they’re immune to the worst biblical challenge we’ve had for millennia. It’s breathtaking to me. I don’t know whether it’s arrogance or the imagination that they’re immune for whatever reason.”

Back in late March, it was announced that all of WHITESNAKE‘s previously announced touring activities, including this summer’s U.S. trek with SAMMY HAGAR & THE CIRCLE and NIGHT RANGER, were being canceled so that Coverdale could undergo surgery for bilateral inguinal hernia.

Coverdale had both his knees replaced with titanium in 2017 after suffering from degenerative arthritis. He later explained that he was in so much pain with arthritis in his knees that it hampered his ability to perform live.

“At my age, I have to be really careful,” the 68-year old former DEEP PURPLE frontman told Ultimate Classic Rock. “I can’t get my health issues dealt with because the hospitals are dealing with life-threatening virus victims. We’ll get through this. The reason we’ve survived hundreds of thousands of years is because we adapt. We have to — we’ve been given no choice. But this is a hell of a thing to adapt to.”

WHITESNAKE has been touring in support of its latest album, “Flesh & Blood”, which was released in May 2019 via Frontiers Music Srl. The disc follows the 2011 critically acclaimed studio album “Forevermore” and 2015’s “The Purple Album”, a reimagining of DEEP PURPLE classics from Coverdale‘s time in that band.
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WHITESNAKE's DAVID COVERDALE Says It's 'Breathtaking' To See People Ignoring Coronavirus Social Distancing Guidelines
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