James LoMenzo will continue as Megadeth’s touring bassist

When Megadeth hits the road again in April, James LoMenzo will take over bass duties as he did last year. LoMenzo’s participation in the second leg of the “Metal Tour of the Year” US tour was revealed in a birthday Instagram post sent by Dave Mustaine to the musician.

LoMenzo, who had a previous stint with Megadeth between 2006 and 2010, returned to the band last summer after the band parted ways with original bassist David Ellefson, who was also on his second stint with the band. . At the time, LoMenzo revealed that he was unavailable to replace him, but after speaking with Mustaine and realizing the importance of the situation, he was able to seize the opportunity to join Megadeth with his other employer, John Fogerty.

After making his live return to Megadeth, the bassist opened up about the band’s current lineup, saying, “Dave [Mustaine]was really welcoming and encouraging, and the group as a whole is just fantastic! It is a real powerhouse. Dagger [Verbeuren] is a dream drummer for this type of music, and Kiko [Loureiro]is so deep musically. Dave plays as well or better than ever and now that he’s on these Gibson guitars his sound is so much punchier than I remember.

In Mustaine’s birthday post on LoMenzo, the Megadeth frontman said, “Happy Birthday James. With the upcoming Metal Tour of the Year reboot, we’ll be celebrating your birthday with the fans! Wishing you all the best, my brother.”

Just like last year, the “Metal Tour of the Year” trek will reunite Megadeth with co-headliners Lamb of God and support from Trivium. In Flames, which was originally scheduled to be part of the tour before the pandemic, had to pull out of last year’s tour dates, being replaced by Hatebreed. However, the group of veterans will be back to complete the bill for this spring’s race. The tour kicks off April 9 in Las Vegas. Get dates and ticket details here.

Megadeth is also set to release a new album this year. Although it was revealed that the band re-recorded the bass parts of the album after Ellefson’s release, it was not revealed if LoMenzo or someone else handled the bass for the disc.

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