Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine led a poignant one minute silence from the stage to fallen former band mate Nick Menza who passed this week.
Mustaine turned his gaze upwards ashe pointed to the sky and pid a touching tribute to his band's former drummer Menza who died on Saturday night at the age of just 51.
Speaking from the stage at the Rock'N Derby Sunday night, Mustaine asked the crowd for a minute of their time to pay a silent tribute.
"I usually say 'You've been great. We've been Megadeth.' But Nick, you've been great. I love you, buddy."
Mustaine also hailed Menza during an interview with Tigman of the Q103 radio station prior to the Rock'N Derby perfromance saying: "Contrary to popular belief, Nick and I were very, very close. I think when you're that close with somebody, the temperatures run a lot hotter than in most relationships, so the love is that much more deeper and the anger is so much more hot and the sadness is so much more profound.
"So I think that's when you know that you're really in a relationship with somebody that matters to you."
He continues: "Nick was a very talented musician, and he came from a talented family. His dad played the saxophone on the 'Pink Panther' song. Yeah, his dad was the original saxophone player for Henry Mancini in 'The Pink Panther'.
"So Nick and I were really, really close. And people think that we had this failed reunion attempt. There were several times that we tried to reconcile stuff, and it just didn't happen for whatever reason — I don't know why, but it didn't."
Mustaine adds: "I think now, it's the time for everyone to remember Nick and his legacy of just great performances. And tonight we are hoping to do a moment of silence, and the band's already agreed, we're gonna do a benefit in California to… I mean, we're working out the details; you're the first person to hear this.
"So we're working on a benefit there. And we're hoping to leave an open stage for all of the alumni from Megadeth to come there and play with us, so that we can help leave behind something for Nick's children, which, I think, had been kind of left in a bad way. We wanted to get all that stuff set up and right now, that's what… the wheels are all turning in our camp.
"So, to anybody that thinks that I don't love Nick [raises middle finger]… You can imagine what I just said."
Menza collapsed on stage with the band OHM during the third song of their set. A massive heart attack has been blamed for his tragic and unexpected passing.