Dave Mustaine Is Disappointed About Kiko Loureiro

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine sat down with A Rádio Rock, where he discussed the recent lineup change in the band. During the interview, the rocker shared his disappointment about his former bandmate leaving while clarifying that their current guitarist Teemu Mäntysaari is the right choice for the band:

“Well, I’m expecting us to keep doing what we’ve been doing. Kiko had recommended Teemu, and Teemu is an exceptional guitar player. Kiko was at the top of his game when this happened, so we were obviously disappointed, but it is what it is. If Kiko would have said, ‘I don’t know anybody, and you’re on your own,’ that would have been a lot harder.”

As Mustaine says, Loureiro did a big favor for the band by suggesting another guitarist:

“But Teemu is the right guy for Megadeth. And Kiko knows that Teemu is the right guy for me. So, he actually did us a really big favor, and I love him and I wish him the best with everything that he does.”

Would Another Guitarist Be A Better Option?

When Loureiro initially took a break from Megadeth, Teemu Mäntysaari from Wintersun filled in for him for the remaining shows of the 2023 tour. In a later update, Mustaine confirmed that Mäntysaari would still be part of the band for their upcoming tour dates in 2024.

On November 19, 2023, Loureiro revealed he would be extending the break into 2024. After Mäntysaari was selected as the new guitarist for their 2024 concerts, Kiko suggested to the management and Mustaine that bringing back Marty Friedman would be a better option despite the fact that he suggested Mäntysaari as a possible guitarist.

Dave Mustaine ‘Wasn’t Expecting’ A Lineup Change

In September, Loureiro disclosed that he would take a break during the tour to be with his children in Finland. When the news surfaced, Mustaine was surprised to see his bandmate leave the band. In an earlier interview, the former guitarist revealed:

“It was complicated for me to say because I wanted to play, but I knew I needed to be at home. And, of course, Dave was not expecting it. We had just done a show in Florida with the Misfits, and it was right after that show that I talked to Dave. And then Megadeth management was there, and I let them know I could not do the September gigs. I offered to help find a replacement and do what was needed to help Megadeth be ready to go.”

You can listen to the recent interview below.