Megadeth Guitarist Kiko Loureiro Extends Leave From Band, Releases Statement

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In a new statement he has shared online, guitarist Kiko Loureiro has announced that he is continuing his absence in Megadeth.

Loureiro joined the Los Angeles, California thrash metal band in 2015, making his studio album debut with them on 2016’s Dystopia. Upon joining Megadeth, Loureiro proved himself to be an incredible addition, bringing jaw-dropping technical finesse to the band’s material. Along with Dystopia, Loureiro also helped create the band’s latest album, 2022’s The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!.

Back in September, Loureiro announced he would not be taking part in an upcoming tour with Megadeth, citing that he needed to be home to support his children with a personal matter.

Alongside this statement, it was announced that Loureiro would be replaced by Teemu Mäntysaari of Wintersun on said tour.

No further details were provided at the time regarding what exactly Loureiro was taking care of back home, but in a new statement he has shared on Instagram, the guitarist has confirmed that he will not be returning to Megadeth now.

Below you can read the entirety of Loureiro’s statement regarding his time with Megadeth and his decision to leave the band.

Kiko Loureiro statement

“Dear Megadeth fans, I want to share with you a decision that hasn’t been easy for me. In September, I had to step away from the U.S. leg of the tour for family reasons. Looking ahead, during 2024, we anticipate an even heavier touring schedule for Megadeth. After thorough reflection and discussions with Dave Mustaine and Megadeth’s management, we have collectively agreed that it is the right move to extend my absence. I don’t want to hinder any of the band’s plans or the hard work of all the incredible people involved in the tour.

“My nine years with Megadeth have been an unbelievable journey, filled with countless ‘pinch-me’ moments. Unforgettable tours, a Grammy Award for ‘Dystopia,’ a Grammy nomination, and various accolades for ‘The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead’ are just a few of the highlights. It is hard to put into words the magnitude of these experiences. I am sure any heavy metal fan can appreciate how incredible it is to play and create music in a band you grew up listening to, and to share the stage with a guitar legend like Dave Mustaine, along with phenomenal musicians like James LoMenzo and Dirk Verbeuren, not to mention our incredible crew. However, the most cherished aspect of these nine years has been getting to know the incredible army of devoted Megadeth fans around the world. Your dedication is inspiring, and I have immense admiration and respect for all of you. Much love, see you soon!”



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