MEGADETH Play First Show With Bassist JAMES LOMENZO: Photos Available has uploaded a bunch of photos of MEGADETH and TESTAMENT performing at this year's Desert Rock 2006 festival, which took place Thursday (March 16) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Check them out: Megadeth, Testament.

MEGADETH's appearance at Desert Rock marked their debut performance with new bassist James Lomenzo, who has previously played with BLACK LABEL SOCIETY and WHITE LION, among others.

Lomenzo joined MEGADETH as the replacement for James MacDonough (ex-ICED EARTH), who was fired from the group on February 10, 2006 due to "personal differences."

TESTAMENT's lineup at the festival included original guitarist Alex Skolnick and bassist Greg Christian, plus drummer Jon Allen (SADUS), alongside band principals Chuck Billy (vocals) and Eric Peterson (guitar).

As previously reported, SAXON were removed from the billing of Desert Rock last week because one of their songs from the 1980s ("Crusader") includes lyrics about freeing the Holy Land and spilling Muslim blood.

(Thanks: Joe Akkawi /


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