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Megadeth Officially Confirm Upcoming Live Reunion With Marty Friedman


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Megadeth vocalist/guitarist Dave Mustaine has confirmed the rampant rumor that the band will soon be rejoined onstage by their former guitarist Marty Friedman. Once a fixture in the legendary thrash metal outfit, Friedman served as their guitarist from 1990’s “Rust In Peace” all the way through to 1999’s “Risk“.

Megadeth‘s recently announced decision to stream their upcoming February 27th show at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo, Japan only added fuel to the fire of the rumors, considering that is the country which Friedman has gone on to find fame on his own in.

Mustaine recently confirmed to Rolling Stone that the reunion will indeed be taking place, commenting:

“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 and Marty together, because they’re both geniuses on guitar. So this is like a gigantic birthday and Christmas present for me.”

Friedman is expected to join the band for a special three-song encore during the set. Friedman himself offered:

“It has been a long time — 23 years to be exact since I’ve been on the same stage with Dave Mustaine making music. We’ve both taken drastically different paths since then. That doesn’t change the fact that I’m extremely proud of the part that I played in Megadeth’s history and legacy. I’m also very, very proud of the band’s many great achievements and continued success in my absence. For right now, I just feel immense joy and some serious adrenaline. I am looking forward to playing with Megadeth at this very cool place, the Budokan.”

You can find more from the pair and this upcoming live reunion over at Rolling Stone. As for the show itself, it has been dubbed ‘They Only Come Out At Night‘, and tickets for it are available here.

In other news, Friedman, who serves as a Japan Heritage ambassador, just recently released a video/song celebrating Japan’s rich heritage, you can check it out here.

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