A couple of years ago, we learned that ex-Megadeth bassist David Ellefson was co-producing a documentary on the late drummer Nick Menza. Menza, who passed away in 2016 of heart disease while on stage with his band, Ohm, had played in Megadeth from 1989 to 1998.
It’s now 2023 and we’ve learned that Ellefson’s now done recording the narration for This Was My Life: The Story Of Nick Menza. The documentary was done through his Ellefson Films company in partnership with Screaming Butterfly Entertainment.
“We are excited for the fans to see the life Nick lived before, during and after Megadeth. It was quite the journey. Stay tuned for an epic documentary. As Nick would say, ‘It’s gonna be RAD!”
The film’s official trailer is currently being edited by executive producer, director, and editor Holly Mollohan from Screaming Butterfly Entertainment, but we’ve got a 30 second clip of Ellefson in the studio below.
While the documentary will focus on Menza’s life, it will feature interviews from some of his friends, family, and contemporaries. According to a press release on the film it will include “members of the Menza family and close friends, former Megadeth members Chris Poland, Jeff Young, former Lamb of God/Megadeth drummer Chris Adler, former Megadeth tour manager Skip Rickert, Nick’s drum tech Rob Corsie, legendary rock and roll photographer Gene Kirkland, film director, late metal historian, journalist and filmmaker Bob Nalbandian, James Rota and Emily Burton of Fireball Ministry, Terri Evans, Peter Flyn, John “Gumby” Goodwin, Bert Wolf, David Randi, Rob Schaefer, Juan “Nico” Alvarez, Robertino “Pag” Pagliari, Iki Levy of Soultone cymbals, and David Corral of L.A. Calling.”
The documentary is going to focus on his life before and after Megadeth, including the “highlight of his career [which] was playing Rock In Rio before more than 100,000 people” and the lowest point when he was “fired by Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine while he was still in a hospital bed after surgery to remove what doctors feared was a cancerous growth.”
We don’t yet have a release date at the moment, but once we have one, we’ll be sure to pass it along.
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