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Marty Friedman Confirms Rejecting Megadeth Reunion Offer

04/15/2015
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Marty Friedman, who was the guitarist of Megadeth during their acclaimed 'Rust In Peace' era, has confirmed that he was asked to reunite with the band and turned them down.

The veteran thrash group recently announced their new lineup which includes Angra guitarist Kiko Loureiro, but 'Rust In Peace' era drummer Nick Menza recently said that he was asked to reunite with the band but pulled out because he was "offered a very unfair deal."

Now Friedman confirms that he was also asked to reunite with the band, but wasn't interested despite remaining good friends with band cofounders Dave Mustaine and David Ellefson.

He tells Argentina radio station Vorterix (via Noisecreep) "I don't know anything about Nick's story, I don't know what he said, I don't know anything about that, but I will tell you that, of course, I was offered to join Megadeth - not only now, but in other times [in the past]. [But] there's just no reason for me to join Megadeth right now."

He continues, "Just because there's a vacancy in the band doesn't mean that, 'Oh, now is my chance to join Megadeth.' There's absolutely no reason for me to do that.

"However, I'm very, very close friends with Mustaine and [David] Ellefson, and the band in general, and I love them like brothers I think that they're better off doing new things, and I'm certainly better off doing new things and being able to be the artist that I am, and that I wanna become. And there's no reason to go chasing the past."

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