Dave Mustaine Confirms James LoMenzo Will Continue Playing Bass For Megadeth On Second Leg Of “The Metal Tour Of The Year”

James LoMenzo will continue to perform with Megadeth on the second leg of “The Metal Tour Of The Year.” Frontman Dave Mustaine confirmed the news while wishing the bassist a happy birthday on social media:

“Happy birthday James. With ‘The Metal Tour Of The Year’ starting again soon, we’ll celebrate your birthday with the fans! Wishing you all the best, brother. @bassmonsterr”

Watch Megadeth Perform With Bassist James LoMenzo For First Time In Nearly 12 Years

Last night (August 20), Megadeth kicked off “The Metal Tour Of The Year” with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed at Germania Insurance Amphitheater in Austin, TX. The show found the band performing with bassist James LoMenzo for the first time in nearly 12 years. You can see footage of that below. As previously reported, LoMenzo was recruited for the aforementioned tour after David Ellefson was fired from the group.

Megadeth To Be Rejoined By Ex-Bassist James LoMenzo On Upcoming Tour

Former Megadeth bassist James LoMenzo (Firstborne) is set to rejoin the band on their upcoming tour with Lamb Of God, Trivium, and Hatebreed. He will be replacing David Ellefson, who was fired from the group after footage of him pleasuring himself to a young woman during a video chat leaked online. Frontman Dave Mustaine commented:

“I’m happy to announce that former bassist and Megadeth alumni James LoMenzo has graciously stepped in on the Metal Tour of The Year. Tour rehearsals just began, and we cannot wait to start crushing North America.”

LoMenzo added:

“I’m super stoked to be rejoining Megadeth for the upcoming Metal Tour of the Year. There are no better fans than Megadeth fans, I can’t wait to get out there and shred some Megadeth music with you all.”

Listen To Another Previously Unreleased Live Jam From Ex-Megadeth Members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, & James LoMenzo

Audio of another previously unreleased live jam from ex-Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, and James LoMenzo has been shared online. The rehearsal was recorded two years before Menza died in 2016. The trio’s unnamed project will be discussed in the upcoming Nick Menza documentary “This Was My Life – The Story of Nick Menza.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Listen To Previously Unreleased Live Jam From Ex-Megadeth Members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, & James LoMenzo

Audio of a previously unreleased live jam from ex-Megadeth members Nick Menza, Chris Poland, and James LoMenzo has been shared online. The rehearsal was recorded two years before Menza died in 2016. The trio’s unnamed project will be discussed in the upcoming Nick Menza documentary “This Was My Life – The Story of Nick Menza.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Ex-Lamb Of God Drummer Chris Adler Launches New Project Firstborne

Drummer Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God) has joined forces with vocalist Girish Pradhan (Girish and The Chronicles), guitarist Myrone, and bassist James Lomenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.) in a new band called Firstborne. The group’s debut EP was released today and it can be purchased on Bandcamp. Notably, the effort is being released on the same day as Lamb Of God‘s new self-titled album, which happens to be their first without Adler.

James LoMenzo (Ex-Megadeth) & Chris Adler (Ex-Lamb Of God) Are Working On A New Project

During an appearance on “The Blairing Out With Eric Blair Show,” James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth) revealed that he is working on a new project with Chris Adler (ex-Lamb Of God). He went on to say that their new material is a “perfect blend of modern music and classic metal music.”

LoMenzo said the following:

“I’m making some music with [Chris] right now and a couple of other really talented fellows. And we’re actually putting together music as we speak. And it’s more metal-oriented, which I didn’t dip my fingers in that for a couple of years. So that’s exciting.”

He also had the following to say about playing with Adler:

“He’s an extraordinary drummer. Not only is he a modern metal drummer in that he has speed and he has accuracy and, obviously, energy, but he’s got a lot of soul, too, in his playing. He’s able to kind of pull back on the beats in a way that some other drummers these days don’t even consider. He’s got a wide variety of music that he likes. And he’s a wonderful guy. I first met him when I was in Megadeth on the Gigantour, and he was a swell guy. And my jaw hit the floor when I saw [Lamb Of God] play and saw his drumming. So I was really delighted to get to know him this year and play music with him.”

