Megadeth announce James LoMenzo as new live bassist

James LoMenzo performs with Megadeth at the San Jose State Event Center on May 19, 2008 in San Jose, California
(Image credit: Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

Back in May, Megadeth parted ways with longtime bassist David Ellefson after a series of intimate videos and conversations featuring Ellefson and a teenaged fan were leaked on Twitter.

Aside from later announcing that they would re-record Ellefson's parts on their upcoming album, The Sick, the Dying and the Dead, Megadeth also revealed that their plans to hit the road with Lamb of God this summer would be unaffected by the personnel change, and that a new bassist would be hired to fill Ellefson's place onstage.

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Jackson Maxwell

Jackson is an Associate Editor at He’s been writing and editing stories about new gear, technique and guitar-driven music both old and new since 2014, and has also written extensively on the same topics for Guitar Player. Elsewhere, his album reviews and essays have appeared in Louder and Unrecorded. Though open to music of all kinds, his greatest love has always been indie, and everything that falls under its massive umbrella. To that end, you can find him on Twitter crowing about whatever great new guitar band you need to drop everything to hear right now.