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James LoMenzo rejoins Megadeth for upcoming North American tour

By | Published on Thursday 12 August 2021

Megadeth have announced that James LoMenzo is rejoining the band for their upcoming North American co-headline tour with Lamb Of God.

LoMenzo is filling the gap left by bassist David Ellefson, who was dropped by the band back in May. His departure followed the leaking of sexually explicit text messages and video clips that featured the musician with an unnamed woman who some claimed was underage.

However, Ellefson – while admitting that the text messages and video clips were genuine – strongly denied those claims, insisting that the woman involved was definitely not underage and that everything that happened was consensual. He also said he was pursuing legal action against the person who leaked the content.

Nevertheless, the incident contributed to his departure from Megadeth, with the band’s frontman Dave Mustaine saying at the time that “David Ellefson is no longer playing with Megadeth … with an already strained relationship, what has already been revealed now is enough to make working together impossible moving forward”.

LoMenzo was previously bassist with the metal outfit from 2006 to 2010. Confirming he was now returning for the upcoming tour dates, Mustaine said yesterday: “I’m happy to announce that former bassist and Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on the Metal Tour Of The Year. Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America”.

LoMenzo himself added: “I’m super stoked to be rejoining Megadeth for the upcoming Metal Tour Of The Year. There are no better fans than Megadeth fans, I can’t wait to get out there and shred some Megadeth music with you all”.

That tour, which also includes Trivium and Hatebreed on the bill, kicks off in Austin on 20 Aug.