MEGADETH Bassist Interviewed On 'The Classic Metal Show'

MEGADETH bassist James Lomenzo was the featured guest on the December 5, 2009 edition of "The Classic Metal Show". The chat is now available for streaming in two parts below.

"The Classic Metal Show" can be heard every Saturday night between 9:00 p.m. EST and 3:00 a.m. EST at

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In a recent interview with Bob Zerull of Zoiks! Online, Lomenzo stated about how he ended up in MEGADETH, "I was in a lot of other bands prior to this so I'd been around the block a few times. A friend of mine over at ESP guitar company (told me that), Dave (Mustaine) was looking for another bass player at the time, he (Dave) said, 'Hey, if you know anybody...' Without hesitation, my friend said, 'Yeah, I know the perfect guy for you and he's not doing anything right now.' So I called up Dave and he listened to a bunch of my music. I got together with the guys and played some of the songs with them. And Dave said, 'OK, man you think you can be ready to do a gig in four weeks and go to Dubai?' And I said yes. (Laughs) I was kind of shocked at how complicated the music was."

Regarding what it is like playing with some of rock's biggest icons like Slash, Zakk Wylde and Dave Mustaine, Lomenzo said, "You know what? The thing is that with me it's been through happenstance. Fortunately, back in the '80s I made it really big with WHITE LION. So I know what it's like to get that feeling to play big stages. We used to play with a lot of iconic musicians and hang with them. When it started kind of stretching out after that, playing with people like Dave and Slash, these great guitar players, Zakk, you know, it's a second thought to me because I see them as musicians first. You know I kind of lose myself in that. A lot of people on the outside are like, 'That's Dave Mustaine!!! That's Slash!!!' I'm aware of everybody's history. I take them as musicians, which I think is the only way to really handle it."


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