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Chris Broderick

Chris Broderick performing live with Megadeth.
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Background information :
Birth name : Christopher Broderick Born : March 6, 1970 Lakewood, Colorado, USA
Genres : Heavy metal, thrash metal, hard rock, speed metal, power metal, progressive metal, Classical Music Occupations : Musician, songwriter Instruments : Guitar, keyboards, vocals, bass, violin, piano
Years active : 1990–present Associated acts : Megadeth, Jag Panzer, Nevermore
Website : www.chrisbroderick.com

Christopher Broderick (born March 6, 1970 in Lakewood, Colorado, USA) is the virtuous guitarist of the American thrash metal band Megadeth. He currently resides in Sherman Oaks, California. Formerly the lead guitarist and keyboardist for Jag Panzer, he appeared on four of Jag Panzer's albums The Age of Mastery, Thane to the Throne (a concept album about Shakespeare's Macbeth), Mechanized Warfare and Casting the Stones before moving on to Megadeth, replacing Glen Drover. Before joining Megadeth and while still in Jag Panzer, he was also a touring guitarist for Nevermore between 2001 and 2003 and then again between 2006 and 2007.

Early years

Broderick started playing guitar when he was 11 years old. His playing styles range from metal, classical, neoclassical, and jazz. Broderick has been said to have practiced 14 hours a day during his summers as a teen. He practiced electric guitar, classical guitar, piano, and violin under a strict daily routine. He has said that at that time it seemed more like a "chore" than for entertainment.[1] He was a standout player in the Denver music scene from 1988 on in bands Grey Haven, Industrial Eden (guitarist/lead vocalist) and Killing Time. He also has a degree in classical guitar music performance at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

Jag Panzer (1997-2008)

In 1997, guitarist Joey Tafolla left Jag Panzer for the second and final time, citing a lack of interest in playing heavy metal. For the band, this was a huge problem. Tafolla's guitar work was complex and technical, and as far as they knew few guitarists could comprehend it. This is when Chris was brought into the fold of Jag Panzer and stayed with them for almost a decade. He played on four of the band's albums. 1998's The Age of Mastery, 2000's Thane to the Throne (a concept album about William Shakespeare's play Macbeth), 2001's Mechanized Warfare, and 2004's Casting the Stones.

Nevermore (2001-2003, 2006-2007)

During the time period of 2000 - 2003 and some of 2004 Chris was taking part in the live shows of heavy metal band Nevermore. After the release of the album, This Godless Endeavor, he began once again to tour with Nevermore until his recent joining in with Megadeth.

Megadeth (2008-Present)

In late 2007, rumors had been circulating that Megadeth guitarist Glen Drover had left the band. This was proved to be true after statements released from both Glen and Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. The night after the statements were released, Megadeth drummer Shawn Drover brought up Chris 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. He made his live debut with the band on February 4, 2008 in Finland and toured with them on Gigantour 2008 and also recorded guitar parts on their 12th album Endgame. He has stated due to extensive touring with Megadeth he will no longer be able to collaborate with Jag Panzer and Nevermore. Dave Mustaine said that when he partnered up with Broderick, he said that it reminded him of when "Ozzy Osbourne met Randy Rhoads". On March 8, 2009, Dave commented that he thought Chris was the greatest guitarist Megadeth has ever had. In the current line up of the band, he is the youngest member in Megadeth.

Equipment

Chris was endorsed by Ibanez guitars and DiMarzio Pickups (A Pair of D Activator 7's neck and bridge models) along with ENGL amplifiers and Ernie Ball Slinky strings. Before using Ibanez Guitars, he used Schecter Guitars with Seymour Duncan pickups. In the past he has also used Bare Knuckle Pickups, mainly the coldsweat models. Despite an ENGL endorsement, both he and Dave used Marshall JVM amplifiers to record Endgame. Mustaine prefers the sound of Marshall amps in Megadeth and thus would not allow Broderick to use ENGL. In January 2011, Chris Broderick left Ibanez and is now endorsing Jackson Guitars. He will be playing a custom shop archtop soloist produced to his personal demands, featuring 24 frets, 12" radius, custom DiMarzio pickups (tentatively called the Fundamental) and will be available in a 6 or 7 string configuration.[4] Chris uses Dunlop Tortex Sharp picks in 1.35mm. Chris uses a pick holder that keeps the pick in place on his thumb, which he has patented with hopes to be in retail production, as stated in his June 2010 Chaos Theory lesson for Guitar World.

Bands :

1.Jag Panzer 1997–2008
2.Nevermore 2001–2003, 2006– 2007 (only was live member)
3.Megadeth 2008–Present

Discography

Megadeth :
Blood in the Water: Live in San Diego (2008)
Endgame (2009)
Rust in Peace Live (2010)
The Big 4 Live from Sofia, Bulgaria (2010)
Thirteen (2011)

Jag Panzer :
The Age of Mastery (1998)
Thane to the Throne (2000) Mechanized Warfare (2001)
The Era of Kings and Conflict (2002) Casting the Stones (2004)

Nevermore :
The Year of the Voyager (2008)


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