Marty Friedman reveals why he turned down offer to reform Megadeth’s Rust in Peace-era lineup

Megadeth's Dave Mustaine and Marty Friedman performing live on stage
(Image credit: Mick Hutson/Redferns)

Dave Mustaine has long intimated that his inability to bring former Megadeth electric guitar player Marty Friedman back into the fold several years ago was due to a disagreement about finances.

Now, Friedman, who left Megadeth in 1999, has gone on record stating that money did indeed factor into his decision to not rejoin the band following the departure of guitarist Chris Broderick in 2014.

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Richard Bienstock

Rich is the co-author of the best-selling Nöthin' But a Good Time: The Uncensored History of the '80s Hard Rock Explosion. He is also a recording and performing musician, and a former editor of Guitar World magazine and executive editor of Guitar Aficionado magazine. He has authored several additional books, among them Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck, the companion to the documentary of the same name.