James LoMenzo Named Permanent Member of Megadeth

James LoMenzo

James LoMenzo has been officially welcomed back into Megadeth. The bassist, who was a full-time member in the mid-2000s, has been acting as a touring member for their latest outing, The Metal Tour of the Year. However, a statement on the band’s website explains he is once again a permanent member of the metal outfit.

“I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family,” leader Dave Mustaine said. “James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it’s been a blast having him back, we thought let’s make it permanent.”

LoMenzo also commented, saying “I’m so excited to rejoin Megadeth and move forward full steam into the next phase of this iconic band’s history! With Dave, Kiko and Dirk there’s no stopping us! It just feels great to be home again.”

LoMenzo jumped in as a touring bassist following Dave Ellefson’s dismissal last year. He will not, however, appear on their upcoming album, The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead. That record will feature Steve DiGiorgio, who Mustaine called to replace Ellefson’s tracks.

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  1. Mikey M.

    Congrats to Mr. Lomenzo! If you’ve never heard his bass lines on Zakk’s Pride and Glory lp, ya own it to yourself to give it a listen. Just some GREAT rock bass from tone to lines. \m/.