MEGADETH Performs ‘Kick The Chair’ For First Time In 15 Years (Video)

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MEGADETH performed the song “Kick The Chair” live for the first time since 2009 this past Monday night (June 24) at Turbinenhalle in Oberhausen, Germany.

“Kick The Chair” is featured on MEGADETH‘s tenth studio album, The System Has Failed, released in September 2004. This album marked the band’s first release after frontman Dave Mustaine‘s recovery from a 2002 arm injury and was also the first MEGADETH studio album without original bassist David Ellefson.

In a recent interview with Jorge Botas of Portugal’s Metal Global, MEGADETH bassist James LoMenzo was asked whether he and his bandmates have started working on material for the follow-up to their 2022 album The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!

“We’re actively working on music right now,” he responded. “In a way — well, it is; it’s a new band at this point. It’s a new version of MEGADETH, as if nobody expected that coming. [Laughs] We’re talking with Dave  every day. Dave really wants to do another record and just get something fresh out there. The last one I thought was great. When I had just joined the band, they just finished recording it. I begged, I pleaded, I said, ‘I know, I know, I know, but could I please play bass on this?’ Cause there’s a few things I had heard were so great. And they were, like, ‘We’ve been doing this for two years. We just have to get on the road. It’s done.’ I was, like, ‘All right.’ But [session bassist] Steve DiGiorgio [who played bass on The Sick, The Dying… And The Dead!] did an amazing job. I really love the way he played on this. And I enjoy playing his style.”

LoMenzo also discussed Teemu Mäntysaari, MEGADETH‘s newest member, who joined the band last fall, replacing their longtime guitarist Kiko Loureiro.

James said: “He’s good. He’s young. He’s younger than the rest of us, so he keeps us on our toes. But he’s really helpful because he’s got a… We’ve already walked this journey for a while, Dave and I, so to have that kind of fresh blood, that’s really… He’s very focused. And it’s not contagious, ’cause I don’t do that, but it’s good to have somebody there to kind of corral us old guys into a corner and go, ‘Okay, I’ve worked on this. Are we ready to go?’ It’s, like, ‘Oh, we should work on this now. Okay. Let’s go.’ He really helped us out because he came to us at a crucial time where… Kiko, who I adore, could not stay with us due to his family stuff. And that’s the most respectful thing I think you can think of is… We all have a life and sometimes it’s better to have a life and do your stuff the way you’re supposed to, do life right. I’ve been in and out of bands my whole life, and let me tell you, man, you leave stuff at home, it’s there; it’s always there. So when Teemu came along, he was the exact right guy we needed. We needed somebody who could just kind of step up and get right in. And he was so crazily prepared. And to this day, him and I were just working on some music before we started. So, it’s great sitting down with him and breaking down the things. And he’s shown me some new technology that really helps me move things ahead that I wasn’t aware of. He’s on top of all that stuff.”