Megadeth Finds A Steady Beat

Drummers looking for that next big gig can cross Megadeth off of their lists. The metal band announced that it has filled the position with the man who has been temping for the group since May.

This week the band announced that Dirk Verbeuren, formerly of Swedish metal band Soilwork, will be the new full-time drummer. 

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Pearl Concert Theater, Las Vegas, Nev.

Recently Megadeth has been working with Lamb Of God’s drummer Chris Adler. Adler performed on the group’s latest album, Dystopia, and toured with the thrash heroes when he wasn’t occupied with his band.

Verbeuren has been working with Megadeth for the last couple of months and performed his first show as the band’s newest addition at  in Columbus, Ohio, to a crowd of 40,000. The metal masters are currently in the midst of their “Dystopia World Tour.”

“Chris Adler’s contributions are sure to be felt for years to come,” Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine said. “Megadeth has been revitalized by Chris’ playing, as well as his excellent suggestion of Dirk Verbeuren to drum with us. Tremendous thanks to Chris, and a big welcome to Dirk.”

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Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, Colo.

“Dave, David and Kiko, I’m thankful for your warm welcome and thrilled at the opportunity to perform and create badass music with you guys,” Verbeuren said. “Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth – and for your encouragement and support.”

“It has been an honor and a pleasure to join my favorite band of all time, and to be a part of their return to the top,” Adler said. “I had an amazing time with everyone involved, from the writing, arranging and recording, to the touring and friendships built along the way. There was no argument or drama, no hidden story. Megadeth needs and deserves a full time drummer, and as much as I’d like to be, I can’t be in two places at once. For my part, I am very lucky to be a part of Lamb Of God, and to also have gotten a chance to dance with my heroes at the ball. I still can’t believe it sometimes when I think of myself as a kid, opening up my Megadeth albums … and now I’m an alumni! I’m very proud of that – and I will continue to be their biggest fan.”

July 15 – Dunaújváros, Hungary, Szalki Sziget (Rockmaraton)
July 16 – Presov, Slovakia, Tatran Handball Arena
July 17 – Vizovice, Czech Republic, Masters Of Rock Festival Grounds (Masters Of Rock Festival)
July 30 – Quito, Ecuador, Teleferico
Aug. 2 – Santiago, Chile, Teatro Caupolican
Aug. 4 – Neuquen, Argentina, Estadio Ruca Che
Aug. 5 – Neuquen, Argentina, Estadio Ruca Che
Aug. 7 – Sao Paulo, Brazil, Espaço das Américas
Aug. 9 – Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Expominas Belo Horizonte
Aug. 12 – Brasilia, Brazil, Net Live
Aug. 13 – Fortaleza, Brazil, Siara Hall
Aug. 16 – Porto Alegre, Brazil, Pepsi on Stage
Aug. 18 – Curitiba, Brazil, Spazio Van
Aug. 20 – Asuncion, Paraguay, Jockey Club del Paraguay
Aug. 22 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luna Park
Aug. 23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina, Luna Park
Aug. 26 – San Salvador, El Salvador, Estadio Jorge Magico Gonzales
Aug. 29 – Mexico City, Mexico, Pepsi Center WTC
Sept. 1 – Queretaro, Mexico, Plaza de Toros Santa Maria
Sept. 3 – Monterrey, Mexico, Cintermex (Mexico Metal Fest)
Sept. 24 – San Bernardino, Calif., San Manuel Amphitheatre (Ozzfest)

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