Dave Mustaine is “thrilled” to have bassist James Lomenzo back at Megadeth
Dave Mustaine says he’s “delighted” with bassist’s return James Lo Menzo to the MEGADETH ranks.
Lo Menzo joined MEGADETH in 2006 and appeared on two of the band’s studio albums, 2007 “United Abominations” and 2009 “End of Game”. He was let go from the group in 2010 and replaced by the returning original MEGADETH bass player David Ellefson.
In addition to MEGADETH, Lo Menzo played with Ozzy Osbourne, Zakk Wylde and WHITE LION. For nine years, Lo Menzo performed with the iconic rocker John Fogerty.
Lo Menzo played his first gig with MEGADETH in nearly 12 years last August in Austin, Texas. The concert took place three months after Ellefsonthe dismissal of MEGADETH after sexually tinged messages and explicit video footage of him were posted on Twitter.
During an appearance on last Wednesday’s (March 30) episode of SiriusXMit’s “Trunk Nation with Eddie Trunk”, Mustaine discussed MEGADETHthe reunion with Lo Menzosaying (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “I’m thrilled. I think he’s a really great person to have in MEGADETH. It was when we first tried it. And for some reason things happened, things happened and we took a bit of a sabbatical not to play [together]. And when things turned out the way they did, it was obvious to me that I needed a super awesome bass player to come over and cut all the tracks and learn them in a relatively short time, because we were already in the studio, so I needed to have someone who could really do all of that. And I hadn’t made my decision on james again. So I ended up asking a great, great legendary bass player in the metal community, Steve DiGiorgio. I asked him if he would come and invited him on the [upcoming MEGADETH] record and help me finish the recording and cut the bass parts. So he came out, and it was really wonderful to hear his interpretation of my songs and stuff that Kiko [Loureiro, MEGADETH guitarist] and Dagger [Verbeuren, MEGADETH drummer] and me, the stuff we start writing together; we’re starting to really develop our chemistry. And I I like it because there are elements with Dagger and his writing which obviously reminds me a lot [late MEGADETH drummer] gar [Samuelson]. But he’s also a very good rhythm guitarist, and that reminds me many from “Peace sells” time. ‘Cause each of the guys grew up with a different era of MEGADETHso they all have their MEGADETH. As, Chris Adler [the former LAMB OF GOD drummer who played on MEGADETH‘s 2016 album ‘Dystopia’] once said to me: “It’s my MEGADETH.'”
Requested by host Eddie Trunk if you have different people in MEGADETH over the past 40 years has been an advantage in terms of keeping the band recharged and refreshed or if they would have preferred it if MEGADETH could have been the same four guys all the time, Mustaine said, “Well, I think the answer is… That’s a very complicated answer to a very simple question. For me, what I would probably say the short answer is having the same people all the time, the ones who I grew to like the most and who are the easiest to get along with, who have the most common view of mine and who have guys who are ready to constantly improve.
“One of the things we do behind the scenes, Eddie “I know you saw that with me; we’ve been friends for so long, and there’s been so many gigs that we’ve hung out backstage,” MEGADETH the leader continued. “Part of my routine, for your listeners, is before we go on stage, we have the guys from the team who come backstage, and before we go on deck, we review a few songs; every night, it’s a few different songs. We change the setlist hopefully every night, but we’re constantly reviewing. So once we get to the very last song, ‘Holy Wars’, and we went over that with our sound man and our engineers and so on, we’re starting over. And I think it’s something that if we had the same guys all the time, for the familiarity and the safety and the stability of the fans, and they were constantly trying to improve, that would be the perfect scenario.”
MEGADETHthe new album of, “The sick, the dying and the dead”tentatively scheduled for July 8. The follow-up of “Dystopia” has a cover of KENNEDY DEAD‘ “Police Truck” and Samy Hagarit’s “This planet is on fire”the latter including voices from Agar himself.
DiGiorgio is widely recognized as a pioneer of the fretless bass in heavy metal music, having played with WILL, DEATH and SADU, among others. In its kind, Steve is respected for his playing skills, versatility and incredible technique. He has over 40 studio album recordings and over 20 years of touring the world.
Three months ago, Mustaine confirmed that James Lo Menzo will play bass for MEGADETH when the group hits the road again in April for the second American leg of “The Metal Tour of the Year”. Joining them will be co-headliners LAMB OF GOD accompanied by special guests TRIVIUM and IN FIRE.
Ellefson laid down his bass tracks on MEGADETHsixteenth LP in May 2020 at a studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Shortly after, he raved about his performance on the record, telling the 96.7 KCAL-FM radio program “Hardwired in the Empire” that his musical chemistry with Verbeuren was comparable to the interaction between Geddy Lee and neil peart on classic RUSH scrapbooks. “I feel like I’m on the new MEGADETH save me and Dagger have those same moments,” he said. ” This is MEGADETH – it’s not RUSH, obviously – but in the realm of what we do, there were those times when I was just like, “Oh, my God.” This is me as a child saying, ‘This is my Geddy/Neil time here.'”
In June 2021, Mustaine announced during an episode of its give me the radio program “The Dave Mustaine Show” this Ellefsonthe bass tracks of would not be used on the new MEGADETH LP.
Ellefson was in MEGADETH from the creation of the group in 1983 to 2002, then from 2010 until his last departure.
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