Glen Drover

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Glen Drover
Glen Drover performing in Dubai with Megadeth 2005.jpg
Glen Drover performing in Dubai with Megadeth, 2005
Background information
Born (1969-05-25) May 25, 1969 (age 48)
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Genres Thrash metal, progressive metal, power metal
Occupation(s) Musician, songwriter, audio engineer
Instruments Guitar
Years active 1979–present
Associated acts Eidolon, King Diamond, Megadeth, Testament
Website Archived January 2010, at the Wayback Machine.

Glen Drover (born May 25, 1969) is a Canadian heavy metal guitarist from Ontario, Canada. Drover is best known as the former lead guitarist in Megadeth and King Diamond, along with his brother Shawn Drover who also performed with Megadeth.

History[edit]

Glen Drover began playing guitar as a child, and was joined at age 10 by his brother Shawn on drums.[1] The Drover brothers formed the band Eidolon in 1994, releasing seven albums to date.

King Diamond (1998–2001)[edit]

In 1998, Drover joined King Diamond, completed two North American tours, and appeared on the House of God album.

Megadeth (2004–2008)[edit]

In October 2004, Drover joined the heavy 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 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]

Drover recorded 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. The album contained cover versions of songs from Al Dimeola, Jean Luc Ponty, Frank Zappa, as well as original material written by members Jim Gilmour and Paul Yee. [5][6]

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.[7] 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,[8] Tate announced his own lineup on September 1, 2012, which included Drover,[9] 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."[10] 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."[11]

In 2014, Drover collaborated with La Torre on a single called "Discordia".[12][13]

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]

Glen Drover[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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. January 14, 2008. 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. ^ "TESTAMENT Recruits Ex-MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER For Upcoming Mexico Tour Dates". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2012-03-07. 
  8. ^ "Declaration of Geoff Tate in Support of Motion for Preliminary Injunction" (PDF). Court declaration. June 9, 2012. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 22, 2012. Retrieved 2012-12-01.  (Exhibit E.)
  9. ^ "Queensrÿche celebrate "Operation: Mindcrime" anniversary". SoundSpike. November 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ Glen Drover Quits Geoff Tate's Queensrÿche. Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2012-11-26.
  11. ^ Begai, Carl (March 19, 2013). "Glen Drover: On The Road To Queensrÿche Madness". Brave Words & Bloody Knuckles. Retrieved 2013-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Blabbermouth.Net – QUEENSRŸCHE Former MEGADETH Guitarist GLEN DROVER Collaborates With QUEENSRŸCHE Singer TODD LA TORRE". Roadrunnerrecords.com. Retrieved 2014-08-25. 
  13. ^ Begai, Carl (August 26, 2014). "GLEN DROVER And TODD LA TORRE Talk New One-Off Song "Discordia" In Exclusive BraveWords Interview". Brave Words. Retrieved 2014-08-26. 
Preceded by
Chris Poland
Megadeth lead guitarist
20042008
Succeeded by
Chris Broderick