NewsJune 1, 2022 10:36 AM ET2,114 views

Megadeth announce James LoMenzo as permanent replacement for David Ellefson

Thrash metal legends Megadeth have officially announced James LoMenzo as their "permanent" bassist, effectively replacing co-founder David Ellefson, who was dismissed from the band a year ago.

LoMenzo was Megadeth's bass player in the mid-2000s and recently stepped back in as a touring member.

Dave Mustaine says, "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."

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."

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