MEGADETH recently uploaded a short video clip of the band arriving in Japan prior to their three shows in the country
You can check out the video below.
It was recently confirmed that former MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman would be taking he stage with the band at their first-ever concert at Tokyo’s Budokan later this month. Marty will join MEGADATH for three songs during the show’s encore.
Friedman’s upcoming appearance with his former band will be the first time he has performed live with MEGADETH in more than 20 years, making his reunion with the thrash metal giants all that more appealing.
MEGADETH mainman Dave Mustaine told Rolling Stone about reuniting with Friedman for the upcoming Tokyo concert: “When Marty said, ‘Hey, I can play at this gig,’ I thought, ‘This is so magnificent.’ It’s gonna be so much fun to get Kiko [Loureiro, current MEGADETH guitarist] and Marty together, because they’re both geniuses on guitar. So this is like a gigantic birthday and Christmas present for me.”
Mustaine continued: “We haven’t been to Japan in a long time. I thought that inviting Marty was just a very thoughtful thing to do. MEGADETH has not been a band that has had a lot of guest appearances from other players. We are not a jam band. I asked Kiko how he felt about this, and Kiko is completely confident in his guitar playing.
“This is not like when THE POLICE handed their instruments to U2 to pass the torch,” he added. “This is doing something really grateful to the Japanese audience. We want it to be a gift. So everybody who bought that ticket before today, you’re welcome. … I’m really looking forward to this moment. It’s gonna be great.”
The upcoming MEGADETH concert at Budokan will be livestreamed on February 27 and available on demand for a couple of days after.