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Dave Mustaine Says Kiko Loureiro is the Best Guitarist Megadeth Has Ever Had (At Least Until the Next Guy)

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Like his old pal Lars Ulrich, Dave Mustaine has no problem stating an opinion that evidence suggests he doesn’t mean, and he has no problem throwing his past work under the bus if it helps to promote his new work. It’s incredibly irritating, because not only does it feel disingenuous, but it means you really can’t believe anything Mustaine says.

For example: just three months ago, when he was apparently courting guitarist Marty Friedman and drummer Nick Menza to return to the band, Mustaine said this:

“[We had] James Lomenzo, James MacDonough, Glen Drover, Shawn Drover, Chris Broderick… all those guys… the fans don’t want those guys in Megadeth.”

But now that he’s failed to actually persuade Friedman or Menza to return to the band, he’s ignoring that statement and just insulting all of the brilliant musicians he’s worked with over the years instead:

Whether or not Loureiro is the “best” guitarist the band has ever had is (obviously) a matter of opinion… but it’s difficult to believe that Mustaine even believes his bold assertion: Metal Injection, rather hilariously, has pointed out that Mustaine tweeted a nearly identical message when the band was recording the disastrous Super Collider in 2013.

Time will tell where Loureiro falls on the spectrum on beloved Megadeth guitarists — is he the next Marty Friedman, or the next Al Pitrelli, or the next someone in-between? But you don’t need a time machine to know this much: if/when he leaves the band, his successor will, no doubt, be the best guitarist Megadeth has ever had.

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