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MEGADETH Announces JAMES LOMENZO As Permanent New Bassist

A very unsurprising pick.


Megadeth has officially welcomed James LoMenzo as their permanent new bassist. LoMenzo has been filling in with Megadeth live ever since the departure of David Ellefson, and was previously in the band between 2006 and 2010.

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"I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family," said Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine. "James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it's been a blast having him back. We thought let's make it permanent."

"I'm so excited to rejoin Megadeth and move forward full steam into the next phase of this iconic band's history!" added LoMenzo. "With Dave, Kiko and Dirk, There's no stopping us! It just feels great to be home again."

Mustaine recently revealed in an interview with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal that Megadeth will release a new album called The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead tentatively this July. The album features bass parts by Steve Di Giorgio of Testament (not LoMenzo) in place of Ellefson. Ellefson was fired from Megadeth back in May 2021 after a highly-publicized sexual affair and was removed from the album.

Megadeth will hit the road as openers for Five Finger Death Punch later this year at one of the dates below.

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8/19 Portland, OR – RV Inn Style Resorts Amphitheater
8/20 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheater
8/23 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheater
8/24 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheater
8/26 Phoenix, AZ – Ak-Chin Pavilion
8/27 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
8/30 Dallas, TX – Dos Equis Pavilion
9/1 Del Valle, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
9/2 Houston, TX –The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
9/6 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
9/7 Raleigh, NC – Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
9/9 Virginia Beach, VA – Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
9/10 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
9/12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
9/14 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
9/15 Camden, NJ – Waterfront Music Pavilion
9/17 Bangor, ME – Maine Savings Amphitheater
9/18 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
9/20 Syracuse, NY – St. Joseph's Health Amphitheater at Lakeview
9/21 Pittsburgh, PA – The Pavilion at Star Lake (no Megadeth)
9/23 Scranton, PA – Pavilion at Montage Mountain
9/24 Hershey, PA – Hersheypark Stadium
9/27 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lake Amphitheater (no Megadeth)
9/28 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
9/30 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
10/1 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
10/4 Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
10/5 Clarkston, MI – Pine Knob Music Theatre
10/7 Milwaukee, WI – American Family Insurance Amphitheater – Summerfest Grounds
10/8 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
10/10 Atlanta, GA – Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
10/12 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
10/14 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
10/15 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheater

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