He also explained how the project came together:

“Chris and I got off tour [with HAIL!], of doing this overseas thing [last October], and he called me up and he asked me for some numbers of musicians. I said, ‘What do you wanna do?’ He goes, ‘Well, I’m doing some music, so I thought I’d try a few things.’ And I said, ‘Well, don’t forget I play bass.’ And he was, ‘Oh, I didn’t wanna ask you. But, of course.’ And so he started sending me some tunes. This fellow Pat plays guitar. Another fellow he ran into in India, a guy named Girish [Pradhan] — an amazing singer. He’s just been tripping over these things. So I think his path is kind of putting this all together. We’ve been demoing music together, and we’re just seeing what it is.”

He also had the following to say about the musical direction:

“What I think it is right now, I think it’s a perfect blend of modern music and classic metal music, which I think is just based on the elements that are put into it. So I’m really excited about it. I think it’s really exciting music. I think it’s accessible music. A lot of older metal fans and younger metal fans will be able to grab on to both parts of it. And so we’re gonna see if we wanna take it any further right now. We’re still just making music and seeing how it sounds.”

He also added the following about the “vocal sound”:

“I can tell you straight away, this singer can sing like Paul Rodgers or like Ronnie James Dio or like Judas Priest. Chris, he was doing a clinic, and they set him up with these guys to play with. He immediately, like a little kid, he didn’t call me, but he texted me to keep it on the low, and he goes, ‘I found this singer who’s just amazing.’ And he sent me some stuff that the guy was doing. And I was going, ‘Yes!’ And then he sent me a photo, and I go, ‘My God! He doesn’t even look horrible or anything.’ That still matters, folks. So, anyway, we have all that together. Let’s see if anything happens. You never know. But, musically, I’m very thrilled about it, and I know Chris and the other guys are as well.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Anthrax, Testament, Butcher Babies, Etc. Members To Perform At “Ultimate NAMM Night 3”

The lineup has been revealed for the NAMM edition of “Ultimate Jam Night.” The event, which is called “Ultimate NAMM Night,” will take place on January 18 at the Hilton Anaheim California Ballroom and it will include an all-star jam featuring: Mike Portnoy (Sons Of Apollo, etc.), Doug “Dug” Pinnick (King’s X, KXM), Doug Aldrich (The Dead Daises, etc.), George Lynch (Dokken, Lynch Mob), Derek St. Holmes (ex-Ted Nugent), Dave Amato (REO Speedwagon), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Mark Osegueda (Death Angel), Kat Dyson (Prince), Divinity Roxx, Alex Skolnick (Testament), Phil Demmel (Vio-lence), Ira Black (Dark Sky Choir, etc.), Chuck Garric (Alice Cooper, etc.), Carla Harvey (Butcher Babies), Michael Spencer (Flotsam And Jetsam), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), Charlie Benante (Anthrax), Dilana, Tiffany, and more. The concert will also feature full band performances from Jack Russell’s Great White and Hurricane.

Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Gil Sharone (Ex-Marilyn Manson) , Etc. Join Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) Onstage In Los Angeles, CA

During his December 6 show at the Pico Union Project in Los Angeles, CA, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) was joined onstage by Greg Puciato (The Dillinger Escape Plan, etc.), Gil Sharone (ex-Marilyn Manson, etc.), James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.), and more. You can check out fan-filmed footage from the show below. Cantrell will return to the stage at the same venue tonight (December 7).

[via Blabbermouth]

Chris Adler Reportedly Set To Return To The Stage This Year, But Not With Lamb Of God

It looks like Chris Adler will be returning to the stage this year, but not with Lamb Of God. The drummer will be taking part in the “Hail! Rockstar Extravaganza,” alongside vocalist Steve “Zetro” Souza (Exodus), guitarist Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), and bassist James LoMenzo (ex-Megadeth, etc.). The dates for that have yet to officially be announced, but an October 19 date at the Rock House in Moscow, Russia has leaked out. Adler has not been touring with Lamb Of God due to injuries he suffered during a 2017 motorcycle accident. During his absence, Art Cruz (Winds Of Plague, Prong) has been filling in. When asked about Adler’s potential return, Lamb Of God frontman Randy Blythe said he had “no comment.”

[via The PRP]