Canadian guitarist Glen Drover (MEGADETH, KING DIAMOND) was interviewed by rock journalist Mitch Lafon for a recent edition of the “One On One With Mitch Lafon” podcast (Facebook page). You can now listen to the chat in the YouTube clip below. A couple of excerpts follow (transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET).
On why he quit MEGADETH in 2007:
“That’s kind of an old story, isn’t it? But if you want me to revisit it, it’s just… It was just personal stuff that I don’t need to get into. But it was just… I wasn’t really happy at the time there, in the situation. It’s pretty much like I said in [my original] statement: I wasn’t happy in the band at that time, and I just felt like I was away from my family too much, which I was. You know, my son was very young. It’s personal, but it’s true. That’s what happened. He was very young, and I was missing out on a lot of his youth. And being that I wasn’t happy in the band at that point, it was magnifying that. And that’s pretty much what it is. But that’s, yeah, old news.”
On whether he has any regrets about leaving MEGADETH:
“No, not at all. There might have been… There was a moment after about a couple of years, I remember, where I felt… It’s like any relationship: you get to a point down the road, and you start thinking about the good stuff that you really liked, and there was a lot of good stuff there. So I was kind of missing it for a little bit. But then I was reminded of why it wasn’t right for me, and that was it. So, no, I don’t have any regrets whatsoever. And that’s just the way it works. There’ll always be changes, because that’s just the way that band works. You know, it’s Dave‘s [Mustaine] band, and that’s just the way it is. And it’s cool. But I’m glad to have been a part of it, and I’m glad to have had the opportunity that he gave me to do it. I had a lot of great times, met a lot of great people, played good music and seen the world with my brother [former MEGADETH drummer Shawn Drover] multiple times. To go out doing that on your own is one thing, but to go out and do that with your brother, who you’re close with, and always have been… We’ve always been… especially with music… So for us to have been in a band like that, that we grew up with, and then now we’re touring the world with them, it’s just not something that you expect to happen in your life. Lightning doesn’t usually strike twice in the same spot, you know what I mean?!”
On what he learned from being in MEGADETH:
“Well, I learned a lot of stuff on a professional level. Just how to conduct yourself… I learned a lot of it before with KING DIAMOND, and then going into that band [MEGADETH], [I] got into it further, so there was a lot of things I learned from Dave: what to do and what not to do with certain things, and learning the ropes even more. So, it was great to have that — to have the exposure and [learn to] do all that kind of stuff. How to handle intereviews, how to do this, how to do that… And, of course, it opened a lot of doors; there’s no question about it. I mean, I do musical stuff for a living. If there hadn’t been all these bands, I wouldn’t be doing that kind of thing, which I love doing. I’d be doing it, but probably on a smaller scale. I’m pretty busy with it — there’s no question about it — but I love it.”
Glen‘s debut solo album, “Metalusion”, was released in April 2011 via Magna Carta Records.