Band frontman Dave Mustaine has confirmed that the Megadeth bassist for the band’s upcoming album is Testament bassist Steve Di Giorgio. The new Megadeth album, The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead, will arrive on July 8th.
In an interview with Jose Mangin of SiriusXM Liquid Metal, the Megadeth frontman talked about Steve Di Giorgio as the Megadeth bassist for the new album. Per Mustaine, regarding Steve Di Giorgio as the Megadeth bassist for The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead, he shared the following:
“We obviously had that weird little…well, it wasn’t little, but we had something happen that we needed to make a decision on, and it set us back a little bit timing-wise, because we needed to recalibrate and find someone to perform the bass parts, and we found who I thought was the perfect fit for us while I decided what to do… Do you know who it was? …It was Steve DiGiorgio. You’re the first person I told.”
Mustaine continued: “It was a good choice. I didn’t think about anybody else at the time. I was thinking about ‘who’s the hottest guy out there that can play these new songs?’ [Mustaine’s son] Justis told me one of the fastest songs we’ve ever written is on this record. I don’t care what anybody says — bass may be less strings than guitar, but it’s difficult to play, if you’re like me. I have a real hard time playing the bass. I wrote the riff for ‘Peace Sells… But Who’s Buying?’ for Pete’s sake, but you know… having to jam some of those parts that fast, it just kills your fingers.”
Steve Di Giorgio joined Testament back in 1998 and played with the thrash band until 2005. He then rejoined Testament in 2014.
On the band’s upcoming 2022 Metal Tour Of The Year, James LoMenzo (who has played with Megadeth before), will be playing with them as the Megadeth bassist.
What do you think of Megadeth tapping Steve Di Giorgio to be the bassist on the new Megadeth album?
You can find all the dates and locations for the 2022 Metal Tour Of The Year below. You can click on the ticket image below for all ticket purchase info.
4/9 – Las Vegas, NV – Michelob Ultra Arena
4/10 – Tucson, AZ – Tucson Arena
4/12 – Colorado Springs, CO – Broadmoor World Arena
4/14 – Corpus Christi, TX – American Bank Center
4/15 – Lafayette, LA – Cajundome
4/16 – Brandon, MS – Brandon Amphitheater
4/19 – Grand Rapids, MI – Van Andel Arena
4/21 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
4/22 – Green Bay, WI – Resch Center
4/24 – Sioux Falls, SD – Denny Sanford PREMIER Center
4/26 – Omaha, NE – Baxter Arena
4/27 – Cedar Rapids, IA – Alliant Energy PowerHouse
4/29 – Kansas City, MO – T-Mobile Center
4/30 – Tulsa, OK – BOK Center* No Trivium
5/3 – North Charleston, SC – North Charleston Coliseum
5/4 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
5/6 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
5/7 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center
5/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
5/10 – Rochester, NY – Blue Cross Arena
5/12 – Portland, ME – Cross Insurance Arena
5/13 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
5/15 – Allentown, PA – PPL Center
Words by: Michael Pementel