Megadeth Interview – Kiko Loureiro Says Megadeth is ‘Alive and Creative’


Megadeth photo by Travis Shinn

Megadeth – Story by Anne Erickson, photo by Travis Shinn

Kiko Loureiro of Megadeth joins Anne Erickson to discuss the band’s new album, what it’s like working with Dave Mustaine and more

Dave Mustaine and Megadeth recently released their latest album, the pummeling “The Sick, the Dying… and the Dead!” The release was met with rave review from longtime metal fans and critics alike. Now, the heavy metal group is on the road in support of the release, sharing the bill with Las Vegas hard rockers Five Finger Death Punch.

Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro joined Anne Erickson from a tour stop in Chicago, Illinois, to discuss the new album and the future of Megdeath. Listen to the full interview via the YouTube player below, or on Apple Podcasts here and Spotify here.

When asked about what it’s like working with Mustaine, both on and off the stage, Loureiro said it’s a good relationship.

I think there’s an understanding. The way I see it is I always try to work for the best of the band, because Dave is Megadeth. Dave- that’s his thing, his fashion,” he said. “Everything he did in his career, his life, was always all about Megadeth. So, for me, that I’m here for seven years, if I dedicate myself to do the best for Megadeth, then I know I get the respect from Dave, and then we can get along really well, because then I’m also caring about his baby. I’m doing my best to have a great result with Megadeth on stage and on the albums, promoting the band, so with that, you create a great environment of great communication- a healthy environment, a safe place to discuss ideas. Because in the end, we’re discussing ideas.”

He added, “Even if I disagree with Dave, I feel comfortable to come to him and disagree with him, because.. people sometimes are afraid of him, but actually I feel like he likes that, that you come with a thoughtful disagreement to the benefit of the band. So, I don’t have any problem with him. I just have a great relationship with him, because (of) the way I see and have this perspective for the band.”

When asked if he thinks Megadeth have more records left in them, Loureiro replied positively. “Yeah. I think this record shows that Megadeth is alive and creative and powerful,” he said. “That’s one of the most common comments that I hear and read, is like, wow. The band is still putting out great music, aggressive, fast, energetic. We’re not only going back and playing the old songs forever. We’re showing, here’s a lot of creative energy. So, I believe that we can keep doing this for a long time, and some other bands, they don’t do that. They just play old songs forever. So, I think this album is here to prove that, and then the response from the sales and numbers and social media shows that people get excited to get new material from legendary bands.”

As for which bands he would like to see Megadeth tour with, he says, “So many great bands, like Maiden. I mean, that would be a great. They have a great new album , they’re touring now. That would be cool to do something with them or Judas Priest. That would be more like to be more connected to the same kind of metal and more the legacy of the metal bands. So, that would be cool. Judas Priest, Maiden- at least for my opinion and my taste.”

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