At the Megadeth show that got cut short in Beijing, China, drummer Chris Adler – who is splitting time with Lamb of God – wasn’t behind the kit. Instead, Megadeth’s drum tech Tony Laureano played the show. According to a post by Adler he was scheduled to be playing with the band, but there’s been no official word from the Megadeth camp about the line-up change, so it’s unclear why Adler wasn’t playing with Megadeth.
In a recent interview on Jamey Jasta’s The Jasta Show, Adler mentioned Laureano as a possible fill-in.
“Their drum tech, Tony [Laureano], is a fantastic drummer. He played in DIMMU [BORGIR] for a while. [He’s] a super-talented guy. So I think they are pretty flexible and able to, kind of, work around me a little bit, and Dave’s [Mustaine, MEGADETH mainman] willing to. That’s what Dave told me from the beginning. I said, ‘I’m gonna be busy as shit for the next twelve to eighteen months with LAMB OF GOD, and I will do everything I can to play as many shows with you as I possibly can, but there may be a point where I have to ask you to wait.’ And he said, ‘I’ll wait for you.’ So I think he enjoyed working with me, and we’ll just kind of see where it goes.”
Maybe Adler was sick, and his absence behind the kit is only temporary. About a month from now, on November 11th, Megadeth will join up with Lamb of God for four shows in Europe, two of which are already sold out. Their new album, Dystopia, will be out January 22nd.