March 3, 2024

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MEGADETH – Temporarily Replace Guitarist Kiko Loureiro On “Crush The World” Tour Dates

MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro will be temporarily replaced on the “Crush The World” tour due to personal reasons. Teemu Mäntysaari will join the band as a temporary replacement. 

The tour will continue as scheduled, with Mäntysaari making his debut on September 6 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. 

The band shared on social media:

Droogies!

Kiko has had something come up in his family life that requires him to miss this next leg of our “Crush The World” tour. I’ll let him explain… 

“Kiko checking in here! 

Our new record “The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead” and our “Crush The World” tour have been great. The worldwide chart positions have been our best yet! We want to really thank you for that. 

I have something that is difficult to share, but we always like to keep you informed with the truth. I have to leave the tour for now, to be home with my children, and to help them face the difficult challenges that arise from us being “Dads that work away from home.” 

I found a guitarist, Teemu Mäntysaari, to fill in for me during the fall, and I think you’ll be very happy. He’s an amazing, incredible player. I have shared this with my partner in shred, Dave Mustaine, and to no surprise, he said, “Go! Go be there for your family and keep us posted!”

To my band mates and all of our fans around the world, see you all very soon, back out on the Killing Road!” 

We will not be cancelling the tour, and we’ll introduce you to Teemu on September 6th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Revel Arena. We are asking for your support and un- derstanding at this time. 

Love and Bruises, 
Dave Mustaine