The fan page “Megadeth Of Destruction” has reported that the band’s former guitarist, Marty Friedman, has hinted that he may join MEGADETH on stage during the group’s upcoming concert in Tokyo, Japan on February 27
“Megadeth Of Destruction” reveals that Friedman recently appeared on the Japanese radio program “Next Guitar Hero Is…” on InterFM897, to which the guitarist said: “I can’t give details. But we’ll play together … I believe it will be a magical night.” Marty’s comment was also reportedly picked up by Japan’s Burrn! magazine in a new article which has since been removed from the site. You can check out the audio below.
If Marty does in fact join MEGADETH on stage at the upcoming show, it will mark the first time the guitarist has played with the Dave Mustaine fronted group since he split with the band back in 2000.
A near reunion of MEGADETH‘s classic lineup, which would have also included drummer Nick Menza, was previously in the works back in 2015 when Marty had met with Mustaine and then-bassist David Ellefson at the 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, California. Unfortunately it would never come to fruition.
Friedman discussed his reasons for turning down the MEGADETH reunion in the book, “Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of The Megadeth Masterpiece“, which delves into the history of the making of the band’s iconic album “Rust In Peace“.
“My main thing was I’d be happy to do it, but I’m not going to take less money than I’m already making to do it,” Marty said.
“I’d been in Japan for more than ten years cultivating a career with solid rewards. I was making money not only for myself but also for my management and staff. My manager has been with me fifteen years.
“Everything was sound and solid professionally, and when the offer came up to all of a sudden join MEGADETH again, as long as I would not be making less money, I was ready to go,” he said. “But I was certainly not going to take a loss to join a band that, frankly, at that point, didn’t seem like they had too much to offer musically. A couple of members of the band had recently quit, and musically I hadn’t heard anything that they’ve done in a long time. I didn’t know about how relevant they continued to be in the music business. It wasn’t like MEGADETH was on the tip of people’s tongues, at least not in Japan. I had reached the point where people stopped immediately connecting me to MEGADETH and were talking about the things that I had done in Japan.”
Friedman also revealed that part of the reason he turned down the MEGADETH reunion is because the group essentially a vehicle for a Dave Mustaine solo project.
“Had it been more of a band situation and not such a one-man, Dave Mustaine-main-man party, I might have considered doing it for a little less,” Marty said. “But, at the end of the day, MEGADETH is so much Mustaine because that’s the way he engineered it. I didn’t feel that kind of camaraderie, the four-man diamond, THE BEATLES, KISS, METALLICA. I felt like I would be going out there and tour and it was going to be Mustaine’s big success. If I’m going to do that, I’m certainly not going to lose money to do that; I was doing great on my own in Japan.”