Marty Friedman Is Now Brutal Against Megadeth: ‘Don’t Put My Name With Them’

Marty Friedman doesn’t want to get associated with Megadeth since he is no longer in the band.

The guitarist sat down ‘THAT Rocks!’ to discuss his decision to go solo. The guitarist left the band 24 years ago and since then has been focusing on his solo career and music. Apparently, he doesn’t want anything to do with Megadeth anymore. He explained:

“Once I left Megadeth, the tag ‘ex-Megadeth’ was stuck to my name, and I understood that for about a year or two. And then I really, really wanted to cut that out because I was no longer in Megadeth and I was doing my own thing doing other things not related to Megadeth at all. So from about 2002 or 2003, I just made it a strict rule that any kind of media when they published whatever they were doing, no ‘ex-Megadeth’ next to my name. Just don’t put it in the headline. Don’t put my name with Megadeth— ‘former Megadeth’, all of that stuff was like a very, very strict rule.”

Friedman also slammed the news platforms that constantly named him as the ‘former Megadeth guitarist’ and mentioned getting sick of it. However, things took a turn later:

“Of course, as you all know, in the media they tend to ignore those rules about 90 percent of the time. They ignored that a lot, but then, as time went on, it started to get less and less, and I started to feel better about it. And then in the mid-2010s, a lot of places stopped completely putting that next to my name, because there was nothing I was doing even remotely related to Megadeth, so why put it in there?”

Kiko Loureiro Wanted Friedman In Megadeth

During an interview with Chaoszine earlier this month, the interviewer told Friedman that former Megadeth guitarist Kiko Loureiro had said he wanted Friedman to rejoin Megadeth after Loureiro left the band last fall. When asked if he was asked to come back to Megadeth when Loureiro left, Friedman said:

 “No, and I don’t think that’s realistic. I don’t know anything about it. I don’t think Dave would think that I would be a candidate to join the band, or rejoin the band, and it’s certainly not something that I thought of. I think they’re absolutely doing just fine the way they are.”

You can watch the new interview below.