Returning Megadeth Bassist James LoMenzo Replaces David Ellefson on "The Metal Tour of the Year"
LoMenzo previously played bass for the band from 2006 to 2010
Published Aug 11, 2021After weeks of rumours, Megadeth have finally set the record straight about their touring lineup.
Bassist James LoMenzo has officially replaced David Ellefson — who was dismissed from the band back in May following allegations of sexual misconduct — on Megadeth's upcoming rescheduled co-headlining North American tour with Lamb of God (and special guests Trivium and In Flames).
No stranger to the group, LoMenzo previously played bass with Megadeth from 2006 to 2010, appearing on two of their studio albums.
LoMenzo has also worked with David Lee Roth and Zakk Wylde, playing in Black Label Society in the mid-2000s. Prior to that, he was the bassist for glam-metal band White Lion from 1984 to 1991; he's a true veteran of the genre.
"I'm super stoked to be rejoining Megadeth for the upcoming 'Metal Tour of the Year,'" the musician said in a statement [via Consequence]. "There are no better fans than Megadeth fans. I can't wait to get out there and shred some Megadeth music with you all."
Frontman Dave Mustaine added: "Tour rehearsals just began and we cannot wait to start crushing North America."
It's unclear whether LoMenzo will also be the player to re-record Ellefson's bass tracks for Megadeth's upcoming album, The Sick, the Dying and the Dead, for which Mustaine recently confirmed the title in a Cameo Video.
Earlier this year, Nicole Newsted informed the internet that her husband and ex-Metallica bassist Jason Newsted would not be joining Megadeth.
See Megadeth's full tour itinerary below, including the band's three Canadian stops in Toronto, Laval and Quebec City.
Megadeth 2021 Tour Dates:
08/20 Austin, TX - Germania Insurance Amphitheater
08/21 Irving, TX - The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
08/22 Woodlands, TX - The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
08/24 El Paso, TX - Don Haskins Center
08/25 Albuquerque, NM - Isleta Amphitheater
08/27 Denver, CO - Ball Arena
08/29 Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Federal Theatre
08/31 Reno, NV - Reno Events Center
09/01 Irvine, CA - FivePoint Amphitheatre
09/02 Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
09/04 Portland, OR - Moda Center
09/05 Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheatre
09/09 Tinley Park, IL - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/11 Danville, VA - Blue Ridge Festival
09/12 Wantagh, NY - Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
09/13 Boston, MA - Leader Bank Pavilion
09/15 Camden, NJ - BB&T Pavilion
09/16 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
09/18 Noblesville, IN - Ruoff Music Center
09/19 Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
09/20 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion
09/22 Rogers, AR - Walmart AMP
09/24 Mount Pleasant, MI - Soaring Eagle Casino Amphitheatre
09/26 St. Louis, MO - Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
09/28 Minneapolis, MN - Armory
09/30 Toronto, ON - Budweiser Stage
10/01 Laval, QC - Place Bell
10/02 Quebec City, QC - Centre Videotron