Megadeth Officially Announce Kiko Loureiro as Their New Guitarist
The final domino has fallen for Megadeth. Over the weekend, the band confirmed that Lamb of God's Chris Adler would be handling drums for their new studio album. Now the group has announced that Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro will be joining the band, as well.
In a statement posted on Megadeth's website, frontman Dave Mustaine revealed, "I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then I've come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I'm deeply encouraged by his depth and talent. Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko. As Frank Sinatra says, 'The best is yet to come!'" The statement came with the photo of Mustaine hanging out with Loureiro posted above.
Loureiro's addition has been rumored heavily in recent weeks, enough so that during a recent performance fans in the audience were reportedly chanting "Megadeth" as he played.
While we're certain to see Loureiro on the stages when Megadeth resume touring, it's unclear whether he'll be joining Mustaine, bassist David Ellefson and Adler in the studio. When the band announced that Adler would be on drums, Mustaine hinted that the group would record as a three-piece. Megadeth will be heading into the studio soon, as Mustaine recently tweeted that the writing process was almost complete.
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