James LoMenzo joins Megadeth as permanent bass player

Megadeth has announced bass player James LoMenzo as a permanent member of the band. LoMenzo was Megadeth’s bass player from 2006 until 2010 and recently stepped back in as a touring member for The Metal Tour of the Year. LoMenzo now officially rejoins the Megadeth family.

Dave Mustaine adds, “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.”

James: “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.”

During his career, James has played with acts such as White Lion, Black Label Society, Slash’s Snakepit, David Lee Roth, Lynch Mob and John Fogerty.

Megadeth was founded by Dave Mustaine in 1983. Its current line-up consists of Dave and James as well as guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren. A new studio album has been recorded (with Steve Di Giorgio as a session bass player) and is expected to be released this year.