Tributes from around the rock and metal world continue to pour in for Children of Bodom guitarist and vocalist Alexi Laiho. Laiho passed away in late 2020, while the news of his death broke earlier this year.
During The Dave Mustaine Show on Gimmie Radio, Mustaine memorialized Laiho saying "I guess now the heaven heavy metal band has its lead guitar player."
"We had a tragic loss [recently] with my friend, and I'm sure a lot of your friend loss also," said Mustaine. "I'm sure a lot of you were friends with this gentleman too — Alexi Laiho from Children of Bodom passed away. They didn't really have anything to say about how he passed away other than he'd been battling some long-term illnesses.
"I knew him as a very gentle spirit with an amazing talent. In fact, when I was doing the 'Symphony Interrupted' performance, I watched he and his other guitar player — I can't remember the guitar player's name — but they did the Vivaldi part. It was one of the two Vivaldi pieces that I did; I can't remember their names right now off the top of my head.
"Rest in peace, my friend. You are sadly missed by so many people. We love you. I guess now the heaven heavy metal band has its lead guitar player."
Laiho's band Bodom After Midnight is expected to release a handful of songs recorded last year.