Wednesday, September 6, 2023

Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro to sit out next leg of US tour

Megadeth has revealed that guitarist Kiko Loureiro will sit out next leg of the band’s 2023 tour.

"Kiko has had something come up in his family life that requires him to miss this next leg of our "Crush The World" tour,” announced leader Dave Mustaine on social media. “I'II let him explain...”

"Kiko checking in here!,” begins the guitarist. “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 Mantysaari, 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,”
adds Mustaine, “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."

The fall leg of the series will wrap up with an October 6 appearance at the Aftershock festival in Sacramento, CA.

“The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!” sees Mustaine working alongside co-producer Chris Rakestraw (Danzig, Parkway Drive) on the project, which debuted at No. 3 on the US Billboard 200 last fall.

Pick up your copy of “The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!”; get your copy here.

See also:

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