Dec 262015

Kiko_Loureiro_840Video footage of Megadeth‘s latest addition, Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with Angra, performing an acoustic version of of the populair Christmas carol “Silent Night” can be seen below.

In a recent interview with The Irish Sun, Megadeth mainman Dave Mustane was full of praise for Loureiro. He said: “A lot of times guitarists won’t know how to add to something — they’ll put something in there that’s kind of like tits on a bull, unnecessary. Kiko came in and immediately started making some really good suggestions that we applied [to Megadeth‘s new album, “Dystopia”]. When he first came in, I knew he had the ability but I didn’t know if the songwriting technique and talent was going to show up this early on.”

He continued: “What was great about the suggestions that Kiko made was that they weren’t just guitar ones — he made a bass part in a song called ‘Me Hate You’ [that made it] really come along. In fact, that was one of the songs where he made a huge melodic contribution in the chorus and I said, ‘Man, this sounds like something.'” Continue reading »

Dec 062015

Kiko_Loureiro_840New Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro performed a couple of Iron Maiden classics — ‘2 Minutes To Midnight’ and ‘Wasted Years’ — during this past Wednesday’s (December 2) “Ultimate Jam Night” at Lucky Strike Live in Hollywood, California. Joining him on stage were Tim Yeung (Morbid Angel, Divine Heresy, Westfeld Massacre) on drums, Courtney Cox (The Iron Maidens) on guitar, Kirsten Rosenberg (The Iron Maidens) on vocals and Jerry Montano (Danzig, Hellyeah, Nothingface, Death Division) on bass. Video footage of the performance can be seen below (courtesy of California Rock News).

In a recent interview with Jump Metal, Loureiro was asked what it has been like joining Megadeth as the replacement for Chris Broderick. He responded: “Yeah, it has been great to work with [Dave] Mustaine [Megadeth mainman], [David] Ellefson [Megadeth bassist] and Chris Adler [Lamb of God drummer, who played on the upcoming Megadeth CD and is playing select shows with the group]… Continue reading »

Apr 132015

megadeth-kikoMegadeth has entered Lattitude Studio South in Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee to begin recording its fifteenth album for a tentative late 2015 release.

A Portuguese-language video message from Megadeth‘s new Brazilian lead guitarist Kiko Loureiro can be seen below.

Says Kiko: ‘Hey, everyone! I’m here in Nashville, Tennesee, at this beautiful place getting ready to record the fifteenth Megadeth album and I made this video to thank all of you for the messages and support in this new journey, specially my bandmates from Angra, who were the first to give me their blessing.’

‘As a musician, one of my main goals was to take the identity of Brazilian music to the world, so I’m very happy to be part of Megadeth now and share this achievement with you all.’ Continue reading »

Apr 022015

KikoLoureiro-DaveMustaineBrazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro, best known for his work with Angra, has joined Megadeth.

Says Megadeth mainman Dave Mustaine: ‘I first met Kiko around 8 years ago for a cover shoot for Burrn! magazine. I had no idea who he was, other than the fact he was tremendously talented and that the staff from Burrn! held him in high regard. Since then, I’ve come to see what a guitar virtuoso he is, and I’m deeply encouraged by his depth and talent.’

He continued: ‘Very few Megadeth alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko.’

‘As Frank Sinatra says’, ‘the best is yet to come!’ Continue reading »