The Megadeth frontman has enlisted the amazing talents of of Brazilian guitarist Kiko Loureiro for the latest record. "I’ve always been blessed to play with great musicians," says Mustaine, "and I believe it’s just sound logic to surround yourself with players that are better then you. When adding new members I always seek to find a player that’s a resounding endorsement of the caliber of musicianship Megadeth is known for. Kiko and I had actually met briefly a few years ago on a cover photo shoot for Burrn! magazine in Japan, but silly me, I didn’t really check out his playing at the time. When Chris Broderick left, we looked at a whole bunch of people but nobody was quite right. I happened to see Kiko in a video and was blown away. The first time he came to my house, he takes out a nylon-string guitar to start warming up and he sounds like Segovia on steroids. I’m listing to him mesmerized and I’m thinking, 'This is the guy.' I have to say that Kiko has me so excited about playing again. I’m good at what I do, but he’s so much better than me on so many different fronts and it’s really inspiring."
Read the full interview in the March issue of GP.
To see Mustaine and Loureiro in action, check out this live footage.