Dave Mustaine reveals Megadeth will move forward without Kiko Loureiro

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Kiko Loureiro’s chances of rejoining Megadeth are decreasing, as the band’s vocalist Dave Mustaine has declared the lead guitarist is currently on “an extended leave of absence.”

In August, Loureiro took a leave of absence from his tour to attend to personal matters. He advised Megadeth to temporarily replace him with Teemu Mäntysaari, a guitarist from Finland.

However, Mustaine and Loureiro have released comments clarifying that Mäntysaari would remain the lead guitarist going forward.

Says Mustaine: “Kiko had to leave the tour last August to handle some very important and private family business. He was conflicted but appreciative when I told him that he needed to go to take care of his family. He agreed but was still concerned about us meaning the fans, and Megadeth.”

“Kiko is a top-notch professional, a maestro — and he did not want to hurt me or Megadeth. We came up with a solution to find a fill-in for him during that time and that’s when he presented and trained Teemu Mäntysaari to take over for us. In the beginning, this was only going to be until the first week of October 2023. However, things rarely turn out the way they are planned.”

“The 2023 tour is over, and it was long and arduous. Last year saw a substantial amount of touring, and it appears that 2024 is gearing up to be even more intense, with extensive touring commitments keeping us on the road for most of the year.”

“We have had many conversations with Kiko about this and they have all been very positive. Kiko is going to remain on an extended leave of absence, due to our heavy touring commitments next year and we are going to continue to move forward with Teemu Mäntysaari.”

Both Mustaine’s and Loureiro’s previous statements have a decisive quality, even if they don’t explicitly announce that Loureiro has quit the band.

Loureiro stated: “My nine years with Megadeth have been an unbelievable journey, filled with countless ‘pinch-me’ moments. Unforgettable tours, a Grammy Award for Dystopia, a Grammy nomination, and various accolades for The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead are just a few of the highlights.”

“It is hard to put into words the magnitude of these experiences. I am sure any heavy metal fan can appreciate how incredible it is to play and create music in a band you grew up listening to, and to share the stage with a guitar legend like Dave Mustaine, along with phenomenal musicians like James LoMenzo and Dirk Verbeuren, not to mention our incredible crew.”

“However, the most cherished aspect of these nine years has been getting to know the incredible army of devoted Megadeth fans around the world. Your dedication is inspiring, and I have immense admiration and respect for all of you.”

Loureiro joined Megadeth in 2015, replacing Chris Broderick.



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