Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro initially went on reside hiatus from the band in September due to family matters, and was changed by guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari of Wintersun. Loureiro just lately revealed that his hiatus will now extend into 2024, saying that he does not need to hinder something Megadeth has deliberate.
“Final week I acquired a name from my companion, Kiko Loureiro, and we spoke for some time,” wrote Mustaine. “I requested him how issues have been going concerning the essential points that led to his absence from our earlier run, which was mandatory for him to be along with his household.
“I need to replace you now on what Kiko shared with me. However earlier than I do, I need you to know that I like, respect, and totally help Kiko‘s choice. He has emphasised his love for me, Megadeth, and all of you, our followers.
“As a reminder, Kiko needed to depart the tour final August to deal with some essential and personal household enterprise. He was conflicted however appreciative once I advised him that he wanted to go to handle his household. He agreed however was nonetheless involved about us-meaning the followers, and Megadeth. I advised him on the time, ‘Go! Kiko, you possibly can by no means regain this time with your loved ones, I do know first hand…I paid the worth myself.’ Ultimately, he agreed.
“Kiko is a top-notch skilled, a maestro – and he didn’t need to harm me or Megadeth. We got here up with an answer to discover a fill-in for him throughout that point and that is when he introduced and educated Teemu Mäntysaari to take over for us. To start with, this was solely going to be till the primary week of October 2023. Nevertheless, issues hardly ever end up the best way they’re deliberate.
“The 2023 Tour is over, and it was lengthy and arduous. Final yr noticed a considerable quantity of touring, and it seems that 2024 is gearing as much as be much more intense, with intensive touring commitments conserving us on the highway for a lot of the yr.
“We’ve got had many conversations with Kiko about this, and so they have all been very constructive. Kiko goes to stay on an prolonged depart of absence because of our heavy touring commitments subsequent yr, and we’re going to proceed to maneuver ahead with Teemu Mäntysaari because the guitar participant for Megadeth.
“I want to thank Kiko for his dedication and laborious work these previous 9 years, serving to us to attain a Grammy on Dystopia and the extra awards we now have acquired on this newest report, The Sick, the Dying… and the Lifeless! I couldn’t have completed this with out Kiko Loureiro.
“We hope to see all of you supporting Kiko in his subsequent endeavors, and we need to see you subsequent yr out on the Killing Street. We’ve got thrilling plans to share with all of you in our subsequent e-newsletter.”
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