Watch Marty Friedman Reunite with Megadeth in Japan


Over the weekend, an seemingly impossible thing happened — an ex-Megadeth member that apparently left the band on bad terms came back but had the wherewithal to leave again after his songs were done. Guitar slayer, Cap’n Crunch truther, and Japanese superstar Marty Friedman shared the stage with Dave Mustaine and company during the band’s performance on today.

The concert, which was livestreamed to fans who’d purchased tickets and uploaded to YouTube, featured new and old songs alike, but it wasn’t until nearly an hour into the set that Friedman joined the rest of the band on stage, guitar in hand. What followed was three songs with the current lineup, which features James Lomenzo on bass, Dirk Verbeuren on drums, and Kiko Loureiro on guitar alongside Mustaine. For a brief moment in time, two absolutely killer guitarists played lead together in Loureiro and Friedman, which as you can tell from the video below, was one hell of a display.

Friedman only stuck around for three songs: “Countdown to Extinction,” “Tornado of Souls,” and “Symphony of Destruction,” but it was an exciting moment for everyone at the Budokan, as fans lost their collective shit getting to see possibly the best guitarist in Megadeth’s long ass list of ex-guitarists back on stage and playing some classics.

Does this mean there could be something brewing between Mustaine, Megadeth, and Friedman? It’s extremely unlikely. But was it a great display of axes being buried and water flowing under the bridge? Yeah.

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