Megadeth guitarist Chris Broderick and drummer Shawn Drover were interviewed by Cincinnati's City Beat, in preparation for their appearance at Rock on the Range this past weekend. They discussed how Chris came to join the group in 2008, the "Big Four" shows with Metallica, Slayer and Anthrax, and much more.
Broderick says he "didn’t really have time to think about what was going on" when he first joined Megadeth. "I was just...trying to knock out as many songs as I could before we went on tour less than a month away. That was my focus really." He recalls that "it was a recommendation of [former guitarist] Glen Drover and Shawn Drover that encouraged them to call me."
Drover seems to be Megadeth's unofficial HR department; it wasn't just his idea to get Broderick, but it was also his idea to get bassist David Ellefson back in the band. "In my greedy little mind, I just wanted him back in the band," he says. "I think that’s what the fans ultimately wanted. Within two days, David was in the studio and we were going over tunes for the Rust in Peace tour that we were getting ready to do at the time." And regarding Broderick, he says, "Between Glen and I and Dave’s tech Willie G, we just kind of came up with Chris on the top of the list. And within a day, he was all but in the band. He talked to management and I think he went to see Dave the next day. Yeah, I guess I am the guy."
There's much more to the conversation; read the whole thing!
Megadeth's latest album, TH1RT3EN, is available now in the Roadrunner webstore.