Marty Friedman Reveals Whether There’s Bad Blood Between Him and Dave Mustaine

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Earlier this year, guitarist Marty Friedman jammed out on stage with Megadeth for the first time in over 20 years. Friedman was Megadeth’s lead guitarist from 1990 to 2000, and upon leaving the band, he went on to have a super successful solo career.

Per footage featuring Friedman hanging out with Megadeth, it appears that both parties had a great time with one another. That said, was there ever any bad blood between Friedman and Dave Mustaine after the former left the band? During a conversation on Jamey Jasta‘s podcast The Jasta Show, Friedman opened up about his relationship with Mustaine and talked about whether things were ever rough between the two of them after he left.

Among the talking points brought up regarding Friedman and the band, Jasta asks him how the songs he played with Megadeth were chosen, and Friedman says (as transcribed by Blabbermouth):

“It was so organic. It was like two buds in high school talking about, ‘Let’s go jam.’ It was so incredibly casual. And I think that’s the way it should be, really. And we just talked about a couple of songs.

“I wanted to do two songs, and then Dave [Mustaine, Megadeth mainman] says, ‘Why don’t we do another song?’ And I’m, like, ‘Okay. That’s great.’ Yeah, so we did the songs that we did, and there was no real rhyme and reason to which songs we did. But it turned out just fine and we enjoyed the hell out of it.”

Getting into his relationship with Mustaine, Friedman talks about how things between the two of them have been relatively chill since he left the band. Specifically, here is what he had to say about their relationship:

“The funny thing is there was really nothing between us ever in the time that we weren’t playing together. And if there was, it was kind of like things that media kind of like… You know how they do these days — they’ll take something that could possibly look negative out of, like, a two-hour interview, and that’ll be the headline. There was never anything between us in the first place.

“If either of us e-mailed each other, it would be totally casual. So it wasn’t unusual to hear from Dave and say, ‘Dude, we’re playing Budokan. You wanna jam?’ It was just completely casual. So there really never was anything — definitely nothing that I know of that was of any kind of juicy, newsworthy arguments between us in the first place. It’s boring. But it is what it is.”

It’s cool to hear that Marty Friedman and Dave Mustaine have kept up a nice relationship – not every former band member has come out of Megadeth with fond feelings for the frontman.

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