Glen Drover

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Glen Drover
Born (1969-05-25) May 25, 1969 (age 45)
Missisauga, Ontario Canada
Genres Thrash metal, progressive metal, power metal
Occupations Musician, songwriter
Instruments Guitar, drums, keyboards, bass
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Eidolon, King Diamond, Megadeth, Metalusion, Testament, Dave Reffett
Website www.glendrover.ca

Glen Drover (born May 25, 1969) is a heavy metal guitarist from Missisauga, Ontario, Canada, where he currently resides. Drover is best known as the former lead guitarist in Megadeth and King Diamond, as well as his own band Eidolon, along with his brother Shawn Drover.

History[edit]

Glen Drover began playing guitar as a child, and was joined at age 10 by his brother Shawn on drums.[1] Influenced by Tony MacAlpine, Al Di Meola, Randy Rhoads, Greg Howe, Michael Romeo, George Lynch, Warren DeMartini and David Gilmour, the Drover brothers formed the thrash/power metal band Eidolon in 1996, releasing seven albums to date. Glen is currently teaching guitar lessons at Musicians Choice.

King Diamond (1998–2000)[edit]

In 1998, Drover joined King Diamond, and appeared on the House of God album.

Megadeth (2004–2008)[edit]

In October 2004, Drover joined thrash metal band Megadeth, bringing along his brother Shawn. Following an extensive world tour, Drover contributed to Megadeth's 2007 release, United Abominations as the lead guitarist and with co-writing credits for one song.[2]

In January 2008 Glen Drover left Megadeth to focus on family life; the constant touring was starting to have a negative effect on him. His last show with Megadeth was on November 18, 2007 in Brisbane, Australia. Commenting on leaving the band, Drover said "I am aware of the rumors that I left Megadeth to focus on family life and my family life has always been my priority. In the end, I was unhappy with the situation, which magnified me wanting to spend more time with my family and realizing that it's time for me to move on to the next chapter in my musical career, I have a lot of great memories and met a ton of great people along the way, both fans and people in the industry."[3][4]

Metalusion (2008–present)[edit]

Glen collaborated with Stéphan Forté of the band Adagio on a 10 track instrumental CD.[citation needed] The album, titled Metalusion, was recorded sporadically over a 2-plus-year period. It was released on April 5, 2011.[5][6] The group decided to call the band/project Metalusion, which is the name of the first album. The next studio album, Between Sea And Sky is scheduled to be released in the summer of 2014.[7]

Testament (2008, 2010)[edit]

On October 22, 2008, Testament announced that they had recruited guitarist Glen Drover to fill in on their upcoming Mexican tour dates with Judas Priest, due to Alex Skolnick's prior commitment to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.[8] Also in March 2010, during the time of him trying to finally finish his album, Glen Drover played with Testament on the Megadeth, Testament, Exodus tour in the US and Canada, due to Alex Skolnick being away again during this time.

Queensrÿche (2012, 2013)[edit]

After lead singer Geoff Tate was fired from the band Queensrÿche in June 2012,[9] Tate announced his own lineup on September 1, 2012, which included Drover,[10] but on November 23, 2012, Drover left the band, stating: "I was very excited about doing this gig initially, but learned in the past week or so that it's in my best interest not to do this right now. (...) I sincerely wish the Geoff and the band all the luck on what they do in the future."[11] Drover would later explain that: “[t]he musical direction of where Geoff wanted to go wasn’t what I wanted to go forward with. I’m more into the first five Queensrÿche albums, the original template of the band. For me, when I think of the band, I think of those records.”[12]

On March 5, 2013, Drover surprised many,[12] when he tweeted: "Going up onstage with the REAL Queensryche and play "Take Hold Of The Flame" this thursday at the Phoenix in Toronto. going to be fun stuff!"[13] By this, he meant the version of Queensrÿche that had expelled Tate and replaced him with Todd La Torre. This performance was held on March 7, 2013, in which "Take Hold of the Flame" from Queensrÿche's 1984 album The Warning was played as an encore. Drover later stated that calling this version of Queensrÿche "the real Queensrÿche", "was poor wording on my part. (...) It wasn’t a slap at anyone in any way, shape or form. I have no problems with anybody on either side. It was the wrong choice of wording.”[12] In April 2014, a settlement granted the sole rights to the Queensrÿche name to the band fronted by La Torre.

Bands[edit]

Partial discography[edit]

Eidolon[edit]

  • Sacred Shrine (1993)
  • Zero Hour (1996)
  • Seven Spirits (1997)
  • Nightmare World (2000)
  • Hallowed Apparition (2001)
  • Coma Nation (2002)
  • Apostles Of Defiance (2003)
  • The Parallel Otherworld (2006)

Northern Light Orchestra[edit]

  • Northern Light Orchestra (2010)

King Diamond[edit]

Megadeth[edit]

Metalusion[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ By Coggeshall, Wade. "Cleburne Times Review interview with Glen Drover". cleburnetimesreview.com. Retrieved 2008-01-24. 
  2. ^ Morgan, Anthony (August 2007). ""The Edge of the Razor" - Lion's Share axeman Lars Chriss slices through the intrigue surrounding fifth opus Emotional Coma". Lucem Fero. Retrieved 2008-02-21. 
  3. ^ "Glen Drover: 'I Have A Lot Of Great Memories' From My Time With Megadeth". Blabbermouth.net. 2008-01-14. Retrieved 2008-02-03. 
  4. ^ http://www.komodorock.com/latest-news/latest-news/glenn-drover-on-his-time-with-megadeth%3a-i-have-a-lot-of-great-memories-200801153441/
  5. ^ "Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER Discusses Solo Album With METAL ASSAULT (Audio)". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  6. ^ "Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER: Solo Album Audio Samples Available". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  7. ^ http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/ex-megadeth-guitarist-glen-drover-changes-name-of-new-band-releases-caracas-song/#QS3QwyYqQDIQ84vi.99
  8. ^ "TESTAMENT Recruits Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER For Upcoming Mexico Tour Dates". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  9. ^ "Declaration of Geoff Tate in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction". Court declaration. 2012-06-09. Retrieved 2012-12-01.  (Exhibit E.)
  10. ^ "Queensrÿche celebrate "Operation: Mindcrime" anniversary". SoundSpike. 2012-11-28. 
  11. ^ Glen Drover Quits Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  12. ^ a b c Begai, Carl (2013-03-19). "Glen Drover: On The Road To Queensrÿche Madness". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Video: Former Guitarist For GEOFF TATE's QUEENSRŸCHE Performs With 'Real' QUEENSRŸCHE". blabbermouth.net. Retrieved 2013-03-08. 
Preceded by
Chris Poland
Megadeth lead guitarist
2004-2008
Succeeded by
Chris Broderick