Jul 162016

dirk_verbeuren_7b4Megadeth have officially announced that Dirk Verbeuren from Soilwork is their new full-time drummer.

Dirk initially entered the ‘Deth fold as a temporary replacement for Chris Adler, who had since left the band to fully focus on Lamb of God.

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

Adler, who described Dirk as one of the “top three drummers in the world,” stated: “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. 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.”

Finally, Dirk commented: 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. Chris Adler, thank you for introducing me to Megadeth – and for your encouragement and support.”

You can check out what the boys sound like in the video below.

Upcoming Shows:
Jul 16 Prešov, SVK Harley Festival @ Tatran Handball
Jul 17 Vizovice, CZE Masters of Rock @ Distillery R Jelinek
Jul 30 Quito, Ecuador Teleferico
Aug 2 Santiago Metropolitan Region, CHL Teatro Caupolican
Aug 4 Ingeniero Juárez, Argentina Estadio Ruca Che
Aug 5 Ingeniero Juárez, Argentina Estadio Ruca Che
Aug 7 São Paulo, BRA Espaco das Americas
Aug 9 Belo Horizonte, BRA Expominas
Aug 12 Brasília, BRA Net Live Brasilia
Aug 13 Fortaleza, BRA Siara Hall
Aug 16 Porto Alegre, BRA Pepsi On Stage
Aug 18 Curitiba, PR Spazio Van
Aug 20 Asuncion, PRY Jockey Club
Aug 22 Buenos Aires, ARG Luna Park
Aug 23 Buenos Aires, ARG Luna Park
Aug 26 San Salvador, SLV Gimnasio Nacional José Adolfo Pineda
Aug 29 Mexico City, MEX Pepsi Center – Mexico
Sep 1 Santiago de Querétaro, MEX Plaza de Toros
Sep 3 Monterrey, MEX Mexico Metal Fest
Sep 24 San Bernardino, CA San Manuel Amphitheater

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