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Megadeth Announce Fill-In Live Guitarist For Kiko Loureiro At Upcoming Shows


Thrash metal vets Megadeth will be embarking on their next leg of dates without guitarist Kiko Loureiro. In his place will be Teemu Mäntysaari of Wintersun and Imperanon fame. Kiko will be taking some time off from the band to be around for his children.

Both Loureiro and Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine addressed this temporary lineup change in a new statement that can be read below:


Kiko has had something come up in his family life that requires him to miss this next leg of our “Crush The World” tour. I’ll let him explain…

Kiko checking in here!

Our new record ‘The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead‘ and our ‘Crush The World‘ tour have been great. The worldwide chart positions have been our best yet! We want to really thank you for that.

I have something that is difficult to share, but we always like to keep you informed with the truth. I have to leave the tour for now, to be home with my children, and to help them face the difficult challenges that arise from us being ‘Dads that work away from home.’

I found a guitarist, Teemu Mäntysaari, to fill in for me during the fall, and I think you’ll be very happy. He’s an amazing, incredible player. I have shared this with my partner in shred, Dave Mustaine, and to no surprise, he said, ‘Go! Go be there for your family and keep us posted!’

To my band mates and all of our fans around the world, see you all very soon, back out on the Killing Road!”

We will not be cancelling the tour, and we’ll introduce you to Teemu on September 6th in Albuquerque. New Mexico, at the Revel Arena. We are asking for your support and understanding at this time.

Love and Bruises,
Dave Mustaine

Here’s where you can catch Megadeth with their latest live configuration:

09/06 Albuquerque, NM – Revel Entertainment Center
09/07 Window Rock, AZ – Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena
09/09 Alton, VA – Virginia International Raceway

With Biohazard:

09/15 Grantville, PA – Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course (feat. Ill Niño)
09/16 Mashantucket, CT – Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resorts Casino
09/17 Atlantic City, NJ – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena (feat. Ill Niño)
09/21 Windsor, ON – The Colosseum
09/23 Plymouth, IN – Plymouth Motor Speedway
09/27 Bloomington, IL – Grossinger Motors Arena (feat. Ill Niño)
09/29 Fargo, ND – Scheels Arena
09/30 Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
10/03 Pocatello, ID – Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre
10/05 Reno, NV – Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort


10/06 Sacramento, CA – Aftershock Festival

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