Watch former MEGADETH guitarist Kiko Loureiro play first solo gig after departing the iconic thrash metal group
On the evening of Friday, December 8, 2023, music enthusiasts and fans gathered at Sesc Avenida Paulista in São Paulo, Brazil, to witness a historic event – the return of renowned guitarist Kiko Loureiro to the stage.
Loureiro, who recently parted ways with the iconic heavy metal band MEGADETH, delivered a captivating performance, marking his first show since his departure from the group. The 51-year-old Brazilian-born musician, now residing in Finland with his family, treated the audience to a setlist that spanned his entire illustrious career, including his eight-year tenure with MEGADETH.
The concert showcased Loureiro‘s versatility and mastery of the guitar as he skillfully navigated through a repertoire that traversed various genres and eras of his musical journey. From his early works to his time with MEGADETH, the audience was taken on a musical odyssey, experiencing the evolution of Loureiro‘s artistry.
In November, Kiko Loureiro made the decision to “extend” his absence from MEGADETH‘s touring activities, citing his desire to prioritize his role as a father and husband. Earlier in September, he had initially announced that he would sit out the next leg of MEGADETH‘s “Crush The World” tour to spend more time with his children in Finland.
Following Kiko Loureiro‘s announcement of the extended break from MEGADETH‘s touring activities, the band’s frontman, Dave Mustaine, issued a statement expressing his love and unwavering support for the guitarist. Mustaine, recognizing Loureiro as a “top-notch professional” and a “maestro,” thanked him for his dedication and hard work during the nine years they collaborated. Loureiro played a pivotal role in MEGADETH‘s success, contributing to the Grammy-winning album “Dystopia” and the acclaimed record “The Sick… The Dying…And The Dead.”
The fan-filmed videos from the Sesc Avenida Paulista concert captured the energy and enthusiasm of the crowd, showcasing the deep connection between Kiko Loureiro and his fans. Brazilian music journalist Igor Miranda, who shared an image from the concert, highlighted the significance of the event in the context of Loureiro‘s remarkable career.
Kiko Loureiro‘s return to the stage in São Paulo was not just a musical performance but a celebration of a brilliant career and a demonstration of the guitarist’s unwavering commitment to his family. As fans continue to appreciate the legacy he has built, the night at Sesc Avenida Paulista will be remembered as a moment when a maestro, with humility and grace, shared his passion and artistry with those who have been touched by his music.