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Glen Drover : biography

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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.

Bands

  • Eidolon 1993–2007
  • King Diamond 1998–2000
  • Megadeth 2004–2008
  • Testament 10/27/2008–10/31/2008, 3/1/10–3/31/10 (touring)
  • Queensrÿche with Geoff Tate 09/01/2012–11/23/2012

History

Glen Drover began playing guitar as a child, and was joined at age 10 by his brother Shawn on drums. 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)

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

Megadeth (2004–2008)

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.

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."http://www.komodorock.com/latest-news/latest-news/glenn-drover-on-his-time-with-megadeth%3a-i-have-a-lot-of-great-memories-200801153441/

Solo (2008–present)

Glen collaborated with Stéphan Forté of the band Adagio on a 10 track instrumental CD. The album, titled Metalusion, was recorded sporadically over a 2-plus-year period. It was released on April 5, 2011.

Testament (2008, 2010)

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. 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)

Drover has been involved with both versions of Queensrÿche that currently exist, after lead singer Geoff Tate was fired from the band in June 2012 (Exhibit E.) and a Seattle court had ruled that both Tate and the other band members are allowed to use Queensrÿche's brand until the next court date on November 18, 2013. Tate announced his own lineup on September 1, 2012, which included Drover, 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.". Blabbermouth.net. Retrieved on 2012-11-26. 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.”

On March 5, 2013, Drover surprised many, 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!" 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.”

Partial discography

Eidolon

  • 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

  • Northern Light Orchestra (2010)

King Diamond

  • House of God (2000)

Megadeth

  • Arsenal of Megadeth (2006)
  • That One Night: Live in Buenos Aires (2007)
  • United Abominations (2007)

Solo

  • Metalusion (2011)
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