Megadeth announces bassist for Metal Tour of the Year

Hannah Mason/WireImage

Megadeth has announced a new touring bassist, and it’s a familiar face.

James LoMenzo, who previously played with the thrash legends from 2006 to 2010, will rejoin the band as their touring bassist for their upcoming Metal Tour of the Year, Rolling Stone reports.

LoMenzo takes the place of founding bassist David Ellefson, who was dismissed from Megadeth earlier this year after video of sexually explicit interactions between him and a woman leaked online.

It’s unclear whether LoMenzo will be Megadeth’s bassist going forward beyond the tour, or if he is the same bass player who was recruited to re-record the parts Ellefson had previously recorded for the upcoming new Megadeth album.

The Metal Tour of the Year, which was originally scheduled for 2020 before being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, is set to kick off August 20 in Austin. The bill also features Lamb of God, Trivium and Hatebreed.

Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.