Megadeth confirm new touring bassist, former band member James LoMenzo

Former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo will rejoin the band for the upcoming U.S. Metal Tour Of The Year alongside Lamb Of God, Trivium and Hatebreed.

Megadeth confirm new touring bassist, former band member James LoMenzo
Emily Carter

Megadeth have recruited their former bassist James LoMenzo for the upcoming Metal Tour Of The Year.

Following David Ellefson's departure in May, the thrash metal legends have started rehearsals with their 'new' recruit (who originally joined the band in 2006, and was replaced by David in 2010), with the first date of the tour just over a week away now at Austin, Texas' Germania Insurance Amphitheater on August 20.

“I’m happy to announce that former bassist and Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on the Metal Tour Of The Year," announces frontman Dave Mustaine. "Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America.”

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

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Previously discussing the Metal Tour Of The Year, Dave teased: "Can you hear that sound of armies on the march – of destruction on the horizon? That’s this tour, coming for you. We cannot wait to return to the stage and I promise you you do not want to miss these shows. You’re not going to know what hit you!”

Catch The Metal Tour Of The Year at the following dates:

August 2021

20 Austin, TX – Germania Insurance Amphitheater
21 Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
22 Woodlands, TX – The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion presented by Huntsman
24 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
25 Albuquerque, NM – Isleta Amphitheater
27 Denver, CO – Ball Arena
29 Phoenix, AZ – Arizona Federal Theatre
31 Reno, NV – Reno Events Center

September 2021

1 Irvine, CA – FivePoint Amphitheatre
2 Concord, CA – Concord Pavilion
4 Portland, OR – Moda Center
5 Auburn, WA – White River Amphitheatre
9 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre — Chicago
11 Danville, VA – Blue Ridge Festival*
12 Wantagh, NY – Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
13 Boston, MA – Leader Bank Pavilion
15 Camden, NJ – BB&T Pavilion
16 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
18 Noblesville, IN – Ruoff Music Center
19 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
20 Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
22 Rogers, AR – Walmart AMP
24 Mount Pleasant, MI – Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
26 St. Louis, MO – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre — St. Louis
28 Minneapolis, MN – Armory
30 Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage

October 2021

1 Laval, QC – Place Bell
2 Quebec City, QC – Centre Videotron

(* = festival date featuring all four bands)

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