Former Members Of Megadeth, Fates Warning, And Firewind Working On New Project

Shawn Drover (ex-Megadeth), Glen Drover (ex-Megadeth), Joe DiBiase (ex-Fates Warning), and Henning Basse (ex-Firewind) have joined forces for a new project. Shawn Drover recently confirmed the news on the “Nothing Shocking” podcast.

Shawn said the following:

“We started working on some music probably a couple of months ago now. It’s been a couple of months. We’ve been talking about doing something. Glen owns his own studio up in Canada, so why not utilize the fact that we don’t have to go and pay huge studio costs and et cetera, et cetera, and get some friends together that we admire and that we respect and work on a record. And that’s exactly what we’re doing.

We have Glen and myself, of course, and we have a bass player named Joe DiBiase, who was in a band called FATES WARNING out of Connecticut for years and years and years. A great player; a friend of ours. So he’s gonna play bass on it. And we have a singer from Germany who was in a band called METALIUM for a number of years, and his name is Henning Basse, who is a fantastic melodic singer. So that’s what we’re doing currently.

It’s a slow process, because life gets in the way. We all have things that we deal with, so we do that. But when we have the time, we work on it, and so far it’s turning out to be really exciting. We’re pretty happy with the material we’ve done so far.”

He also added:

“It’s been really similar to the first band that Glen and I did years ago, which was a band called EIDOLON. We released, actually, five records on Metal Blade in the early 2000s, right before we both got into MEGADETH. And the dynamic of that was that I write most of the material. Although Glen does contribute to some of it, I usually have the main germ of ideas, and, of course, he records all that stuff. So he’s kind of a studio guy. He’s the guitar player, but he handles all of the studio recording affairs, and I just kind of take on the job of creating most of the music. And we finetune it — he tweaks it and kind of makes it his own in a way. But that’s kind of the working relationship we have with that. Because if Glen wrote all the music, I’d basically be doing nothing, and he would have to tackle all the work on his own. So we made a decision years ago — that was back in the mid-’90s, actually, when we put out our first bit of music, before we got signed to Metal Blade — that’s always been the working dynamic, is I create most of the material, and he handles all the recording affairs with that. And it’s worked out quite well. So that’s what we’re doing this time as well. At this point, we’re on song four. I think we’re gonna do eight or nine songs, and so far I’ve written all of them. It’s just kind of how it worked out.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Fates Warning To Be Rejoined By Original Bassist Joe Dibiase For Three Shows

Fates Warning bassist Joey Vera will be missing three shows due to his commitments to Armored Saint. During his absence, original Fates Warning bassist Joe DiBiase will be filling in. Here’s the dates DiBiase will perform at:

03/13 Detroit, MI – Diesel
03/14 Chicago, IL – Concord
03/15 Milwaukee, WI – The Rave

Vera commented:

“Dear friends, Just a quick heads up with something regarding the upcoming Fates Warning tour. Over a year ago I had committed to playing a gig with Armored Saint in Athens, Greece this March 15. I wish to honor that commitment but that means that I’ll sadly have to miss a couple of gigs with Fates in order to do it. So i will be not playing on the Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee shows. (Some of my favorite cities by the way!).

Luckily for us, and YOU, my brother and OG Fates Warning bassist Joe DiBiase will be stepping up once again for these three gigs. So this will be amazing!

I will resume in Minneapolis with Fates.

I am currently practicing over 37 songs for the upcoming gigs with Motor Sister, Armored Saint and Fates Warning. My head is spinning out. But, not to pity me. This is the bed I’ve made for myself this time.

I’m very sorry I’ll be missing these three gigs but I know you’ll be in good hands. i look forward to seeing all of you out there very soon!”