Dave Mustaine has confirmed that James LoMenzo will play bass for MEGADETH when the band returns to the road in April for the second US leg of “The Metal Tour of the Year”. Join them will be co-headliners LAMB OF GOD together with special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES.
Earlier today, Mustaine took to social media to wish James happy 63rd birthday, and he added the following message: “With ‘The Metal Tour of the Year’ starting again soon, we will celebrate your birthday with the fans! I wish you all the best, brother. @bassmonster”.
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s “United Abominations” and 2009 “Endgame”. He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced by the returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.
In addition to MEGADETH, LoMenzo has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and WHITE LION. For the past nine years, LoMenzo has performed with iconic rocker John Fogerty.
LoMenzo played his first show with MEGADETH in nearly 12 years last August in Austin, Texas. The concert took place three months after Ellefson‘s resignation from MEGADETH after sexually explicit messages and explicit video images about him were posted on Twitter.
Asked in an interview with Melodic.net what it was like for him to play with MEGADETH On “The Metal Tour of the Year” last summer after such a long absence from the band, James said, “Well, I’m really having the best time. Dave‘s [Mustaine] been really welcoming and supportive, and the band as a whole is just fantastic. It’s a real powerhouse. Dirk [Verbeuren, MEGADETH drummer] is a dream drummer for this kind of music, and Kiko‘s [Loureiro, MEGADETH guitarist] just as musically deep. Daveplays as good or better than ever and now that it’s on it Gibson guitars, his sound is so much more gut punching than I remember.”
About how he eventually returned to? MEGADETH, James said: “Dave‘s management got in touch first to see if I would even be available which I really wasn’t but after a phone call with Dave, I realized how important to MEGADETH and even for myself this would be so. Time was ticking so I knew it was going to be a crunch, but having been here once before, the learning curve was a little less steep. I made some arrangements with the oblivion camp, and they were kind enough to give me permission to do so.”
Mustaine has yet to reveal who played bass MEGADETH‘s new album after Ellefson‘s tracks were removed from the LP after his departure from the group.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH‘s sixteenth LP in May 2020 in a studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
In July 2021, Mustaine announced during an episode of his give me radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show” That Ellefson‘s bass tracks would not be used on the new one MEGADETH LP.
Beginning of May 2021, Ellefson issued a statement about Instagram denies all social media chatter that he “groomed” an underage fan.
On May 24, 2021, Mustaine — who formed MEGADETH of Ellefson in 1983 – announced the bassist’s departure from the band.
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the group’s inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 to its last exit.
“The Metal Tour of the Year” was originally announced and scheduled for 2020, but was halted due to the pandemic. Fans patiently waited for the return of touring, and in the summer of 2021 their wish was granted. “The Metal Tour of the Year” was one of the first national amphitheater tours to hit the road in 2021 and saw co-headliners MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD hit 29 cities in North America with special guests TRIVIUM and HATE WIDE, who came in to replace IN FLAMES who were unable to join the tour due to travel restrictions. The tour was met with huge acclaim, truly lived up to its name, playing to a staggering 172,000 metal fans.
Created by Live Nation, the second leg of this epic metal trek kicks off on Saturday, April 9 in Las Vegas, Nevada, reaching an additional 21 cities before finishing on Sunday, May 15 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Full itinerary below.
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