MEGADETH’s guitarist, Kiko Loureiro, has confirmed his decision to prolong his hiatus from the band’s touring commitments
Back in September, Kiko had announced his intention to skip the upcoming leg of MEGADETH‘s “Crush The World” tour to be with his children in Finland. On Sunday, November 19, he shared his future plans through a social media post.
He wrote: “Dear MEGADETH fans,
“I want to share with you a decision that hasn’t been easy for me.
In September, I had to step away from the U.S. leg of the tour for family reasons. Looking ahead, during 2024, we anticipate an even heavier touring schedule for MEGADETH. After thorough reflection and discussions with Dave Mustaine and MEGADETH‘s management, we have collectively agreed that it is the right move to extend my absence. I don’t want to hinder any of the band’s plans or the hard work of all the incredible people involved in the tour.
“My nine years with MEGADETH have been an unbelievable journey, filled with countless ‘pinch-me’ moments,” he continued. “Unforgettable tours, a Grammy Award for ‘Dystopia’, a Grammy nomination, and various accolades for ‘The Sick, The Dying, And The Dead’ are just a few of the highlights. It is hard to put into words the magnitude of these experiences.
“I am sure any heavy metal fan can appreciate how incredible it is to play and create music in a band you grew up listening to, and to share the stage with a guitar legend like Dave Mustaine, along with phenomenal musicians like James LoMenzo and Dirk Verbeuren, not to mention our incredible crew. However, the most cherished aspect of these nine years has been getting to know the incredible army of devoted fans around the world. Your dedication is inspiring, and I have immense admiration and respect for all of you.
“Much love, see you soon!”
In September, Teemu Mäntysaari (WINTERSUN, SMACKBOUND) was brought in as the temporary touring guitarist to cover for Kiko during his absence.
MEGADETH debuted with Mäntysaari on September 6 at Revel in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Born in Tampere, Finland, the 36-year-old Mäntysaari initiated his guitar journey at the age of 12. In 2004, he became part of the WINTERSUN band, and since 2015, he has been a member of SMACKBOUND.