"My first instrument was a small 5 piece generic, piece of junk drumkit that I bought myself. My family couldnít afford it, so I got a part time job after school bussing tables at an ice cream parlor and I saved up for over a year to get it."Playing all the time by himself, Mike got the craving to be in a band when he would go watch his friends band rehearse.
"I was completely in awe watching them feed off each other. That was exactly what I was missing playing drums by myself. I then realized that I needed other musicians to interact with."Wengren then began playing around Chicago in the typical 80ís metal and cover bands of the time. Struggling away, a very financially poor Wengren was determined to not give up without a fight. "I was very poor. I lived in the bands rehearsal space and could barely afford to feed myself." Mike then began playing with guitarist Dan Donegan and bassist Fuzz. The trio played together for a while and after countless unsuccessful vocalist auditions they discovered David Draiman..."The Sickness" was born!
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