Kiko Loueiro has been named Megadeth's new guitarist. I had predicted as much several weeks ago when the guitarist had inadvertently left some clues, and rumors were being bandied about by many Internet sites. He will be Megadeth's tenth guitarist in the band's thirty year history, and he replaces the departed Chris Broderick, who left the band in the fall of 2014 claiming 'musical differences'.
Megadeth is preparing to go into the studio to begin work on their fifteenth album, and they are also being joined by drummer Chris Adler, who remains a full time member of Lamb Of God. He's replacing Shawn Drover who left the band on November 25, 2014.
Kiko Loureiro has been the lead guitarist for Brazilian power metal act Angra for just over twenty years, and eight albums. He also has a thriving solo career (four albums), and is a clinician for Ibanez Guitars who make his signature model guitars (KIKO10P and KIKO100P).
Being a member of Megadeth is one of the most challenging positions in all of the metal world, and the Daves Mustaine and Ellefson could not have chosen a better man for the job than Loureiro who brings an extraordinary resumé and a remarkable skill set to the band. Congratulations, Kiko!