MEGADETH Recruits Bassist JAMES LOMENZO For Upcoming Tour
12 August 2021
In just nine days, "The Metal Tour Of The Year" co-headlined by MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD will lay waste to cities across North America as the highly anticipated trek finally hits the road. MEGADETH has just announced that joining them to take care of bass duties for this tour will be former MEGADETH member James LoMenzo.
MEGADETH leader Dave Mustaine commented: "I'm happy to announce that former bassist and MEGADETH alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on 'The Metal Tour Of The Year'. Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America."
LoMenzo added: "I'm super stoked to be rejoining MEGADETH for the upcoming 'Metal Tour Of The Year'. There are no better fans than MEGADETH fans, I can't wait to get out there and shred some MEGADETH music with you all."
Rounding out the lineup for "The Metal Tour Of The Year" are TRIVIUM and HATEBREED. Produced by Live Nation, the rescheduled trek will now kick off on Friday, August 20 in Austin, Texas and hit a further 27 cities before wrapping in Quebec City, Quebec, Canda on Saturday, October 2.
LoMenzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the group's studio albums, 2007's "United Abominations" and 2009's "Endgame". He was fired from the band in 2010 and replaced with returning original MEGADETH bassist David Ellefson.
In addition to MEGADETH, LoMenzo has played with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and WHITE LION. For the past eight years, LoMenzo has been performing with iconic rocker John Fogerty.
Mustaine has yet to reveal who played bass on the new MEGADETH album after David Ellefson's tracks were removed from the LP following his dismissal from the band in late May.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETH's sixteenth LP in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee.
On May 24, Mustaine — who formed MEGADETH with Ellefson in 1983 — announced the bassist's departure from the band.
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the band's inception in 1983 to 2002, and again from 2010 until his latest departure.
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