Megadeth has announced bass player James LoMenzo as a permanent member of the band, replacing original bassist David Ellefson, who was fired last year after sexually explicit messages and video footage involving him were leaked to social media.
LoMenzo was Megadeth’s bass player in the mid-2000s and recently stepped back in as a touring member for "The Metal Tour of the Year," which was co-headlined by Lamb of God, with Trivium and In Flames supporting. LoMenzo now officially rejoins the Megadeth family.
"I am thrilled to welcome back James to the Megadeth family. James rejoined the fold as the touring bassist and it’s been a blast having him back, we thought let’s make it permanent," says Dave Mustaine.
LoMenzo adds, "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."
James LoMenzo originally joined Megadeth back in 2006 and appeared on the band's studio albums, United Abominations and Endgame, before being dismissed in 2010. Throughout his career, LoMenzo has also played with White Lion, Ace Frehley, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Label Society, Lynch Mob and John Fogerty.