Kiko Loureiro

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Kiko Loureiro
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Background information
Born (1972-06-16) June 16, 1972 (age 43)
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Genres Heavy metal, power metal, progressive metal, neo-classical metal, jazz fusion, bossa nova
Instruments Guitar, bass, piano, keyboards, drums
Years active 1988–present
Associated acts Angra
A Chave
Tarja Turunen
Neural Code
Website Official website
Notable instruments
Ibanez Kiko100
Ibanez Kiko10P
Tagima K1
Tagima K2
ESP Kiko Loureiro Fire-K Custom Shop
ESP Kiko Loureiro SE Custom Shop
ESP Kiko Loureiro Fire-K STD

Kiko Loureiro (born Pedro Henrique Loureiro, June 16, 1972, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) is a Brazilian heavy metal guitarist, member from heavy metal bands Angra and Megadeth.

Loureiro began studying music and playing acoustic guitar at age 11. He studied with two big famous Brazilian musicians: Pedro Bueno and Aldo D'Isep. Inspired by various artists, mainly Eddie Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, and Randy Rhoads, he moved to the electric guitar at 13 and by 16 had already joined two bands, Legalize (Edu Mello - vocals, Dennis Belik - bass and Alja - Drums) and A Chave, and was playing in nightclubs in São Paulo. At 19, he helped co-found Brazilian power metal band Angra, with whom he still plays.[1]

Due to the increase in popularity of power metal, Loureiro has become quite successful, both playing in Angra and as a solo artist. He is known for his tremendous technical skill on the guitar, frequently incorporating such techniques as two handed tapping, sweep picking (full sweeped arpeggios), alternate picking, artificial & natural harmonics and combining legato & staccato in the same run or phrase. He is also well known for both his instructional and demonstration videos as well as for writing columns for and appearing on the cover of magazines Cover Guitarra, Guitar & Bass, and Young Guitar.

As of 2015, Loureiro has released four solo albums, including the 2006 release Universo Inverso, a Brazilian jazz/Latin jazz-fusion record[2][3].

In addition to his rock/metal achievements, Loureiro has also played guitars on several eurobeat songs in collaboration with Dave Rodgers, including "Fevernova", "Ring of Fire" and "The Road is on Fire".

He speaks some French, Spanish, Finnish and English in addition to his native Portuguese.

On April 2, 2015 it was announced that Loureiro joined American thrash metal band Megadeth as the replacement for Chris Broderick.[4]



Video lesson and instructional

  • Guitarra Rock (1993)
  • Os Melhores Solos e Riffs do Angra (2003)
  • Tecnica e Versatilidade (2003)
  • Guitarra Tecnica Para Iniciantes (2009)
  • Rock Fusion Brasileiro (2009)
  • Creative Fusion (2010)



Neural Code[edit]

  • Neural Code (2009)

Paco Ventura Black Moon[edit]

  • Arabestia (2015)



External links[edit]

Preceded by
Chris Broderick
Megadeth lead guitarist
Succeeded by