Shawn Drover

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Shawn Drover
Megadeth live in Bucharest, June 15th, 2005.jpg
Dave Mustaine (left) and Shawn Drover live with Megadeth on June 15th, 2005 in Bucharest
Background information
Born (1966-05-05) May 5, 1966 (age 48)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Genres Thrash metal, power metal, heavy metal, death metal, metalcore
Occupations Musician
Instruments Drums, percussion, guitar
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Megadeth, Eidolon

Shawn Drover (born May 5, 1966) is a Canadian drummer, best known for his work with the American heavy metal band Megadeth.

He began playing the drums at the age of 13. In 1993 he founded the Canadian power metal band, Eidolon, with his brother Glen. He uses Sabian cymbals and Yamaha drums mounted on a drum rack reminiscent of the Greg Voelker Rack System.[citation needed]


While in rehearsal for "Blackmail The Universe Tour" in October 2004, five days before the first show, Shawn replaced newly returned drummer Nick Menza in thrash metal band Megadeth, who was unable to prepare for the physical demands of a full US tour.[citation needed]

Shawn also plays guitar. He was playing guitar during Megadeth's "Blackmail The Universe Tour" in Kawasaki, Japan (April 3, 2005). Shawn and his brother Glen Drover switched instruments playing "Paranoid" and the second half of "Peace Sells".[1] Glen sat at the drums, and Shawn played the guitar, during Gigantour show in Toronto on September 3, 2005.

While on the Gigantour in 2005, Shawn became the third Megadeth guitarist on stage during "Peace Sells" while Mike Portnoy previously of Dream Theater played the drums. Shawn also did one solo of the song. The night after the statements were released that Shawn's brother Glen had quit Megadeth, Shawn brought up Chris Broderick as a possible replacement. Shawn then proceeded to show Dave a video of Chris playing both classical and electric guitar. Dave was immediately won over and soon managed to get in contact with Chris. Two weeks later, Broderick was officially declared the new guitarist for Megadeth.[citation needed]

As opposed to many drummers, who cross over their sticks to play the hi-hat with their right hand and snare with their left hand, Shawn instead keeps time with his left hand, keeps a ride cymbal on the left side of his set, and relegates his right hand for snare drum hits (similar to Gene Hoglan and Steven Sweet). Although the role of each hand is reversed, he still begins rolls and downbeats on rhythms played on other drums with his right hand, as do many right-handed drummers. This is known as "Open handed drumming". Shawn Drover is himself left-handed. As of 2013 Shawn Drover is the longest serving Megadeth drummer.

Personal life[edit]

He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia,[citation needed] has a wife Jodi, a daughter Alexa and a son Ryan. On May 5, the same date as his birthday, 2010, his first grandson, named Braxton was born.[2] Shawn is a huge fan of the NFL. His favorite team is the Pittsburgh Steelers.


Shawn Drover endorses Yamaha Drums, Sabian, Evans drumheads, Gibraltar Hardware and Pro-Mark Drumsticks. The "MegaKit" used on tours from 2004 through 2006 was manufactured by Ferguson Fabrication out of Tempe, Arizona. The structure was revised and redesigned making the cage lighter and easier to assemble.[citation needed]






  1. ^ "Megadeth Forums". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 
  2. ^ "Megadeth Forums". Retrieved 2011-10-12. 

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Preceded by
Jimmy DeGrasso
Megadeth Drummer
Succeeded by