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Kiko Loureiro To “Extend” His Absence From Megadeth Into 2024


Guitarist Kiko Loureiro will remain absent from his role in Megadeth for longer than originally anticipated. This past September the Brazilian musician announced he was stepping down from the band’s live activities, in order to to spend more time at home with his children. In turn, the legendary thrash metal outfit recruited Teemu Mäntysaari of Wintersun and Imperanon to fill-in.

Speaking earlier today, November 19th, Loureio issued the following statement:

“Dear Megadeth fans,

I want to share with you a decision that hasn’t been easy for me. In September, I had to step away from the U.S. leg of the tour for family reasons. Looking ahead, during 2024, we anticipate an even heavier touring schedule for Megadeth. After thorough reflection and discussions with Dave Mustaine and Megadeth‘s management, we have collectively agreed that it is the right move to extend my absence. I don’t want to hinder any of the band’s plans or the hard work of all the incredible people involved in the tour.

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.

Much love, see you soon!”

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