MEGADETH Drummer: ‘Heavy Metal Has The Most Loyal And Best Fans On The Planet’ recently conducted an interview with MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below. Where do you think rock and metal stand in the music world at the moment?

Drover: Metal does very well on a worldwide scale. It’s something that’s never going to go away — our fans are testament to that. Maybe not always from a commercial sales point but from a fanbase sales point, we rival any market out there in terms of fan appreciation and loyalty. I would really say that heavy metal has the most loyal and best fans on the planet. I would put that against any genre of music any time. You’ve got the “Countdown To Extinction” tour, you’ve released the album into a box set. It’s all so 2012. The Mayan Calendar says the world will end this year. Do you know something we don’t?

Drover: No. I don’t. It’s just a bunch of hogwash. If this is the case, everyone should quit their jobs and go on a vacation. We continue to tour and do what we do in spite of whether the world’s going to blow up or not. I don’t pay much attention to that. I hope it’s not true, but you never know, right? Any new music lined up?

Drover: We’re gathering ideas as we speak. Dave [Mustaine, founder and lead vocalist] is constanly getting stuff together. He has so many riffs he’s compiled so we’re never at a loss when it comes to the time to record. But we’re in that process now. And when the time comes, we’ll go over everything and work on it. That should be happening sometime next year. People kind of imaging a band like MEGADETH would live in some kind of bat cave dungeon type thing. What’s your day-to-day existence?

Drover: I’m just a semi-normal dude who lives in a suburban neighborhood who mows the lawn and washes the car like everybody else. When I am home, I shut the rock and roll thing up and try to have as much normalcy as possible — just get back to my kids and wife and just watch NFL football as much as possible.

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