Former MEGADETH shredder Marty Friedman has congratulated Kiko Loureiro for becoming the latest lead guitarist to join the Dave Mustaine-led band, calling it "a fantastic, fantastic thing."
MEGADETH announced on April 2 that Loureiro had been recruited by the group to serve as the replacement for Chris Broderick. Mustaine said in a statement: "Very few MEGADETH alumni have had the same feel and ability as Kiko."
During his appearance at the Guitarfest in Chile on April 4, Friedman was asked by a member of the audience for his opinion of Loureiro. Marty said (see video below): "I think he is fantastic. I wanna say big congratulations to Kiko. I wish them nothing but the best success — from me, from Chile, the whole world. I think this is a fantastic, fantastic thing, and I just wanna say: congratulations, Kiko!"
In addition to Mustaine, Loureiro and bassist David Ellefson, the recording lineup for MEGADETH's forthcoming album will include LAMB OF GOD drummer Chris Adler.
Friedman originally left MEGADETH in 1999 in order to make the kind of music that he was passionate about: Japanese pop music, or J-Pop, which Friedman has called "embarrassingly happy."
Asked by Chile's Cooperativa.cl late last month whether there has been any attempt by MEGADETH to get him to rejoin the band in the years since he left the group, Marty said: "There has been, there has been, but there's really no reason for me to rejoin the band right now, or anytime, really. If there's a reason to join the band, I would consider it, but just because there's a member out of the band, that's not enough of a reason for me to join. You need a better reason than that."
In a January 2015, interview with the "Talking Metal" podcast, Marty was asked if he had any interest in reuniting with MEGADETH to do another tour or another album. He responded: "Well, I've never really said 'never' to anything like that. But just because there's a vacancy in the band, that's certainly no reason for me to be interested in it."
He continued: "I have great relationships with everybody in the band — [and I] always have — [and] I would not be against considering anything that they would be willing to bring up for me to consider. So if there were something that would be exciting for me to consider, or exciting for me to do, I would be more than willing to check into it."
Friedman added: "I assume that there's a lot of talk about it because there's a vacancy in the band, but there have been plenty of vacancies in the band since I left.
"I wouldn't rule it out, but I wouldn't get your hopes up either. So I don't really have anything to say about it."
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Posted by MegadethizeD on Saturday, April 4, 2015