Earlier this year the Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, who has been a member of Megadeth since 2015 announced that for personal problems he would have to take a time out of Megadeth and now the musician said that he will have to extend that not giving more details about when it will be possible to return.
Meanwhiel, the guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari continues to fill in for Kiko on the road with Megadeth that has many scheduled dates for 2024, including one show in Brazil.
Kiko Loureiro said about extending his absence from Megadeth
“Dear Megadeth fans, 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!” Kiko Loureiro said.