“I’m excited to bring my spice to the Megadeth soup. We’ll maybe look to get back to the roots. Maybe you’ll hear some Rust in Peace vibes”: Teemu Mäntysaari reveals how he landed (and nailed) the Megadeth gig – and the band’s new album plans

Teemu Mäntysaari
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No-one was surprised when Kiko Loureiro’s absence from Megadeth turned from temporary to permanent. After all, this is a band that’s featured upwards of a dozen guitarists since 1983 – it’s not as if lineup stability has been a thing. 

Still, Loureiro was a fan favorite. He’d been in Megadeth for nine years and had lent his virtuosic playing to well-loved records Dystopia (2016) and The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead! (2022). For some, he even rivaled the iconic Marty Friedman.

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.