Three months ago, ex-MEGADETH guitarist Marty Friedman reunited with his old band during the Dave Mustaine-the team’s very first concert in Tokyo, Japan’s famous Budokan. Friedman took the stage for three songs towards the end of the main set on February 27: “Countdown to Extinction”, “Tornado of Souls” And “Symphony of Destruction”.
When asked during an appearance on the latest episode of “The Jasta Show” podcast hosted by RACE HATE leader Jamey Jastahow these three songs were chosen to be performed during the MEGADETH together, Martin said (as transcribed by BLABBERMOUTH.NET): “It was so organic. It was like two homies in high school were like, ‘Let’s go make some jam. It was so laid back. And I think that’s how it should be, really. And we just talked about a few songs. I wanted to do two songs, and then David (Mustaine, MEGADETH Mainman) said, ‘Why not do another song?’ And I’m, like, ‘Okay. That’s great.’ Yeah, so we made the songs that we made, and there wasn’t really any rhyme or reason why we made songs. But it went very well and we had a lot of fun.”
Friedman also shot down speculation that there was bad blood between him and Mustaine in the two decades following their separation. “The funny thing is that there was really nothing between us back when we weren’t playing together,” he said. “And if there was, it was kind of like things the media kinda likes…You know how they do these days – they’ll take something that could possibly come across as negative, like a two-hour interview , and that’ll be the title. There was never anything between us in the first place. If either of us emailed each other, it would be totally casual. So he wasn’t unusual to hear from David and say, ‘Dude, we’re playing Budokan. Want to make jam? It was just completely laid back. So there really was never anything – certainly nothing that I know of that was of any kind of juicy, newsworthy argument between us in the first place. It’s boring. But it’s like that.”
Last month, Friedman said Michael Christopher from Metal Edge magazine that he had no regrets or disappointment that a project to reunite MEGADETHIt is “Rust in Peace” the lineup didn’t materialize nearly a decade ago, before the drummer’s death Nick Menza. “I never even thought about it,” he said. “I don’t even know how to answer the question. In the music world, projects are constantly being thrown around and ideas are constantly popping up. ‘And this collaboration? What about that and what about of this and what about that?’ In Japan too, there are so many things I do.
“THE ‘Rust in Peace’ thing was very interesting, the idea,” he continued. “All the stuff to make that happen wasn’t there at the time, so it just didn’t happen. But I have no regrets at all.
“I don’t regret anything I did in the group” Friedman added. “And I think what they’ve done in my absence has been very, very good. I’m their biggest fan and I’m proud of them for continuing to be a force in the kind of music that MEGADETHis about to do. I mean, it’s not been easy to do for decades, so I’m proud of them.”
Three years ago, Friedman admitted that money was a major motivation for him when he was approached to participate in a meeting of MEGADETHIt is “Rust in Peace” line up.
Friedman had met the guitarist/singer Dave Mustaine then bassist David Ellefson as of 2015 NAMM show in Anaheim, Calif., to discuss meeting, who would have seen him, and Canteen back in the mix.
Friedman opened up about why he refused MEGADETH meeting in Mustainethe last book of, “Rust In Peace: The Inside Story Of Megadeth’s Masterpiece”which details the making of the iconic record “Rust in Peace”.
“My main goal was that I would be happy to do it, but I’m not going to take less money than I already earn to do it,” Martin said in part.
“I was 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 my staff. My manager has been with me for fifteen years.
“Everything was healthy and solid professionally, and when the offer came all of a sudden, join MEGADETH again, as long as I didn’t make less money, I was good to go,” he said. “But I certainly wasn’t going to take a loss to join a group that, frankly, at at that time, didn’t seem like they had too much to offer musically. A few band members had recently quit, and musically I hadn’t heard anything they had done in a long time. I had no idea how relevant they continued to be in the music industry. 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 immediately stopped connecting to me. MEGADETH and talked about the things I had done in Japan.”
According Friedmanpart of the reason he refused the MEGADETH meeting is the fact that the group is widely regarded as Mustainesolo project, with members coming and going every two albums.
“If it had been more of a group situation and not such a single man, Dave Mustaine-the main man’s party, I might have considered doing it for a little less”, Martin said. “But, in the end, MEGADETH is so Mustaine because that’s how he designed it. I didn’t feel that kind of camaraderie, the diamond four, THE BEATLES, KISS, METALLIC. I felt like I was going out there and doing a tour and it was gonna be Mustaineis a great success. If I do that, I certainly won’t waste money doing it; I was doing very well on my own in Japan.”
Mustaine said strong wire that he was put off by Friedmanfinancial requirements when the subject of a “Rust in Peace” the meeting was discussed.
“Martin has a very successful career in Japan where he earns a lot of money”, David said. “And that’s the part where I thought it was a little weird, where he said he said he had to pay his whole team while he was away instead of just himself. Because I thought we’ll pay you what you make so it’s changing horses in the middle of the river – it’s ok unless you fall. And then when we found out he wanted to sell his product, its this, its that, its this, its that, so he wanted this an insane amount of money and he wanted to fly everywhere first class. I said to our management, ‘I can’t handle this.’
In a 2016 interview with the “Eddie Trunk Podcast”, Mustaine confirmed that MEGADETH did not hold rehearsals with Friedman when trying to meet “Rust in Peace” line up.
“Martin sent out emails saying, “Oh, man, you know, fans have this self-inflated importance of ‘Rust in Peace’ beyond what it really is. And I was like, ‘Huh?'” David said. “So I didn’t know if it was a setback in the face of the fans or not, but he basically said that if we were going to do anything, it had to be better than ‘Rust in Peace’. And he sent me links to songs that he thought should be the direction we were going, and one of them was this J-Pop band with a Japanese girl singing, and I was like , ‘Uh-uh. It will not work. More power for (Martin to be into this stuff). Do what you want, Martin. He’s a great guitarist. But I’m not going to sing like a Japanese girl.”