JAMES LOMENZO Reveals How His Return To MEGADETH Came To Be

James Lomenzo 2020

In a new interview with Bass Magazine, James Lomenzo discussed how he was approached to return to MEGADETH after band fired longtime bassist David Ellefson.

LoMenzo was previously member of MEGADETH from 2006 to 2010 and appeared on two of the group’s studio albums, 2007’s United Abominations and 2009’s Endgame.

LoMenzo says he simply got a text from one of Dave Mustaine’s managers asking if he’d be interested in joining MEGADETH for “The Metal Tour of the Year.” “I had just finished a show with John Fogerty, so it was a little awkward to even think about it,” he reveals. “I asked Dave’s manager to give me a day to sort out what to do and then I’d let him know. After going over it, it seemed like I would miss maybe seven or eight Fogerty dates, and well, I’ve had subs for Fogerty before, so I moved ahead on it.” After a Zoom call with Mustaine, he realized this was an important thing that he needed to do—“for MEGADETH and for myself,” he asserts. “Kenny Aronoff got our mutual friend Tony Franklin in for me, so John’s in more than capable hands.”

Asked to describe this new alignment of MEGADETH with the one he previously performed with, LoMenzo said. “I’ve been so fortunate in my career to have played with a lot of my favorite drummers. From current guys who I’ve met out on tour and in sessions, to my childhood heroes. To come into this version of MEGADETH with Dirk Verbeuren is just the icing on the Mega-cake! He’s so capable and powerful. I’m finding him very easy to play with, and exciting as well. He’s so consistent, all I have to do is drop my pick on his parts and it sounds like a big metal machine.”

Tickets and dates for “The Metal Tour of the Year” featuring MEGADETH and LAMB OF GOD with special guests TRIVIUM and IN FLAMES can be found here.