“I was playing jazz-metal-type riffs, because I didn’t wanna sound like my last band [Metallica].
“I wrote that shit, I can write whatever I want, so I knew what not to do, so I did something different, and that’s how Megadeth was born. I wanted to do something a little bit different, and I needed a different kind of drummer to do that.”
Focusing on the whole drumming aspect, Dave noted:
“The drumming is the hardest part in the band, because you need to be really physically fit every night – every night, no matter what. You can’t be sick.
“And I think that drumming is a thankless position.
“A lot of times, the drummers go without being recognized for how hard their job is. Consequently, you get drummers that have bad attitudes after a while.
“It’s hard to be around them, because a lot of drummers don’t get the recognition they deserve, and they get bitter.
“For us, we’ve been really lucky with the last two drummers we had — with Chris [Adler] and with Dirk [Verbeuren]. And even the guy before Chris, Shawn [Drover], was an easy-going kind of guy.
“But it’s not always like that. And Chris helped us find Dirk. Dirk is a lot like Gar Samuelson, which is really refreshing, because that’s how this whole thing started.”