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Family Emergency Forces Kiko Loureiro’s Absence from Upcoming Megadeth Tour Dates


Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro will be absent from the band’s forthcoming tour dates due to an undisclosed family emergency. The announcement was made via the band’s social media accounts within the past hour.

Below is the press release from the band:


Kiko has had something come up in his family life that requires him to miss this next leg of our “Crush The World” tour. I’ll let him explain…

“Kiko checking in here!

Our new record “The Sick, The Dying, and The Dead” and our “Crush The World” tour have been great. The worldwide chart positions have been our best yet! We want to really thank you for that.

I have something that is difficult to share, but we always like to keep you informed with the truth. I have to leave the tour for now, to be home with my children, and to help them face the difficult challenges that arise from us being “Dads that work away from home.”

I found a guitarist, Teemu Mäntysaari, to fill in for me during the fall, and I think you’ll be very happy. He’s an amazing, incredible player. I have shared this with my partner in shred, Dave Mustaine, and to no surprise, he said, “Go! Go be there for your family and keep us posted!”

To my band mates and all of our fans around the world, see you all very soon, back out on the Killing Road!”

We will not be cancelling the tour, and we’ll introduce you to Teemu on September 6th in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Revel Arena. We are asking for your support and understanding at this time.

Love and Bruises,
Dave Mustaine

Teemu Mäntysaari, the Finnish guitarist for Wintersun, is a figure worth mentioning for those unfamiliar with him.


Sep 6, 2023 – Revel Entertainment Center – Albuquerque, NM
Sep 7, 2023 – Dean C. Jackson Memorial Arena – Window Rock, AZ
Sep 9, 2023 – Virginia International Raceway – Alton, VA
Sep 15, 2023 – Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course- Grantville, PA
Sep 16, 2023 – Premier Theater at Foxwoods Resorts Casino – Ledyard, CT
Sep 17, 2023 – Hard Rock Live at Etess Arena – Atlantic City, NJ
Sep 21, 2023 – The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor – Windsor, ON
Sep 22, 2023 – Louder Than Life – Louisville, KY
Sep 23, 2023 – Plymouth Motor Speedway – Plymouth, IN
Sep 27, 2023 – Grossinger Motors Arena – Bloomington, IL
Sep 29, 2023 – Scheels Arena – Fargo, ND
Sep 30, 2023 – Mystic Lake Casino Hotel (Mystic Lake)- -Prior Lake, MN
Oct 3, 2023 – Portneuf Health Trust Amphitheatre – Pocatello, ID
Oct 5, 2023 – Grand Sierra Resort and Casino – Reno, NV
Oct 6, 2023 – Aftershock – Sacramento, CA

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